|Do you have a ritual like retiring to a lonely place from time to time to cleanse your mind?
I wake up at 5am every day and start with prayer. That empties my mind and starts me off in the right state. Then I start planning my day and getting caught up on Twitter and my Google Reader feeds. This helps open me up to what other people are thinking on topics I find interesting. At some point in the day, I'll find a quiet place and let my mind wander on things I encountered during my day.
Yes, I like to go places unusual, as an artificial island in Holland with a bridge that goes above the sea, it is a really strange places but also very quite.
Yes - I travel far and wide whenever possible to gain new perspective and broaden my knowledge of art and artistry. If that's not possible and I just have to get the F out of Dodge for a weekend, I'll head to Joshua Tree or Vegas or Mexico. Anything different than what I've been doing for a while works.
Hmm...I don't have a ritual (at least not one I have identified). I do love solitude probably too much and I guess because I do spend most days in my office at home alone I don't ever have to get away, am always away.
Oh, travel always opens up the mind. But I cant travel all the time so I usually lock my door, lay down on the floor and stay there in absolute silence...
Hey, don't question my ritual!
My most effective mental floss is hard outdoor exercise. From April - November I mountain bike in the hills of New England and between December and March I cross country ski. The combination of extreme heart-lung activity, technical skill and personal challenge is just the ticket for changing perspective.
No, not really. I seldom get what is called "Writer's Block". But when I do get stuck or just tired, I simply stop, go do something else and come back to the story when I feel like I'm ready to create again.
Two hours in my studio, with my guitar.
I like go away with small groups over two days to out of the way places to help me rethink old ideas and move to new approaches.
Yes I do it is my closet. Great place to reset your mind.
I go to the gym and do my workout. That usually helps. If not, I read something good by someone else and it always seems to recharge me.
When I get really depressed, I envision a landscape of mountains high above the clouds. I go there in the very early morning (my favorite time of day). It is very quiet with only the sounds of birds. It's my very special place and gives me peace and hope.
The only ritual I have, is listening to music. This music is called 'Hardsyle' and it's a genre from the 'house' music. It's not something soft to be honest..
Absolutely. I have three rejuvenating spaces: a room of my own; a physical space in my garden; and an imaginative hidey-hole in my mind.
There are other places I go when practical/appropriate.
Mostly, I pay attention the the signals my mind sends to let me know it needs time out. And then, I choose what seems right at the time, and transport myself to that real or imagined space.
If you're not only a social muppet the world itself is a lonely place... so no need for that.
I cleanse my mind with fresh ideas and by trying to resist the inevitable looming of complacency.
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