Floating enhances creativity


True creative bursts arise when your mind puts together unrelated ideas in new and novel ways.

Your left-brain logical processor excels at analysis and evaluation of alternatives, but it does a poor job generating new and unique thoughts.

Your right-brain excels at breaking convention and making new associations but handles evaluation of alternatives poorly.

True creativity requires both your brain hemispheres to work together.

“When you start to look at more complex cognitive process like imagination or creative thinking, it’s not just isolated [brain] areas that are responsible, but communication of the entire brain that’s required,” said study researcher Alex Schlegel, a cognitive neuroscientist at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

Creativity is a by-product of mindful attention, focused concentration, and hemispheric balance — all features enhanced by floating.

A regular practice of floating and mindful meditation will improve your creativity immeasurably. It will manifest in areas both big and small in your life.

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