Updated: Sep 23, 2019
I was recently given the book, The Power of Now by Eckhart tolle.
The Power of Now has assisted me in becoming a stronger more focused artist. In the simplest explanation, the premise of the book is…. live in the present moment, because the past is obsolete, and the future is completely unpredictable, and to live in any other moment other than the now, is madness.
The way out, is within.
Becoming more in tune with the present moment is life changing for me, because i’ve lived my whole life stuck in psychological time. I would excuse my obsession with over-analyzing and worrying, by saying “Im just an introspective, psychoanalytical deep thinker.” While these definitive words are deep, and grand, they have done nothing but create fear over the unpredictable ever-changing future, and the irreversible past.
Now, when I feel myself slipping into my old analytical thought patterns, I bring myself back to what is happening in the now.
So how am I a better artist? I now create without thinking about how many likes i’ll receive, who might want to work with me, or where my art may take me. Although all of those worrisome components are valid and real, they get in the way of me doing what I love, which is creating honest, relatable, and thought provoking art. I can now get completely in the creative zone, and simply do what I love to do, without the heavy fear of the future, or the old worn out script from my past.... it's an exhilarating way to create!
Tips to help you live in the present moment.
-diaphragmatic breathing, (bringing focus back into the body)
-examining what you hear, see, taste, and feel in the present moment
-having a thought, and not following it, or trying to make sense of it
-understanding that sometimes you can feel something more powerfully then you can explain it
-not resisting the now