November 10, 2010

Slow and Quiet

Posted in Creativity, Uncategorized tagged , , , at 11:51 am by Rebecca Hein

In his classic, How Children Fail, John Holt recounts an episode where he loses the ability to think during a stressful moment in his flute lesson. He’d been hurrying all day, drove to his lesson in heavy traffic, and arrived flurried and out of breath. His teacher was also having a bad day and, according to Holt, was not his usual patient self.

It all added up to the moment when the page of music “lost all meaning.” For a few seconds Holt’s brain could not process familiar information.

This is what modern life is doing to us. We must refuse. Hurry and overstimulation are especially dangerous to our creativity, and it’s up to each of us to find ways to slow down and become quiet inside.

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