13 Jan New Thoughts
Each day the sun rises with new possibilities. A fresh canvas. An open start.
Yet how often do we have flashes of a new, inspired idea that we have never thought of before?
If you are like me, (and I venture to say most of us), we are subject to the same script that is repeated day after day…of regrets from the past and hopes for the future. Replaying the same phrases and ideas over and over; hoping to get a different outcome with them this time.
And yet, as Linda Graham points out, “The number of possible connections among the neurons of the brain at any given instant is greater than the number of atoms in the known universe”. Mind blown.
With this scope, the possibilities are endless.
How can we bring this vast landscape of thought into our reality?
Meditation. Meditation has been shown to enhance divergent thinking and to reduce cognitive rigidity.
Here is a brief practice to begin to develop a more creative “play space” in the mind:
1. Find a comfortable posture. Close your eyes. Plant your feet on the ground and feel the support of the chair beneath you.
2. Take a moment to feel grateful for something and tap into your intention for practicing.
3. Notice your breathing as you breathe naturally. Narrow your attention to focus on the flow of your breath as it goes in and out of your nostrils.
4. Whenever your attention wanders, and you notice that it has wondered, return your attention (with the kindness you would give to training a puppy) to the flow of the breath as it goes in and out of your nostrils.
5. As you end this period of concentration, slowly open your eyes.
6. Take a moment to dedicate your practice for the well being of all.
As Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve problems with the same thinking that created them”.
May this practice serve to create fertile ground for fresh ideas and creative solutions to problems.