The intrinsic value of calm and silence.
Today you, your partner, your colleagues, me--well, all of us are assailed with noise, messages, and information. It is enough to drive a grown man crazy or scream at the very least. Being a voice talent, I have a tool to help me cope: my Soundbooth and the nurturing quiet, calm and solitude it offers. My decade-old yoga practice has taught me how to quiet and still my mind, both on and off the mat. Steve Jobs spoke of it: " . . . you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm . . . and when it does, there's room to hear more subtle things--that's when intuition starts to blossom . . . "
So, stepping into my "booth" almost instantly quiets and calms my mind allowing me to take advantage of so much more creativity than appears to be available in the noisy world. I can imagine, with the aid of an author's or copywriter's well-crafted wordsmithing the scene, the characters and the arch of the story. When I am in that expanse character development and finding the right voice seems nearly instinctual.
How about you? When are you most creative? What gets your creative mojo flowing? How do you quiet that great mind of yours? Send me a note about what works for you.