6 ways practicing meditation can help improve your creativity
Meditation has far-reaching benefits beyond boosting creativity, but the fact that it stimulates your cognitive function is a win-win.
Here are some of the creative benefits of adopting this ancient practice:
Concentrating on your breathing day after day will gradually improve your powers of concentration.
“If you can get past resistance to meditation, nothing else in life will be an obstacle.” – Zen priest Steve Hagen
Your mind is full of mental chatter, but with meditation that voice will gradually settle down.
This is a gradual process, but over time longer periods of mental clarity will make problem-solving and decision-making easier.
Moments of inspiration, a new idea flashing into your head, a solution to a problem when you weren’t even thinking about it… these experiences happen more often when you practise meditation regularly.
Meditation helps you sort the small stuff from the bigger picture. Take time to be present, observe your breath, and allow thoughts and feelings to float to the surface.
Want to try it for yourself?
The Mindfulness App provides guided and silent meditation sessions, a five-day guided introduction to mindfulness and daily reminders and statistics. It’s suitable for all levels and available for download from the App Store and Google Play.
“You don’t know if your idea is any good the moment it’s created. Neither does anyone else. The most you can hope for is a strong gut feeling that it is. And trusting your feelings is not as easy as the optimists say it is. There’s a reason why feelings scare us –because what they tell us and what the rest of the world tells us are often two different things.”
– Hugh MacLeod, author of Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
This originally appeared in from the June/July issue of NADIA magazine.
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