Meditation and Creativity

A state of conscious awareness resulting from living in the moment is not sufficient for creativity to come about.

To be creative, you need to have, or be trained in, the ability to observe, notice, and attend to phenomena that pass your mind’s eye.

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Does Meditation Boost Creativity?

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Approaches used in Mindfulness meditation

1️⃣ Focused attention

  • It stresses concentrating on a single object, such as breathing, and ignoring other stimuli. 
  • It is strongly related to convergent thinking, which is important for narrowing options and formulating a workable solution.

2️⃣ Open-monitoring

  • It involves observing and noting phenomena in the present moment and keeping attention flexible and unrestricted.
  • It's far more effective in stimulating divergent thinking, a key driver of creativity

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Observation

The ability to observe is closely related to openness to experience, a personality trait that several studies have shown to be one of the most robust indicators of creative success.

In Open-monitoring meditation, the individual is open to perceive and observe any sensation or thought without focusing on a concept in the mind or a fixed item; therefore attention is flexible and unrestricted.

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