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Create With A Calm Mind: How to Develop Calming Habits to Foster Creativity In Our Busy, Noisy World

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7 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Introduction to Create with a Calm Mind

    • 2. Internal RoadBlocks to Creativity with a Calm Mind

    • 3. External RoadBlocks to Creativity with a Calm Mind

    • 4. Internal Anti-Blockers

    • 5. External Anti-Blockers

    • 6. Design Thinking with a Calm Mind for Creativity

    • 7. Conclusion and Summary Points

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Design a new mindset for creativity and calmness.

Creativity needs space, time, and energy foster new ideas, projects, and movement. The overstimulation of our society clouds us from our creative minds.  

This course will provide tools to create ways to clear your mind for a calm mind. 

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Kiki Zen

Create Change. Be Changed.



I'm a passionate teacher on health and wellness, and a Pilates, Barre, and Yoga teacher who wants to share the wealth of health to all.

I have graduate degrees in public health, finances, management, and biology. I love to study and teach the science of wellness and healthy living. I've been a workaholic scientist for many, many years until I developed severe lower back pain and I realized at that moment, I needed a change, a better way to live. I began my journey in Yoga, Pilates, and Meditation, and now, I see the amazing changes in my work and personal life.

Self-care therapy is the key to preventing long-term chronic diseases, and to enhancing the quality of life.

In Skillshare, I hope to provide simple, efficient tips on getting fit, eatin... See full profile

