How can the practice of mindfulness help us be more creative?
Creativity coach Eric Maisel, PhD says the word ‘mindfulness’ has a long tradition and stands for the nonjudgmental observation and acknowledgment of our thoughts.
He notes “The central goal of ordinary mindfulness is to let such thoughts come and go without experiencing pain, without holding onto them, and without turning them into monsters that eat us alive.”
Beyond traditional mindfulness, he says, the goal of creative mindfulness is “not only the nonjudgmental observation of your thoughts but complete right thinking that leads to authenticity, creativity, and mental health.
“The high ideal of creative mindfulness is to master ordinary mindfulness, in the sense in which Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh, and others have described it, and to employ that mastery in the service of deep thought, rich action, and wide-awake living.”
He details six strategies of creative mindfulness — read more in article:
Creative thinking – creative mindfulness
Video: Mindfulness and Psychotherapy with Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD
‘The Failure of Success and the Pain of “I Me, Me, Mine”‘- includes a number of concepts related to positive psychology, including narcissistic calibration, the utility of spiritual perspectives, developing identity, facing fears and more.
Another video – more on mindfulness: Harvard Medical video: What it takes to be happy
Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD is a clinical psychologist, a member of the clinical faculty of Harvard Medical School.
His books include:
— One of the topics he addresses is fear: “The third aspect of anxiety involves avoidant behavior. Not surprisingly, people try to avoid situations that bring on unpleasant physiological reactions and painful thoughts. So when we’re anxious, we wind up limiting our lives, avoiding the activities and situations that we expect will make us more anxious. Unfortunately, this generally makes matters worse.” – From excerpt article Befriending Fear: Working with Worry and Anxiety.
The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being [Audible Audio Edition] by The Great Courses.
— “Ever noticed that trying to calm down often produces more agitation? That trying to change bad habits can seem impossible? Or that real fulfillment can be elusive, despite living a successful life?
“Often, such difficulties stem from the human brain’s hardwired tendency to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Modern science demonstrates that this survival mechanism served the needs of our earliest ancestors, but is at the root of many problems that we face today, such as depression, compulsive and addictive behaviors, chronic pain, and stress and anxiety.
“For thousands of years, people have used mindfulness practices to deal effectively with a wide range of life challenges. But how exactly does mindfulness work, in scientific terms? How can the human brain, which gives rise to so many of our problems, actually provide a solution?” [Amazon.com]
Image at top is from book: The Power of Mindful Learning by Harvard Professor of Psychology Ellen Langer. She comments:
“When we live our lives mindlessly, we don’t see, hear, taste, or experience much of what might turn lives verging on boredom into lives that are rich and exciting. We are essentially ‘not there’ to notice much of the world around us…
“Beginning an artistic activity is one way to help us move from excessive mindlessness to a more mindful life.”
From article: Mindful Creating For More Life.
Article publié pour la première fois le 10/05/2009