Creativity - Food - Distractions

Ok, so here's the thing my mate Garry is a personal trainer, a muscle technician if you will who has qualifications in a new way of managing muscle. (Forgive my layman's view Garry) As I understand it, if you have a stretch or a strain Garry doesn't repair the stretched muscle but those muscles that immediately oppose it - allowing the body to repair itself more quickly and effectively (and less painfully). He also knows loads about nutrition - he's basically a body geek - we had this chat the other day about food and the relationship most people have with food.

I should also like to link in two other people to this conversation - Vivienne Westwood (Yes the clothes Designer) and John Cleese (ex Monty Python). They are of the same opinion... distraction, distraction, distraction.

Garry said (I forget who he was quoting) that in order to manage what you eat and control your in-take do the following:
1. Sit down somewhere that has no distractions (no TV, Radio...)
2. Eat anything you want
3. Only eat when you are hungry
4. Think about what it is you are putting in your mouth
Low and behold one week in I've lost 3 pounds!

No distractions were an interesting one for me because it's a real challenge - I am permanently submersed in media from all angles - but hey it's opened up a whole new world. This is where Westwood and Cleese come in. They advocate the no distraction; sit in peace, sleep on it, and way of living.

John Cleese talks eloquently about Creativity and his time in the Cambridge Footlights making him realise that loosing an entire script, rewriting it the next day - only to discover the original and compare - the second was far superior to first - he'd let it gestate in his mind and form a more rounded story.

Vivienne Westwood famously does not allow music in her studio and does not own a TV she finds that all this constant bombarding of media in every day life is holding back the human disposition for Creativity.

What do you think?

I think they have something - so why am I adding to the bombardment of media...? It's the way we're going - we want it all, we want it now and we don't want to miss out.

But hey - take a break, you never know what you might come up with next!


  1. It's less that they have something but rather that others have lost that thing. It is ability and aptitude to find calmness and focus.

    We, especially those involved in new-ish media, so constantly immerse ourselves in and are bombarded-by multiple message streams that we develop a bumble-bee attention span. We dip into and out of content, picking attention-grabbing goodies and moving on.

    Even finding a small oasis of calm in a day can be immensely beneficial - not just for the refreshed feeling which immediately follows but also for the enhanced and freed thinking which you subsequently can be capable of.

    Only 20 minutes of enhanced relaxation in the middle of the day can yield great benefits for you – and for your employer.


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