You already know that meditation is a natural tool for healing and stress-free living. Now, a study by Leiden University claims that certain meditation techniques can also get your creative juices flowing.
Moreover, to get these creative benefits you need not be an experienced meditation practitioner; even beginners can reap the benefits. The research reports that these effects are lasting, which also influences the way we think. The study examined the effects of different types of meditation on 40 individuals based on the two elements of creativity: divergent thinking (thinking up as many possible solutions for a given problem), and convergent thinking (thinking up one possible solution for a particular problem).
It found out that all meditation techniques play a different role in our wellbeing. This implies that not all techniques of meditation will enhance our creativity. Researchers discovered that Open Monitoring mediation (being receptive to every thought and sensation) led to improved performance in divergent thinking, while Focused Attention meditation (focusing on a particular thought or object, such as candle meditation) didn’t have the same effect. To conclude, some mediation practices can enhance your creative flair, even if you are just a beginner.
Mediation is a great way to clear your mind and unravel hidden emotions. This in itself, might help you become more expressive and creative.
Source: Science Daily
Reference: Study by cognitive psychologist Lorenza Colzato and Dominique Lippelt at Leiden University, published in Mindfulness.