A few weeks ago I went through London on the way to see some friends further south. I walked out of St Pancras station and onto Euston Road and felt as if I’d been physically punched in the stomach.
There was a level of noise that made me take a step back while I drew breath. I had to return to centre and find that stillness, that kernel of security that would take me across the city and out into the country.
All around me were people on phones, talking at the tops of their voices to make themselves heard above the roar of the traffic. Was it just me, I thought, who felt assailed by this?
I wondered afterwards for the human capacity to exist in situations and circumstances less favourable to their physical, mental and emotional well being than the optimum. Some people thrive on crowds; some people love the city. I can appreciate that but for all of us we need time to recruit our energies to throw ourselves back into the fray.
Stillness is essential
And if we want to develop our creative flow, stillness is essential.
It seems counter-intuitive to begin with doesn’t it. surely we’re stimulated by contact with other minds, other people’s ideas and ways of doing things.
The only thing wrong with that is that it is other people’s ideas that might prevail. Our inner voice is unique, precious and to begin with quiet. Until it becomes confident that you are listening, it might come to you only in whispers and only when you give it space and peace.
Meditation might not be your choice; turning off your mobile or computer might take discipline. But however you choose, you need to develop time and space for your inner creative voice to be heard. And accepted.
Many people find their best inspiration when walking or running, some when they’re doing the washing up and others under the shower.
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