“Creativity is Intelligence having Fun” Albert Einstein
One of the greatest myths about creativity is that either you’ve got it or you don’t, no in between.
That’s just not true!
Each of us is capable of creative thought and action and everyone can learn to harness their own unique creativity.
Here’s 4 tips for accessing your creative mind
1. Take a Walk
The increased oxygen to your brain stimulates ideas and being with nature sparks creativity. A 2014 study at nearby Stanford University demonstrated that people who walked as opposed to sitting
2. Take Time for Meditation and Reflection
This may take different forms for different people such as silent meditation, chanting, movement meditation like Yoga Nidra which is a deep relaxation technique of meditative consciousness that I just recently discovered. Sometimes I get lost in creative thought during long hot showers. I remember reading that Mozart would be at his creative best, with ideas flowing, when he was alone at night unable to sleep.
Choose the mode of meditation that resonates for you, that will allow you to free your mind and raise your consciousness to higher levels. Like me, you may feel at times like your mind is an untamed horse that just won’t sit still. Be patient with yourself. Just like learning to play an instrument, it takes practice and repetition to be able to calm the restless mind and quiet that internal chatter.
3. Take your time and rethink your idea
Creativity is in a way, problem solving and creative thought results from rethinking the problem (or the choreography or ____________“fill in the blank” )
A group led by Keith Markman from Ohio University found that people could double their creativity by thinking about “what could have been”.
This speaks well for not procrastinating as it will open up the opportunity to reflect, shape and reshape your idea over time.
4. Pursue interests that energize you
Do things that inspire you and give you natural energy. Some tasks drain us while others fuel us. We’re all biochemically unique individuals. Discover what lifts you up whether it’s gardening, cooking, taking an exercise class, glass making, playing with your kids or grandkids… Find a way to include those activities in your daily routine to boost your energy and nurture your creativity.
Have fun exploring your creative potential!