Everyone thinks best under different conditions. For some, a loud and busy settings helps people concentrate while others need to be isolated in a place so quiet they could hear a pin drop. Here is a list of the physical conditions under which I think best:
- My ideal thinking space must be well-lit
- My ideal thinking space should be a good temperature. Not too hot, not too cold.
- My ideal thinking space should have a minimal amount of distractions, such as other people or even noises. I am so easily distracted that even being in the same space as someone could disrupt my thinking.
- My ideal thinking space should be odorless because, let’s face it, when someone is sitting in class next to you eating a bacon egg and cheese sandwich, you can’t concentrate. The smell is distracting (and sometimes repulsive).
When I sat with my tree for the first time, I realized that it actually provides a space that aligns quite closely with what I would identify as an ideal thinking space. It is, for the most part, a quiet space. All I can hear is the occasional sound of the leaves blowing in the wind, or, because the only thing separating it from the street is Stern, I can hear the sound of some cars passing by. There is a nice concrete ledge next to KD that is a good place to sit and think. With my legs dangling off the side, I am able to take in the space surrounding me. There is no true odor to this space, just the crisp, fall air – fresh enough to concentrate. The ledge is shaded, but there is still enough light for me to be able to clear my mind.