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Creating To Be Authentic, Not Perfect

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“Creativity comes from a desire to express the true self.”—Gloria Steinem


Too often, art has been insulated, considered and written about as precious—something only official artists do. In her book ‘Revolution From Within’ Gloria Steinem notes that “most art in the world does not have a capital ‘A’, but is a way of turning everyday objects into personal expressions.”


And she cautions that neglecting to use our human capacities, out of fear or shame, “leaves a small hole in the fabric of our self-esteem. Think of the times you have said, ‘I can’t write’, ‘I can’t paint’… Since this was not literally true, you were really saying: ‘I can't meet some outside standard. I’m not acceptable as I am."


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Find Your Passion With These 8 Thought-Provoking Questions

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"Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question, collected the provocative questions top designers, tech innovators, and entrepreneurs ask themselves about creativity."

 

In a previous post, I shared questions that can help in overcoming fear of failure. But sometimes, there’s an even more basic problem that can stop us from pursuing bold challenges and ambitious goals: not knowing which challenges or goals to pursue. These days, you're urged to “follow your passions” and “lean in”--but what if you’re not sure where your particular passion lies? What if you don’t know which way to lean?

 

The following is the second in a three-part series of posts adapted from Warren Berger’s new book,A More Beautiful Question(Bloomsbury), for which he spoke with top designers, tech innovators, entrepreneurs, and leading creative thinkers to explore the art (and innovative potential) of asking the right questions.

 

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7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People

7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
People with high emotional intelligence tend to do better at work. So what habits do they have that set them apart?

 

It has increasingly become accepted that emotional intelligence is an important factor in our success and happiness, not only at work, but in our relationships and all areas of our lives.

 

So what sets emotionally intelligent people apart? Here are seven habits that people with high EI have:

1. THEY FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE

 

While not ignoring the bad news, emotionally intelligent people have made a conscious decision to not spend a lot of time and energy focusing on problems. Rather, they look at what is positive in a situation and look for solutions to a problem. These people focus on what they are able to do and that which is within their control.

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To Unlock Creativity, Seek Privacy

To Unlock Creativity, Seek Privacy | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
Make yourself a safe haven and remove all fear of failure.

 

Open-floor plan offices and working in coffee shops is all the rage these days; privacy is no longer a key priority for creatives. In her new book, The Rise, Sarah Lewis explains how privacy may be more valuable to your creative process than you think. Besides the obvious quiet, it also provides you with a safe haven of sorts, where the fear of failure is diminished and mistakes easily shrugged off.

 

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What Is Buddhism?

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"For more than 2,500 years, the religion we know today as Buddhism has been the primary inspiration behind many successful civilizations, a source of great cultural achievements, and a lasting and meaningful guide to the very purpose of life for millions of people. Today, large numbers of men and women from diverse backgrounds throughout the world are following the Teachings of the Buddha. So who was the Buddha and what are his teachings?"

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Brain Freeze: The Science of Procrastination (And How to Fight Back)

Brain Freeze: The Science of Procrastination (And How to Fight Back) | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
Once you understand the true nature of the problem, you can make sense of all the advice to “stop procrastinating!”

 

How many times have you read that procrastination is just a characteristic of a lazy person? That people try to be “busy” rather than “productive”? That only happy-go-lucky hippies get to take a brain break from life?


For a few people, this may be true. But if we look a little deeper into why it happens, we can begin to see that it is actually our “smart” brains that make it happen. And once you understand the true nature of the problem, you can make sense of all the advice to “stop procrastinating!”

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Peeling Back the Mask: Reconnect With Your Authentic Self

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Feel like you wear different masks in different situations? Recognizing when you’ve strayed from your true self is the first step to staying the course.

 

“You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present.” ~Eckhart Tolle           

 

It was 3PM on a Wednesday and I had nothing to do. An empty schedule with limitless potential. 

 

I was miles from home in the freezing fog of San Francisco. The bustle of traffic reminded me of my hectic life back home, but I wasn’t bothered. I had nowhere to be and nobody to answer to, just like the day before and the next day. I was free.

