Creativity: Unleashing the Forces of Love and Joy

Creativity: Unleashing the Forces of Love and Joy
Creativity has nothing to do with any activity in particular. Anything can be creative. Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach -- how you look at things. You can paint in an uncreative way... You can clean the floor in a creative way...

The Science Behind Our Love-Hate Relationship With Festive Songs

The Science Behind Our Love-Hate Relationship With Festive SongsIn the run-up to Christmas, we’re subjected to a daily barrage of festive music – on the radio and television, in shops, train stations, restaurants, pubs and bars. So are you humming Jingle Bells or All I Want for Christmas while you wrap your presents?

Why The Latest Star Wars Is A Fable For Our Post-truth Times

Why The Latest Star Wars Is A Fable For Our Post-truth TimesThe Star Wars universe is no stranger to political allegories. Many viewers have pointed out the parallels between the original Empire and the Nazis, to give the most famous example, with the plucky Rebel Alliance cast as the US/British resistance who never gave up hope in the face of unconscionable evil.

Why Some People Can't See Pictures In Their Imagination

Why Some People Can't See Pictures In Their ImaginationImagine an apple floating in front of you. Now see if you can rotate it around in your mind. Look at it from the top, bottom – does it have any blemishes? How clearly can you see it?

Daydream Deliberately to Free Yourself from the Internal Debate

Deliberate Daydreaming to Free Yourself Up from the Internal DebateI have a tiny suspicion that someday, far in the future, people will look back at our ideas about the right brain-left brain dichotomy and laugh. I suspect they will wonder at our lack of understanding, in much the same way that today we cringe at outdated medieval medical practices.

The Shape Of Water: Choosing Love Over Fear

The Shape Of Water: Choosing Love Over FearThe Shape of Water is a gorgeous and entertaining movie, but it also has a timely, allegorical message about our willingness to accept difference.

Why Grown-ups Still Need Fairy Tales

Why Grown-ups Still Need Fairy TalesFor as long as we have been able to stand upright and speak, we have told stories. They explained the mysteries of the world: birth, death, the seasons, day and night. They were the origins of human creativity, expressed in words but also in pictures...

Creating Your Experience by Opening Your Eyes, Your Mind, Your Inner Ear

Creating Your Experience by Opening Your Eyes, Your Mind, Your Inner EarDid you ever say to yourself, "I wish that I might never again be afraid of anything"? Or have you met someone who had such a deep calm and peace that you have thought, "How I wish that I might be like that person"? Did you ever, in some still moment, feel as though you could...

Free Will, Quantum Science, Heart Consciousness, and Creativity

Free Will, Quantum Science, Heart Consciousness, and CreativityIf you want to change your life today—to make it radically different tomorrow—you must engage in the creative process. This process requires the ability to respond without sifting through past memories. It also requires cohesiveness of intention, and purposefulness.

Being Creatively Maladjusted and Spiritually Informed Social Activism

Being Creatively Maladjusted: Spiritually Informed Social ActivismChaya Grossberg is one of the creatively maladjusted. Her process of spiritual development can serve as a model for other psychiatric survivors who have not broken out of the psychiatric net and not discovered their identities...

Creative Dancing Changes Everything, Even Your Health and Lifestyle

Creative Dancing Changes Everything, Even Health and LifestyleAlthough we tend to compartmentalize our lives — this is work, this is family, this is entertainment — it doesn’t actually work that way. Everything we think and do and feel is interconnected, and what occurs in one realm of our lives affects all the others.

How Winnie The Pooh Teaches Us The Importance Of Play

How Winnie The Pooh Teaches Us The Importance Of PlayHe is famous for his love of honey, and being a bear of “little brain”. So Winnie the Pooh might be a little surprised to find himself the subject of a major new museum exhibition.

How Does Hedonism Affect Your Health?

How Does Hedonism Affect Your Health?I think I might be a hedonist. Are you imagining me snorting cocaine through $100 notes, a glass of champagne in one hand, the other fondling a stranger’s firm thigh?

