Today I’m going to be discussing how you can use meditation for creativity.
As a meditation teacher I have helped a lot of people unleash their inner artist through meditation. Meditation can help you to be a more creative person in may ways, as I will discuss in this guide. In fact, increased creativity is one of the best cognitive benefits of meditation.
Today I’m going to show you how to use meditation for creativity.
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Why You Should Use Meditation For Creativity
If you want to improve your mind, one of the best ways is to train yourself to be more creative with meditation [another great option is to boost your imagination].
There are some seriously big benefits of meditation for creative people. If you’re an entrepreneur, for instance, you can use meditation to help with creative ideas for business. And if you’re an artist, you can use meditation to boost creativity when you’re working on your art.
But even if you’re not an entrepreneur or artist it’s still worth using meditation for creativity. For instance, consider this:
- If you want to be any kind of creative professional, you need a damn good creative skills.
- If you want to find solutions to problems, you have to use your creative thinking abilities.
- If you want to find new possibilities, whether in work or in life, you have to be able to think creatively.
- If you want to start a business, you first need to create it.
There are lots of health benefits of creativity, too.
- Creative people live longer according to Scientific American—“researchers found that only creativity—not intelligence or overall openness—decreased mortality risk.” 
- Creating art stops negative emotions. 
- Creativity reduces stress 
- Creativity increases confidence 
- Creative people are happier 
I could go on.
Point it, creativity is valuable to everyone. And we can used meditation for creativity. Or if you want to get physical, you can use yoga for creativity instead.
Which is the best meditation for creativity?
In my list of the top meditation techniques, I revealed the most powerful meditations in the world.
There’s nothing quite like meditation for creativity.
But here’s a little secret: you shouldn’t just do any old type of meditation for creativity. In fact, scientific evidence shows that some meditations makes you less creative. This is because there are two main types of meditation: Open and Focused.
Creativity is about thinking in different ways. The more flexible our thinking the more artistic we will be.
To be creative we need to be able to be good at divergent and convergent thinking. 
The problem—in fact the reason most people aren’t that creative—is because the mind naturally gets stuck in one way of looking at things. As we go through life we begin to look at things in one way. We have an idea of ourselves, an idea of other people, and an idea of the world around us.
As most people age they become closed-minded , and closed-mindedness is like cancer to your creative brain.
Like the Picasso quote says: Everyone is born an artist. The trick is staying an artist when you grow up.
But how do you stay an artist when you grow up?
The trick is to see the world with open eyes and an open mind. And this is where you can use meditation for creativity.
Here’s what happens when you use meditation for creativity
In 2012 Scientists researched the effect of meditation for creativity.
Cognitive psychologist Loenza Colzato studied the link between different meditation techniques and creativity. Specifically, he looked at how meditating effects divergent and convergent thinking. 
Meditation improves creativity by stimulating “Divergent Thinking”
Meditation improves our divergent thinking skills.
Divergent thinking is about your ability to look at the same thing in different ways.
Divergent thinking is usually tested via a method called Alternate Uses Task, in which the participant creates as many different potential uses for one object as they can in a certain amount of time.
Some meditations improve creativity by making us better at “convergent thinking”
Convergent thinking is about your ability to take different objects of ideas and bring them together.
Convergent thinking is tested through the Remote Associates Task method .
In the Remote Associate Task method, participants are given three different words and asked to find the one unifying factor. For instance: Pen, Keyboard, Typewriter = writing.
Colzato taught his test subjects two different types of meditation: focused and open. (In open techniques the subjects focus on the overall environment. In focused meditation the subject focuses on one thing).
He discovered what meditation does for creativity. Specifically, he found that the best type of meditation for creativity is open monitoring technique.
The best type of meditation for creativity: Open-Monitoring
If you want to be a more creative person, you need to open your mind. And that is precisely why most meditation techniques are not helpful for creativity.
Most meditation techniques involve focused attention; a technique where we focus on one thing. Focusing on one thing, however, does not open the mind. It’s not the most effective exercise for the creative side of the brain.
Time for an example:
Imagine I’m writing a novel. I’m sitting at my writing desk staring at the blank page. I’m meditating on it. But I’m stuck. I don’t know what to do next. And because I’m only focusing on the page in front of me there is nowhere for me to get inspiration from. So being too focused is not helpful in this instance.
That’s what happens when you do a focused attention meditation. Doesn’t help creatives. It’s not going to cure artists’ block / writers block.
But what about the very opposite?
The very opposite is open monitoring. This is where we are relaxed and aware of everything around us.
I’m writing my novel and I’m meditating on everything. I’m aware of my entire surroundings. That means information from the outside world is freely flowing into my brain. There, it meres with my ideas of my novel., creating new thoughts and ideas. To put an almost stupidly basic explanation on this. I see a puppy outside. I think, “Holy cow. A puppy would totally change my novel”. But in order to think that I had to be aware of both my novel and the puppy. Being focused on one of those things would not have solved the problem.
That’s why the best type of meditation for creativity is open monitoring. This technique improves the flow of new information flow into your mind, creating myriad ideas and inspirations that are perfect for artists. And this does cure artists’ block and does encourage left-side thinking.
We need to do open monitoring.
So how do we do that?
Open Meditations For Creativity
1: Pure Awareness:
This is the best meditation for creativity. This will improve the left side of the brain. It’s a relaxing exercise in which we practice open-awareness.
- Lie down on the bed or a matt on the floor, close your eyes and focus on your breathing or five to ten minutes.
- Listen to the sounds around you.
- Listen in a nonjudgmental fashion, without thinking.
- Aim for complete acceptance and awareness.