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1. Introduction to Create with a Calm Mind : way. Welcome to my course on how to create Will call mine. My name is Ki Chan and I'm the instructor for this course. This class will give you a set of tools to create upon mine anywhere in any time. The class project will require you to use the tools discuss in the course. Open your mind, Chris. Something new using a design thinking approach where we will focus on embassy observing our environment, making assumptions, gathering data, testing it out and experimenting on what works best for you. Test the tool A creating calm. I expand your awareness of a problem that you're trying to solve to create a new solution or to explore new hobbies. Experiment with this new mines dead. Let's begin. In our busy world, our mind is clutter with confusion, cloudiness, the fleeting thoughts of things to do a pile of stuff left on her desk While our emotions, our thoughts and memories are constantly fleeting into our awareness. Every day our mind is stimulated with social media In new technology, our mind is buzzing assimilation. How do we quiet down? Is it possible that our mind can be still as this photo and reflection of her inner world is showcased to the outer world. How do we create with a calm mind? This class is very similar to a designer. Our class without actually using any paint brushes. Canvas. I will introduce you to a set of tools that you can paint your mind clear. Are you ready to dive into creating a clear canvas? A. Call mine to foster your creativity for this class, I highly recommend that you buy it yourself a notebook to keep track of your project. Progress Assessment of your calm Mind trying to self reflection activity for the next five days When you wake up in the morning, try this one minute meditation before you start your morning routine, such as brushing our teeth that when your cup of coffee you can do this meditation while you sit on your bed at the desk. Reicher sofa Such a timer for one minute. Using your phone. Your alarm clock. Sit there with your eyes closed. Picking nice sweet breath in and out. Comair Mine. Forget the activities that are set for for this day just for this minute. Close your eyes, taking the street breath in and next sell out with each breath. Focus on the duration, the strength but the breath inside your body. And as you exhale out soon to realise that the one minute meditation and quite quickly with your eyes open picture how you want the day to begin and anger carve out 10 minutes to reflect on these two questions. Where and when was I most motivated, Where and when when I was most tired. You can shut down your notes in your notebook before you had depend. It's a great way to flesh out any issues and thoughts before you had to bed. Put it out on the paper. Don't bring these thoughts into your sleep into your dreams. This'll way you can begin the next day with clear and calm line. 2. Internal RoadBlocks to Creativity with a Calm Mind: wear all created beings by nature. See something? Ask the question we think and we make. Sometimes our processes blocked to the path of creativity ease thes roadblocks, are both internal and external and listen to We will focus on identifying theme. Three internal roadblocks. They are the mental, physical, any emotional blocks they're often disguised in our unconscious, less shine a light on these internal blocks that is keeping us from a calm, peaceful mind to creativity. Mental blocks are things in your head. They're constantly chattering in the background, the white noise or the buzzing sound that keep your mind occupied with junk unpleasant stuff. Oftentimes, worries, anxieties and stress are examples of mental blocks. When you send, your mind is clouded with stuff. Ah, clever of information used the one meditation. Just focus on the breath in and out. By focusing on the breath, your mind can focus on another thought. Usually, when we worry, we focus on a future toe has yet arrived and stress about things that have already happened . When you realize that both the future and pass can't exist in the same moment in the present call mine, your mind is an open to the awareness of the present moment on what it's gift's can give to you being aware of the present moment. The future that you were fearing about would take a different course, and some of the stress was subside. Take a mental note here, identify the mental blocks that is inhibiting you from creating off call. Mine is a stress worry anxiety of the past of the future. What life situation is in the present moment? Feel it be in it. What are some physical blocks when you have a great idea and you are inspired? But then you're so tired or exhausted your body is physically exhausted. This is what I call a physical block. The lack of exercise, a lack of good nutrition, a lack of good sleep. These are all physical block. Identify whether you don't sleep very well. You don't exercise or you wish you exercise more and look at your lunch box. What have you been eating? And do you have purpose? Or you just run out the door of a cup of coffee, identify the physical blocks. The third internal block is the emotional block. It's that fear of failure, the lack of confidence of being found out. Your heart pumps. You have knots in your stomach. These are all emotional blocks that can be so powerful at a contrary and energy from your mind. Identify what are some emotional blocks there in your life. Where does exist and when is it When you're at work around your friends or your family or a particular topic, identify the emotional block that keeps you tie down the activity for this lesson. It's for you to examine these questions. First, identify these internal blocks the mental, the physical and emotional block. Make a list you can start unless at the beginning of the day, the beginning of the week at the end of the day. Second, go to a close friend or family member and asked him what they think your internal blocks are. Make a list. So with no flys do you see common threats. Four. Once you identify the common thread off internal blocks that you notice and others, notice does signifies that thes would be areas where you would like to prioritize and focusing your energy. Notice that I said, focus. Your energy Energy is a type of light source by shining light into the darkness of these internal blocks that's blocking your creativity to create with a calm mine. It's a first step in making change notice. I didn't say to make changes at this moment. When you become aware of internal block, the awareness of thes internal black is so powerful that it will make internal changes on its own timeline. The shine a light and become aware. What is blocking you from creating with a call mine? In this lesson, the deliver bowl is that you will have a list kind of inventory of internal roadblocks. See you in the next lesson where we will identifying external roadblocks. 