• Mark Mathews

4 Ways Meditation makes you a better Songwriter

Last year was a messy, crazy year for the world at large but also personally for me. I've always been a big drinker and I've also always courted a bit of trouble, but in 2016 things went into over-drive in many aspects of my life, which has actually led to me going Tee-Total and keeping away from places of trouble!

Ah, life is a funny ol' mistress ain't she!

Anyway, it was whilst I was spiraling out of control that I also properly started to practice Meditation. I had hit a block with my music: I hated what I had written and I was struggling to write anything that I liked and enjoyed. The absolute joy of making music had been completely sucked away from me and I just could not be bothered anymore.

But meditation started to, and continues to, make a profound effect on me and my writing. It appears that stilling my mind was what was really needed to give me some clarity and re-ignite my love for music and break down the barrier of writers block.

Sir Paul McCartney once said in an interview:

“In moments of madness, meditation has helped me find moments of serenity.”

And that's Macca saying that, so if it's good enough for him, right?!

Very recently on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch the band You me at Six also talked about how they have incorporated the use of meditation into their lives whilst they wrote the new album. It was used as a means to step back and allow the creativity to flow easier.

Here are the 4 ways I've found Meditation makes you a better songwriter:

1. Ideas come thick and fast

There is something about stilling my mind for 20 minutes twice a day that seems to open up this flood gate of ideas. I guess it gives my mind time to re-order all the crap and nonsense that goes on up there in the old brain box. It is not necessarily during meditation that I get musical epiphany's, but later on in the day or evening when I least expect it. That is when I seem to connect with something with ease and on a regular frequency. If I miss meditation for a few days this connection definitely gets weaker so I know it benefits me to keep it up.

2. You become more willing to try different approaches

The gentle calmness from meditating creates a Lion like spirit when it comes to trying something new and unexplored. In the past I got very used to the way in which I wrote music and I stayed there for so long that I think I got so comfortable that it was frightening to try anything else. I guess it could be related to being in a job or relationship that you don't really like but that is so familiar and easy to you that you fear of rocking the boat and thus stay stuck there. Meditation has appeared to have battered that door down and has opened me up to challenging myself again without the fear of the outcome - If it stinks, it stinks but it's a starting point to get better at.

3, You pick things are quicker

Part of my #newmusiceverymonth project, is to write songs using instruments and approaches I've never used before. I've found that the focus meditation has given me has made me able to pick up new skills quicker - I've effectively become a better student who can soak up new ways and new processes quicker than before.

4. I trust my gut feelings more

I feel I am not so self critical of the work I am producing and actually can follow my gut feeling a lot more when making music and taking chances. I seem to have a much clearer and defined understanding of the outcome of what I am producing and I don't deviate from what my gut feeling is trying, instead I feel safe in following it.

Sheryl Crow once of meditation:

“One of the things – and this comes from someone who was highly self-critical and a type-A personality – that has changed my life is meditating.”

And I could not agree more. I recommend it highly to everyone

Do you meditate and find it beneficial? Let me know in the comments below!

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