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How to Increase Creativity through Meditation
Meditation is an increasingly popular method of increasing creativity and developing skills for being in the present moment. A study published in The Journal of Creative Behavior found that meditation increased participants' creative ability in measurable ways. There are methods of meditation that can help you develop your creativity and relieve the stress associated with blocked intuition and a loss of ideas.
Step 1: Develop a regular meditation practice
According to Dr. John Fagan, a molecular biologist at Maharishi University of Management, a twice-daily meditation practice can significantly increase creativity. A regular practice will increase the blood flow to the brain and affect brain waves in such a way that allows the practitioner to access deeper levels of consciousness, according to a study in The Journal of Creative Behavior. Practicing twice daily for 20 minutes a session provides long-term duration of those effects. You can therefore access higher thinking and come up with ideas and solutions not often available to those who do not practice.
Step 2: Use forgiveness mantras
A major blockage to creativity is self-doubt and self-condemnation. If you are having trouble coming up with good ideas, it is easy to repeat negative self-talk, both out loud and in your own mind. How often do you make a mistake and call yourself stupid or some other misnomer? Some forms of focus meditation involve the repetition of a mantra for extended periods of time, and those mantras can be a single word, phrase or visual image.
Make your mantra a phrase about self-acceptance, forgiveness and an affirmation of your creativity. A good example of this is “I completely love and accept myself. I am a creative and intelligent person. My mind is open to new ideas.” These mantras will help remove self-imposed creativity blockages caused by your doubt and fear of failure.
Step 3: Listen to your breathing
Another meditation technique involves focusing on your breathing. You can take this a step further and do breathing exercises to increase oxygen flow to the brain, but that isn't necessary if you're uncomfortable manipulating your breath. Listening to your breathing in total silence is a form of repetition meditation without the use of a mantra, so it can be easier for beginners. The effort it takes to focus only on your breath will clear your mind of extraneous thoughts and worries, leaving space in your mind for creative thinking. When you come out of the meditation, your mind will be more relaxed and open to idea formation.