Daydreaming and Creative Thinking

Daydreaming and Creative Thinking

Great ideas come when you least expect them. Daydreaming and creative thinking are very much related in that regard.  Some of the greatest minds in the world also knew that.  Daydreaming has led to some of the world’s greatest discoveries such as:

  • Nikola Tesla and all of his numerous inventions
  • Albert Einstein and his theory of relativity and other ideas
  • Sir Isaac Newton and his discovery of gravity

Albert Einstein referred to daydreaming as “thought experiments.” Some of these experiments led him to ideas that became some of his greatest works known today.

What is the common denominator?

You are at your creative best when you are free to think. Sometimes it’s when you’re in the shower or waiting for a bus. Maybe your next big idea came to you when you were looking up at the dark skies pondering the stars.

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That’s why so many creative people make time for reflection and relaxation. There is a stereotype that creative’s are lazy, but that is changing. In a study from August of 2012, psychologists discovered that if you allow your mind to wander, it can be helpful in creative problem solving.  Psychologists from the University of California have also discovered connections between daydreaming and problem-solving more creatively.

“There are many anecdotes that the daydreaming and creative thinking process would increase when engaged in unrelated thoughts. This anecdote dates back thousands of years.”

 

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Sometimes it’s hard to shut off the noise around you in any given moment

Most creative moments occur when your brain is at rest. Free from the everyday stresses and not staring at a screen. When staring at a monitor or small screen, the brain is in a state much different to that of daydreaming. It’s not a coincidence that there are similarities to meditation which I have spoken of many times. I’ve created a creative meditation which is about 8 minutes long. You can download it here. Using tools like mindfulness meditation can help put your mind into the correct mental state.

Daydreaming in the workplace

Most businesses look at daydreaming as a negative. Perhaps it would reflect a lazy and unproductive employee. However, the opposite effect occurs. If business leaders would look at the science and the benefits of allowing daydreaming and creativity in the workplace, they could increase productivity and overall job satisfaction. Some of the most innovative companies in the world including Nasa and Google absolutely, are aware of the benefits. In fact, Nasa has programs and courses that focus exclusively on creativity.

Conclusion

Daydreaming and creative thinking is the way to find that creative boost that you may be looking for. Don’t let anyone tell you to not be a dreamer. Dreaming is what gives a reason to find new innovative ideas. Are you a daydreamer? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

 

Much Love on your creative journey

Anders Vanderkool

Real Enchanted Forests to Inspire Creativity

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There is nothing more grounding than being in the forest. I’m going to share with you some real enchanted forests that you should visit. We have all imagined amazing places from the dark fairy tales we were told about as children. There is something instinctual and primal about being in the forest.  It’s a place where creativity begins. There an underlying energy that every human can understand: The connection to nature. We are all part of an interconnected ecosystem, though urbanized populations have long forgotten it. When in the forest, it’s an energizing feeling.  A place to reset your day, week, or even year.

I talked about he benefits of traveling on creativity previously.  It can literally change you. When was the last time you traveled?  When was the last time you visited the forest? Here are some real enchanted forests to check out:

Wistman’s Wood

Real Enchanted Forests

Wistman’s Wood has been mentioned in writing for hundreds of years. It is likely a left-over from the ancient forest that covered much of Dartmoor c. 7000 BC, before Mesolithic hunter/gatherers cleared it after around 5000 BC.  Wistman’s Wood is one of only three remote high-altitude oakwoods on Dartmoor, Devon, England. The wood has been the inspiration for numerous artists, poets, photographers and appears in hundreds of nineteenth century accounts. One tradition holds that it was planted by Isabella de Fortibus (1237-93). The wood is described in detail and discussed as a point of great interest in The Tree, a 1978 essay on naturalism by English novelist John Fowles. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

 

The Crooked Forest

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The Crooked Forest , is a grove of oddly-shaped pine trees located outside Nowe Czarnowo, West Pomerania, Poland. This grove of approximately 100 pines was planted around 1930, when its location was still within the German province of Pomerania. Each pine tree bends sharply to the North just above ground level, then curves back upright after a sideways excursion of three to nine feet (1–3 m). It is generally believed that some form of human tool or technique was used to make the trees grow this way, but the method and motive are not currently known. It has been speculated that the trees may have been deformed to create naturally curved timber for use in furniture or boat building. Others surmise that a snowstorm could have knocked the trees like this, but to date nobody knows what really happened to these pine trees. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

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Caddo Lake

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According to Caddo legend, the lake was formed by the 1811–12 New Madrid earthquakes. There may be some truth to the legend, as Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee was formed by that earthquake. Most geologists feel the lake was formed, either gradually or catastrophically, by the “Great Raft“, a 100-mile (160-km) log jam on the Red River in Louisiana, possibly by flooding the existing low-lying basin.

