Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Open Up and Say Om

We've all heard the news that meditation can reduce stress.

You know the drill — a daily dose of “om” can quiet the mind, reduce blood pressure, improve sleep, and blah, ba-blah, blah, blah…

But have you heard that meditation gives your creativity a super boost?

I didn't think so.

Because you’d be doing it right now!

Our friends in the field of psychology have discovered that “open monitoring” meditation can amp up creativity. Apparently, those who practice “o.m.” generate a greater number of new ideas than those who don’t.

Trust me, when you’re working on plot possibilities that kind of boost can certainly come in handy!

These research results were so compelling, that many corporations (Shell Oil, Google, and General Mills, for example) have begun using meditation to help their employees bring new ideas and solutions to the table.

By the way, “open monitoring” meditation means that you observe without judging. To do it, you simply sit, breathe, and remain open to all thoughts and sensations without focusing attention on any one of them. In other words, you think of those thoughts and sensations as pretty puffy clouds just passing through.

I’m thinking that open monitoring meditation sounds like a great excuse to get my butt into a lawn chair and call it work…


I mean, Ommmmmmmm.

PROMPT: Would you like to give your creativity a super boost this week or take a chip off the old writer’s block? Then give this technique a 5, 15, or 30-minute whirl. Follow it up with a brainstorm of plot possibilities, and you’ll be rocking without blocking in no time!

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