Ultimate Guide To Using Meditation For Creativity

Ultimate Guide To Using Meditation For Creativity

Today we are going to be looking at the best meditations for creativity, the benefits they offer, and how you can use these techniques to boost divergent thinking.

 Increased creativity is one of the best cognitive benefits of mindfulness. By meditating in the right ways you can enhance your creative brain and unleash your artistic side.  

As well this article, I’ve also written a helpful guide to musicians, and a tutorial that writers can use.

Does Meditation Boost Creativity?

If you want to improve your mind, one of the best ways is to train yourself to be more creative. Meditation can help. It can make you more creative, more artistic, and more imaginative [speaking of which, here is a guide to becoming more imaginative in life].

There are some seriously big benefits of meditation for creative people. If you’re an entrepreneur, for instance, you can use mindfulness 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.

Your creative mind is a powerful tool in all different areas of life. For instance, consider this:

  • If you want to be any kind of artistic 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 need to be innovativ.
  • And If you want to start a business, you first need to dream it up.

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.” [1]
  • Creating art can reduce negative emotions. [2]
  • It reduces stress [3]
  • It increases confidence [4]
  • It makes us happier [5]

I could go on.

Point is,the creative mind is a valuable tool for us all. And one of the best ways to enhance it is with some meditations for creativity

Which Techniques

In my list of the top meditation techniques, I revealed the most powerful meditations in the world.

But here’s a little secret: you shouldn’t just do any old type of meditation for creativity. In fact, scientific research reveals a bizarre relationship beteen meditation and creativity. It turns out certain types of meditative exercises actually make us less creative. But that there are big benefits of meditation for creativity if you us the correct methods. This is because there are two very different varieties of meditation: Open and Focused. You can read about the differences between open and focuses methods here.

Creativity 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. [6]

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 [7], and closed-mindedness is the enemy of creativity.

Pablo Picasso said, “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.     

Meditation helps because it opens the mind and helps us to formlate new perceptions and new ideas.

In 2012 Scientists researched the effect of meditation for creativity. Cognitive psychologist Loenza Colzato studied the link between different meditations and creativity. Specifically, he looked at how meditating effects divergent and convergent thinking. [8] What he discovered is that different methods of meditating have different effects on our divergent and convergent thinking.

Meditation boost creativity by stimulating “Divergent Thinking”

Meditation improves our divergent thinking skills.

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 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. It is tested through the Remote Associates Task method [9].

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 methods the subject focuses on one thing).

He discovered that “Open” meditations boost creativity.

Divergent Thinking

If you want to be a more creative person, you need to open your mind. And that is precisely why most of the traditional methods (such as most Buddhist methods) are not helpful (in this one way).

Most techniques involve focused attention; a method in which we focus on one thing. Focusing on one thing, however, does not open the mind. I 

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.

Conclusion:

We need to do open monitoring.

So how do we do that?

 

Best 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.

  1. Lie down on the bed or a matt on the floor, close your eyes and focus on your breathing or five to ten minutes.
  2. Listen to the sounds around you.
  3. Listen in a nonjudgmental fashion, without thinking.
  4. Aim for complete acceptance and awareness.
  5. This is the basic open monitoring meditation. Try it now. Ideas will flow into your brain, my friend.
  6. 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.

  1. Find somewhere relaxing and tranquil, perhaps a seat in a quiet park or somewhere scenic (READ:Creating A space for meditation at home home).
  2. Get comfortable and simply observe.
  3. Look at the colours and shapes around you.
  4. Look at how light plays on various surfaces.
  5. Explore the scene with your eyes.
  6. 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)

  1. Find a scene you would like to write about.
  2. Now observe everything about the scene through your senses.
  3. Pay attention to sight, sound, scents, feelings and sounds.
  4. 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 chakra meditation to boost creativity.

Specifically, this is done through Svadhisthana, the second chakra, which is the energy center for creativity.

Svadhisthana sacral chakra
The second chakra, Svadhisthana, is associated with the genitalia.

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

Another great meditation for creativity is Ida Nadi breathing.

Ida Nadi Breathing is a simple technique:

  1. Close the right nostril with the two fingers of the right hand
  2. Take one breath in through one nostril
  3. Breathe out through the other nostril
  4. 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.

Conclusion

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.

I hope you found this guide helpful. I’d love it if you would write a comment, share and subscribe.

Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher and writer. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.

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  1. Very useful
    Love it
    Thanks Paul
    Keep writing

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