When you use the right meditation techniques, you can greatly increase your creativity and flow.
Creativity is essentially the ability of the mind to formulate new ideas and to conceptualise solutions to problems. And creative flow is the psychosomatic state of being fully engrossed in an acticitty. Meditation can help with both these things.
However, you need to know which meditations to use. Because while some meditation techniques, like mindful writing, help enhance creativity, others hinder it.
Meditations for Creativity
1: Guided Meditation
*For best results, book an online meditation lesson with me today.
- Lie down. Make sure your spine is straight and that your neck is relaxed. Close your eyes and focus on your breath for five to ten minutes. Watch the breath as it moves through your body. This will activate your parasympathetic nervous system and relax your mind.
- Now listen to the sounds around you in a non-judgmental fashion, without thinking. Allow the sounds of the world to enter your mind freely without resisting them. Aim for complete acceptance and awareness.
- Continue for ten minutes. This is open-monitoring meditation. Try it now. Ideas will flow into your brain.
2: Pure Vision
Another excellent meditation for creativity is Pure Vision. If you’re a visual artist, you will love this technique because it enhances creative thinking skills.
- Find somewhere relaxing and tranquil, perhaps a seat in a quiet park or somewhere scenic.
- Sit comfortably with good posture. Place your feet shoulder-distance apart. Sit with a straight but relaxed spine. Slightly lower your chin to elongate your neck. Breathe in through the nose. Relax.
- Look at the colours and shapes around you.
- Look at how light plays on various surfaces.
- Explore the scene with your eyes.
- Spend twenty minutes mindfully observing the visual world. During this time do not use your analytical mind. Don’t think or judge. Just observe the visual world directly through your senses.
If you are a visual artist this is going to do you huge favors. It can also help with artists’ block.
3: Five Senses Poetry
This is a beautiful technique that improves our artistic skills by making us more aware of sensory information.
- 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 that includes all five senses.
4: Chakra Dhyana
more on our Youtube
I highly recommend using chakra meditation for creativity. Specifically, we want to open Svadhisthana, the second chakra, because this is the energy centre of our artistic side.
Svadhisthana means “Dwelling place of the self”. It’s the sacral chakra, located below the navel. 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 that stress prevents the flow of prana through Svadhisthana, stopping creative energy from flowing. But we can reverse this. We can return the flow of prana to the sacral chakra. In turn, we will improve our creativity.
Read my guide to chakra meditation here.
5: Ida Nadi
- Close your right nostril with the two fingers of your right hand
- Take one breath in through one nostril
- Breathe out through the other nostril
- Continue alternating until you have taken six breaths through each nostril.
6: Mantras for creativity
Another way to activate the sacral chakra and boost artistry is by using a mantra. The correct mantra for creativity is VAM. Chanting this mantra vibrates Svadhisthana and brings it into balance.
Close your eyes and meditate on VAM for five minutes.
Link Between Meditation And Creativity
According to Harvard Business Review, meditation enhances creativity and innovation. That’s why many executives have started meditating. And it is also one reason why we teach the methods above in our virtual corporate meditation classes.
But why, exactly, does meditation improve your creative thinking skills? To answer that, we must look to science.
Let’s start with the psychology of creativity
Creativity is “the use of skill and imagination to produce something new or to produce art,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary.
It was previously believed that creativity was performed solely in the right hemisphere of the brain. But recently, research has shown that there are in fact many neural networks involved with the creative process.
In particular, there are three key areas of the brain involved with creativity. Together these regions are called the “Creativity Network”. They are:
A large-scale network in the anterior insula and dorsal anterior cingulate cortex that is involved with complex brain functions. The salience network plays a pivotal role in our motivation to act. Studies show that when this network is blocked creative flow stops.
Default Mode Network:
This is a large network of multiple brain areas that are active when we are at rest. When the default mode network is active, we recall memories, daydream, and think about abstract things. The Default Network is involved with “constructing dynamic mental simulations based on personal past experiences” according to neuroscientist and psychologist Randy Buckner.
A large-scale network that monitors and resolves conflicts between responses, feelings, and thoughts. This is active when concentrating, problem-solving, planning, and switching.
Creativity is the result of these three networks working together, according to a research report by Harvard and published in NeuroScience News.
Meditation and the creative brain
Meditation is the practice of focusing the mind.
There are many forms of meditation, including Buddhist meditations, yogic methods, breathing techniques, mantras, mudras, music, and specific guided meditations for creativity. You may have seen some of the meditations of leading experts like Tara Brach, Jon Kabat Zinn and Pema Chodron.
Amazingly, meditation strengthens all three parts of the Creative Network of the brain that we looked at above, according to research in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience.
Use “Open Meditations
You shouldn’t just do any old type of meditation if you want to become more creative. Because while some meditations make us more creative, others make us less so.
There are two different varieties of meditation: Open and Focused.
- Open meditation means we are aware of our entire environment.
- Focused meditation means we are focusing on one thing.
For creativity, use open meditations.
Being creative is about thinking in different ways. The more flexible our thinking, the more artistic we will be. To be innovative and inventive, we need to be good at divergent and convergent thinking. 
Convergent thinking is a problem-solving skill, and divergent thinking is the ability to formulate new ideas.
The problem—in fact, the reason most people aren’t that creative—is that 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 . Pablo Picasso said, “Everyone is born an artist. The trick is staying an artist when you grow up.”
How do you stay an artist when you grow up? The trick is to see the world with open eyes and an open mind.
Meditation helps because it opens the mind and helps us formulate new perceptions and new ideas.
But only “Open Meditation” makes us more creative
In 2012, cognitive psychologist Lorenza Colzato studied the link between different types of meditation and the creative brain. Specifically, she looked at how meditating affects divergent and convergent thinking. 
What she discovered is that “Open” meditation improves our divergent thinking skills but Focused Meditation does not.
Divergent thinking is the ability to look at the same thing in different ways. It is usually tested via a method called the Alternate Uses Task, in which the participant creates as many different possible uses for one object as they can in a certain amount of time.
Some meditations also enhance “convergent thinking”. This is the ability to take different objects or ideas and bring them together. It is tested through the Remote Associates Task method , in which participants are given three different words and asked to find one unifying factor. For instance: Pen, Keyboard, Typewriter = Writing.
Only Open Meditation improves our creativity. Focused meditations do not.
When we meditate, we open our creative mind and also train our imagination. And this brings many additional benefits.
The benefits of creativity include:
Superior problem solving
Creative people live longer according to Scientific American—”researchers found that only creativity—not intelligence or overall openness—decreased mortality risk.”
Making art can reduce negative emotions. 
Reduces stress 
Increases confidence 
- Makes us happier 
Giving Is Caring
Paul Harrison BSc is a qualified meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in teaching meditation and mindfulness both to individuals and to corporations and is the author of four books on meditation. He has been featured in Psychology Today, Breathe Magazine, Healthline, Psych Central and Lion’s Roar.
Paul studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
Paul’s biggest inspirations include Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat Zinn, and Jack Kornfield.
“My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison