Can 10 Minutes of Meditation Make You More Creative?

There’s plenty of talk about meditation’s ability to ease anxiety, or bring inner peace, or even to help you sleep better, but there’s not much noise being made about it’s ability to help in the office. Yet that’s what more and more companies are discovering as they integrate mindfulness and meditation into their workplaces:

In more and more occupations, creativity is part of the job description. Whether you are trying to reconcile conflicting stakeholder priorities, finding a solution to a customer’s issue, or launching a new product line, your solution probably won’t come out of a textbook. But it’s hard to keep having great ideas day after day. What do you do when you run out of good ideas? How do you “get your mojo back”?

One increasingly popular solution is mindfulness meditation. Google, Goldman Sachs, and Medtronic are among the many leading firms that have introduced meditation and other mindfulness practices to their employees. Executives at these and other companies say meditation is not only useful as a stress-reduction tool but can also enhance creativity, opening doors where once there seemed to be only a wall.

We only have a certain amount of mental bandwidth and for most of us, a significant amount of it is taken up with worries, fears and self-doubt. But what if we can get some of those resources back? Well, the short answer is that our brains work better. Not just on the cushion, but in life in general.