 

I brought my favorite travel companion along with me to aid in my journey of self-discovery: me. Not the busy Account-Manager-me. My true self.

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10 Things to Remember When You Feel Lost and Alone

10 Things to Remember When You Feel Lost and Alone | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

“This morning I felt lost and alone as I was driving home after a brutal breakup with my boyfriend.  I turned on the radio and the Michael Jackson song ‘You Are Not Alone’ was playing.  A few seconds later, at the exact moment the chorus began, I passed a huge billboard sign with big black letters that read, ‘YOU ARE NOT ALONE!’”

 

That’s the opening paragraph of an email I received today from a reader named Ella.  It made me smile because I love when life delivers seemingly coincidental, positive messages like that, right when we need them most.

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Could Meditation Make Us All At Least 10 Percent Happier?

Could Meditation Make Us All At Least 10 Percent Happier? | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

In the '90s, a friend gave me a toy Buddha that held a phone in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. Today that Buddha would be holding a smartphone, be signed up for multiple social media networks, and keep a blog. 

ABC "Nightline" co-anchor Dan Harris is an unlikely ambassador for mindfulness, but his new book, out this week, might be just the thing that gets people to unplug and recognize that all this multitasking is making us miserable and unhealthy. On the surface, he has it all: a solid marriage, a coveted job, good looks, and charm. Underneath, though, was a tormented soul -- one he candidly depicts in 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works.

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Becoming Emotionally Self-Reliant

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I’m the first to admit that for many years, I have been a bit emotionally needy.

 

Not in a crazy, desperate way, but in the way that many of us are. I wanted someone else to make me happy, blamed others for my unhappiness, sought to fulfill my emotional needs through others.

 

This caused all kinds of problems I didn’t even realize were there: I’d have relationship problems because if the other person wasn’t meeting my needs, I’d resent it. I’d be unhappy lots of the time, because I thought happiness was outside of me, and therefore it was unreliable and elusive. I was helpless, because if other people are supposed to make me happy and fulfill my needs, then what could I do if they didn’t? What could I do if they hurt me instead?

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Top 10 Spring Cleaning Feng Shui Tips.

Top 10 Spring Cleaning Feng Shui Tips. | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
10 simple things we can all do to maximize the energy in our homes and achieve our goals.

 

They say that spring is a time for renewal, for new beginnings and for change.

 

The best way to usher new change is to ensure that the energy in your home is pristine. Human behavior is affected by energy. The places we spend the most amount of time in i.e. our home and work, should be given extra attention.

 

Whatever energy is prevalent there and resonates there will affect our behavior because we are sentient beings.

 

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The Zen of Waking Up Early: 10 ways to solidify a morning wakeup ritual

The Zen of Waking Up Early: 10 ways to solidify a morning wakeup ritual | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
Over the past few months, I've integrated a morning wakeup ritual into my life. Here are the 10 tactics that have helped me the most.

 

Something worth thinking about before you read this article: waking up early has been shown to have no impact on your socioeconomic standing or productivity. That said, I think waking up early is most definitely a keystone habitthat has the potential to create a chain reaction to change and rearrange the other habits in your life. Before you read this article, I think it’s worth seriously thinking about what you want to get out of waking up earlier. Personally, I love the feeling of having worked out, meditated, and planned my day before breakfast, but your mileage may vary.

 

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20 Things to Do Besides Berate Your Body And Yourself

20 Things to Do Besides Berate Your Body And Yourself | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
Instead of bashing your body or other parts of yourself, consider practicing these positive, healthy habits and activities.

 

I used to spend many minutes criticizing my body — specifically bashing my belly and my hips — and other traits like my indecisiveness and incessant worrying.

 

In fact, I’m sure that over the years, it adds up to hundreds of hours spent hurling insults at myself.

 

Many of us do this. We think we’re too big or too small, our skin is too dimpled or too pale. We dislike certain personality traits or amplify our supposed flaws, thinking they’re permanent, unshakable.

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The Mindful Revolution - Your Power Breakthrough

The Mindful Revolution - Your Power Breakthrough | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
Did you happen to catch the cover of Time Magazine recently?  ”The Mindful Revolution” was their cover story!

