So most people that know me personally will attest to my strong belief in the power of meditation as a tool to enhancing creativity (among other great things) in one's life. By creativity I'm not really referring to an 'artistic' creativity (though it certainly applies) but rather towards one's everyday choices.
Lets look at it this way. Its estimated that we have 80,000 or so thoughts a day, 79,990 of those thoughts are the same thoughts you had yesterday. Our thoughts, in quantum physics terms, are collapsing possibility wave-functions that travel along probability amplitudes, these amplitudes are the well worn grooves in our minds, formed through patterning, memory and experience.
The Buddha taught that suffering arises through ignorance. Specifically the ignorance surrounding the true nature of our localized reality...that everything is impermanent and in constant flux. He also taught that as a result we suffer for two major reasons:
1. Our strong desire for that which gives us pleasure
2. Our avoidance of that which causes pain
The problem is with the above is that that which gives us pleasure will eventually leave us eg: nice cars get stolen, houses burn down, loved ones die etc...Through the constant repetition of actions that enforce the above two experiences we create our karma, the definition of our experience.
So meditation, the act of conscious stillness, is a way of interrupting these constantly collapsing wave function possibilities (thoughts) and beginning the process of re-patterning. This is where creativity comes in.
Anything that is certain in your life is inherently uncreative, simply because it is known. Creativity is born of uncertainty and a meditative practice can help us gain familiarity with the innate discomfort of uncertainty.
Human beings naturally dislike that which is uncertain because uncertainty threatens the fragile 'ego-mind' state. The soul, or "atman' as the Vedic scriptures (or "holy spirit' if yer Christian) refer to it it, is eternal and therefore does not suffer the fate of the ego. Meditation can help us move beyond the limits of the ego and into the constant creative realm of the soul. As an artist, this is where you want to be.
Becoming comfortable with uncertainty has helped me immeasurably as a photographer. It means that I don't have to control everything, I can let the unknown unfold gracefully and when that happens, its magic...that perfect moment that you'd never dreamed could or would be possible.
I certainly give my meditation practice immeasurable credit when it comes to the success I've had as a photographer and I believe that silent inner exploration will heal the world.
Give it a try....