3. External RoadBlocks to Creativity with a Calm Mind: and this lesson, we will identify external roadblocks. External roadblocks are things beyond your control that's outside of you outside of your internal world. Outside of your internal bo blocks, you may wonder, how would I be able to change thes? Well, we'll get to that and lesson for first, let's identify the external roadblocks first, the lack of clarity Just think of when you're driving along a road and it's super cloudy and foggy and it's raining in. Your visibility is very, very low. How can you see the role ahead? Well, you have these two head life that can guide you inch by inch feet by feet. So now notice your surrounding. Is there so much stuff cluttered on your desk in your room in your life outside of your mind? When you're not able to visualize a path and see clarity in your surrounding, you're mine will mirror that. So on the clutter that you see surrounding you is your external roadblock, identify whether you have a sense of lack of clarity due to the clutter inner space. The second external row blind relates to time. Let's say you're working on a project and your creativity is flowing great, and all the sudden you realize that the deadline is within two hours. Also in that pressure of trying to finish up the project as quickly as possible is if time is ticking away. Race is your heart. Your mind starts to cloud up. You start to worry. All of those internal blocks are then heightened because this external roadblock of a sense of liking of time identify in your surrounding or the project that you're working on. Do you feel often ascent of lack of time, as if there's this time pressure or even a deadline or supervisor that's constantly asking you to do the work under high pressure? The third external roadblock is a lack of community. We're also shall be by nature while we do work well and create in isolation at times. At the end of the day, we strive to be community to share ideas to foster innovation when there's a lack of community, a lack of supporter ah lack of people who think and conspire each other. This can block your creativity and because of a lack of community, it can cause stress and gun heightened internal blocks, which then can stay pinned Teoh creativity with a calm mind. We don't live in isolation. We live in community. The lesson for this video is for you to make a list to identify the external roadblocks. Is it lack of clarity, a lack of time or a lack of community? Second, ask a close friend or family member what they see the external blocks in your life. Is it the lack of clarity, lack of time or a lack of community? Third, compared to Tulis? Four. Identify any common themes. Use these common themes as a guiding posts. To focus your energy on the things you want to prioritize by shining a light on these external blocks is the first step and creating new solutions. Teoh combat these external blocks. Now that you identify your internal roadblocks and external roadblocks in the next lesson, we will design internal external triggers to trait with a calm mind. 4. Internal Anti-Blockers: in this lesson, you will learn how to design your internal anti blockers. What are anti blockers? Remember, in the last lesson, you identify these internal external roadblocks. Well, this lesson you're gonna learn how to anti block those blockers. In the previous lesson, we identify internal role blocks. The are hindering you from creating a path with a call mine to foster creativity. And this lesson we will identify ways to develop your own internal, mental, physical, emotional anti blockers. Yes, these anti blockers are ways that you can identify these roadblocks and curve around these go over him under, um or even decide a different path so that you don't need to meet these roadblocks head on . Mental roadblocks are things in your head that keeps you focused on the future that has yet to arrive in the past, that has already happened. This is where you get trapped by unthinking. You're so a lot into familiar way of looking at the world of creating problems and creating solutions. You may make assumptions and away your approach, a problem based on your own preface, which may be limited. Bounded by own mental roadblocks here, aumento anti blocker is using a frame. How do you reframe the situation? You can get into their person's head or feel and think like yet a person being the other person's shoes? Or think the opposite of what you perceive as right and all of these ways as an. These are all examples of mental anti blockers to make your mind open to the range of possibilities. Let's say you know you should reframe the situation, but you just can't chattering your head is constant. Remember the technique off, taking deep breaths and out. And as you're taking these nice thieves, breath in and out closure. Rise and meditate for a bit with that breath. And if you still hear those chattering noises in your mind, have a mantra. A mantra is a phrase that sacred, personal and familiar to you that you can go to. Sometimes it could be a scripture, a favor, verse in the Bible, a favor, verse in a song or the humming of the music. These are all mantra as that you can keep at your fingertips and this recite as you breathe in