More and more people across diverse professions and walks of life are realizing the fundamental human need for space. As human beings, we seek quick easy connection everywhere. We find security in our inboxes or in the constant stream of virtual social interactions we create. But in doing this, we are doing our imaginations and the still undiscovered solutions to the world's most pressing problems a disservice.
Scott Belsky, CEO of Behance and author of the national bestselling book Making Ideas Happen, recently posted an article on the99percent.com about the importance of downtime. Whether you call it contemplative practice, space, meditation, we all need to find opportunities to disconnect from the external stimuli and reconnect with our deepest interior or spiritual selves. Belsky presents a compelling argument:
Interruption-free space is sacred. Yet, in the digital era we live in, we are losing hold of the few sacred spaces that remain untouched by email, the internet, people, and other forms of distraction. Our cars now have mobile phone integration and a thousand satellite radio stations. When walking from one place to another, we have our devices streaming data from dozens of sources. Even at our bedside, we now have our iPads with heaps of digital apps and the world's information at our fingertips.
There has been much discussion about the value of the “creative pause” – a state described as “the shift from being fully engaged in a creative activity to being passively engaged, or the shift to being disengaged altogether.” This phenomenon is the seed of the break-through “a-ha!” moments that people so frequently report having in the shower. In these moments, you are completely isolated, and your mind is able to wander and churn big questions without interruption.
However, despite the incredible power and potential of sacred spaces, they are quickly becoming extinct. We are depriving ourselves of every opportunity for disconnection. And our imaginations suffer the consequences.
Why do we crave distraction over downtime?
Why do we give up our sacred space so easily? Because space is scary. During these temporary voids of distraction, our minds return to the uncertainty and fears that plague all of us. To escape this chasm of self-doubt and unanswered questions, you tune into all of the activity and data for reassurance. Read full article.