top of page

Rhythm Repetition and work routines

When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at 4:00 am and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for 10km or swim for 1500m (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9:00 pm. I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. But to hold to such repetition for so long — six months to a year — requires a good amount of mental and physical strength. In that sense, writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity. - Haruki Murakami

Rhythm and repetition in daily life while in the act of creation allows for the input that our mind has taken to find a quiet room to be analyzed, processed and consolidated. Rhythm and repetition, shunts out novelty. Novelty threatens to overpopulate and overstimulate the brain, disallowing the mind to digest what it has swallowed. Discipline is like fasting that allows the brain to empty itself out and form nutrients. As in fasting, where a few healthy ingredients are carefully chosen to be ingested, its important that we choose healthy habits while processing our minds of its food.

Recent Posts

See All

Acceptance - Change

And he saw that only through total acceptance could he retain what he loved in himself. And that acceptance, itself, would show the way to change. A change that was not revolutionary but evolutionary

Garbage and The Road

We don't stop for every piece of garbage on the road that we see around us. We don't stop to analyze what or why it is so, what made someone throw it. If it is in our way we just keep to one side and

Act on your knowing

Knowing what to do is like seeing a river run in front of you Doing, or acting upon the knowledge, is drinking from the river Your thirst will not be pacified standing at the river's edge Don't be laz


bottom of page