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Meditate to Achieve and Be More Creative

Why bother with meditation? Aren’t we too busy trying to get stuff done?
“My morning meditation is like taking a shower for my brain.” Emily Fletcher
What do you think meditation is? Maybe a retreat into nature by yourself? That, of …

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Using Our Shadow To Heal And Be More Creative

“Solitude can be intimidating. Unless we learn to engage with it, we cannot begin to awaken. We can’t be enriched by our darkness.” May Sarton has a poem on the power of our shadow side: “I can tell you that solitude Is not all exaltation, inner space Where the soul breathes and work can be […]

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Developing Creativity

Orna Ross on Developing Creativity

In an article of hers, Irish writer and creativity teacher Orna Ross notes a creative person may be “all too aware of their problems, but often unaware of their abilities.” She continues:
“This, allied with the fact that they live in …

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Developing Creative Thinking with Popular Psychology Books

A number of stimulating, even provocative, books in psychology can provide insights into developing creative thinking.
Here are a few examples.
In her NY Times article The Power of Concentration, Maria Konnikova reports on a University of Washington s…

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Make Meaning To Be More Creative

“For an artist, it is a driven pursuit, whether we acknowledge this or not, that endless search for meaning.” Dianne Albin
Like passion, meaning is another central element in how we choose which of our talents to develop and express. Findin…

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Developing Creativity: Product, People, Process and Press

These four P’s of Product, People, Process and environmental Press have been used as frameworks by many creativity researchers and writers. In a helpful overview article, Sandeep Gautam provides explanations of these concepts, and references to various creativity experts. Here are a few excerpts. First, to start with the illustration: “Blind monks examining an elephant”, […]

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Identity

Orna Ross on Developing Creativity

In an article of hers, Irish writer and creativity teacher Orna Ross notes a creative person may be “all too aware of their problems, but often unaware of their abilities.” She continues:
“This, allied with the fact that they live in …

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The Complex Personality of Creative People

“If there is one word that makes creative people different from others, it is the word complexity.” Writer Juliet Bruce, PhD adds that creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced me-high chick-sent-me-high-ee; link to Wikipedia) notes, “Instead of being an individual, they are a multitude. “Like the color white that includes all colors, they tend to bring […]

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Mental Health

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Meditate to Achieve and Be More Creative

Why bother with meditation? Aren’t we too busy trying to get stuff done?
“My morning meditation is like taking a shower for my brain.” Emily Fletcher
What do you think meditation is? Maybe a retreat into nature by yourself? That, of …

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Depression: Helping Creativity or Suppressing?

“I sit down religiously every morning. In the course of a working day of eight hours, I write three sentences, which I erase before leaving the table in despair. The effort I put out should give birth to Masterpieces as big as mountains, and it brings forth a ridiculous mouse now and then.” That is […]

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Bodywork and Healing

“Writing is so difficult, that if it doesn’t heal you in the doing of it it isn’t worth the trouble.”
That is a quote by massage therapist, author, artist and teacher Cynthia Waring.
In her book and one-woman play, both titled “Bodie…

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