Friday, 30 June 2017

The principles of creative thinking

The principles of creative thinking Creativity is a mindset that encourages imaginative thinking, unencumbered by rules and regulations. A creative person is willing to break free from his comfort zone to be innovative and create new ideas and concepts. The creative process at first seems serendipitous or by chance, but in fact, is an outcome of various processes that occur in a logical sequence. • Have an intention to create something “intended information”. This can be illustrated by the first three avatars of Vishnu. o Be like the fish, Vishnu’s first incarnation (Matsya avatar); a fish can swim against the tide, which indicates that one should acquire the quality of taking independent decisions and not just follow what others say. Do not believe in mass imitation or “bhed chaal” or herd mentality. Instead learn to be different from others. o The second Tortoise (Kurma Avatar) advocates learning the quality of “when to say no” or “when to withdraw completely” from a situation. o The third Varaha Avatar or the Boar depicts the quality of not accepting defeat, even at the cost of his life. The boar symbolizes persistence. o Collectively, these three avatars teach us that once one has learned the qualities of taking independent decisions and when to withdraw, the next thing to learn is that the withdrawal should not be permanent. Instead wait for the right opportunity and stay committed till the goal is achieved. o The next quality to be acquired is that of lion or the Narsingha Avatar, who showed that nothing is impossible on earth. This means while you are persistent in your efforts, you should also have the conviction that everything is possible on this earth. • Decide to do it i.e. “information gathering”. Listen to all to collect information. The big ears of Ganesha denote the importance of listening ‘without bias’. • Next comes ‘information reshuffling’. Be like the Swan. To acquire knowledge from all the information gathered, learn the power of discrimination or wisdom or vivek. Exercise good judgement to keep what is good. • The ‘incubation period’ then follows. Do something to relax your mind. To be creative, the mind has to be relaxed. Remove all your distractions to be creative. Do mind-body relaxation exercises. Shift your state of mind from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic state. In the sympathetic state, heart rate and blood pressure increase and a person cannot take correct and decisive decision. The relaxed mind state of the body is the parasympathetic mode, which is healing and is evident by reduction in heart rate, blood pressure. Flow of thought increases in a relaxed mind. • After that you have flow of ideas or “insight” into what your consciousness tells you may be the right path or direction for you leading to creative “inspiration”. • Inspiration motivates action and then you start “implementing” and your creative ideas come to fruition. According to Ayurveda, 2–6 pm in the evening and 2–6 am in the morning are the periods of Vata or creativity. Most poets and writers do their creative work during these times of the day, especially 2–6 am in the morning. Vata period is more creative and you are less likely to make mistakes. Four p.m. in the evening is considered the best time to make a deal, sign a document or to send a confession note. Dr KK Aggarwal National President IMA & HCFI Recipient of Padma Shri, Dr BC Roy National Award,Vishwa Hindi Samman, National Science Communication Award & FICCI Health Care Personality of the Year Award Vice President Confederation of Medical Associations of Asia and Oceania (CMAAO) Past Honorary Secretary General IMA Past Senior National Vice President IMA President Heart Care Foundation of India Gold Medallist Nagpur University Limca Book of Record Holder in CPR 10 Honorary Professor of Bioethics SRM Medical College Hospital & Research Centre Sr. Consultant Medicine & Cardiology, Dean Board of Medical Education, Moolchand Editor in Chief IJCP Group of Publications & eMedinewS Member Ethics Committee Medical Council of India (2013-14) Chairman Ethics Committee Delhi Medical Council (2009-15) Elected Member Delhi Medical Council (2004-2009) Chairman IMSA Delhi Chapter (March 10- March 13) Director IMA AKN Sinha Institute (08-09) Finance Secretary IMA (07-08) Chairman IMAAMS (06-07) President Delhi Medical Association (05-06)

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