Creativity is a human faculty that’s needed in every domain of life as it gives birth to new solutions and produces elegant outcomes. Yet in our hectic modern lives, with the constant pressure to deliver, finding the mental space and capacity to generate new ideas can be extremely challenging.
This 2 hour workshop will address this issue by looking at simple ways in which we might be able to aid creative thinking…
Something that creative processes have in common is the ‘flash of genius’ or that ‘moment of inspiration’. We might have been struggling with a problem or issue for some time when all of a sudden, and when we least expect it, an answer pops into our heads seemingly from nowhere. It is as if once we stop consciously thinking about the problem our subconscious mind has taken over and provided a response.
So what has this to do with Mindfulness, and how can Mindfulness aid creative thinking?
Mindfulness is the modern secular adaptation of ancient meditative techniques that involve returning to an awareness and appreciation of the present moment. This is often practiced through exercises such as becoming aware of one’s breathing or body sensations. The outcomes of practising Mindfulness are greater presence, relaxation, mental clarity and stability. However the practice of Mindfulness is not only beneficial in terms of well-being.
It can also positively impact our creative endeavours because it establishes the optimum mental conditions for our innate creativity to emerge.
Participants will gain
• An understanding of how Mindfulness relates to creative thinking
• Everything needed to start a Mindfulness practice
• An understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of Mindfulness
• A new empowering perspective on how to facilitate and enhance creativity
• A deeper appreciation of the creative process itself
• Methods to remain focussed, calm and centred.
• Workshop handouts for future reference
Quietish room with chairs, Projector and PPT Slides, Notebooks, Pens, Pencils
This workshop is created with and delivered by Andy Paice. Andy is a London based Mindfulness trainer, Coach and Facilitator. He is an ex Buddhist Monastic who spent 9 years in a monastery in France where he accomplished a traditional 3 year meditation retreat. Following this he went on to complement his knowledge of the Eastern traditions by studying Western psychology. He now delivers secular Mindfulness courses, retreats and workshops to the general public and in business environments from banks to government departments.