Carrier of Stillness

An interview with a Pulitzer Prize winning author, Jonathan Franzen, struck me. When asked about his creative process, he said he wakes up in the morning and attempts to keep that stillness alive through breakfast. He does not read a newspaper or turn on the radio on the drive to work. He said he enters “a cold dark room” and sits in this sparseness until he can access the story deep inside him. He went on to say that we all could be so much more creative if we slowed down, eliminated the external noise and rested in our own hearts. What might I subtract from the outside in order to add to my life inside? How might I carry the stillness into the remainder of the day?

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