Choosing The Path With Heart

How to choose the path with heart. By Madeline Johnson

So many problems. So little time.

How do you begin to tackle difficult problems?  Your own and others?

Remove yourself emotionally. Do not take the problem personally. It isn’t about you. Even if it is your own. It doesn’t define you. Whether you solve the problem or not doesn’t make you more or less of a good person, but it is best that you learn the lesson.

Is it a new problem that has you perplexed? Do a bit of brain mining and reframing.  Search your mind for old solutions that you can apply to your new problem. You need to see your new problem in a different light, so it feels less mind-numbing.

Be hyper realistic – make sure you understand what part of the problem is true, not what you wish to be true. Beware of false evidence appearing as real (your fear about the problem).

Tease out what is not necessary. Are you worrying about parts of the problem that don’t have to be solved? This will only make it that much more complex. Get to the core of the problem.

Now that you are at the core issue, state each element of the problem simply. Explain your problem as if you were going to tell it to a five year old.

Write out the questions that you don’t understand about the problem.

Research and understand what other’s have tried to fix the problem. Is there anything you can learn from your mistakes?

Use divergent thinkingexpanding what could be possible. Divergent thinking is a thought process or method used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions.

After you have come up with an acceptable amount of new ideas, use convergent thinking to refining ideas and looking for patterns.

Here a 3 minute explanation from Harvard’s Anne Manning.

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Featured Artist

Mirella Nania

 

Creating Something Out of Nothing

Redirecting your energy is not easy, but it’s not impossible. You are responsible for breathing new spirit into your life. By Madeline Johnson

This is a moment to reflect on what it means to reinvent yourself. Taking time to breathe new life into your life.  Sometimes recharging our lives feels like we are creating something new out of nothing left.

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Isn’t it painful to see how nervousness and stress can suppress your ability to express yourself, take risks and do the things you really want to do? Stress zaps the success right out of your nervous system.

It exhausts you completely and flattens you out. Stress can suck the spirit out of your day without you even knowing it.

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Or worse yet – stress can show up and weight you down so that it’s difficult to get moving- to the point that you’re not growing anywhere.  You can feel it manifest when you are stagnant and stuck in a rut.

As you get older you tend to lose more of that inspiration, spirit, energy and enthusiasm you had in your youth because the so-called demands of living get in the way of letting you design the life of your dreams.

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Redirecting your energy is not easy, but it’s not impossible. It begins the moment you realize that you need to do something more, something different, something that feels more ignited. You are responsible for flicking that switch, for breathing new spirit into your life. When you do, you will realize that – fresh, new spirit turns into inspiration and energy that will take you to new places.

All of a sudden you are creating something out of what was once nothing.

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That “something” starts with an idea. The ideas that have yet to be born in your mind. The ideas that you need to give birth to, those ideas. You see, the most unique thing you have is the ability to think your own authentic thoughts.

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Revel in the vastness of new ideas and creative inspiration.

 

Featured Art

Bruno Pontiroli

From the artist. . .

Imagine a world based on a different logic; a universe composed of the absurd and paradoxes. 
A dream in which plane crashing into clouds and snowmen model with a human body using flakes of skin. 
My love is turning to the narrow view of the world while we are in the world. 
Distorting a symbol or mixing opposing universes allows me to question the identity of things so that I can reinvent them. 

 

 

What are we free for?

You are free to discover the talents that are built with in you. To explore the inner workings of your mind. You are free to take creative risks with your life. By Madeline Johnson

You are free to discover the talents that are built with in you. To explore the inner workings of your mind. You are free to take creative risks with your life. Free to experiment and do more with your day.  Free to build what you can’t find but you know you need. Free to have an original thought and express that thought elegantly.

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Why then do we so often choose to waste this freedom? Why are we so careless with the free time we have? Why do we waste our weekends, our evenings, any free time we have in idol pursuits? Surfing the internet, watching bad Netflix series and trolling through Instagram?

I argue, like Colin Wilson that to be truly happy most human beings need a certain amount of stimulus during their free time or they will grow dull, lethargic and perhaps for some, even depressed. This is not a motivational rant about having a positive attitude or being grateful.  This is about doing more with our minds and our lives. This is about using the free time we have to create something new and original.

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Playing it Safe is The Riskiest Thing You Can Do

Many people will account their lives to be successful if they get through them with only minimal pain.  Few aim to rise above a plodding existence. And this, not-withstanding that they often have within them the ability to do something that which perhaps no other human being has done before.

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Merely to do what others have done is often safe and comfortable; but to do something truly original, and do it well, whether appreciated by others or not – that is what being human is really all about and it is alone that what justifies the self-love that is pride. 

From Richard Taylor’s Restoring Pride.

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Occupy your day with interesting tasks, challenges and problems to solve.

Strive to spend the majority of your free time creating, exploring, learning, doing.

Challenge your capacities and improve your talents.

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Creative risk taking requires perseverance, struggle and the short term sacrifice of pleasures and comfort, to explore and cultivate the gifts within us, and thus to enjoy the fruits of genuine pride.

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The goal: to attain personal excellence of the kind that sets you apart from others.

Read Richard Taylor’s Restoring Pride

Watch Why Passivity Breeds Mediocrity 

Featured Artist

Afarin Sajedi was born in 1979 in Shiraz. She came to Tehran to study at the Azad University of Tehran where she got her degree in Graphic Design. Sajedi’s creativity, technique and powerful presentation are sure to ensure her an elevated position in the world of Iranian art. She has several motifs she enjoys portraying. However, whether she is depicting her Japanese people, her clowns or her theatrical personages she only portrays women. In all her works her women’s faces are highly made up be it in pain or joy to show how she visualizes women when they leave the security of their homes to enter the world outside. “Women have often told me how much they enjoy using make up because it allows them another face,” Sajedi exclaims in despair. She confesses that she has been highly influenced by Heinrich Boll’s Clown and by Gustav Klimt. She uses Klimt’s depth of color to vivify the pain of the modern woman in any role she decides to thrust herself into. Red plays an important role in the works of this painter. “It’s an aggressive color,” Sajedi says, “and I love aggressive colors.” Sajedi has participated in four group and four solo exhibitions. She is presently living and working in Tehran.