Once I wrote those words about speaking less they just acted like a magic spell: everything has shifted into a chrysalis phase. Which is quite pleasant, and very appropriate for travel.
We’ve been in beautiful Montreal at the North American Polyglot Symposium (you know, #NAPS). I like these people.
And I’m posting more on-the-go on snapchat 👻 while we are traveling, so friend me there @brookthere
When facebook changed their feed algorithm, I stopped finding the platform interesting. (circa 2014.)
I never was a serious twitter user. I have a new account and only follow a handful of people, so their algorithm change hasn’t affected me much.
I woke up the other day to the obvious flaw of the instagram algorithm change: pictures sixteen hours old. Wherefore went the insta?
Giant platforms go algorithm-sort because it’s better for advertising. I’m sure they’ve done the research to determine that regular people increase their usage with the new algorithm.
But it’s less interesting.
I went to a vegan restaurant once in Los Angeles: the chef was well-known for having taken a vow of silence many years prior. How he ran his restaurant, I don’t know; but it is a compelling story.
How does one speak less without making the lives of those around you more complicated? Speech is efficient- it allows us to work together and create and collaborate. But while in the act of speaking it is all too easy to get taken up by emotions or physical-level things, because speech, by necessity, must pass through the body.
Words allow us to communicate thoughts to others. In theory, they also allow us to communicate emotions, but most people don’t need words to convey emotions, except at a distance.
But speech, useful for conveying ideas, is not that effective in dealing with emotion. One can’t reason or use logic when people are caught up in anger or hurt. Any speech at all, unless it is also from a place of emotion, will just enflame their pain.
I’m moving my studio this week. The physical activity of sorting, packing, and moving always seems like an appropriate gathering of energy: towards the next major evolution of a project.
There are a few good books I’ve read about creativity. The first, which I read at a young and impressionable age, is called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I was fifteen or sixteen when I read it, old enough to understand what it was hinting at, but young enough to not have struggled with the challenges yet. That book laid out the workings and malfunctions of a creative life, like a map of yet-to-be-explored lands.
I have just started reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, which perhaps I read before because it all rings familiar and true. I bought the book several months ago for my anti-library, but picked it up after a lovely little coincidence the prior day: we ran into someone who mentioned it, and then pointed to a dramatic tattoo on his forearm: RESISTANCE.
The final book in my suggested trilogy: The Book, by Alan Watts.