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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Peace through creativity

Bhanumathi Narasimhan, Hindustan Times

There are over seven billion people on this planet and an equal or greater number of thoughts and ideas born every moment. One can only wonder how an idea comes and creativity is created. For creativity, time is not a factor. Our brain has two hemispheres --- right and left. Science says that the left brain is associated with analysis and logic, whereas the right brain activity is connected to music, emotions and creativity.

In our normal day-to-day life, we tend to use our left-brain more often as we try to understand, question, judge people and situations around us. This creates an imbalance in the way we perceive the reality. Similarly, if we spend the entire day listening to music or singing songs, even that can make us dull and tired.

Creativity cannot arise in a mind that is out of balance or tired. This is where meditation helps. Spiritual practices like meditation take us to our inner realm, which is the basis of creativity. Meditation restores balance, brings centeredness, calms an agitated mind and refreshes and re-energises it.

Meditation creates a perfect field for ideas to flow. When all thoughts are in harmony with nature, such a mind is intuitive. This alignment needs to be nurtured through meditation. Even a creative person will find that the quality of his or her ideas change and improve as one meditates. When our mind is calm and relaxed, creativity wells up from within.

Often, a person in love experiences a surge of creativity. He writes poems, draws paintings and the like. And, when the attachment towards the subject of love subsides, the creativity also takes a downward trend. The secret is to make our attachment bigger. Refining and expanding our love to include the entire cosmos, sustains and nourishes our creative abilities.

Furthermore, the ideas that are born are beneficial for humanity. When this connection to the inner-net is firmly established, we become agents of peace with the ability to creatively find win-win solutions to the challenges that confront every individual and society.

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