 

You may have heard the term “mindful” or “mindfulness” and wondered what  the heck is it? Mindfulness is any way of bringing your awareness or focus into the present moment.  It could be through meditation, yoga, a walk in the wood – anything that can help you bring you into focus.  In the article in Time magazine, the author, Kate Pickert, talks about eating a raisin in a whole new way – really taking time to become AWARE of the taste, the texture, the smell.

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The Ways to Control Dreaming

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The science of lucid dreaming—in which the sleeper is aware she is dreaming—and how it could affect waking life

 

In 2008, Isaac Katz, a civil service officer, passed away just before reaching his 78th birthday. He had been struggling with cardiovascular problems for some time. His son, Arnon Katz, now a 47-year-old tech entrepreneur, was beside himself with grief, and frustrated by the fact that he would never speak to his father again.

 

At the time, the younger Katz had been training himself to lucid dream—a phenomenon in which the dreamer becomes aware they are dreaming and can potentially control their actions as well as the content and context of the dream. But despite keeping a dream journal and diligently practicing other techniques, hadn't had any success. All that changed, though, a year after his father’s death.

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7 Ways to Be More Optimistic (but Still See Things As They Are)

7 Ways to Be More Optimistic (but Still See Things As They Are) | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"The other day a friend of mine said, “I’m just over everything. What’s the point?” She was referring to love, but also life in general. “I just don’t care anymore, nothing ever comes of anything anyways.” Of course we’re going to feel off kilter sometimes and unsure if anything good will ever happen, especially if we’ve been hurt or gipped in the past. But, believe it or not, for good things to happen, we have to believe that they will. “If you assume in favor of yourself and act as if it is possible, then you will do the things that are necessary to bring about the result,” says Jack Canfield in his book The Success Principles.  What that means is that the more we believe we are capable of achieving our dreams, the more right actions we take to make them happen. The belief that good things will happen is also known as optimism."

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Sabah El Tafaol... Very Good morning dear friends... 

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10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently

10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"Intuition is challenging to define, despite the huge role it plays in our everyday lives. Steve Jobs called it, for instance, “more powerful than intellect.” But however we put it into words, we all, well, intuitively know just what it is."


Pretty much everyone has experienced a gut feeling — that unconscious reasoning that propels us to do something without telling us why or how. But the nature of intuition has long eluded us, and has inspired centuries’ worth of research and inquiry in the fields of philosophy and psychology.

 
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How To Stop Overthinking - 9 Simple Habits

How To Stop Overthinking - 9 Simple Habits | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

What is holding people back from the life that they truly want to live?

I’d say that one very common and destructive thing is that they think too much.

 

They overthink every little problem until it becomes bigger and scarier and it actually is. Overthink positive things until they don’t look so positive anymore.


Or overanalyze and deconstruct things and so the happiness that comes from just enjoying something in the moment disappears.


- See more at: http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/how-to-stop-overthinking-9-simple-habits/#sthash.jaETntSz.dpuf

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How to Live a Full Life and Smile Your Way Through It

How to Live a Full Life and Smile Your Way Through It | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
After dealing with depression and insecurity, I learned how to turn my nervous giggle into a real laugh. Here's what I've learned about living a full life.

 

“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” ~Bill Cosby

 

I recently had my thirty-first birthday. I am officially in my thirties. This leads to reflection; what have I accomplished with my time as an adult?

 

I recently started over yet again, making this the fifth state I’ve lived in seven years. I have a roommate, half of the stuff in my room is hers, and I’m temping for a living. I was more prosperous at twenty friggin’ three…

 

…externally.

 

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10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently

10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

Intuition is challenging to define, despite the huge role it plays in our everyday lives.Steve Jobs called it, for instance, "more powerful than intellect." But however we put it into words, we all, well, intuitively know just what it is.


Pretty much everyone has experienced a gut feeling -- that unconscious reasoning that propels us to do something without telling us why or how. But the nature of intuition has long eluded us, and has inspired centuries' worth of research and inquiry in the fields of philosophy and psychology.


