Today I chose to turn off all the sounds in my house for a bit of quiet time.
No tv, radio, phone, podcasts, or audio books.
The dog was sleeping, and my husband was at work.
The upstairs neighbors weren’t stomping around or if they were, I didn’t notice because I was so focused on my Micron pen and 3.5 x 3.5 inches of paper.
It was like a mini-retreat for about 45 minutes.
No multitasking, no thinking about what work was next on the agenda.
When I was done with my image, I was able to admire it, not only for the beauty of it but because I was able to take the time to nurture the stillness and invite some solitude in the middle of the urban environment that I call home.
Time slowed down.
When you are able to allow the creativity to flow, unencumbered by distraction, the process is somehow deeper. Sure, inspiration can come in busy or loud environments, but I feel that the results may suffer because the attention is not focused on the project and is diverted and shared with the other things going on at the same time.
It’s like when you are at a good meal and everyone is quiet because the food is so delicious and everyone is so very hungry. How great is it when you allow yourself time to savor what is in front of you?
Is there some thing that you do that brings you a sense of peace and quiet, or stillness into your life? Are you able to find a few minutes in your busy day for yourself so that you can slow down for even just a few moments?
What happens if you never slow down or create space for your own needs?