Caddo Lake has been utilized by Native Americans for thousands of years, but substantial commercial development would only begin with invention of the steamboat and US annexation of Louisiana and Texas by treaty (Texas is the only State in the United States to have joined by treaty instead of annexation) in the 19th century. The cities of Port Caddo, Swanson’s Landing, and Jefferson in Texas, and Mooringsport in Louisiana, had thriving riverboat ports on the lake. Gradually as the log jams were removed in the lake and the Red River, the lake changed shape and eventually fell over ten feet, destroying the East Texas ports and their riverboat industry. Since 1965 Texas’s Caddo Lake has had hundreds of alleged Bigfoot sightings according to the North American Wood Ape Conservancy (NAWAC), as reported in the Travel Channel 2006 documentary Bigfoot. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

Ancient Beech Forests of Germany

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Ancient Beech Forests of Germany is a transnational composite nature site. The Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians include ten separate massifs located along the 185 km (115 mi) long axis from the Rakhiv mountains and Chornohora ridge in Ukraine over the Poloniny Ridge (Slovakia) to the Vihorlat Mountains in Slovakia. The Ancient Beech Forests of Germany include five locations in various parts of Germany.

Most of the Slovak components of the World Heritage site are situated in the Poloniny National Park in the easternmost and also the least populated part of the country. The National Park was created on 1 October 1997. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

Hallerbos

real enchanted forests

The Hallerbos is a forest in Belgium, covering an area of 552 ha (1,360 acres). It is mostly situated in the municipality of Halle, in Flemish Brabant and has also a little part in Walloon Brabant. The forest is known in the region for its bluebell carpet which covers the forest floor for a few weeks each spring, attracting many visitors. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

Conclusion

These breathtaking forests not only inspire creativity, they reconnect you with nature. Do you have any favorite places that inspire you? Have you ever visited one of these real enchanted forests? Share in the comments section below. If you found this post inspiring or helpful, please share it on your social media and don’t forget to subscribe!

 

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Creative Mindfulness Activities: Meditation

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Meditation is one of the best creative mindfulness activities

This meditation will help clear your mind and allow yourself to concentrate while the body relaxes. Meditation is one of the best creative mindfulness activities that you can do. It will help put you in a relaxed state, as long as you you breath. Now you can visualize and brainstorm new ideas and concepts. You might be able to shed light on a project that you already are working on. It will simply, put your mind into a space of creativity- if that is where you want it to go. I know, that when I find myself up against the wall and needing ideas, meditation is a very good place to start. It somehow is able to find that creative monster inside.

What does meditation do for the body?

Aside from increased focus and imagination for creativity, meditation is proven to have measurable physical health benefits.  These benefits include an improved immune system, decreased stress and insomnia , and helping with chronic pain. If you have any sort of creative block or just have been having problems with focus- try this meditation

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7 Minutes of pure relaxation

Aside from helping with creativity, I find that listening to this 7 minute track can help calm the active mind after a busy work day. It’s pure relaxation with calm streams and nature all around you. The melody is set to a resting heart rate of the average human being.
Did you download the meditation? Do you regularly meditate in your everyday routine? Do you struggle finding your creative flow? Let’s start a conversation. Can you please share if you found this post helpful or if you believe someone could benefit from it.


 

 

 

Why I Started Blogging | A Creative Boost?

Why I Started Blogging

I thought I knew why I started blogging. Looking  for a creative boost that would help stimulate new ideas and different ways of thinking.

I thought I knew why I started blogging. Looking  for a creative boost that would help stimulate new ideas and different ways of thinking. It did help with that and it continues to. The problem however,  isn’t needing a creative boost. It goes deeper than that. The problem is:

  • What took it away?
  • Where did my creative self go?
  • Why has this happened?
  • How do I get it back?

It’s not the creativity that was lost. The answer is time.  Time is missing. The amount of time that is being spent working at my day job. Most of us work way too much! We don’t spend enough time with our loved ones or ourselves.

 

why i started blogging

We are working ourselves to death.

Working through pain and being motivated by guilt. The guilt of not wanting to let our coworkers and employers down. The guilt of not wanting to let your family down.

We look for ways of creating time but something always gets sacrificed in the process.  For example, painkillers take less time than going to the gym and anti depressants make you numb, so it’s easier to get through the day. I’m not saying there isn’t a place for these medications at all. They definitely have helped me. But maybe we rely on them too much? I say this speaking from experience.

