Where do creative ideas come from? An open, relaxed, fearless mind of the present moment. That is, your mind, when it is not cluttered up with doubt, hesitation, stories about the past and future, and negative self-talk.

Where do creative ideas come from? An open, relaxed, fearless mind of the present moment. That is, your mind, when it is not cluttered up with doubt, hesitation, stories about the past and future, and negative self-talk. Creativity happens in the present moment.

Living in the moment—also called mindfulness— is a gentle effort to be continuously present with our experience, whatever it is. Life unfolds in the present. But so often, we are absent from our present moment experience, as we worry about the future and ruminate about the past.

There seems to be a lot of talk about mindfulness these days. Perhaps you have explored it; perhaps you are just curious about it. The February Creative Mornings theme is Moments, and this presentation will offer instruction on mindfulness meditation, as well as many ways of incorporating mindfulness into our everyday life. We can come home to our lives, moment by moment, simply by being present.

And if you are wondering why anyone would want to do such a thing, it has been shown that mindfulness can enhance creativity, make us more productive, more empathetic, less reactive, more secure, and generally happier in our lives. The scientifically proven benefits of mindfulness also include: reducing stress, increasing immune function, reducing chronic pain, lowering blood pressure.

We thrive when our body, mind and spirit are aligned. They come together in the present moment. Mindfulness can support us in finding that alignment, which can lead us to greater relaxation and resilience.

The word moment has the same root as the word momentum. How we move forward in our lives is best served by living in the present moment.

Thich Nhat Hanh, meditation master, has said: “Our true home is not in the past. Our true home is not in the future. Our true home is in the here and now. The present moment is the only moment available to us.

About the speaker

Jude Robison has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1980. She was the Director of Karme Choling Meditation Center for 5 years, and is currently a senior teacher and lead meditation instructor at the Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center. She discovered meditation at Naropa University where she went to study dance. Movement is fully incorporated in her mindfulness practice through Contemplative Dance Practice and The Quiet Circus performance project. She has a MFA in Book Arts from the University of the Arts, and has worked in several Philadelphia Special Collections Libraries, including the American Philosophical Society, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the University of Pennsylvania Rare Book and Manuscript Collection.

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