Category Archives: creativity

How to Reach Meditative States through Creativity (Even If You’re Not That Creative)

You’ve tried meditation, right? You desperately need something that will help you combat stress and calm you down. All the experts in meditation say it will make you more peaceful and more present. You want to go through that doorway into the unknown where meditation is supposed to take you. But you just can’t get […]

How to Turn Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance – Jonathan Field

Uncertainty must be present in the quest to create anything deeply meaningful. From Jonathan Fields new book Uncertainty By Mary Jaksch Do you have creative ideas – but find it hard to make them happen? All human beings are born creative. We all have good ideas. But on the path from idea to creation we […]

Zen and the Art of Ninja Productivity

By Mary Jaksch A short while ago, my friend Leo Babauta of Zen Habits recorded an interview with me about productivity for his great new book, The Little Guide to Un-Procrastination. It brought home to me how much my long-time practice and teaching of Zen has boosted my productivity. Leo says I’m one of the […]

Are You Wearing a Mask that Dims Your Light?

A guest post by Gail Brenner of A Flourishing Life. “Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” ~Oscar Wilde What is the inner light? We know it when we see it in others – a genuine sense of happiness and joy, […]

Stop Being Perfect: Unleash Your Creativity

A Guest Post by Diggy of Upgrade Reality We are all indoctrinated to attain perfection. It starts in school where they teach us to get perfect grades or 100% for tests. Beauty magazines tell us to have blemish-free skin. The media tells us to have a spotlessly clean floor or house. In today’s society, perfection […]

How to Live a Fulfilled, Joyful, Creative life

By Mary Jaksch Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with everything you have to do – just in order to survive? It can feel like being a hamster in a treadmill: you run endlessly – but never get anywhere. Let’s look at how to change that. Because there is good news: Each one of us can […]

What If We Treat Life Like a Lucid Dream?

Photo by h.koppdelaney A guest post by Ryan Hurd . Paying attention to your dreams is one of the easiest ways to be happier, more creative and more successful. Sounds like a bold claim, but it’s based on solid evidence from thousands of psychologists and dreamworkers. To make my case even plainer: bringing dreams back […]

How to Learn (Almost) Anything and Feel Incredible Doing It

Has this ever happened to you? You get into the car, turned on the ignition and step on the gas. But the car doesn’t move. Because… you’ve left the handbrake on! You might wonder what starting a car has to do with learning (almost) anything? It’s difficult to learn if you leave the brakes on. […]

What a Simple Jug Can Tell Us About Life

By Janice Hunter of Sharing the Journey The only difference between an extraordinary life and an ordinary one is the extraordinary pleasures you find in ordinary things. ~ Veronique Vienne. I stood at the kitchen sink, robotically washing dishes. I paused, my gaze landing on a hand-painted jug on the window ledge, raindrops running down […]

Paul Hawken: A Direct, Naked, Shivering, Startling, Graceful Talk

“Basically, the earth needs a new operating system, you are the programmers, and we need it within a few decades.” Read this amazing talk by Paul Hawken: Commencement Address to the Class of 2009 University of Portland When I was invited to give this speech, I was asked if I could give a simple short […]