Enhancing Creativity through Presence: The Benefits of Mindfulness in Art Making


As a young creative who gets easily distracted in a noisy world, I’ve been looking for ways to stay focused and connect more with my work.

For me, it has been crucial to find ways to be fully present in the work I am doing.

Being present allows you to access your intuition, tap into your subconscious and create authentic and meaningful work.

It’s not easy, everything is seemingly prying for your attention and trying to keep you from creating the great work you are meant to make.

A few months ago, I wrote some notes to remind myself if I ever got stuck again.

Here’s how you can practice being present in your work:

1. Incorporate mindfulness practices such as meditation, yoga, or journaling into your daily routine. This can help you quiet your mind and focus on the present moment, improving your focus and ability to be present in your work.

2. Eliminate distractions while working. Turn off your phone and other electronic devices, find a quiet space to work, and set aside dedicated time for creating. This will help you fully immerse yourself in your work and access your creativity.

3. Connect with your senses. Pay attention to how the materials feel in your hands, the colors, the textures, and the sounds while creating. This will help you stay present in the moment and fully engage in your work.

Being present in your work has many benefits.

I’ve found it improve the quality of my work and bring meaning to what I make. I’ve discovered a revived sense of joy in the whole creation process and ultimately what I make is more authentic to who I am.

Additionally, when you are fully present in your work, you will be able to access the full potential of your imagination and creativity, leading to more profound and impactful work and a more fulfilling art practice.

Being present in your life’s work is essential for unlocking your full potential as a creative person. Whatever you make will be, more authentic, meaningful, and of higher quality.

Why not try it out?

In your time allotted for creating something today, as you begin, become aware of your tools and what you are making and then just let the brush flow.

Who knows what may come out?



Sqaurespace Web Designer / Storyteller

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