padma norbu wrote:??
I typically read stuff about mediation that it helps you to deal with stress and clears your head, allowing you to think much better.
Well, non-meditation might be different. How does it affect you?
I personally seem to find that my brain doesn't want to think about stuff, which is difficult when I am trying to figure out some programming stuff and my brain just seems to put on its brakes.
I don't know what's going on or if it related to my practices, but my brain is on vacation and doesn't look like it ever wants to come back.
Before meditation I used to be intelligent in a very focused/limited way. Basically, analytic skills were through the roof, bordering on the autistic/savant kinda thing. Having meditated in Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions for some years now, I find that it changes. Because I used to identify so strongly with my thoughts, this was also the force I knew how to use. Getting more distance to them seems to have taken away some of their punch as well.
So what's happening now? I've improved communication, emotional life, self esteem, and a broader intelligence. Losing some of my near-autistic intelligence, I got back a lot more. At the same time, I feel that there is more waiting. A certain direct knowledge which is beyond usual intelligence. A sharpness that connects directly with intuition. As Namdrol rightly mentioned, it's supposed to bring us to omniscience after all. Not there yet, but you can feel it right?
So yes, intelligence to me seems to be affected by the practice of meditation. Positively overall, but negatively in some limited ways. I have no doubt about it all being worth it. And then when there is specific situations where a very sharp mind is needed, there's always Manjusri to think about. That really works for me, have you tried that?
All the best,