If you’re looking to tap into your creative side, consider a round of meditation. But don’t focus too intensely. Researchers in the Netherlands found that “open monitoring meditation”—in which the meditator remains open to all thoughts and sensations without focusing on a particular object or concept—spawned more new ideas compared to meditating on a particular thought or object.
Regardless of the form, meditation offers surprising health benefits. Read more here.
“Meditation Makes You More Creative,” Leiden University, www.socialsciences.leiden.edu
“Prior Meditation Practice Modulates Performance and Strategy Use in Convergent- and Divergent-Thinking Problems” by L.S. Colzato et al., Mindfulness, 2014