Meditation increases activity in the parts of the brain related to creativity, allowing writers to process information, make new connections, and generate ideas. (Interestingly enough, boredom has a similar effect on creativity.) Because meditation shifts brain activity to the left frontal cortex and away from the areas responsible for fear and stress, it creates greater calm, less fatigue, and less “noise” from one’s inner critic—all enhancing creativity.
Try this exercise to see the effect of meditation on your writing.
Sit or lie comfortably and close your eyes. For two to three minutes, breathe naturally and try to empty your mind. Pay attention to how your body moves as the air comes in and out. Notice how your chest, shoulders, rib cage, and belly feel with each breath. If your mind wanders, bring it back to your breathing.
After the meditation, imagine a room. When you look at the walls, what do you see? When you look down at the floor, what do you see? What’s the air like in the room? Now look around the room. Is any physical object in the room? If so, what is it? Now, is there a person in the room? If so, what does the person look like? Where is the person in the room? What is the person doing?
A few minutes of daily meditation can help unlock your creativity—and it’s good for you too.