If you’re a meditator, there’s a good chance that you come to the cushion every day because it’s good for your health or because it makes you feel more calm and centered. Maybe it’s part of your spiritual practice, or perhaps you find it makes you feel less stressed and more productive.
But if you’re an artist or do any sort of creative work, one of the best reasons to meditate is to boost creative thinking. As many writers, musicians, and innovators know, mindfulness is one of the most powerful tools we have for tapping into our deepest creativity.
Meditation can help us quiet racing thoughts and tap into the quiet wisdom of the creative unconscious. Research has found that many new meditators reported a “flowering of creativity” after beginning their practice and an ability to see things in a different light and pursue new directions in life.
Here are five ways that meditation can turbo-charge your creativity: