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Creative Writing

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Hi and welcome to the headspace creative writing exercise. So I think for most of us, we are more in touch with our creativity when the mind is sort of a little bit calm, when we have some space in the mind. When we're very busy caught up with all the little everyday thoughts, it's very difficult to really be aware of those creative ideas. So this following exercise, essentially sets up a framework where we put down our baggage or our little thoughts, and just momentarily, create the space for creative ideas, thoughts, feelings to arise in the body, in the mind, and of course we can then apply them in a very physical sense after the exercise. So no matter where you are right now, whether at your desk ready to begin or sat somewhere else, make sure that you're sitting upright for this exercise. Not too tense but just sitting upright, relaxed, arms and legs unfolded. And just begin by taking a couple of nice big, deep breaths, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. As you breathe in, sense of the body expanding. As you breathe out, sense of just letting go any tension in the body or business in the mind. Just one more time breathing in through the nose, and as you breathe out this time, just gently closing the eyes. And just for a moment, I want you to imagine, tiny pinprick of sunlight in the middle of the body, in the middle of the chest, and then bringing your attention to it, it begins to expand outward, in every direction. Bringing with it a sense of space, warmth, of ease, continues to move outward, filling every single part of the body, just watching, it continues, perhaps now even going beyond the boundaries of the body, yet in the mind it still continues to expand outwards. So even when thoughts may come and go within that space just allowing them to come and go, not getting involved in them, instead just staying with that idea, that image, that feeling of sensation that sunlight just expanding in every single direction. And then just allowing you to continue bringing the attention back to the body, sense of space, clarity in the mind and allowing thoughts to come and go and not getting involved in them. Just allowing that creative space to remain as you bring the attention back to the sensations to the sounds and gently open your eyes again....


Duration3-10 min

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