Why Some People Have Trouble Telling Left From Right

Why Some People Have Trouble Telling Left From RightDo you ever have trouble telling right from left? For example you’re taking a driving lesson and the instructor asks you to take a left turn and you pause, struggling to think of which way is left.

How To Come To Your Senses By Taking A Spirit Walk

Come to Your Senses by Taking a Spirit WalkI had just been outdoors, but I couldn’t say what the sky looked like, cloudy or clear, or whether birds sang or if I’d felt a breeze on my cheeks. I had been locked inside my head, thinking. After that, a phrase I’d heard all of my life, “Come to your senses,” began to take on new meaning.

What is Dance Movement Psychotherapy?

What is Dance Movement Psychotherapy?Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) uses the body, movement and dance as a way of expressing oneself and findings ways of exploring and addressing psychological problems or difficulties.

How Tranquil Spaces Can Help People Feel Calm And Relaxed

How Tranquil Spaces Can Help People Feel Calm And RelaxedWhen you think about somewhere that is tranquil, what do you imagine? Whether it’s a wide open meadow, a deserted beach, or a river as it lazily flows along on a warm summer’s afternoon, research shows tranquillity is mainly found in natural outdoor environments.

This Math Puzzle Will Help You Plan Your Next Party

This Math Puzzle Will Help You Plan Your Next PartyLet’s say you’re planning your next party and agonizing over the guest list. To whom should you send invitations? What combination of friends and strangers is the right mix?

Why Elvis Presley Was Paid A King’s Ransom For Sub-par Movies

Why Elvis Presley Was Paid A King’s Ransom For Sub-par MoviesThis summer marks 40 years since the death of Elvis Presley. In the decades since the singer finally left the building, the hits have continued, his home at Graceland is now a top tourist attraction, and he is regularly listed as one of the top earning dead celebrities by Forbes.

Why We Can't Resist The Lure Of Mermaids

Why We Can't Resist The Lure Of MermaidsMermaids are everywhere. In July 2017 alone they have surfaced in New Brighton, caused controversy in Asda, reinvigorated toast, partied with the Kardashians, transformed maternity and wedding photography

Why We Still Love Jane Austen's Heroes, Heroines And Houses After 200 Years

Why We Still Love Jane Austen's Heroes, Heroines And Houses After 200 YearsTwo centuries on from the death of Jane Austen, the enthusiasm for her work and the Regency world she represents is more alive than ever. Austen herself might marvel at this. She had to buy her first manuscript back from a publisher because it came to nothing, and published anonymously during her lifetime.

How To Help Your Child Make The Most Of Summer Camp

How To Help Your Child Make The Most Of Summer CampTemporary relief from structured classroom teaching opens up exciting opportunities for kids at summer camps that not only feed their craving for fun, but also satiate their emotional, physical and cognitive development.

Decoding Richard Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony

Decoding Richard Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony“He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragic plays and tragic reality”, said the prophetic protagonist in the German philosopher Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra. The Conversation

Lipstick Under My Burkha: When Real Women Take Over Indian Screens

Lipstick Under My Burkha: When Real Women Take Over Indian Screens“We see many films on male bonding, but hardly any on female bonding,” award-winning Indian filmmaker Aparna Sen told Indian television news channel NDTV at Cannes, just after the screening of her latest film, Sonata.

This Is Your Choice: Easy World or Difficult?

This Is Your Choice: Easy World or Difficult?A magician in the highest and truest sense, your Spirit has the power to arrange events and situations so that they serve your ultimate well-being, as well as the ultimate well-being of everyone else.

Reading Classic Novels In An Era Of Climate Change

Reading Classic Novels In An Era Of Climate ChangeThere is a strange and troubled kind of intimacy between our own moment of climate change and 19th century Britain. It was there that a global, fossil fuel economy first took shape, through its coal-powered factories, railways, and steamships, which drove the emergence of modern consumer capitalism. The Conversation

How To Actually Beat Time By Slowing Down

How To Actually Beat Time by Slowing DownIt is hard to stop hurrying mentally toward the next task, fretting about something in the future, or ruminating over something that happened the day before. Even if we vow not to squander the next hour through inattention, it happens. We slip back into our thoughts and forget to be awake.

