Need More Ideas? Sit Still

My most creatively generative hour+ (lately) of the week is the time I’m in church.

My pew-mates can attest to this. Every few minutes (or more frequently) I might pick up a pen and scribble something into the vanishing margins of my service bulletin. In the last two Sundays alone I’ve probably emerged with ten or so writing ideas.

Ideas are rather like water. And if since I’m a mentally active person, my mind is sort of like a river of whitewater rapids.

It seems that what church (which involves a lot of sitting or standing in one physical place) does is to dam that intellectual river, forcing it to cut new and more focused channels downstream.

The sitting still causes the strength of the idea currents to concentrate. This means that ideas that might have been stewing around before finally become clear and strong enough to emerge as blog post concepts.

I’ve noticed similar effects when I attempt to meditate: the attempt to rid myself of distractions can be an invitation to distraction. But among those distractions can be interesting ideas and ways of seeing.

Give this a go sometime, if you have an active mind. Pen yourself up so there is no bodily way to express your energy. Then, perhaps it will come out for you in ideas.

Photo by Nicole Honeywill on Unsplash

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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