"The best of our creativity emerges out of the valleys and mountaintops of the silence inside of us." ~Bruce Davis, Ph.D.
Truth be told, I'm not a big fan of silence. After living in Chicago for years I've become accustomed to noise and commotion. It was always comforting to know there was life and movement around me. The motion offered a constant supply of creativity and energy to pull from.
But recently, in our hiking escapades out here in California, I have been reminded that there is also a profound source of creative energy when things are silenced. To be in the quiet, surrounded by the simple beauty of nature, brings about a whole new dimension to being creative. A more personal one. It's a place that is simple, crisp and fulfilling. It's silent, but at the same time so profound. We get in touch with ourselves, our thoughts and our dreams. We tap into the true person that we are...and it is there that we can draw energy.
God made this world which abounds in beauty, and to experience just a slice of it, is refreshing, uplifting and comforting. I believe it's a necessary part of the creative process, where we can give ourselves room to breathe and recharge.
This holiday season, with all the chaos and noise that may surround us, remember to tap into silence and nature whenever possible. It will do wonders for your soul and be a great reminder that the greatest gift has already been given to us.