Holistic ‘Brain’storming – Harnessing the Body (and the Senses) in the Creative Process
Posted by Plish on August 18, 2011
We have a tendency to take our body’s for granted. As a result we often ignore the connections between mind and body that have evolved to become part of the human condition. For example, this article points out that when people think about the past they lean backwards, when they think about the future they lean forwards.
Now think about brainstormings you’ve been in. How many people lean back in their chairs when trying to come up with ideas? Sure, you can say that people are relaxing, and I’ll be the first to admit that a relaxed mind is a creative mind. But, having people leaning forward in their chairs is easy to do, and if done in a playful, relaxed way, can’t hurt.
Is a topic important? Perhaps having heavy-looking objects scattered around the room, or even having people hold heavy objects, can portray the importance of what is being discussed.
Want people to feel warm? Have them remember good experiences.
Have them hold warm drinks and chances are they’ll view fictional characters as friendly and warm (and vice-versa with holding cold drinks).
If you bring munchies into the meeting and you want participants to think in a more creative (versus analytical) fashion, serving a bowl of a trail mix may help. Want participants to be more analytical in their thinking? Bring in a bowl of nuts, one of raisins, one of chocolate bits….you get the idea. (For more on creativity and our senses see this article.)
The point is, people are more than just brains. People are holistic, embodied beings and when the body is brought into the creative process, amazing things can happen.
Give it a try, you don’t have anything to lose…
…but a whole bunch to gain!