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creativity … right brain thinking

“True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.” — Eckhart Tolle

Where do your best ideas come from?

Are you able to use your creative talents daily?    When do you use your creativity?

Creativity leads to innovation if action is taken and that is what thwarts many creative people, the inability to take action.    Having great ideas works when something becomes of them.   Perhaps you have tons of great ideas and they are carefully written in a book, the ideas are there but they aren’t going anywhere.  What would it take to take the best ideas and take action on them?

If you are thinking, “I’m not a creative thinker” then try to different approaches to solving problems.   For example Daniel Pink suggests that you give the problem to someone else to solve.   Gretchen Rubin the author of the “Happiness Project” has these suggestions to generate new ideas.

Some people just draw pictures and link those pictures to a central theme, or do what is popularly called “Mind Mapping“.    There are other brain storming methods that can be used to generate new ideas, ideas that can improve your life.    Visiting a book store can be a good way to look at things in a new way, new ideas and new thoughts can lead to your innovative spirit coming to life.

Some ideas to cultivate creative thoughts:

1. Invite some friends over for a creativity party.

2. Take a walk

3. Journal – and then reflect on what you wrote

4. Solve a problem for someone else

5. Play with some children .. let them solve a problem for you.

6. Take something apart blindfolded

7. Read a book you normally wouldn’t read

The idea is to shift you out of your comfort zone, your normal zone of thinking, so that you exercise a part of the brain you don’t normally use.   Flip things upside down, tackle the idea from a different point of view and see what happens.    Change the rules to a game, like Monopoly or Scrabble, what can you come up with?

Elizabeth Gilbert the author of “Eat, Pray, Love” talks about the creativity challenge …

What are your creativity challenges? What would spark a new idea? What would cause you to leap to action?

silence the busyness

“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing” Lao Tzu

How busy are you?   On a scale of 1-10 how busy do you think your life is?   Very busy, extremely busy, overwhelmingly busy, or worse?   Being busy is something that has been popularized by our society – be productively busy, be busy playing games, be busy watching TV, be busy doing, be busy giving, be busy …

The Chinese words that make up busy are “heart” and “death”.    Being busy creates death in the heart.   We often don’t find time to just reflect.   We often don’t take time to let the quiet interrupt our soul’s journey.

Eckhart Tolle wrote, When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.”

“I said to my soul, be still, and wait…So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”  T.S. Eliot

Take time to silence the noise, the busyness of life and take a deep breath and let silence flow in and out of your soul.   Take time out to be in stillness.

Remember busyness is the death of the heart, the soul, and the ideas that prance around in our minds, the ideas that float in the clouds, the dreams that form on the setting skies, and the dreams that are launched at the end of the rainbow.

“It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.”  Rollo May

The faster our lives become the faster our life becomes not.