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Meditation for Creativity

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Meditation for Creativity

Meditation has a lot of benefits, but did you know that it can make you more creative? Studies show how meditation stimulates the brain’s neocortex (creative thinking, problem solving, strategizing, etc.), increases resilience, and improves emotional intelligence. When you meditate, you enter a relaxed, quiet state which allows you to tap into your subconscious. Because you’re distanced from external distractions such as noise, worries, or any unwelcome thoughts, you’re free to focus on anything that needs your attention. Regardless of what your field of interest is, these are a few steps you can follow to boost your creativity:

Observe

Once you’ve settled in your meditation, you then practice pure awareness. This involves perceiving your raw surroundings. After sensing something as it is, you take inspiration from whatever thought or sentiment it brings you. For example, a picturesque view outside your window may serve as a great pattern for your abstract painting. Likewise, the sound of rustling leaves on your yard may trigger feelings from your youth which can inspire you to write nostalgic lyrics. Take time in observing without letting any unnecessary thoughts or emotions influence your perception.

Envision

It’s a known mental trick to visualize what you desire. If you wish to be a leader, you imagine yourself speaking boldly to people. If you want to help create a happier atmosphere at home, you imagine that you’re showing them a genuine smile instead of a sulky attitude. Having the passion to fantasize aids you in making a vision happen.

Change Your Perspective

Sometimes, we get stuck because we fail to look beyond. An old handkerchief is just a boring piece of cloth until you learn how you can use it as a bag accessory. You didn’t realize that chandelier looks like a fountain before you did a headstand. There are many surprising discoveries waiting for you in the most unexpected places. Drop your pessimism, doubts, and notions. See the world through different lenses.

Don’t Overthink

Thinking too much doesn’t do you any good, in fact, it even invents non-existent issues or makes existing ones worse. Leave a creative problem for a while if you’re not making progress. Don’t force yourself. Dive back in when you’re free of stress. Rest is always essential. Having a break recharges you and gives you the opportunity to fully reflect. Some ideas you have at 3 a.m. may not seem that impressive the next day. The best creations are developed carefully, not rushed.

Ultimately, finding the right meditation type is necessary for creative growth. Not only does it have to be fit for you, but it must provide you enough space. In contrast with ‘focused’ meditation types which allow you to focus on just one object at a time, ‘open’ types involve practicing complete non-judgmental awareness and flexible thinking. You are most creative when you see no limits. Commit to a routine that goes well with your schedule. Whether you meditate for ten minutes or more, daily or weekly, doesn’t matter as long as you’re consistent. Stay the course and soon, you’ll get good results.

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