Large Small

Daydreaming and meditation are two sides of the same coin: they both encourage the mind to disconnect from your surroundings.  During a daydream, your mind is free to wander as it wants. It’s encouraged to engage in this behavior. Meditation, on the other hand, is about turning inward. They both have an important role to play in promoting creativity

There are plenty of studies showing the link between daydreaming and creativity. Letting your mind wander willy nilly and getting lost in your thoughts leads to some interesting ideas. I perfected my daydreaming techniques in grade school and have been practicing ever since. Daydreaming is a big picture activity, and the sky’s the limit in where your mind goes.

My personal experience with meditation is not the same. Most of my knowledge comes from what I’ve read, so this is speculation. Meditation is an inward activity. Focus on your breath, a phrase, or an action such as walking. The goal is to concentrate on your focus. If your mind wanders, acknowledge that thought, let it go, and refocus.

So, daydreaming is focused on the large, while meditation is focused on the small. The one thing that both activities have in common may not be immediately obvious. They both require time.

Carve out time from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Leave the real world behind while you just be. This is even more important these days when our artificial connections are so ubiquitous. Turn off the electronics and turn inward. Give yourself permission to focus on the miniscule, and then let your mind wander. Learn to enjoy the quiet. Learn to embrace the focus.

Do you give yourself time to meditate or daydream? Commit to daydreaming and meditating for the next few weeks. See what happens, and let me know.


New Direction

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You may have noticed that I’ve taken some time off from this blog. I’ve decided to take it in a new direction, an exploration of creativity. We are all creative, but so many of us have learned to hide it. Ridicule, ignorance, a lack of respect, and a lack of stimulus form the barriers that we hide from. Together we will break down those barriers to discover what it takes to be creative and how we can incorporate it into our lives.

From the big ideas of the most outrageously creative minds today to my neighbors down the street, I will be sharing their ideas with you and what it means to be creative. Ordinary people are achieving extraordinary creativity. Extraordinarily creative people are pushing the limits. How can we harness this energy to make our lives and world better? We will explore this too.

I took a survey in my house the other day. I asked, “What does creativity mean?” Here are the answers:

“Using your mind to solve a problem in an unconventional way.”

“Making connections where there were none before.”

“Different from the usual things that you experience.”

“Helping your mind expand to have newer and better ideas than before.”

What is your definition of creativity?