How Meditation Helps Creativity
You may have considered meditation as a tool for mental or physical wellness. And it’s true the benefits for body and mind have been known and revered in Eastern cultures for millennia. The modern world is also waking up to the many ways meditation can be a vital and effective ingredient of a healthy, happy life. But how can meditation help us creatively?
Well, firstly, being healthy and happy is a strong foundation for creative living in general. We’re more able to devote time, energy and focus to our art if we’re free from health struggles or psychological stresses.
But there are also specific ways in which a practice of meditation can enhance and support our creative projects, visions and goals.
Here are 6 ways meditation can boost creativity:
Meditation can help to reduce the natural fears and doubts that come up as part of any creative path.
For example, the very human concerns of criticism, rejection, failure, meaninglessness, etc. A regular meditation practice will enhance feelings of inner calm and help to cultivate a stronger sense of self. So, over time, this will naturally increase self-belief, and reduce the voice of self-doubt that can stop creatives from creating.
In scientific terms, regular meditation has measurable and long-lasting effects on our brains and neural pathways. Some of these effects are linked to increased creativity and the generation of new ideas. In spiritual terms, meditation connects us with the realm of infinite intelligence – the source of all creation.
As we become more accustomed to tapping into this intelligence, we more readily receive divine downloads, insights, inspiration and the creative breakthroughs that can supercharge our visions, goals and dreams.
Our minds alter over time as a result of a meditation practice – we adopt a calmer, less reactive approach to everyday life. We’re likely to be less troubled and obsessed with minor dramas, petty worries, futile battles or other people’s business. This leaves space in our minds and our schedules for the deeper issues that are truly meaningful to us, like our purpose, our values and our creative gifts, talents and expression.
As meditation helps us to view the world with much less attention to the drama and chaos, we gradually begin to notice and focus on different things. Our eyes are opened to fresh perspectives – new ways of seeing the world. Our minds become primed to see and notice the beauty, mystery and magic all around us. This is the realm of creative insights and genius inspiration and it’s available to us all, at all times. A meditation practice can help us to connect with it more easily and more often.
Meditation encourages a less frantic, more mindful and present approach to life. When we slow down, not only do we tend to enjoy and appreciate our lives more (which can be a powerful creative boost), but we are also more likely to see and notice the inspiration all around us, to appreciate the miraculous in the everyday. This mindful approach to life is infinitely inspiring and energising, a fresh new creative energy that leads to new ideas, awareness and creations.
There are many modes of meditation, but a key ingredient of most of them is a degree of silence, quiet or solitude. This calm and alert mental state is renowned for creative insights and breakthroughs. It makes sense that ideas can come in during meditation – the quiet, relaxed periods create a chance for the genius mind to be heard. And on a personal level, I can vouch for the power of quiet – my meditative practices never fail in sparking new solutions or exciting new insights.
So meditation can support creative living on 3 levels:
• It’s a powerful and effective go-to remedy when we need inspiration or a shift in perspective.
• A practice of regular meditation can create long-term benefits that boost creativity – and these benefits increase over time.
• It’s a route to accessing and enjoying the miracles and magic of our human experience – our ultimate creative project.
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