Saturday, July 31, 2010

Creativity Enhances our Well-Being

Creativity Enhances our Well-Being
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Creative activity makes our human experience
more alive, vivid, real, enjoyable,
and, meaningful from moment to moment.

When we are creative,
we are more spontaneous and free.

When we are creative,
we continue to develop our creativity.

Maslow (1971) states in his studies that "self-actualizing" creative people were "spontaneous, effortless, innocent, easy [and had] a kind of freedom from stereotype and cliches." They were more like children, in many activities of daily life.

"Self-actualizers" also appeared more mature, with a higher purpose, doing work that seemed like a calling, acting from beyond "deficiency" needs (personally focused needs such as love, acceptance, or respect) towards "being" needs, involving more universal caring and a greater good, a difference which has also been applied to creative activity (Rhodes, 1990).

They are more consciously aware in the moment, rather than leading a habit-bound routinized life (Langer 1989; Richards 2006).

Self-actualizing creative people are open to experience such as "tolerance to ambiguity," and "preference for complexity," and the ability to "play" with elements. They relish the new but do not jump to conclusions (Barron 1995; Rogers 1961).

"Self-actualizers" are more resilient when shaken up or destabilized. They cope creatively and at times thrive on the "edge of chaos" (Richards 1997; Zausner 1996).

They are original, almost as a habit, having a more open and flexible manner that generated new perspectives (Barron 1995; Harrington 1981).

They are able to live more vividly in the moment..."total involvement with some object or activity" (Csikszentmihalyi 1993).

The highly creative and self-aware person has the potential to be more aware of life's flow, the nature of change, and our interdependency (Rhodes 1990; Richards 1997).

So basically it comes down to...
if we were to live more creative lives,
we might just feel more alive,
enjoy life more fully,
act less neurotically from our own self-serving motives,
know ourselves deeply,
and in the end have greater health benefits.

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Music Makers

Music Makers
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"We are the music makers,
We are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams---
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams,
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

~Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy,
from Ode.



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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Empathy

Empathy

"...the accepting, confirming, and understanding human echo evoked by the self, is a psychological nutrient without which human life, as we know and cherish could not be sustained."


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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Understand Reality

Understand Reality
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"If you use your mind to try to understand reality,
You will understand neither your mind nor your reality.

If you try and understand reality without using your mind,
You will understand both your mind and reality.

~Bodidharma


Monday, July 26, 2010

The Simple Splendor of a Rose

The Simple Splendor of a Rose
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"Compare the serene and the simple splendor of a rose in bloom
with the tensions and restlessness of your life.
The rose has a gift that you lack;
it is perfectly content to be itself.
It has not been programmed from birth,
as you have been, to be dissatisfied with itself,
so it has not the slightest urge to be anything other than it is.
That is why it possesses the artless grace and absence of inner
conflict that among humans is only found
in little children and mystics."

~Anthony DeMello, The Way to Love


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Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Guest House


The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
Who violently sweep your house
Empty of its furniture,
Still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
For some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
Meet them at the door laughing,
And invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
Because each has been sent
As a guide from beyond.

The Essential Rumi


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The Storms of Life

The Storms of Life
by Desiree Leigh, Wake Up to Live

Don't get caught up in the storms of life.
Don't deny they are happening, either.
Move through them with ease and grace.
Look for the messages.

These messages can be quite revealing,
They can sometimes be in your face
asking you to see a new way
or, take responsibility for what has happened.

The storms are the greatest learning.
They are not intended to be jumped over.
And, they are not intended to dwell in.

When things are going great,
it's easy to be joyful, generous, and loving.
Be joyful, generous, and loving even when life looks like a mess.
Be open to the mysteries,
then move through it with much breath.

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