Is thinkitating the new meditating?

Meditation, mindfulness, lucid dreaming – these are some of the things you have probably heard about if you are into personal growth and self-development. However, thinkitation is something that has not become a buzzword yet, but perhaps is the next big mind-hack out there. It might sound outrageous at first to meditation practitioners who struggle to keep their mind still, but it is actually a different concept that doesn’t interfere with meditation.

The word thinkitate appeared first on the blog of Tom Bilyeu, the co-founder of Quest Nutrition and the host of Impact Theory. He describes it as

“using the afterglow of meditation to solve the toughest challenges in your life”

It is a creative thinking process in the alpha state of the brain that helps you find correlations between areas you otherwise wouldn’t link together in your waking hours and so this makes it easier to come up with a solution. In an ideal situation you come out of this mental state with clarity about the questions that challenged your mind before and you feel ready to take tons of notes about your realizations.

The way I understand this concept is a little like waking up in the morning with an idea you had in your dream, except that those moments are really rare and difficult to control. Intuition is a subtle, unexpected vision that is often associated with sixth sense and there is a spiritual aspect to it – people who consider themselves intuitive often believe that a higher power (God, Nature, Universe, Collective Consciousness, etc.) speaks to them.

Thinkitation, in turn, could work with the concepts that are already in your conscious mind and it combines and refines them in ways you couldn’t imagine before. So, you may ask, why would you need the alpha waves for that?

To release tension

When was the last time you were trying to solve a problem in your life and you felt no anxiety at all? Thinking is not the same as worrying and most of the time we either ponder over the past and what we could have done better or worry about the unknown future. None of them help us and they are more likely to lead to procrastination then to a new approach.

To remove distractions

When we want to “clear our heads” we often go for a drive or a walk, or maybe get a colouring book. Everything we can do on autopilot mode without focusing much on it can help us release stress and it sort of reboots our brain. It can clear the clutter and if it includes physical exercise it has plenty of other benefits too. Some say they get new ideas under the shower, but the difference is that even if you don’t think you’re thinking, your brain is still active doing other things as you’re surrounded by distractions.

 Another layer of performance meditation?

A basic meditation exercise starts with drawing your attention to your body and focusing on your breath in order to silence the monkey mind. Just like we brush our teeth every day meditation is an important routine that improves concentration, health, self-awareness, and the list goes on.

During a meditative state we can also practise auto-suggestion, creative visualization of our ideal future, forgiveness or gratitude. These exercises are meant to reprogram our minds, change limiting beliefs to empowering ones and shape our thinking in a way that improves our well-being.

Could thinkitating add to the list and create an alternative form of meditation? Can we combine the wisdom of our subconscious mind with conscious reasoning to find creative solutions to the most stressful challenges of our waking ours?

In an always-online world there is more relevant information available for us every day that we could possibly process. People who can make sense of the immense about of data around them, see through the clutter, and find clarity in chaos can succeed faster than others. Business models of today prove that there is nothing new under the sun, but seeing the right correlations before anyone else and enabling human connections that improve lives and businesses can make a huge difference.

Who knows, maybe this simple technique could be another tool in your arsenal that helps you find answers to the question that keeps you up at night and one that improves your productivity. Try it, test it, experiment with it and you’ll be among the first ones to know!

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