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Category: Creativity

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Your Thoughts and Creativity

Anyone can be creative and this doesn’t have to involve painting a beautiful picture or writing a novel. Instead, what it does involve is a shift in the way you look at things, and a change in your thought process.

Most of these things are actually quite easy to achieve and some will take a little more effort than others. But it is possible for you to become more creative than you ever thought possible.

Your first step is to become a more positive person. It has been shown that less creative people often have a more negative mindset than those who are more creative.

One easy way to shift your mindset is by using positive affirmations and quotes. You can easily search the internet for sites that list this type of content. Find some that really resonate with you and write them down. Then get into the habit of saying them out loud a couple of times each day.

Before you know it you will notice a shift in your mindset and thought process. Instead of looking at something negatively, you will view the situation differently, and look for what you could have done differently to change the outcome.

Read the following situation and see what your immediate thoughts are:

A person is trying to climb out of window using a length of rope. They need to escape quickly and don’t want to jump and risk hurting themselves, what do they do?

Make a note of what your first thoughts are. Would you risk jumping and injuring yourself? Or would you look for a different solution.

Here’s the action that this person took. They took the rope apart, by untwisting it, tied the two ends together and climbed out to safety.

Is this what you thought of too? If so then you are on the right road to creativity. If not, the solution was pretty easy, you just needed to think of it.

Quite often it is coming up with a simple solution that can seem so difficult. Many times you are just looking at things from a different perspective. Sometimes it can help when you unattach yourself from the situation altogether. In other words you don’t allow yourself to be emotionally involved. You almost want to pretend that it isn’t your problem at all.

For some strange reason this frees up your mind and allows you to find that simple solution more easily. Try this the next time you are stumped with a problem.

Checkout Your Surroundings and Creativity

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Your Surroundings and Creativity

Do you know what makes you more creative on some days as opposed to other days? Actually this can be difficult to determine. One day you may find you are more creative when working in a cooler office and the next day low lighting seems to work best. It has been shown that your surroundings do have a large impact on your creativity levels.

Noise Levels

While you may think that working in silence is better, it is not. If the area where you are working is too loud or too quiet your creativity can suffer. Instead you need ambient noise levels to help you become more creative and productive.

Lighting

It has also been shown that dim lighting is best suited for creativity. Apparently low lighting levels make you feel more free and helps reduce those stressful feelings. This is because researches have determined that darker lighting makes you feel free. Try this out by sitting in a darkened room for five minutes. See if your thoughts and feelings change.

Colours Matter

The best colours to have in your surroundings for improving your creativity are blue and green. Just taking the time to look at a photo of blue sky and green grass, for example, can help stimulate your creativity. If you need to get into lots of detail with a project then having some red surrounding will help.

You don’t have to be constantly surrounded by these colours. Apparently just having some glimpses of them is more than enough.

A Cluttered Room

Working in a messy or cluttered room can actually help you become more creative. This may be really surprising as most people think having a neat workplace would be the best option here.
It is thought that the clutter in the room draws your attention to new details that you may not have noticed before. In turn this stimulates your creative juices.

Travelling

This one may not be as surprising to you. When you travel to new destinations your brain is experiencing many things for the first time. When you travel to a new country this really has a big impact on your creativity process. You are living in a different culture with new foods and traditions that you have never come across before.

If you feel that your creative juices are lacking why not try one of the items from above to increase them, by ensuring your surroundings are conducive for creativity. You never know what sparks of ideas and ambitions you suddenly become empowered with.

Checkout Your Thoughts and Creativity

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How to Be More Creative

Who knows when that creative spark will strike? It can happen at any time. It often happens in a place where you can’t capture it. However, it is possible to set up yourself for optimal creativity.

You need to find what works for you. That may seem obvious, but too many people disregard it. For instance, if you do your best writing work on Monday in the morning, why aren’t you writing more on Monday mornings? That is the right time for you, use it to your advantage. Many people ignore this.

Look at what others have created for a source of inspiration. It’s easy to spend some time on the internet and discover some great ideas. One website dedicated to this is Mix.com. It randomly selects pages, and you can further refine your searches by category. Wikipedia and Reddit are other websites that offer up random pages. Using resources like this can be a great way to generate new inspiration.

Most ideas are not truly original, they stem from past creations. For instance, songwriters often use the structure of their favorite songs as the base for their work. Every so often an idea comes along that seems unique. However, when you peel back the layers of how the idea developed, you will often see inspiration from somewhere else.

One important point is never to copy ideas. It’s okay to use other peoples’ ideas to generate new ideas. But, if you simply copy what others have done, people will pick up on that. You will be looked on as a fraud. Besides, it’s an illegal practice that can get you into trouble. Don’t do it. It’s not worth the risk.

To help you to be more creative when you work, listen to music. That can help a lot. Choose music that is easy to listen to without distracting you too much. Many people find classical music is a good fit here as the music contains no lyrics. However, if you find that you do well with another style, don’t limit yourself.

Give something a try that falls outside your zone of normalcy. For instance, try reading magazines that you typically wouldn’t read to get different perspectives. Try browsing websites that you wouldn’t typically browse, etc. The idea is to use a pattern interrupt within your brain which makes it use different pathways. Doing that can generate ideas you would have never had before. The results will likely surprise you.

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How Meditation Can Help Creativity

In this article we look at how meditation can help creativity.

How do you encourage creativity, does meditation help?

The unfortunate irony, is that the more you try to ‘force’ your creativity, the less likely it is to come. The less likely you are to have that ‘aha’ moment.

The reason for this, is that when we try and force anything, we become stressed – physiologically aroused. We produce more adrenaline, cortisol, and other stress hormones. And as such, we narrow our focus onto the thing we think is most pressing.

Creativity on the other hand, happens when we are relaxed. This in turn allows the mind to wander – to explore different memories and knowledge and to make unique connections out of those disparate topics. They say that all new ideas are just recombinations of old ones!

A 2000 study from Slovenia shows that ‘coherence’ in the brain is critical for creativity – that means disparate brain areas working in unison.

Meditation can help greatly in encouraging this then. When you meditate, you will be able to encourage a state of calm, that will allow you to access novel ideas and connections.

What’s more, is that you can use specific types of meditation in order to encourage this. One example is Cal Newport’s ‘Productive Meditation’. This is a form of meditation where – rather than completely empty your mind – you focus on a particular problem or creative pursuit and then try to come to a solution.

When was the last time you just sat and thought about something that was important to you?

When you do this, you will be able to actually practice using the parts of the brain we use for imagination and creative thinking. These include the ‘default mode network’. This is the network of brain regions that fire when we are not engaged with a task.

Interestingly, studies seem to show that we need to utilize a combination of both the default mode network and the executive control network in order to come up with useful ideas. In other words, freeflowing nonsense that occurs when you’re falling asleep or drunk is not useful. But ‘mulling a topic over’ on the other hand can be extremely useful.

So, the next time you have a challenge, or you want to come up with a creative solution to a problem – take a moment out and ‘think on it’. Meditate on the subject, then let your mind just wander.

A creative solution may just come to you.

Checkout Meditation and Creativity – How One Helps the Other

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Meditation and Creativity

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