Mind Your Mind: Mindfulness for Creativity with Heidi Hope
Tending to both your business mind and your creative mind, and having both thrive, can be challenging for photographers. Heidi Hope shows us how practising mindfulness for creativity and love of self will result in a higher state of consciousness.
Advice on how to explore multiple passions (6:15)
Your purpose isn’t one thing, it’s a tapestry of things. It’s unique to you, so tap into that place of power, and bring it into anything you’re doing.
How do you overcome your fear of pivoting? (12:40)
Learn how to listen to your inner voice, and discern what is fear that is holding you back, and what is fear that you have to push through. Mindfulness for creativity can be achieved through meditation.
How do you manifest, according to the laws of attraction? (14:59)
Have a clear intention and elevated emotion. You may have to trick your body – if you can put your body in a state of joy and gratitude, the chemical reaction will follow.
How does shadow work tie into everything? (18:25)
My goal was transcendence. The more I was in this elevated state of consciousness, the more my shadow side was paying attention to me. For me to get past this point of transcendence, I had to face all of that. Covid has exposed a lot of our inner shadows, and the world’s collective shadow.
Which daily habits will achieve mindfulness for creativity? (29:34)
You have to start with meditation. You can use an app, or use any method that aligns with your beliefs. It’s really just about finding stillness and presence.
Advice on letting things go, evolving, and allowing change. (34:06)
Set a small boundary. It doesn’t have to be hanging up your camera completely, but it could just be something small like only taking 2 sessions a week. Once you know what it feels like living in true alignment, you will know how bad it feels when you make decisions from a place of lack, scarcity or fear.
Strategy to avoid burnout (42:32)
Write down every minute that goes into a session. Then look at your schedule, and put your personal time (including meditation) and family time in first. Only then do you schedule sessions for the remaining time, and know that every time you allow a client to break that boundary, it’s a form of self-violation.
Speed Round (45:13)
What are you artistically curious about? (48:17)
Want more of Heidi Hope? Listen to my first podcast with her here.
Discover more about Heidi Hope
Instagram: @heidi_hope @newenglandphotocollective
Facebook: @heidihopecreative @photographerrising @newenglandphotocollective
Artist and Photographer Heidi Hope Guerard is a former high school art and photography teacher who achieved international recognition with her whimsical and ethereal backdrops for children created out of her world-renown family portrait studio in Cranston, RI. Heidi’s creative style of studio photography combined with her business and social media savvy helped the Heidi Hope Photography studio quickly grow to become one of the country’s most successful since opening in 2009. Often referred to as a “baby whisperer”, Heidi’s most celebrated work is creating artistic portraits of babies from their first days of life through their first days of school. Heidi is a multi-passionate entrepreneur founding Heidi Hope Photography®, Photographer Rising®, Heidi Hope Backdrops, and New England Photo Collective® while continuing public speaking and mentoring with a focus on education in the arts. Heidi currently photographs out of Rhode Island while hosting international photography workshops and public speaking to inspire and uplift creatives.
Resources shared in this episode:
The Big Leap Book – https://hendricks.com/resources/big-leaps/the-big-leap/
Joe Distenza – https://drjoedispenza.com/
The Shadow Effect (Debbie Ford): https://debbieford.com/
Gabby Bernstein (“The Universe has your back” and “Judgement Detox”) – https://gabbybernstein.com/
A course in Miracles – https://acimi.com/
Superhuman Walking Meditations App (https://www.superhuman.app/)
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