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Acquire: Big Think

How often do you allow yourself to just sit and think.

Not about problems or what you need to do but about what you believe, what you know, what you care about.

I’ve developed a habit over many years of sitting in the morning with a large pad in front of me, drinking my coffee and letting my brain wander. If I encounter a thought specific to something important or a turn of phrase, I write it down. Then I go back to letting my mind unfurl. This process has led to recital plans, presentation topics, at least one speech, research projects, the pattern for a dress, and a new apple pie recipe to name a few. It has also led to nothing — vast open spaces of random thoughts, which is okay too.

If the thought of letting yourself sit in silence and think makes your skin crawl, start small. Set a timer for 5 minutes and see what happens. Alternatively, you can do a prescribed write to help your thoughts flow when you are stuck. Grab a pen or pencil and write two or three pages of anything. Nonsense words, one line you like from a poem, the story of breakfast — whatever enters your mind. Just don’t edit or try to make sense of your thoughts while you are doing it. The blog will be on hiatus until next week for the July 4th holiday so this is a perfect time to see what you think.

Gina Razón is the principal voice specialist at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service voice and speech studio in Boston’s Back Bay.  She has over 16 years of experience both as a teacher of voice and speech, and a voraciously curious voice user.  Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker.  For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit

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