Hope you are creating! Doing this! Making stuff! Doing stillness, making silence. Wonder to be found in it all.
But is absence a negation? There’s no light, there’s no color, but does that mean that light is negated? That black has successfully fought off the colors? Isn’t it an overestimation of black’s power to think it capable of negating anything whatsoever? No, black negates neither light nor the colors. It is their pure absence. Black is passive negation; it merely indicates the absence of its extreme opposite, light.
"If I was going to repair my brain, I needed to practice doing nothing. So during my morning walk to the office, I looked up at the buildings around me, spotting architectural details I’d never noticed before. On the subway, I kept my phone in my pocket and people-watched — noticing the nattily dressed man in the yellow hat, the teens eating hot Takis and laughing, the kid with Velcro shoes. When a friend ran late for our lunch, I sat still and stared out the window instead of checking Twitter."
Working in silence – doing anything in silence – is the worst form of torture imaginable. You’re going for the most vibe-y vibe; the goal is to feel like a jellyfish heartbeating its way through the softest blue notes of the ocean, sea anemone waving up frondlike shellacked to a rock, blue-cold sizzling meteor rioting through space, no urgency all hustle. You’re way past lofi study beats, any “classical mix” channel feels like someone just put on Amadeus, repurposed video-game soundtracks are tacky, ocean sounds are monotonous…you need palpable auras, you need ambiance, you need an atmosphere that will keep your chest swirling for hours and your hands locked firmly in place, that will grab your attention by the scruff of the neck and set it down gently in front of something important. Yes, some afternoons I’m not fussy and I’ll grab a lute compilation, but these are serious at-home days and you need some serious background noises.