Med­i­ta­tion has far-reach­ing ben­e­fits be­yond boost­ing cre­ativ­ity, but the fact that it stim­u­lates your cog­ni­tive func­tion is a win-win. Here are some of the creative ben­e­fits of adopt­ing this an­cient prac­tice:

FO­CUS Con­cen­trat­ing on your breath­ing day af­ter day will grad­u­ally im­prove your pow­ers of con­cen­tra­tion.

PA­TIENCE “If you can get past re­sis­tance to med­i­ta­tion, noth­ing else in life will be an ob­sta­cle.” – Zen priest Steve Hagen

CALM­NESS Your mind is full of men­tal chat­ter, but with med­i­ta­tion that voice will grad­u­ally set­tle down.

CLAR­ITY This is a grad­ual process, but over time longer pe­ri­ods of men­tal clar­ity will make prob­lem-solv­ing and de­ci­sion-mak­ing eas­ier.

IN­SIGHT Mo­ments of in­spi­ra­tion, a new idea flash­ing into your head, a so­lu­tion to a prob­lem when you weren’t even think­ing about it… these ex­pe­ri­ences hap­pen more of­ten when you prac­tise med­i­ta­tion reg­u­larly.

PERSPECTIVE Med­i­ta­tion helps you sort the small stuff from the big­ger pic­ture. Take time to be present, ob­serve your breath, and al­low thoughts and feel­ings to float to the sur­face.

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