How To Embrace Your Vision and Allow It To Expand

How To Embrace Our Vision & Allow It To ExpandThe manner in which we approach our work is highly revealing and immediately evident to the sensitive viewer; our energies directly transfer into the work itself. Most of us yearn for a high order of integrity and caring from others in our lives. Do we not wish to embody this care, this quality, in ourselves and in our own way of working?

Meet The Women Behind Famous Male Writers

Meet The Women Behind Famous Male WritersIt started when an American academic noticed how frequently the acknowledgements sections of weighty academic tomes featured a male author thanking his nameless wife for typing. The Conversation

How To Trust Time & Learn the Joy of Divine Timing

How To Trust Time & Learn the Joy of Divine TimingWe have all had experiences of wanting something to happen and being devastated when it didn’t, only to realize later that “the timing wasn’t right.” The term divine timing typically refers to the idea that everything happens at the “right” time...

How To Hypnotize Yourself a New Life

How To Hypnotize Yourself a New Life"I know how it works. I can change whatever seems to be whenever I want to change it. What shall I change, what suggestions shall I give myself, shall I accept, take them for truth in my trance and watch the world shift around me?"

Pros And Cons Of Binge Watching TV

The Pros And Cons Of Binge Watching TVAnd I’ve learned that even though watching TV gets a bad rap as the “junk food” of media diets, it can be good for you – as long as you give yourself permission to indulge.

"How To" Techniques for Mastering Anxiety

"How To" Techniques for Mastering AnxietyExperiment with the following anxiety-reduction strategies, learn which ones work for you, and begin to use those that work best. Knowing about them is not enough — you must practice them and use them...

How To Tap Into Your Creative Resources

How To Tap Into Your Creative ResourcesIt has been argued that some people are creative and some are not. But I believe we are all creative; it's just that some people are more confident in using their creativity, and therefore they just appear to be more creative. The key to tapping into your creative resources is to...

Why Facebook Is The Wal-Mart Of The Internet

Why Facebook Is The Wal-Mart Of The Internet In the mid-1990s, body modification enthusiasts – a long-ostracized subculture – created an online community that incorporated blogs, dating and wikis.

Chuck Berry Is What A Giant Looks Like

Chuck Berry Is What A Giant Looks LikeLegendary is an overused adjective in popular culture, but Berry’s passing is a salutary reminder of what a giant in the field actually looked like. The Conversation

6 Tips to Healing through Spontaneous Writing

6 Tips to Healing through Spontaneous Writing
Spontaneous writing, a discipline of writing about traumatic events that is done quickly, without forethought or self-censorship, can bring up traumatic events from the past and trigger a healing journey. This approach has proven helpful especially for children of alcoholics...

Stop Obsessing Over Talent Because Everyone Can Sing

Stop Obsessing Over Talent Because Everyone Can Sing

A Hungarian film titled “Sing” recently won the Oscar for best short film. “Sing” tells the story of young Zsófi, who joins a renowned children’s choir at her elementary school where “everyone is welcome.” The Conversation

Empowerment Exercise: Do Not Whine, Do Not Complain!

Empowerment Exercise: Do Not Whine, Do Not Complain!If you imagine each thought going through your mind as a seed destined to grow the events of your future, how do you feel about the quality of the seeds you’re planting? Are they growing success, joy, and love, or bitterness, pain, and disappointment?

Fed Up With Fifty Shades? Read Story Of O Instead

Fed Up With Fifty Shades? Read Story Of O InsteadMany years before the Fifty Shades franchise was conceived came its singular predecessor. In 1954, a woman using the pseudonym Pauline Reage published a slim volume bearing the title l’Histoire d’O (Story of O).

The Parable: There Are Two Paths Before You...

The Parable: There Are Two Paths Before You...There are two paths before you: One of them takes you to Heaven, a place more beautiful than you can imagine. The other takes you to Hell, a land full of darkness, despair, and wretched individuals. You are to choose a path.

