Einstein did it, so it must be good!
It’s a crazy world out there, which has meant that our lives have become crazy, too. We wake up, get ready for work, and get stuck in traffic. We do eight hours of things we don’t feel like doing, before heading back into the traffic to get home – where more work and responsibilities await us.
At some point the toll of modern life hits us. We have all the amenities our hearts could desire but very little of the free time and happiness they promised us. The rut, it seems, has got us going at an unprecedented pace.
Yet, while we’re probably using our brains constantly, we hardly ever stand still and think. So much so that when we do get a moment of solitude without any technology, or people around us, or distractions, we go absolutely crazy. At least, I do.
“I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking,” Albert Einstein once said. What he meant is that he didn’t make his genius discoveries by sitting down and thinking about the theory of relativity. Rather, he gave himself time to think in his day-to-day life. He used to take breaks to play the violin, and spent countless hours allowing his brain to wander wherever it wanted to. That is something most of us never do; something many of us would probably consider a waste of time.
Just try to imagine the potential we waste. Our brain is our most valuable asset, so when we lose that, we quite literally lose ourselves. And while we exercise our brains with textbooks and apps, we never give it time to just play and be!
So, do you want to think better? Here’s what to do. Grab a pen and paper, remove any distractions you may have (phone, laptop, books, TV), sit down and simply allow your brain to wander for at least one hour. Write down anything that strikes you as interesting or clever.
The important thing is that you truly let your brain wander. Don’t give it a theme or topic. Don’t say ‘today I’m going to think about relationships or about a new business idea’ – but start from a random place, such as the random passage of time.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
Do you believe thinking is important?
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