Clear Your Mind.
Want to be productive? Learn how to be still.
Meditation is not new. It’s actually very, very old. Some accounts of Hindu scripts describe a method similar to the one we use today being used as far back as 1500 B.C.E.
So, it’s been around a while.
Christian Hageseth, founder and CEO of ONE Cannabis, swears by it. The entrepreneur attributes much of his success to the simple act of doing nothing at all.
“I meditate every morning, it gets me centered on what’s important. I’m not reactionary to the day and instead, I become intentional and deliberate in what I‘m doing. When I don’t, I’m waiting to answer the phone or thinking about what to do next rather than focusing on what’s truly important to me,” said Hageseth. “Shifting into that proactive, creative, intentional way of being is a critical part of that.”
Creativity is a priceless commodity that companies have spent heaps of cash trying to pin down and synthesize. From colorful work environments to flexible schedules, and so on. Crayola has even penned (crayoned?) a handy little guide on the importance of encouraging creativity in children. So, the question is how do we become more creative?
Like many elusive questions, there is a simple answer: meditate. Hagaseth believes creativity emerges from the routine practice of meditation, which helps him establish a creative process in his own life.
“I work unscripted, my style doesn’t do well with meetings all day. I need to create a space to create,” Hageseth said. “My creative expression is through entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs build an idea and they see feedback in dollars. They’re artists. To be an artist, you need to be at the canvas, you need to paint a picture. Entrepreneurship is equally as creative of a process. For me, I need to be at an office to let myself be creative. I get there and then create.”
Hageseth isn’t alone when it comes to using meditation to clear his mind. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a department that apparently detests brevity, has a helpful page available on where science stands on the matter. Along with some potential bodily health benefits, there’s been significant conclusions that meditation has various benefits mentally, including fortifying the brain against aging.
For Hageseth, meditation and creativity go hand in hand. The calmness instilled by meditation fortifies the brain while also creating space for new ideas within the mind. The twin benefits make for a substantially advantageous— and short— practice. It’s twenty minutes a day that can change your life, and people like Hageseth are living proof.