Creativity is a terrible thing to waste:
Is creativity a matter of nature or nurture to you? Does it spontaneously arise when you least expect it, or do you deliberately attempt to be creative? Are there times when you wish you could be more creative? And what does creativity mean to you anyway? Is it something that allows you to solve problems, is it something through which you express yourself physically or is it something that keeps you feeling connected and in touch with the world around you?
We can interpret and interact with this thing we call creativity. Sometimes the approach is full of good intention and yet nothing seems to arise, and other times we can be in the shower, or wondering what to have for lunch and the best idea in the world suddenly pops into our mind. So why does it happen like this, and what can we do about it? And is it even possible to train the mind to become more creative?
When it comes to creativity, western psychologists often like to talk about it terms of “conscious” and “subconscious” mind. This suggests that they are two distinct places, and that we somehow have to “access” or “tap into” this creative space. From a meditation point of view, that’s not strictly true. Sure, if you had to give a name to those thoughts and feelings you are not aware of in any given moment, you could call them “subconscious” — or anything else for that matter. But whatever you choose to call it, we are still talking about the mind … and there is only one mind!