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I’ve been a little quiet over here in my corner of the blogosphere the past several weeks.

Sometimes I need to close other things out in order to focus on whatever I’m engaged in. And the internet, at times, can be overstimulating for me.

Thich Nhat Hanh in his book Peace is Every Step talks about closing the shutters ocasionally, not as a way of avoiding the world but as a way of engaging in a focused way.

The analogy he uses is leaving his shutters open while out on a walk and upon his return all the papers from his desk have been blown onto the floor by the wind, which is still blowing. He closes the shutters and puts his papers back in order. Eventually, he’ll open the shutters, but not until the wind dies down.

Most of the time, I don’t need to close the shutters all the way. I can blog, write, and live the rest of my life. But sometimes I have to block out a certain about of stimulation, even if it’s good stuff, to move forward on a story I’m writing.

How about you? Do you have to close the shutters ocasionally? How do you deal with overstimulation?


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