and out. Sometimes you may have the idea after finger temps, and you're ready you're emotionally sent, but you're just so exhausted. Utor probably had 1/10 cup of coffee, a lack of sleep, and have been eating raids. These are physical real blocks. Examples of physical anti blocks is giving yourself outside his own by focusing on self care. Physical anti blockers can be taking a walk, even for five minutes. Walking around the block. Take a nice deep breath in of the fresh air, feeling the breeze and absorbing the sunlight into your skin. All of that will cause physical changes to your D. N A and will waken yourselves of creativity. Drinking water is so vital by the time that you realize that you're dehydrated, you're thirsty. Your cells and your body has been going on dry field. Sometimes you could be even too tired to exercise to go for a walk. Why is that? Your body is dehydrated from water and from nutrition. When you're thirsty, your body has been dried up for some time. It's just now signaling to your brain that it needs water, so I always suggest that you bring a water bottle with you at all times. Trick yourself by yourself. A beautiful bottle. There's so many water bottles as man of a class bottles that beautiful prince and even has a nice mantra saying anything that can get you the drink. More water Nutrition Having some handy snack by hand Almonds are great source of protein and nutrition, and you really only need about 10 almonds and you'll be filled up and have a nice glass of water that get back energies so we can refute your body. Emotional roadblocks can call that a Kandahar and not in her stomach. It can paralyze us sometimes from moving forward and creating off a call mine what it could be. Something emotional. Anti blockers You can visualize a different way. A different picture for yourself, a different emotion that you want to experience now. In the present moment, it is different than reframing. Reframing requires you to be in the other person's shoes to see from a different perspective, visualizing something different for yourself. As a type of self care therapy, you can select the emotions you want experience. While you cannot change the situation, we cannot change. The other person's behavior can always change your response to the situation. You can relabel the emotion that you're feeling. So let's say you're very stressed out about a specific activity that's happening right now , or maybe you're mad at someone. Reframe. I would ask you to look from the other person's perspective. Re labeling focuses on your own emotion. Are you truly angry at this person, or is there something underlying this emotion as it because of disappointment? Why's your disappointment and as yourself a series of questions of Why, Why, why? And this is a activity that allows you to relabel your own emotion so you can create a different vision for yourself and visualize a new emotion for you to experience. 5. External Anti-Blockers: in the previous module, we learn how to design internal anti blockers. In this lesson, we will design external an type lockers, some of the common external roadblocks that blocks those for more path to creativity and a call. Mine is clutter. A lack of clarity, the lack of time, the pressure of time and the feeling of isolation here won't create anti blockers to address these issues. When our physical environment is clutter with stuff where you know if your mind is clutter with a lot of information, you can declare your space. It is your right to have a space of clarity. If your immediate surrounding is clutter of stuff clothes, books, paper, a computer that's with the inbox with 1000 emails, it is time to declare your space. Where can you find space? The library has. Rooms are available to rent their spaces and the coffee shop you could put on your headphones and isolate the corner. And if anything, you can block all the clutter reside in a closet and the bathroom anywhere that you could declare your space or go out in Mother Nature to the park to the beach. All of these areas are open to you in the public, declare your space. If anything, you could be inside your car. It's not clutter so fine. A space that you can declare is yours. Another external blocker is a sense of time or the lack of time orders. Time pressure. There's two rules that I go about and first is giving yourself a boundary of time. You're thinking, Well, isn't that the anti of giving yourself time now? Ashley, by giving yourself a deadline that you impose on yourself, for example, 25 minutes block of time to do focus concentrated work. Now, if you're going to email, do 25 minutes of email. Nothing else. Don't have your 1000 windows open on your on your computer with TV Armed with the music on the background, I moved your iPhone on the side. No. 25 minutes of just emailing or 25 minutes of free writing or 25 minutes of reading 25 minutes of doing a project one Project, one task at a time. You'll see that by blocking out chunks of time and 25 minutes in revolt and giving yourself a five minute, 10 minute bullet break and you could incorporate. Ah, walk a little Ecker side, a little meditation. In between these 25 minute block of time, you will get a lot more work done. So the time pressure anti blocker is by giving yourself a Ballenger of time that you imposed onto yourself. Second is the 80 20 rule. This. This is based on a famous Aton economist who believes that 80% of the world's wealth is due to only 20% of the population, and this has now been translated into these use of time and resource is what this means. That you want to focus on the 20% of time and resource is an effort that were produced e 80% of the Elkem. Hence, the 80 20 rule lists the priorities that needs to be done for that day, Then look really closely into those tasks. Are those tax that you chose as a top three priorities going to yield the 80% result for your job performance improvement in your professional and personal life, your exercise plan, your diet plan? Whatever planet you have closely, look at that bliss. If those items are not going to produce 80% of