Creativity to me is really about thinking for yourself and thinking a little bit differently from everyone else. Many of us today live on auto-pilot, which keeps us doing the norm day in and day out. Stopping the auto-pilot cycle allows us to be present in each moment to bring awareness to our emotions, thoughts, and body. Incorporating mindfulness into my lifestyle enhances my productivity, increases my performance, and above all unlocks my creativity.
Creativity can be challenging due to the process of how we individually translate or express the abstract. Mindfulness is a key component that can help to heighten our creative focus. It helps to identify and work through the processes that block our access to creative resources. Paying attention to yourself, your actions, others, and your surroundings in each moment with acceptance and non-judgment leads to letting go of control and discovering all that you are capable of. This allows us to inspire and shape our creative expressions.
“Creativity, which is the expression of our originality, helps us stay mindful that what we bring to the world is completely original and cannot be compared.” –The Gifts of Imperfection –Brené Brown, Ph.D.
Mindfulness has helped to re-train my brain and creative processes in my personal and professional life by quieting my mind and giving me the ability to look and start projects with a blank canvas. I notice innovative ideas much more often and am able to transmit them into creative productivity.
How do you stay creative? Do you believe that mindfulness has an impact on our creative mind?