Category Archives: creativity

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

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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.

The brakes are our negative beliefs and preconceptions. When we find and release the brakes,

What a Simple Jug Can Tell Us About Life

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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 the glass.

I clung to the sink with soapy hands,

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

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“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 talk that was “direct,

How to Expand Your Circle of Confidence

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By Mary Jaksch

Confidence doesn’t happen. We create it. Even though in the past other people may have knocked our confidence, we can change how we feel right now. Here are some trick and tips to show you how to make that change happen.

We can expand our circle of confidence.

Your circle of confidence is what you think you can do. For some people, this circle is very tight and there are only a few aspects of life where they feel confident.

How to Find Your Life’s Work in a Waffle Cone

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A guest post by Terry Heath

“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they’re looking for ideas.” ~ Paula Poundstone, American Comedienne

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~ E.E. Cummings, American Poet

I’ve met many adults who still don’t know what they want to be when they grow up.

Optimize Your Life With the SWOT Matrix


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The economic crisis is casting a shadow on many lives at the moment. Maybe you too have some fears about the future? Are you worried about your job? Or about having less opportunities?

I’m going to to show you a simple way of optimizing your life. It’s called the SWOT analysis and is usually used for analyzing businesses. However, it’s actually a great tool for getting a grip on one’s life!

Lifestyle Makeover: How to Simplify Your life in 5 Easy Steps


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Do you sometimes yearn for a simple life? A life where time seems to flow slower. A life that is spacious where you have time to think, or even to dream?

I did. Until I realized that my life is how I create it. And that I can change my life if I want to.

I can live a simple life. Or I can live a busy life that includes spacious times.

9 Ways to Develop Your Intelligence at Any Age

By Mary Jaksch

Forget depressing stories about the brain.

That it’s at its best in our twenties, then slowly declines – until we are left in old age with tatters instead of dendrites in the brain and can’t even remember our own name. Forget that. It’s not true.

The great news is that the brain is plastic: it can develop throughout life. Like muscles develop with a physical workout,

7 Ways Dancing Refreshes Spirit and Body


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Dance is a poem. Each movement is a word – Mata Hari

I love dancing. When I was 3 years old I suddenly appeared in the lounge at 11 o’clock at night – stark naked and completely silent. My parents told me that they watched open-mouthed as I began to dance to a complete Beethoven symphony they were listening to.

How to Boost Creativity Through Meditation

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What is the essence of creativity? What makes us feel so fully alive when we are in the presence of creativity?

While watching a DVD of Lianne Carroll, a jazz pianist and singer from the UK, I saw her shambling across the stage, twinset flapping. “Dowdy,” I thought, settling back into the couch. Then she touched the keys of the piano and suddenly all ideas fell out of my mind.