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ARTISTS: Taking Care Of Your Mind

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Struggling to recharge your creative batteries? Learn how to take care of your mind including the use of sensory deprivation chambers.
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I used a certain tool for that. That's actually to have a few out in the Colorado area. Sensory deprivation chambers. Yeah, those are good. They're not cheap to do. No, they're not. But, man, most beneficial experience I have is going in there dedicating 90 minutes to doing maintenance on my thoughts and for everybody listening who might not be familiar with the sensory deprivation chamber. Basically, it's water with a bunch of salt. Absence also that you are buoyant. No matter your body fat level, you're buoyant and you don't have to do anything. And it's basically kind of think of like a sun tanning bed if you know what those things are. I've never been in one, but, um, but like like a coffin and they close you in and it's totally dark. Yeah, and I think sometimes people get a little afraid of that. Like the ones I've gone to are more like a huge hot tub with no lid like you just go in and lay down and then the lights turn off your just shut into this. Some are like the pods. Yeah, yeah, those are Those are big, but they're also bigger than they sound like even when the lids closed, usually have at least a few feet. People think it would be claustrophobic, but all the idea is is so you don't hear, see or feel anything. You deprive your senses, you're depriving your brain of any input of the external world. And oh, boy, that turns into quite the reaction in the brain. I mean, like, for me A lot of times, the 1st 20 minutes in the tank is all the different things that I didn't deal with. We are so good at pushing things back into the back of our mind. We get stressed, we don't think about things. We don't finish thoughts all the time. We don't finish thinking about things all the time. We leave things partially dealt with in our mind. And a lot of times I get in there in about 20 minutes of laying in this darkness. I'm like doing speed work of going through all that stuff because you've got nothing else. When you really lay in that tank and you don't feel the edge anymore and you start to not feel your body as much, you realize like I'm just this mind right now and you've got nothing to do but work on it and think about it and let it be what it is. And it's just the amount of maintenance I end up doing in about 20 minutes of a lot of. It's not like I can even take credit for doing it. I'm just laying there and my brain is doing all this. It's so good. It gets rid of all this stuff you let build up for me. I have to, like, speak for myself. This is definitely a common thing. People report, you know, just a lot of things. Trauma. It's really helpful people with trauma to because that's just thoughts that aren't dealt with and feelings that are pushed back. It all comes up for me. I get it dealt with and then the last. Our 15 hour 15 is just incredibly. It's like swimming through my own consciousness like really discovering myself for hours, and we'll usually it's about 90 minute sessions, so I like to do that on a semi regular basis. Like monthly going there, it's clear, like if you're into computers, it's like clearing your browser cache for your own brain things just you come out and just you get more on point with your goals and things get put in perspective. A lot of things bother us that if you really think about it, it will stop bothering you like it's just this Bs A lot of stuff we worry about. So to be an artist, I think you have to be genuine with what your mind is giving you, and part of that is taking care of your mind. So for me, I do that with meditation, sensory deprivation, like going in the woods. That's why I love Colorado so much. I've only been out for our for a few months, but I mean, I grew up in Oregon just getting out, and if you're not into hiking, that's fine. But for me, it's like get out in the woods where it's really quiet and like the sounds I want to hear start kind of starting to build up in my subconscious when I'm out there in silence, looking at things that are beautiful. So it brings me to my next kind of like thought on that creativity, because you can go clear the slate in the sensory DEP tank and you can do it in your bedroom meditating and stuff. Um, but you've got to give your mind space to come up with new things like a lot of artists just are always, always in their software, always in their studio, and I get it like I we're motivated. A lot of these guys are girls really motivated. They want to make more music music. It's just you don't want what inspires you to be a piece of software that won't like. You have to, I think get things from the real world that you can then output through your software. If you sit there out putting too much, you empty this tank. I mean, there's nothing left inside that's inspiring you. Now your output, everything. Sometimes I think as artists we finish getting out what was in our mind. If we don't go refill it with new life experiences and things other than making electronic music, we can't keep making good electronic music. So it's a balance there to laziness can step in and tell you like Oh, bro, you need to do more input today when really you just start being lazy, like that's why I think put up the antenna every day, but also go experience life. Life isn't all about being in a Bolton. It is a that's a fun part of life, really happy. I live in 2018. I can have this and all this stuff, I think, for me meditating. But then doing a lot of non music things to that just kind of put put more content in your mind. It's like doing maintenance on your subconscious is important.