your results. Do you want to rethink and realign those task that's going to produce the 80% of your results? Another external roadblock that we discuss is the feeling of isolation. We are social beings by nature, and by denying this aspect of her natural sense of wanting to be, ah, part of a community, a sense of belonging can cause the stress in our minds. An isolation anti blocker is getting to know your community who has some interest with you . I know a few. You might be very shy. And how do you do that? Well, you can join forums, online chat groups and a formula own Google Hang out community where you can connect with people who are just a shy as you are. And we'll like to former community to create something big together. This can be a volunteer project where you have common interests. Ah, common hobby. Anything you can think of with social media and online tools, you can develop your own community at the tip of your fingertips. 6. Design Thinking with a Calm Mind for Creativity: in the previous lesson, we learned how they identifying these internal and external roadblocks. Then we designed these anti blockers where we become more aware and mindful. Ah, wide these internal external roadblocks exists in the first place and design better anti blockers so we could open our minds to peaceful and calm mind. They can dry creativity. Now that your mind is in a calm state, let's open up a toolbox and designing with creativity with a common name. This is based on the principle of design thinking there are many schools are thoughts on design thinking at Stanford University. It is one of the leading institution on design thinking. Ideo is one of the industry leading to innovation development off new products services that is based on design thinking. In this lesson, we will go over the core principles of design thinking that could open up your clear and calm mind to designing and creating something new and something better. First is empathy. Empathy means to be in the other person's shoes. Yes, get inside the head, the shoes to clothes underneath the skin of the service that you want to provide the people that you want to connect, have embassy, then observed. Once you're in the other person's shoes, observed without judgment, often open mind off a call mine and once you observe without saying are doing just by watching as you watch in these other pair of shoes, take note. What do you see? Difference. What do you see in similarities with this calm and creative mind off all these observations as your mindfully being on reserve int, your awareness expands to a wider universe of possibilities with the empathetic heart and mine and gathering all these observation haven't been in this other person shoe after the first stage of Death E. And the second stage observation is the third stage ideation. In this stage, you gather all your thoughts and observation, and in a mindful, observant way, you begin to explore ideas, either through my mapping by drawing but doodling by talking. Yes, now you can talk, explore, find out information. This is where the light ball hits. It could be from a couple minutes, a couple hours, even days or months. This process is illiterate. You would then go back into empathetic stage, getting to another pair of shoes and observe from a different angle through different population and then go through the ideation stage again. It's cycles again until you've reached 1/4 stage, which is prototyping in prototyping. You test out what could be thes hypotheses. You design a small sample, a service, an art, a book, a scrapbook. Anything that you want to do is your first to a sample. Get some feedback. It could be a storyboard. What do people think you want to have your i. D. You want to have your idea, brule for a little bit. And this is the prototype stage because you don't want to spend so much time and energy and producing a service or product that no one wants or needs. So prototype. Give feedback, go back to the first Asian empathetic, then observed from different point of view. And then i d eight again and then prototype. And once you reached a point where you and your community that you're serving with your idea is accepting of this prototype comes the next stage experiment Now money, A couple of scenarios. Yes. I mean experimenting, conducting experiments, taking note of any changes. Nope, I don't mean the chemistry experiments. What I mean is Let's say you have your project idea and you want to see if there's people who are interested in it. You may want to test it in one market, get some feedback tested and then a market gets in feedbag, tweak it a little. Take out some of the features. Does it change the responses? Addax and features at back different features. See if you notice any differences glued to the community, see if their responses being undercover. See what people are saying behind your product. Yes. Experiment. Have fun with this. This will give you additional information that can create something innovative, something better by having a calm mind and center focus that you developed Over the course of this lesson, you are now open to any constructive criticism and you wouldn't feel attached to personal attacks. You feel that this information is helping your idea your product, your service to be better to serve the population at need Now for an activity for this lesson is go through these stages of design thinking first, empathy, observation, ideation, prototyping and experimenting. I look forward and seeing the posting of the project ideas and that we can share in the community and give each other feedback. Thanks 7. Conclusion and Summary Points: trading. Viacom Mine begins first by identifying or internal roadblocks identifying your external roadblocks and with the information you can design internal and external anti blockers with a clear calm mind within use design thinking, great innovative ideas, projects, services with a clear canvas. And with the toolbox that you learn from this course, you have the right brushes to create something wonderful again. And trait the Tom Mine. Thank you.