All of our energy is used up at work. And what you have left to give?   Your worst self! Our spouses, families and friends get our worst selves and, in return, we get their worst selves. We are just too tired at the end of day-no more energy. We have evolved to a point in time where our number one priority is work to live. Sure, at one time we were hunter gatherers but lets be honest here… With all the technological advancements we have made? I’m pretty sure we could rid our world of poverty and hunger if there weren’t so many selfish people on the planet. We simply are working towards retirement and hoping to be healthy enough to enjoy it.  To enjoy the last few years of life before we die.

We all are just putting in the years and waiting for the prison sentence to be served.

So I guess I really started this blog as a way out. I want this blog to help me become the person that can share their best self with their best friend. That’s why I started blogging.

We all create in everyday life.

why i started bloggingIn decision making and other things we do, there is always creativity involved. There isn’t a lot of time in life to really enjoy being here. We work so hard just to play the game; to be cog in the wheel of society. It’s not right. I certainly don’t want to live this way. I’m sure you don’t either. This blog is my way out…I hope

When it comes to blogging, I’m learning as I go. I enjoy the process of writing about subjects that I’m passionate about. I have no business being a blogger because it doesn’t come natural. But I’m doing it anyway! And eventually I will succeed at it. I will succeed because I’m not going to give up.

I want to be doing something that doesn’t steal away all my energy.

Being in a creative space doesn’t take my energy. In fact, it creates it. That’s how I feel when I blog.  It’s my answer to happiness. So I guess that’s why I started blogging. As I learn about the wonderful world of blogging, I’ve found some common ideas for success and also words to live by:

  • Be patient
  • Be true to yourself

Well this is me, myself and I putting it out there. I’ve made this my life goal because it create more room for happiness and experience.  More time for my family. More time to live life.

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Conclusion

In closing, let me share a cliche statement with all of you.

“Be the change you want to be.”

It’s as simple as that. There will be obstacles and stresses to get to you there. But I believe that you can find your happiness by changing something in your life. What’s your plan?  Let’s start a discussion below. Please share and subscribe in you enjoyed the artical.

Much love

Vanderkool

 

Increased Creativity With Blogging

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Increased Creativity With Blogging

by Anders Vanderkool

After my first few blogs,  I was finding it difficult to land on a topic. When I eventually did decide on a topic, creativity ceased to exist. I would normally force the creativity when it came to the creative arts. But with writing, it’s difficult to pull words and ideas out of the ethos. I was feeling stumped more often than not, so I started looking to everything around me for inspiration.  This is how I increased creativity with blogging.

Something shifted and time began to slow down.

Increased Creativity With BloggingIf you really think about it, time is moving a lot faster for most of us as we age. You often wonder what happened to the last few years of your life. And, the answer is being an adult. Life isn’t like it was in school or your twenties. Back then, life was filled with activities and ideas. But now it’s just routine. The problem is that, the less you do, the faster the time passes.  Your mind creates memories and that in turn, creates a timeline. That’s why those routine days go by so quickly when you look back on them. There are no memories that stand out-they just blend together and fade away.

In routine, we don’t stop to look.

We don’t see or experience the little things in life. We don’t notice the bees in the garden or that co-worker with an ironic coffee mug.  I started to look at the world in a different way- a more intentional way.  After all,  most of our time as adults is living autonomously and accepting the world for what it is . I began to notice the fine details of everything around me. Maybe I did notice them at one point in time- but that was when I was a child. It was when you were a child- when everything was new and interesting. We looked at things and asked questions. Questions like: “Why is it so convenient that these car keys fit in an electrical socket?” I have written about some book recommendations that can help with creativity here.

  • Increased Creativity With BloggingWe don’t do try new things.
  • We don’t inspire ourselves to be better.
  • We don’t strive to inspire others.

….This is what blogging has done for me.

Being intentional and living in the moment tends to slow things down. This allows you to focus on things that you never noticed before.  Remember, life is full of inspiration and opportunities. And everywhere you look is an opportunity to learn. Blogging has made me more curious. I spend more time thinking and reading about interesting and innovative ideas than watching mindless TV shows.

 

“Blogging has given me a platform to inspire others and to be my better self. A place where I can share content and have a voice”

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, writing a blog, has taught me to look at the world through a different lens. Thus, creating time to focus my creative ideas. This is how I increased creativity with blogging.  Do you do something creative? How has it changed your outlook? If you have enjoyed this article, please share and don’t forget to subscribe.

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