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Unleash Inspiration Through Silence

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Can silence leverage your innovative capacity?

When confronted with a perplexing problem, take time to think in silence. Block out external distractions, and give yourself the space and solitude you need to focus on internal ideas.

SCIENCE SAYS:

Pushing through mental walls may not yield the best results. The resting brain is still active. Downtime frees the default mode network from external distractions and allows unconscious thinking to take over, increasing the chances of having a seemingly-spontaneous epiphany.

BEGIN BY:

  • Making a conscious choice to step back from external stimuli
  • Disconnecting from technology and sounds for at least five minutes
  • Continuing to seek interactions with others in between intervals of silence
  • Embracing the newness of silence through a calming activity, like meditating or journaling

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