“Nobel-Prize winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel says that the brain is a creative machine.

It appears that the quantity and diversity of our ideas are mediated by the front lobes, right behind your forehead. Preliminary brain research by Charles Limb at John Hopkins University shows that the parts of your brain that are responsible for self-monitoring are literally turned off during creative endeavours.

He uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) which detects metabolic activity in the different areas of the brain, to study brain activity in jazz musicians and rap artists. While they are in the scanner, he asks the musicians to compose an improvisational piece of music. While they are playing, Limb has found that a part of the brain’s frontal loves believed to be responsible for judgment shows much lower activities.

This implies that during this creative process the brain actively shuts off its normal inhabitation of new ideas. For many activities it is important to have high self-monitoring of your behaviour so that you don’t say everything you think or do everything that you consider. But when you are generating new ideas, this function gets in the way.

Creative people have apparently mastered the art of turning off this part of their brains to let their ideas flow more smoothly, unleashing their imagination.” (Dr Tina Seelig: inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity)

“Meditation is the process of learning to work skilfully with the mind in a way which will lead by successive stages to tranquility, insight, spontaneous purification and total liberation from all negative states. The final stage is accompanied by full and total realization of one’s wholesome or “divine” potential.  As the process of inner discovery progresses, so the state of one’s inner life improves.  Inner harmony, clarity and stability come about; the confused, scattered mind is left behind, and one’s life becomes happier, more joyous, open, giving and loving.”  (Rob Nairn from his book Tranquil Mind: An introduction to buddhism and meditation.)

Creative meditation practices are considered the most joyful and fulfilling aspect of all meditation practices.

Meditation practices all have one aim in mind – to realize your innate potential and the true nature of your mind – which is infinitely creative and filled with all the positive qualities you need.