From Google to elementary schools and even prisons, more Americans are seeing the benefits of meditation.
With roots in Buddhism, meditation is often described as mindfulness — a method of bringing awareness to the present moment by achieving a state of mind that is calm and silent, finding inner peace, or transforming the mind to develop concentration and clarity.
Meditation techniques are as varied as the definition itself. For some, meditation can be found in unlikely sources, such as knitting.
“… The repetitive action of needlework can induce a relaxed state like that associated with meditation and yoga. Once you get beyond the initial learning curve, knitting and crocheting can lower heart rate and blood pressure and reduce harmful blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol,” says The New York Times.
Just like knitting, drawing and doodling can be therapeutically relaxing. It’s no coincidence that adult coloring books are trending in popularity at the same time as meditation for beginners is on the rise.
“Like meditation, coloring allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus on the moment. Tasks with predictable results, such as coloring or knitting, can often be calming,” writes Dana Dovey of Medical Daily.
Aside from health and well-being, meditation can lead to improved time management by focusing on the present moment and making space for innovation, creativity, problem solving and making ideas.
The design team at the Elmwood Agency know this well. “Trying to not overthink things or plan out every single detail of your day is really important for the growth of creativity,” says Samantha Barbagiovanni, senior designer at Elmwood Agency. “I think you never know when those creative sparks are going to happen.”
See how Samantha and her colleagues use Bamboo smartpads to improve their creativity by taking advantage of mindful moments throughout the workday that are dedicated to sketching.