Mindfulness for Creativity

Enhance your creativity and productivity sustainably

1 day

This practical course has been specifically designed for creative professionals, such as writers, designers, animators, architects and anyone else who makes their living conjuring up new things from their imaginations. 

 

We explore how mindfulness practices can help us focus our attention deliberately and access creative mental states reliably. 

 

These practices help us to be present with our thoughts and experiences in the present moment. This boosts our creativity because we can more easily notice new patterns, make new connections and generate new ideas. And because we can hear our inner voice more clearly, we’re able to judge which of our ideas are worth pursuing. 

 

Mindfulness is a skill that can be developed easily through short exercises and simple mental practices. It is a millennia-old tradition and backed by modern scientific research.  

Participants will learn to:

  • direct their attention deliberately so they can focus on important projects and minimise distractions 
  • access creative mental states which help them produce quality work in a healthy and sustainable way
  • build resilience and reduce stress by focusing on the present moment, rather than ruminating on the past or worrying about the future

Co-presenter:

George Andruszkiewicz

George is a mindfulness trainer who works with organisations to improve their people’s well-being and resilience at work.

He trains people working in demanding, high-pressure environments, such as NHS hospitals, management consultancies, accountancy practices and law firms.

For 10 years, George ran therapeutic groups for addicts through Phoenix Futures and other charities. He used mindfulness to help his clients respond constructively to stress so they could re-build their self-esteem and their lives.

During the past three years, he has used mindfulness in his work as a professional workplace mediator. He asks searching questions of the disputants to help them think creatively about what they could do in the present to resolve their differences. As a result, over 80% of his cases have reached agreement.

Understanding mindfulness and creativity

  • Understanding mindfulness and its focus on being aware of the present moment without judgement or reactivity
  • Understanding creativity and the role of mindfulness in uncovering new connections and experimenting with new combinations
  • Considering the impact of modern communications on their creativity – especially email and social media

Using mindfulness to strengthen their creative skills

  • Developing an open and disciplined mind so they can easily assimilate new information and concepts
  • Strengthening their ability to notice new ideas bubbling up in the back of their minds
  • Building the courage to develop their ideas and the resilience to cope with setbacks

Developing mindful working practices that will support their creativity

  • Considering the pressure that creative professionals operate under and ways to reduce it
  • Learning how to direct their attention and notice when they are distracted by their environment or their thoughts
  • Understanding flow state and how it can be accessed

Using mindfulness to develop long-term creative practices

  • Identifying and reducing blocks to long-term creativity
  • Feeding the roots of their creativity with high-quality stimulation
  • Using mindfulness as a route to mastery of their art

Participants will have the opportunity to try mindfulness exercises which they can incorporate into their daily lives and work. 

 

They’ll leave with a set of tools and resources which they can use to enhance their creativity through simple mindfulness practices.

Tailored version

This course can be adapted to the specific needs of your team so they can focus on their real projects and challenges. A reasonable design fee will be added to the cost of the course if you choose this option.

Find out more

If you’d like to have a chat about Mindfulness for Creativity for your team, please send me a message.