Promotes Creativity

meditationA study at Leiden University indicated that certain meditation practices increase creative thinking. Both divergent and convergent thinking are two keys to creativity. In divergent thinking, new ideas are generated, while in convergent thinking, a solution for a problem is generated. Through a study of two different meditation techniques, researchers found that Open Monitoring meditation, in which the individual experiences all sensations without focusing on any particular one, increases performance in divergent thinking. In comparison, Focused Attention meditation, in which the individual focuses on a particular thought, had no effect on convergent thinking. This suggests that only certain meditation practices offer the benefit of improving creativity.