Believe it or not, when it comes to creative inspiration, meditation is the most powerful tool you can have in your toolbox. What other mind centering practice enables you to quiet the mind enough to tap into that neverending inner resource that is at the heart of creation? And while for some it’s a challenge to find the time, much less sit and focus inwards for 20 to 30 minutes a day, if you can muster up the courage enough to explore your inner world, you might just be surprised by the results.
Anya Kamenetz pens this recent Fast Company post on the benefit of a meditation practice when it comes to unleashing your creativity upon the world. Citing therapist and meditation teacher Ron Alexander’s thoughts on meditation and his work with the Walt Disney Company, Kamenetz points out that when you treat the mind like a muscle and take the time to properly exercise it, a person can bring those connections found in the unconscious to life.
Subjectively, after a few weeks of practice, I can say that meditation does seem to quickly bring on a sense of quiet and clarity. Still, being creative is not as simple as being relaxed. It also involves the ability to make unexpected connections, to move fluidly among concepts, to consolidate past memories, ideas, or impressions and arrive at new insights. Alexander calls this second step “accessing your creative unconscious,” and he believes meditation can set the stage
Read more from Kamenetz on using meditation to enhance your creativity here.