Creativity Corner

I read something this morning that resonated deeply with me and I wanted to share it with you.

It was a simple statement in Deepak Chopra's book The Book of Secrets that said, "Still silence is the beginning of creativity."

Ahh I thought. Perhaps this is the reason that we don't actually listen to much music in the car, using the long highway north out of Taos to our home as a form of rejuvenation and contemplation. There is the rhythmic sound of the road, the expanse of the mesa and well, not a lot else. Once at home though, work and life take over and that still silence is broken by phone calls, emails, recording sessions, dinner, dogs and everyday occurrences.


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It reminds me of another simple line that Eric Maisel uses as the first meditation in his book 10 Zen Seconds saying, "I am completely stopping." Such a simple phrase evokes a complex response in me.

At first my tiny overworked mind turns to her inner Jacky Mason who says what are you nuts? I can't stop now! Silence! Ha! This is radio. What kind of producer embraces silence! I am sure you know the voice. Demanding, anxious, will resort to anything to make you give it your attention. The more I resist, the more adamant the voice, resorting finally to guerilla tactics by suggesting another caffeinated beverage.

To stop completely in the middle of a flurry of activities allows me to let go for a moment, slip into the still silence that exists with in me at all times. As I rest in this silence, this stopping, my heart slows to a manageable rate, my thoughts settle like new snow. I become myself once again. And lo and behold, there it is, the beginning of creativity.

Like sitting with a newborn while she sleeps, before any need arises all potential exists equally. All answers, all ideas, all manifestations exist in peaceful possibility. And as I return to the day, like Lucy and from mysterious the Wardrobe, no real time has passed. No one missed me or even knew I was gone. Rejuvenated I return from the birthplace of creativity on the vibration of beginning and meet the day in full awareness, available to its exquisite potential.

I highly recommend it. •

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About Vivian Nesbitt

Vivian NesbittVivian Nesbitt is co-host and co-producer of Art of the Song Coffeehouse with her husband John Dillon. More


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