6 Ways To Train Yourself To Be More Creative In 10 Minutes
There are so many ways to train yourself to be more creative.
Let me ask you a question: Do you train your creative mind? Do you do mind-workouts?
Now how about your imagination? Do you ever do imagination exercises?
If I may offer an opinion: I think you should do creativity exercises every single day.
Seriously, we should all train ourselves to be more creative
One of the most important tools we can possess is a creative mindset.
Just stop for one second and take a look around you at all the different items, objects, and products that required creativity to create.
Here on my desk I’ve got a cell phone, webcam, microphone… then there’s art on the wall and a spiritual statues… oh, and then there’s this laptop I’m writing on and all the software on it.
All of that stuff took creativity to make.
Now let me ask you another question:
What would you do or create if you had a highly creative mindset?
I bet you’d create the craziest, most awesome things, right?
And all you need do is start training your creative mind.
Let me show you the best ways to do that.
How To Train Yourself To Be More Creative
Now I’m sure you’ve read previous articles on this subject before.
There are tons of good article about training the creative mind. I like Fast Company’s article on creating New Ideas.
Point is, there’s lots of articles on this subject. So I thought I’d share something different with you.
I’m going to share the best spiritual techniques for creativity. And I’d include all sort of good stuff like yoga, meditation, mindful writing and other goodies. By the end of this article you’ll feel like you’ve dipped into a veritable smorgasbord of creative exercises.
You ready? Let’s begin.
1. Try using meditation to exercise your creative brain
Did you know that there are various meditation techniques that make you more creative?
Scientific research shows that “open” meditations train your creative mind.
Now, being that this is a meditation website, I’ve shared a complete guide to using meditation for creativity, so you might like to start with that.
2. Use origami to exercise the creative brain and the logical brain
Scientific research shows that if you want to be a creative person, you should train both sides of your brain.
Research by neuropsychologist Roger Sperry in the 1960s showed that creativity exercises like appreciating beauty stimulates the right-side brain and analytical skills like logic games stimulate the left side.
Because of this, many people believe that to be more creative we should exercise the right-side brain.
Actually, it is best to exercise both sides of the brain. Quality creative thinking requires both the formation of new ideas and the ability to analyse those ideas. Otherwise, you might be brilliant at coming u with creative ideas, but terrible at judging if they’re any good—which is no use to anyone.
For this reason, you’re best to use whole-brain exercises for creative thinking. And origami is one of the best of those.
3. Take frequent mindful breaks to heal your creative brain
As a meditation teacher I take 5 to 6 meditation sessions a day.
Crazy, possibly. But these breaks improve my creative brain.
Research from Harvard Business Review shows that most people tend to keep working on the same problem incessantly hoping they will fix it. They never take a break.
That’s an issue. Because when we keep working on the same thing we over an over we get stuck in one frame of mind. We keep approaching the same problem from the same angle. We never try something new. This leads to failure.
Scientific research shows that frequent breaks help us to boost the creative brain and to come back with a new way of thinking.
So, here’s what you want to hear: take a break.
Actually, this is precisely why Google offers so many amazing employee perks. Let’s of those perks are ways for employees to distract themselves from work so that they can refresh their minds and improve their creative thinking.
4. Use Kundalini Mantras for your creative mind
Kundalini is a form of energy described in Hinduism. And it is a type of yoga.
Mantras are spiritual phrases that we meditate on.
Kundalini mantras are one of the best spiritual techniques for exercising the creative mind. If you recite these mantras for just ten minutes you will relax your mind and improve your creativity.
Here, try these kundalini mantras.
5. Open Your second chakra ( Svadhisthana )
Chakras are the energy centres in the body (Read: Chakra opening meditation).
There are seven chakras according to most philosophies. These different chakras in your body relate to different strengths and also to different health problems.
The second chakra, Svadhisthana, is the creativity chakra.
When you open this chakra you will boost your creativity.
Great. But how exactly does one open Svadhisthana? Read the link above for a complete guide.
6. Open your creativity the Buddhist way
Buddhism states that to be our most creative we must clear our inner obstacles.
When we are mindful and in the moment, and when the mind is clear of obstacles, our creative energy will flow freely.
When you think about it, we humans are naturally creative, don’t you think? But stress gets in the way.
Buddhism states that when we clear out the stress and the obstacles we will achieve our most creative state.
LionsRoar has a brilliant article about Buddhist ways to train ourselves to be more creative. Take a look at that link for a truly insightful read from Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.
And that’s how to train yourself to be more creative
We humans are naturally creative beings. We just forget it.
The best way to be more creative is to reconnect with that playful energy. You know, the same playful energy you had as a kid.
Play games. Relax. Have fun. That’s what creativity is all about.
So if you want to be more creative: Let yourself be.
Paul Martin Harrison
Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book Journey To The Buddha Within You.