John Cleese on creativity

As we all know, it’s easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do important things that are not urgent, like thinking. And it’s also easier to do little things we know we can do than to start on big things that we’re not so sure about. So, when I say create an oasis of quiet, know that when you have, your mind will pretty soon start racing again, but you’re not going to take that race seriously. You just sit there for a bit, tolerating the racing and the slight anxiety that comes with it. And after a time, your mind will quieten down again.
— John Cleese