"I define intuition as the subtle knowing without ever having any idea why you know it," Sophy Burnham, bestselling author of The Art of Intuition, tells The Huffington Post. "It's different from thinking, it's different from logic or analysis ... It's a knowing without knowing."

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10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently.

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Don't Just Spring Clean Your House -- Spring Clean Your Life

Don't Just Spring Clean Your House -- Spring Clean Your Life | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"When you spring clean your house, you take stock of what you have, get rid of things you don't need, organize what is left, and clear space to bring in new things. You need to do these same things to spring clean your life. This means getting rid of things that no longer work for you, updating the way you do things, and freeing up some space for new and exciting opportunities. These are the four steps of spring cleaning your life:" 

 

Taking Stock, Cleaning Out the Old, Tying Up Loose Ends and Trying Something New.

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20 Ways Sitting in Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life

20 Ways Sitting in Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

“Silence is a source of great strength.” ~Lao Tzu

 

For over two years I spent one out of every four weeks in silence. At the time I was living at a Zen Monastery and every month we would have a week-long silent retreat.

 

During this retreat we sat meditation in silence, ate in silence, worked in silence, and only communicated through hand gestures and written notes.

 

At first living like this was hard, but over time I learned to grow to appreciate silence. By the time I left I learned that silence was my friend and teacher.

 

What did silence teach me?

 

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How To Be The Hero Of Your Own Story!

How To Be The Hero Of Your Own Story! | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
A hero is courageous. Who they are at the beginning of the story is not who they are when the credits roll.

 

But what if we could be the heroes of our own story? What’s stopping us?

Get out of the house. Start saying ‘yes’ and embrace the opportunities that come your way. Take risks and be the person that you see in your mind’s eye. Accept your fears and cast them to one side.

A hero is courageous. Who they are at the beginning of the story is not who they are when the credits roll.

They take action. They change. They overcome.

So, do you want to be the hero of your own story?


Read more at http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/hero-story/#WUt105Uwkg2qw8mB.99

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Get Your Head in the Game: 3 Easy Skills to Master Your Mind

Get Your Head in the Game: 3 Easy Skills to Master Your Mind | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
To get you set up for success, here are a few simple exercises you can do in under five minutes.

 

Success in life is what you do with your ideas and vision. While action is important, the first step of success deals with training your mind.  

 

While your brain can be a powerful tool for any entrepreneur, it can cause someone to stray from his focus. So many times entrepreneurs find themselves off in the weeds thanks to some thinking that got them into trouble.

 

If you find yourself struggling with a calm mind under pressure, too much anxiety or plagued by worst-case scenario thoughts, here are three simple skills that with just a little bit of practice and a few minutes a day, will help every entrepreneur master the mind.

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Are You Holding Yourself Back with a Story About the Past?

Are You Holding Yourself Back with a Story About the Past? | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
Our ego clings to false stories that create fear, anger, and other emotions, feeding on the past and future. But we don't need to be controlled by it.

 

“The distinction between the past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” ~Albert Einstein 

 

One morning I woke up inexplicably sad. I sat on my bed trying to make sense of how I felt and what could be behind it. Intuitively, I grabbed one of the many books lying on my night table and opened it in a random place.

 

What I had in my hands was A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle, and the chapter was called “Breaking Free.”

Tolle explains how we tend to be unconsciously engaged in stories from the past and habitual thoughts about them, and how we avoid the feelings associated with them.

 

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The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking

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According to a great deal of research, positive fantasies may lessen your chances of succeeding.

 

Since publishing “The Secret,” in 2006, the Australian author Rhonda Byrne has been writing self-help manifestos based on the idea that people who think positive thoughts are rewarded with happiness, wealth, influence, wisdom, and success. In November, 2013, she published “Hero,” the fourth book in the series. The book showcases the wisdom of twelve heroes—businesspeople, sports stars, writers, and philanthropists. Byrne’s idea isn’t new—it’s been a mainstay among greeting-card companies, motivational speakers, and school teachers for decades—but she’s become one of its most visible prophets. “The way to change a lack of belief is very simple,” Byrne writes. “Begin thinking the opposite thoughts to what you’ve been thinking about yourself: that you can do it, and that you have everything within you to do it.”

  
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