Meditating/Praying Your Way to Creativity
Posted by Plish on February 24, 2009
Learning, living, partying, studying, depression, socializing….
Researchers have shown that college students who meditated on a regular basis for 10 weeks had more integrated brains, were less jumpy, and less sleepy.
“The pressures of college can be overwhelming-44% of college students binge drink, 37% report use of illegal drugs, 19% report clinical depression, and 13% report high levels of anxiety,” said Fred Travis, lead author and director of the MUM brain research center.
Travis said the data from the non-meditating control group showed the detrimental effects of college life on the students. “The control group had lower Brain Integration Scale scores, indicating their brain functioning was more fragmented-which can lead to more scattered and disorganized thinking and planning. The controls also showed an increase in sympathetic reactivity and sleepiness, which can correspond to greater anxiety, worry and irritability” he said.
When in high stress situations humans need to find their centers, get in touch with peace and quiet, become a monk for 20 minutes or so.
The ability to think clearly is key to the success of athletes, businessmen; all people who have to make good decisions and/or perform certain tasks flawlessly.
To be creative/innovative means being able to see relationships where seemingly none exist, to ponder new realities.
Try watching two bubbles of foam on the waves of a churning sea.
Drop a pebble in a still pond and observe…
What do you do to find your center?
How does clarity of mind impact your creative endeavors?
How can industry improve creativity in light of this research?