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The Art Of Doing
de Sousa, Director, AbleStable
To give our creativity a chance of performing
at its best we must devote time to stillness and
the temptation of dismissing this as doing nothing
value. We need
a portion of our waking time to
upon and transform our experiences so we may express
them effectively through the filter and influence
of our creativity.
two photos below show an often ignored
aspect of Singapore,
a city that thrives on being a hub
of international activity. The left image appears
calm to the eye, and yet
very moment the shutter snapped, heavy traffic
rushed above the smooth sun-soaked curves of
the freeway that bridges the airport
to downtown. The image to the right is of a contemplative
shopping complex - a place of stillness amongst
an image to enlarge...
is a place of new buildings and fast paced physical
change with its focus firmly set on trade. Like
all major cities of the world, people
generally rush from
one place to another as workers or consumers.
that do not explicitly profit a product
are often perceived of as little or no economic benefit.
are each like cities, our multi-facetted inner-world
of thoughts and feelings traveling at high speed.
Stop a moment, the view is unexpected...
may be that our skills as creatives are
of use in a market, and those who pay for
our time confirm our accepted place within
it - it's
one thing to say you like something and another
to put your hand in your pocket.
Economic gain and social acceptance
seem compensation enough for most.
Money allows us to pay for food, shelter,
goods and services at an
agreed rate, however those things that
are of great value to the creative are not
always subject to economic exchange.
dreams are linked to our instinctive emotional
responses and as such we should place a high
value upon them. My
creative output significantly depreciates when
I fail to give myself the time and space to
- both at night, and during the day.
sleep so our mind has time to catalog, secretly
replay, and accept the experiences of our daily
life. We dream to live more at ease with ourselves.
Our dreams are unfettered by reason and
largely hidden from conscious view, and when
on occasion our dreams surface, we are in
confused, or disturbed. We perform
better and are generally more content and
able to cope when we make
to dream sufficiently. The period we need
to dream differs for each
depending on the intensity of our waking
we fill every moment of our day with messages,
text, email, and mobile phone calls, we lessen
the opportunity to daydream. In daydreams
our awareness of our immediate physical surroundings
decreases and is replaced
by a heightened awareness of our thoughts,
feelings and mental images. We allow our focus
from one thought to another, without defining
logical connections. We allow the instinctive
unlearned mental process to take over. This natural
process of self exploration is invaluable in
uncovering the creative direction we should take.
The compass of
dream leads to observations and conclusions that
are often unexpected and rarely gained through
force a shutdown of their mind using artificial
means. Others, more self disciplined and enlightened,
use meditation to quieten the confused voices
of unrest that can fill a mind that takes no
rest. Whatever method you use, now and then,
a complete reboot will be necessary.
This may be voluntary or compulsory, the choice
is not money. Take ownership
of it. Spend some time quietly
manner, and the level of your creative productivity
will take care of itself.
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