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Brain Exercises That Boost Creativity

Meditation triggers high-frequency brain waves associated with attention and perception: it feeds the wellspring of human creativity. Researchers also found that people who meditate 30 minutes a day for eight weeks have improved focus, memory, and cognitive flexibility. Give meditation a try to get your creative juices flowing. Here's how to start.

The spark of creativity is ignited when we are able to get out of our own way by letting go of preconceived notions, inward distractions of day-to-day worries, habitual associations. Creativity, in other words, stems from the state of mind induced by meditation.

Find a meditation technique that works for you. There are many ways to meditate. To start: try sitting mediation. Whether you sit on a chair or cross-legged on the floor, make sure that your spine is upright with head up, chin straight ahead. Count your breaths, an ancient meditation practice. On your out-breath, silently count one, then two on the in-breath, up to four, then return to one. If your thoughts begin to stray, or you find yourself counting beyond four, return to one.

Keep your eyes open. Closing your eyes can lead you to drift away on certain thoughts. Stare at the flame of a candlelight if that helps, or a picture of a pleasant landscape. Repeating a simple chant (perhaps the ubiquitous, “Om”) also helps keep your mind clear and focused.

Focus on de-stressing.Meditation strengthens cognitive control. The ability to concentrate is enhanced when meditation quiets other brain functions. After one of my 30-minute meditation sessions Iburst of creative and associative energy -- I listen more acutely to my colleagues and am better able to synthesize disparate ideas into an action plan.

Practice meditating daily.If you exercise your brain this way you can make it stronger and more innovative than you were yesterday. Thirty minutes of "mindfulness" at the office as a substitute for outmoded brainstorming sessions can make us all stop and think.

The hows of meditation have been around for millennia. They are simple to learn, and, although they require consistent practice, they will return increasing rewards as you build them into your weekly or even daily routine.

This article was written by Debra Kaye for Huffington Post. We shared this with you to help improve your productivity and help you foster your creativity.

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