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.

Creative Work Is An Endurance Sport

I’ve got to tell you, I am having an amazing time right now. I’ve had this idea and the words are positively spilling out of me. You know that feeling where you’re typing slightly faster than you can because you’re afraid that you’ll miss one of the words pouring into your mind from some rich,…continue reading on Medium…
"Meditation isn’t an escape from life. It’s an encounter with it."

Seth Godin on the gap between something of value being created, and that value being recognised by others.

There’s often a significant lag between the creation of something useful and when the market recognizes it.

That’s an opportunity for speculators and investors, who can buy before the recognition happens.

And it’s an opportunity or a trap for creators, who might get disheartened about the lack of applause and upside immediately after they’ve created something.

In addition to this, there’s the problem of the taste gap, that inevitable period of time where the work you’re producing doesn’t live up to the standards that inspired you to create it in the first place.

The only solution is to trust that you have something inside you that is worth sharing with the world, and to refuse to stop until the world has recognised it.

The taste gap.

An absolute gem from Ira Glass on the the challenges of starting out doing creative work.

All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you.

A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit.

More people than ever (including myself) are branching out into creative projects, and sadly, most of us will fail.

Remember, creative people don’t fail because they aren’t any good, they fail because they quit before they figured out how to be.