I watched my 3 year old play with a set of poster paints. He simply transformed boring old jars of paints to cars of appeal. The good old red was Lightening McQueen, the green jar was Chick and the yellow? – well just a yellow car.
Imagination brings in new perspective and a new life to whatever we do, be it work or play. Something mundane and boring can be made interesting by just putting a little thought in it.
A lot of tasks that we do on a daily basis are more or less routine work. I am sure most of us can do those with our eyes and ears closed. That is when boredom sets in. If we focus on the task at hand and maybe just change the way we do it, life can get pleasantly interesting maybe just for those few hours.
There are a few things we can do to trigger the imagination. Here are simple 6 ways to get those creative juices flowing:
- Break your routine – just do something a little different. Instead of taking the car, walk back from work, stop for coffee. It gets the mind off track from the routine onto a different track.
- Try a quiz, a crossword puzzle – anything which takes you to a place of no mind. When you enter a zone of pure concentration you have reached a meditative state and tap into your creative process
- Color, paint or doodle – it pushes thinking out of the window. Creativity steps in at a point when the brain stops thinking.
- Watch children play in the park – watch them and you will realize what all can be achieved with a bit of grass and lot of imagination.
- Surround yourself with objects that get you to take a pause so that once in a while you stop and look – really look.
- Just write whatever comes to your head – writing taps into your creativity and brings out feelings that lie dormant.
The era of “left brain” dominance is ending. The Information Age that it engendered, is giving way to a new world in which “right brain” qualities like -inventiveness, empathy, meaning-predominate. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future talks about the rise of right-brain thinking and the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced, automated age.
For many the act of imagination refers to the creation of something new. However, The artist does not create anything that is entirely new. If you think of painting a green flower with yellow leaves you have not created something new. You have imagined and combined 4 existing ideas into something different – a flower, two leaves, the colors green and yellow. The basic raw material that develops our power of imagination are our senses. The things we have seen, heard, felt, tasted and smelled. In other words our experiences. The more our experiences the more clear and vivid will be our power to bring before the mind images made up of those experiences.
When we engage ourselves creatively, we shift our world view, we shake up our established thought patterns. This act sparks the imagination and opens up new possibilities and just that once we do the same thing just a little differently – just enough to make the mundane feel interesting.