We often think of creativity as a natural skill that some people have and some do not. It is also associated to many factors, including conducive environments, ideal collaborators, personality traits and even serendipity. However, research shows that creative thinking involves making new connections between different regions of the brain, which can be accomplished by cultivating divergent thinking skills and deliberately exposing ourselves to new experiences and to learning.
Therefore, it may seem that a creative mind is an open mind, a mind that looks for endless possibilities, a beginner’s mind. . .
Shunryu Suzuki said “in the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few”. . . It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when approaching a situation; an open mind, just as a beginner would.
Creativity is not only for those with an artistic or highly creative job, life requires daily acts of ingenuity and novel workarounds; so wouldn’t it be wonderful to nurture our creative impulses with a beginner’s mind open to boundless learning, willing to free itself from any preconceive view?