If you know me, you know I don’t go in for the woo woo. It’s not that I don’t think there’s the possibility of magic, the supernatural and what not. It’s that I simply don’t care.
As in, it makes no difference to me one way or the other.
So, with that said, this post could be about something magical, but if I had to pick a side, I’m clearly Scully in this scenario (if you don’t know that reference, I can’t help you).
This post is about what often happens if/when we create moments of quiet and solitude in our lives.
Many a time I’ve heard songwriters (and I’ve definitely experienced this myself) say that ideas simply “come to them” or that they can’t explain where their songs from. Same can be said for novelists, painters, screenwriters and virtually anyone, artist or not.
What’s interesting to me isn’t where those ideas actually come from (that would potentially be the woo woo part), but if there are circumstances that inspire ideas to show up.
Short answer is yes.
Call it solitude, quiet, meditation, journaling, ‘anything but Facebook,’ and you’re on the right track.
As I’m sure you’re aware, today’s world is very, very loud. Louder than ever.
The good news about all this noise is that it’s extremely easy to distract ourselves from anything we don’t want to think about.
The bad news about all this noise is that it’s extremely easy to distract ourselves from anything we don’t want to think about.
The even worse news is that all this noise being shoved in our heads drowns out actual ideas that either already are or will become our own (again, I don’t care which it is). In other words, the ideas may be there or trying to get to us, but if we can’t hear them, then what’s the use?
While I don’t think inspiration itself can be forced, I do think that we can create environments that significantly increase the chances of inspiration. Moments where we disconnect, sit in relative silence, or in the very least take a break from the intentional shoving of information into our faces.
In other words, a place where, perhaps in spite of some noise (streets, sirens, other people), we can be more receptive to thoughts, ideas, and inspiration.
Hence title of this post: Put You in Your Place.
Whatever that ‘place’ is for you – an actual physical location and/or a state of mind – try to get there whenever and as often as you can.
Because that place is where the magic (damn it) happens.