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Creativity, Insight and Breakthroughs

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

Today, I'm going to talk

about creativity and insight.

So in many interviews, Einstein spoke

about how his greatest creative insights

and breakthrough moments would come

when he stopped straining his thinking

mind to solve a problem and took time to

rest in inner stillness, in mindfulness.

He summed up these interviews

beautifully when he said, "I think

99 times, and I find nothing.

I stopped thinking, swim in

silence, and the truth comes to me."

Now I'm sure in some way, in

our own personal experience,

we can relate to this.

How many times have you come up with

a solution to a problem when you're

in the shower or you're on a walk,

feeling really relaxed and at ease?

Or had that experience perhaps of coming

up with a kind of creative idea in the

middle of the night, or perhaps when

you're resting on the beach or in a park.

Now, usually this happens in those

moments because we've relaxed the

thinking mind, and we've created an

inner space where fresh insights and

breakthroughs have room to emerge.

Creativity and wisdom lie beyond

the noise of the thinking mind.

So creative insight often involves just

letting go of thinking for a while.

And this is something that I think is

really important to remember in those

times when we might find ourselves really

struggling to solve a problem or really

fixating on something we're looking

to solve in our lives, or when we're

feeling a little creatively stiffled.

Maybe having writer's block or

something like that, you know.

In those times, we can let go of this

tendency to overthink things and,

and just relax a little and let go

of that constriction in the mind.

Then we can step back into that still,

quiet space within and start to tap into

the place from which creativity arises.

As Einstein said, "The most

beautiful experience that we can

have is dwelling in the mysterious.

It is the fundamental emotion

that stands at the cradle of

all true art and science."

So as always, thank you for your

practice and your presence here with us.

And inviting you now to settle

in for today's meditation.

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