" Now some people when they sit down to write and nothing special comes, no good ideas, are so frightened that they drink a lot of strong coffee to hurry them up, or smoke packages of cigarettes, or take drugs or get drunk. They do not know that ideas come slowly, and that the more clear, tranquil and unstimulated you are, the slower the ideas come, but the better they are."
-Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write, 1938
The quality of the thoughts we have, and the ideas we get, is reflected in our lifestyle. Whether it's writing, or selling, or manufacturing, or any kind of business that we're in, we're dependent upon fresh ideas to keep us moving forward. When we're aware of that, and make time and space in our lives to nurture ideas through silence and meditation, our lives become that much more peaceful and efficient.