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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.