Live Large, Size Matters

I’m taking a summer blog break. While I am refilling my creative well, live large! Enjoy this piece from Soulseeds.

“Anyone or anything that does not bring you alive is too small for you.” —David Whyte in “Sweet Darkness”

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Live Large Size Matters

http://www.soulseeds.com/grapevine/2012/06/live-large-size-matters/#.UGwzV8JC2vk.wordpress

Name your cows, get more milk: Scientific American

I’m taking a summer blog break. While I am refilling my creative well, ponder who or what in your life could be more productive if given a little one-on-one attention?

“Farmers who have named their cows, she adds, “probably have a better relationship with them. They’re less fearful, more relaxed and less stressed, so that could have an effect on milk yield.”

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“Cows with names make more milk”

http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post/cows-with-names-make-more-milk-2009-01-28/?id=cows-with-names-make-more-milk-2009-01-28

Let go of materialism, be more content: Scientific American

I’m taking a summer blog break. While I am refilling my creative well, enjoy insights into contentment from Scientific American. 

“The longest ever study on this topic finds that becoming less materialistic leads to more contentment in life—and suggests ways to get to that happy place.”

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“How to Let Go of Materialism”

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-let-go-of-materialism/

 

12 steps to your dreams: Paulo Coelho and Alan Cohen

I am taking a summer blog break. While I refill my creative well, enjoy more thoughts advice from Paulo Coelho.

“. . . a system of twelve steps to help people to rediscover their “blessing.”

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“Dreams: the 12 steps”

http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2012/09/25/dreams-the-12-steps/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PauloCoelhosBlog+%28Paulo+Coelho%27s+Blog%29

 

The myth of psyche: Paulo Coelho

I am taking a summer blog break. While I’m refilling my creative well, enjoy the insightful writing of the incomparable Paulo Coelho. In “The Myth of Psyche” he ponders the elusive nature of love, and how he learned to follow the strange language of “signs.”

“Each moment shall be lived and enjoyed, but whenever we try to understand it, the magic disappears.”

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“The Myth of Psyche”

http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2012/08/20/the-myth-of-psyche/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PauloCoelhosBlog+%28Paulo+Coelho%27s+Blog%29

 

Time and space for creativity: John Cleese

“. . . 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. —John Cleese

I’ll be taking a blog break for the next few weeks—time to refill my creative well. While I enjoy this breather, I will ponder the wisdom of the oh-so-creative John Cleese and his five keys to creativity:

1. Space – a playful a creative space away from demands, an “oasis of quiet”

2. Time – a specific period of time, because play must begin and end, otherwise it is not play

3. Time (No. That’s not a typo.) – all the time the creativity requires to turn a problem into an opportunity

4. Confidence – openness to anything that might happen

5. Humour –  silliness

When I return from playing on the open road, I will seek to play in his open mode.

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