21 Ways To Be Relentlessly Creative-part 2Idea 9: Leave Time And Room For The Gaps“Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.”- Nikola Tesla
If you thought creativity was all about action and moving forward, you may need to rethink the idea. Before I go asking you to search your creative habits, I confess to making the same mistake of not allowing enough gaps and silence time. I still do it sometimes.
But now I have better awareness to catch it and I hope to think that I now know some other ways and methods to facilitate silence. What I am talking about is getting so caught up in action that you have no time for incubation of new ideas.
The creative stages might look like this even though the order might differ:
Absorption or scratching as Twyla Tharp calls it
Incubation or infusion where you are letting things settle.
Action or being creative with the new insights
Launch or putting it out there within a meaningful context for people to enjoy.
Of course, the one stage that suffers most is the incubation stage.
You may want immediate creative action and you do not have the time to wait any longer. After all, you have a deadline.
We have been conditioned to operate within deadlines and constraints and that can be a great thing for the creative process.
But excessive pushing might result in using the same material over and over again. You may have to allow breaks and silences to work their magic in the creative process.
What will CREATIVITY be without the breaks?“True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found” – Eckhart Tolle
What will be a canvas be without the white spaces?
What will music be without the pauses?
What will writing be without periods and punctuations?
What will a room be with no empty spaces?
What will life be without reflection and rest?
Brain research has shown the plasticity of the brain to improve and even enhance by good quality sleep and exercise.
Silence or alone time is a wonderful way to get creatively charged and super fired.
Disengaging with the problem and taking a shower or taking a walk is great for the creative process. Any relaxing change in environment and context like taking a bus ride also assists with creative rebooting. The result: enhanced creativity.
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