Unlocking The Right Side of The Brain

Left Versus Right

Have you ever heard of the right side versus left side of the brain theory? To sum it up, the left side of the brain is the analytical side. It’s the side we usually operate in, when we make decisions we analyze and we’re objective.

If I do X, the possible outcomes are A,B,C,D, however if I choose Y the outcomes will be E,F,G. We do it all the time. Even the most trivial decisions often come from this type of thought processing.

Should I attend my friends birthday party?

Yes, because if I don’t she’ll be really mad at me. But I’m not really in the mood to spend the evening in a loud bar. I can’t really afford it either. But she came to celebrate my birthday even though she was sick. It wouldn’t be very fair of me to not attend.

Even, simpler decisions go through this process. What you eat for breakfast is often weighed and calculated.

Right Side of the Brain

The right side of the brain is where our creativity lives. When we tap into the right side of the brain we can often have realizations and ideas that otherwise wouldn’t have come to us. Elizibeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love did a wonderful Ted Talk about creativity and our muses or genius. If you haven’t watched it you should. Seriously it’s really good. She discussed a famous author who would be out in the field working and she could literally feel an idea coming to her. She described it as though the entire ground would shake, and she had to get a pen before it passed her. If the idea swept through the area before she could grab her pen, that was it, she’d lose it.

Where Ideas Come From

Have you ever noticed that ideas come at the strangest times. It’s as if they were ushered from some higher plane to you by some divine entity. There is no logical thought process, it just appears. That is the right side of your brain working. And it’s been argued that the only time, the right side of the brain is allowed to work is when the left side is quieted. This could be during yoga, or meditation. Perhaps, while you’re walking, clearing your mind. A lot of my best ideas occur while I’m relaxing. I lie on a foam roller and gently massage my muscles. It’s essentially a form of meditation for me, I quiet the left side of my brain and allow the right side to drift into thought.

We all have access to creativity, and for some it comes easier than others. But, the critical take away is find an activity to turn off the left part of your brain. Allow logic and reasoning to drift away. Find an activity that allows you to do this. For some it’s doodling, for others meditation or yoga. Allow yourself the time to not think, and you’ll find this is where some of your greatest ideas come from.

 

Boosting Your Creativity

Creativity is something that can be useful for all people in all walks of life. Whether you are a baker, a writer, a computer programmer, a teacher or you could be, just someone who wants to create greatness, being creative can help you attain new ways of finding or solving problem.

Creativity is not a requirement or something that is gained because you need it. Creativity is an attribute that every person possesses. The only difference between the creativity of a great person and yours is that they have been successful in boosting theirs. You are creative, but it is not in the level of Albert Einstein, where he accomplished great things that changed the world.Wait, I am not saying that we need to reach the same level of creativity like the one Einstein had; I just want you to awaken yourself and maximize your creativity.

The purpose of this article is to help you create solutions for everyday problems and come up with ideas that can help pave your way to success.

Ways to Boost your Creativeness

 

Take Care Of Yourself. Getting enough sleep will help your mind process information. Our brain has two hemisphere: the left and the right, which takes care of different functions. The right is for creative tasks while the left is for logical tasks. When you are asleep, these two hemispheres join to process information (which does not happen when you are awake). It will enable you to have a bright light bulb flashing above your head when you wake up in the morning. Try this: before going to sleep, think of a problem you want to solve and voila, when you wake up, you will have a rush of ideas. Sleep isn’t the only aspect that will affect your creativity, eating a healthy diet will increase your creative capacity as well. I’m currently participating in a green smoothie challenge to help me eat right.

Learn and experience new things. Go on and explore new things. If you are doing things such as programming or art, try doing some physical things like basketball or mountain hiking. You can always see that there are interconnections between the skills that you use from programming and basketball: analytical skills. You need to analyze a problem to create a programming solution; you need to analyze enemy team in order to create an effective play in basketball. “If you want something you’ve never had you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.”

Restrict yourself. Look at this quote from Stravinsky: “The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self”. As a writer, when I need to write something in 400 words when I ought to write it in 700 words, I need to be creative. This forces me to come up with something that I would not be able to think when there’s so much room. Remember the inventors; do you think they will come up with something if they aren’t restricted? If Edison can already communicate to people thousands of miles away, do you think he would come up with great invention? No, therefore, restrictions or limitations allow us to gather ideas and compile them in order to come up with something great.