- This is the basic open monitoring meditation. Try it now. Ideas will flow into your brain, my friend.
- If you are new to this type of meditation, you will find it very helpful to read my book Your Best Meditation . It goes into depth with easy-to-follow guides to all the most important meditation techniques.
2: Pure Vision:
Another excellent meditation for creativity is Pure Vision.
If you want to improve creative thinking for visual arts, this is the best technique to use.
- Find somewhere relaxing and tranquil, perhaps a seat in a quiet park or somewhere scenic (READ:Creating A Meditation Space At Home).
- Get comfortable and simply observe.
- Look at the colours and shapes around you.
- Look at how light plays on various surfaces.
- Explore the scene with your eyes.
- If you are a visualise artist this is going to do you huge favors. It is the best cure for artists’ block.
3: Five Senses Poetry:
This is a wonderful creative technique that improves artistic skills by making us more aware of sensory information (which can be a real source of inspiration)
- Find a scene you would like to write about.
- Now observe everything about the scene through your senses.
- Pay attention to sight, sound, scents, feelings and sounds.
- Write a poem which includes the use of all five senses.
Chakra Meditation For Creativity
Take a look at my guide to the chakras. It fills in a lot of vital background information.
It is possible to use the chakras to boost creativity.
Specifically, this is done through Svadhisthana, the second chakra, which is the energy center for creativity and sex.
Svadhisthana can be translated to mean “Dwelling place of the self”. It’s the sacral chakra, located below the naval. And it is related to the element of water.
When prana flows freely through Svadhisthana it will significantly enhance pleasure, abundance, well-being, and creative thinking.
Have you ever wondered why we lose creativity?
One reason is because life and stress prevent the flow of prana through Svadhisthana, stopping creative energy from flowing.
Return the flow of prana to the sacral chakra and we will increase creativity and boost our artistic skills.
Ida Nadi Breathing Meditation For Creativity
Another great meditation for creativity is Ida Nadi breathing.
Ida Nadi Breathing is a simple technique:
- Close the right nostril with the two fingers of the right hand
- Take one breath in through one nostril
- Breathe out through the other nostril
- Continue alternating until you have taken 6 breaths through each nostril
Mantras For Creativity
Another way to activate the sacral chakra and boost creativity is by using a mantra. .
The correct mantra for creativity is VAM.
Chanting this mantra vibrates Svadhisthana and brings it into balance, restoring creativity.
As An Alternative To Using Meditation For Creativity, Try Yoga
As well as using the meditation for creativity, there are specific yoga poses for creativity too.
When doing yoga for creativity, focus on these asanas:
Butterfly pose (Baddha konasana):
While sitting, fold your feet in together so they are toughing. Relax the knees and let them drop to the side of the pelvis. Now bend forward at the torso and stretch outwards. This is Butterfly Pose, one of the best yoga poses for creativity.
Seated Pelvic Circles:
Sit in half-lotus with the hands on the knees and circle your torso five times in each direction.
Lie on your stomach, feet flat on the floor. With your hands under your shoulders lift your torso upwards while keeping your naval on the floor.
These are the three best yoga poses for creativity. And science shows they work.
Here’s why you should use yoga for Creativity
In The Science Of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards New York Times science editor William Broad says that increased creativity is one of the major benefits of yoga, and that he himself had experienced that benefit since he began practice yoga in 1973 (and his has the Pulitzer Prize to prove it).
To be creative means to be able to formulate feelings that lead to ideas that we are then able to translate into images, sounds, words, stories, or another medium.
This is what happens when you experience a “eureka” moment.
According to Mark Beeman of Northwestern University, there are two patterns that occur in the brain when we experience creative or problem solving moments. Specifically, the brain enters alpha state for a long period. It’s this period of alpha brain that leads to creativity.
These alpha brain states happen when the mind is relaxed but alert (precisely the mind state we are in when we meditate, another good reason to use meditation for creativity).
Alpha brain state is responsible for most of our genius moments. When a runner breaks the 100m record, a musician creates a stunning new composition, or an author writes that perfect scene, it’s a sound bet that they are in alpha brain state.
Numerous scientific studies show that when we practice yoga we enter alpha. And this is why it’s a good idea to use yoga for creativity.
In 1973 studies were done on yogi Ram Sharma. Those studies showed that Sharma could enter alpha brainwaves in a matter of minutes. In other words, through training, Sharma was able to intentionally put his mind into its best state.
It is also believed (though it’s currently under debate) that the right brain is the side of the brain responsible for creativity? This side of the brain, several scientists state, is responsible for generating ideas and insights, the type of ideas and insights needed to moment of creative talent such as writing a scene in a novel.
At “Eureka” moments a part of the right side of the brain (the right anterior temporal lobe) lights up.
Could we boost our right brain and activate the right anterior temporal lobe using yoga?
In on scientific study, participants who had never tried yoga before practices basic yoga for three months. After that period the scientists studied their brainwaves. They found a significant increase in activity in the right anterior temporal lobe and heightened gamma waves (the highest frequency brainwaves, associated with heightened perception).
Then there’s the fact that practicing yoga leads to a spike in the neurotransmitter GABA.
Neuroscientists believe that creativity and ideas comes about through the generation of new neurons and new neural pathways. To do this, the brain needs GABA. So the spike in GABA created by yoga is massively beneficial for creativity.
Simply put: yoga seriously heightens creativity.
So how you use yoga for creativity?
In this guide we have looked at how to use meditation for creativity, and you’ve learned how meditation can make you a more creative person. We’ve also looked at the scientific benefits of meditation for creativity. Finally, we’ve looked at some ways to use yoga for creativity too.
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