Finding The Tribe That Celebrates Your Specialness

Your Tribe Is Looking for YouIn his dazzling book Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon points out that while we are all members of the tribes we are born into (part of our family, our geographical area, our native language, and our era), we also must seek out the tribe that celebrates our specialness.

Why Are Most People Right Handed?

Why Are Most People Right Handed?Roughly 90% of humans are right-handed and this is one of the traits that separates us from most other primates who don’t really show any overall preference for left or right handedness.

Do Art And Literature Cultivate Empathy?

Do Art And Literature Cultivate Empathy?A common argument for the value of the arts is the claim they cultivate empathy. Reading literature, viewing quality cinema and listening to fine music refine our sensibilities and make us better and more humane – or so the argument goes.

If You Can Snap A Photo, This App IDs The Bird

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The Merlin Bird Photo ID mobile app can identify hundreds of North American species it “sees” in photos, thanks to machine-learning technology.

Gift-giving Taboos That Aren’t As Bad As You Think

Gift-giving Taboos That Aren’t As Bad As You ThinkThere are many social norms that dictate gift-giving, including when, how and what to give as gifts. Interestingly, these norms don’t seem to be about making sure that recipients get the gifts they want.

Blessings and Resolutions: Giving of Yourself Where You Are Needed

Blessings and Resolutions: Giving of Yourself Where You Are NeededOne of my fondest Christmas memories happened many years ago when I was co-hosting a radio show with Jim Kirkwood called The Good News Hour. We decided to do something extra special one year, so we worked up a volunteer army of helpers from our listeners to feed the largest homeless shelter...

Who Are You? What Is Your Real Name?

Who Are You? What Is Your Real Name?Once upon a time a little Being was sitting by a stream…sighing, sad, and just a bit frightened. At that same moment, as the fates would have it, Solo­mon, the wise old owl, happened to be flying by just overhead...

5 Keys for Unlocking Your Innate Creativity

5 Keys for Unlocking Your Innate CreativityA blank canvas. An empty music score. A newly opened Word document or electric circuit simulation. Trying to harness creativity at will haunts artists, scientists, technologists, and even bureaucrats. How can we open our minds and wander into new, innovative territory?

5 Extraordinary Poems That Inspired Bob Dylan

5 Extraordinary Poems That Inspired Bob DylanPulitzer-Prize-winning poet Robert Lowell said that Bob Dylan wasn’t a poet because he “leaned on the crutch of his guitar”. The Nobel committee clearly disagree – they awarded him the Nobel Prize in Literature. Indeed, Dylan has leaned on poetry more than any other musician, before or since.

What's The Best Drama Machine Around? The Human Mind

Feeding The Human Mind: The Best Drama Machine AroundThe human mind: It’s the best drama machine around. It’s portable. It runs day and night. It requires only imagination to operate. It cranks out some of the best stories around. Just feed it a few tidbits of hearsay, half-truths, some emotional charge, some childhood memories (the more traumatic, the better), and voilà...

A Fable: Healing the Poison In Our Mind and Attitudes

A Fable: Healing the Poison In Our Mind and AttitudesA long time ago, a girl named Li-Li got married and went to live with her husband and mother-in-law. In a very short time, Li-Li found that she couldn't get along with her mother-in-law at all.

Why Teaching Creative Writing Matters

Why Teaching Creative Writing MattersFor the last 30 years or so the rise of creative writing programmes in universities has been met with seemingly unending howls of derision from all quarters.

Goodbye Leonard, You Brought Us So Much Light

Goodbye Leonard, You Brought Us So Much LightLeonard Cohen has died, and the lights have gone out all around the world. His death shouldn’t have come as any surprise: as he wrote to his muse Marianne, just weeks ago,

What Makes Things Funny?

What Makes Things Funny?As a researcher who investigates some of the potential side effects of humor, I spend a fair bit of time verifying the funniness of the jokes, photos and videos we present to participants in our studies.

