SILENCE AND CREATIVITY. CAN YOU FEEL IT? by Art Smukler, author & Psychiatrist

When was the last time you got in your car and drove in silence?

No radio. No Pandora. No talk show. No streaming.

A while right?

It’s become a built in habit. Put the car in gear and click on the tunes.

So what happens when you drive in silence?

It just so happens that a lot happens. All those feelings and thoughts that are lying somewhere in our minds, below the surface of conscious thought, begin to surface. Old memories. An interaction with a friend that you haven’t thought about in years. Forgotten lovers. Forgotten enemies.

These are the building blocks of a next novel, or a work of art, or a song. Often, the creative process is just lying in wait within us. That’s how THE REAL STORY, a mystery started. A patient and a girl that I hadn’t thought about in years. The unconscious holds a wealth of information and passionate feelings. The more you free your mind to ALL thoughts and feelings, the more creative you can be.

So…turn off the radio and listen to yourself.

On the other hand, I really do like to listen to jazz.

Hmmm. Maybe I’ll compromise?

Take a comfortable chair in my bookstore, close your eyes, and let your mind wander. Coffee’s on me.

Any thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to share.



6 thoughts on “SILENCE AND CREATIVITY. CAN YOU FEEL IT? by Art Smukler, author & Psychiatrist

  1. Art,

    Just ordered The Real Story while my wife and I are visiting her family and friends in Brazil.

    Thanks for providing a link to Amazon as I canceled my Facebook account a number of years ago for general principles.

    My best to you and Linda,

    Mike Busman


  2. Hi I just erased my long message. So, in short thanks for your thoughtful blog and keep ‘‘em coming. Best, Barbra Zuanich-Friedman

    Sent from my iPhone



  3. Had a great time in your bookstore. Coffee and dreams were terrific. Can’t wait for more of your books to fill these shelves!


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