Posted by: Gwendolyn Huber | January 1, 2018


Recently, I was getting ready for a fairly serious surgery by rushing around like a squirrel getting ready for a one in a hundred year winter blizzard. As you might imagine, the approach of Christmas and New Year heightened my frantic preparations.

And then, as my to do list reached a saturation point I suddenly had a moment of stillness. In between my last completed task and deciding what else needed to be done, my mind was blank. I was still.

I can’t remember the last time I was still.

In that moment I remembered how important stillness is to creativity and how much of an antithesis the constant scurrying that has become my life is to creativity. Creativity, in my experience, is best not forced but invited by stillness.

In the past, I found stillness in the endless time of youth. Later, I found stillness again the blank mind of sleep deprivation, something I will not willingly do again.

Perhaps a simple short meditation practice. Here’s one of the simplest. Sit. Pay attention to your body’s breathing. Apparently two or three minutes is enough to start off with but you can choose any amount of time that works for you.

True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.~ from STILLNESS SPEAKS by Eckhart Tolle


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