Research says meditation can unlock our most creative ideas -- if sitting still and quiet doesn't stress you out in the first place. Yet the word meditation itself also has a unique power to freak people out. For some, the thought of sitting still and quiet in a room without even the ping of a Smartphone is enough to ratchet up the stress level and suppress any creative thought other than how to benefit from meditation without actually meditating.
I think it’s because we make too much of it. The first few months I meditated I either hyperventilated, while paying attention to my breath, or obsessed as to whether I was meditating correctly.
I also mentally thumbed through my day planner thinking of the stuff I should have been doing. But eventually, I realized meditation actually made me more productive and less of a worry wart.
And, like the studies suggest, I’ve rarely meditated without having some grand idea or solution emerge after the fact. We have so much background noise in our daily routine that it’s nearly impossible to notice the new and innovative ideas we have in the first place.
Via Pamir Kiciman