The Myth Of The Disappearing Book

The Myth Of The Disappearing BookAfter years of sales growth, major publishers reported a fall in their e-book sales for the first time this year, introducing new doubts about the potential of e-books in the publishing industry.

Do Sports Fans Need Their Villains?

Do Sports Fans Need Their Villains?As the new NBA season begins, the Golden State Warriors find themselves in an unfamiliar role: villain.

How to Get Paid Big Time for Your Creations

How to Get Paid Big Time for Your CreationsTruly creative people are more interested in the process of creating than its side effects. They do not create in order to get something else. The joy of creating is reward enough in itself. Awards and accolades are not the goal; they are the byproducts of the goal.

No, Bob Dylan Isn't The First Lyricist To Win The Nobel

No, Bob Dylan Isn't The First Lyricist To Win The NobelThere’s been a great deal of excitement over Bob Dylan winning the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. It’s rare for artists who have achieved widespread, mainstream popularity to win.

How to Reduce Stress & Enhance Creativity

How to Reduce Stress & Enhance CreativityWhile meditations, exercise, and vacations all have the potential to reduce negative stress, if your relationships are lousy or you hate your work or your creativity is being stifled, you will remain stressed out. Your life choices, positive and negative, determine your wellbeing...

Are You On The Hero's Path?

Are You On The Hero's Path? by Sophie RoseHave you noticed that many children’s tales end with a victory of the heart? The hero, after following a tortuous path of struggles, dreams and hopes, always manages to fulfill their heart’s desire, while sometimes discovering it at the same time....

All Devices Off: Setting Boundaries and Preventing Overload

All Devices Off: Setting Boundaries and Preventing OverloadEven when we are not competing with other people, we can often feel like the world around us is competing for our time, money, and attention. One of the most resisted — and most productive — tools in The Artist's Way was one called "Reading Deprivation." Today, when I...

How Pop Music Is Embracing High Art

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From stadiums to galleries, the new frontier for today’s mega pop star is high art. Mass popularity has its charms – sales, world tours, legions of followers – but the legacy-conferring power of art is now the ultimate sign of one’s status within Western culture.

The Angel in the Tollbooth and the Art of Situational Comedy

The Angel in the Tollbooth and the Art of Situational Comedy Something happened the other day that highlighted why we do what we do, and why I love helping ordinary people find the extraordinary humor and playfulness in every day life. We've been traveling around the northeast for the past three weeks and one thing the northeast has is -- tolls. Now I can imagine that being a toll-taker takes its toll. Same old same old...

Are Intelligent People Really Better At Chess?

Are Intelligent People Really Better At Chess?A new study offers some of the most conclusive evidence to date that intelligence is linked to chess skill—a hotly debated issue in psychology. The results refute the idea that expertise is based solely on intensive training.

'Snowden,' A Picture Of The Cybersecurity State

'Snowden,' A Picture Of The Cybersecurity StateWith the release of a new film about Edward Snowden, the man who revealed secret documents detailing a massive U.S. government spying program, the debate about his character continues.

How Star Trek Almost Failed To Launch

How Star Trek Almost Failed To LaunchFifty years ago – on Sept. 8, 1966 – TV viewers were transfixed by the appearance on screen of a green-hued, pointy-eared alien called Spock. But beneath the makeup, actor Leonard Nimoy fretted that this would be the end of his promising career.

Has The Library Outlived Its Usefulness In The Age Of Internet?

Has The Library Outlived Its Usefulness In The Age Of Internet? You'd Be SurprisedU.S. institutions of higher education and U.S. local governments are under extraordinary pressure to cut costs and eliminate from institutional or governmental ledgers any expenses whose absence would cause little or no pain.

The Musical Legacy Of Reggae Pioneer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

The Musical Legacy Of Reggae Pioneer Lee ‘Scratch’ PerryAs electronic music shape-shifts its way through the early years of the 21st century, the influence of dub – reggae’s stripped-down mutant version – on contemporary production is becoming more apparent. In “Remixology”,

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