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Month: October 2016

THE ONLY COIN

THE ONLY COIN

Poet Carl Sandburg once pointed out, “Time is the coin of your life.  It is the only coin you have and only you can determine how it will be spent.  Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

There are a multitude of methods and products that are supposed to help you manage your time.  The problem with most of them is they don’t work all that well any more as our world speeds up and our to-do lists grow exponentially.

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THE WORLD YOU DON’T SEE

THE WORLD YOU DON’T SEE

A lot of Un-Seeing is about developing a different way of seeing your world.

In this video of a TEDx talk at the University of Illinois, Daniel Simons who is the head of the Visual Cognition Laboratory at the University of Illinois explains that what we think we see is not necessarily so.  He touches on how what we see affects the way we think.

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CHANGING THE WORLD

CHANGING THE WORLD

Baby-Boomers really did try to change the world.  We tackled the same-old with the tried and true, passed on down to us through the ages:  rebellion and protest, dreaming big dreams and making them real, and exploring new directions in spirituality and/or consumerism.

Somehow, even though the world certainly did change, the mess kept morphing in other directions.  Changing the world is not such an easy thing to do.  Who knew?

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WHEN THE STUDENT IS READY

WHEN THE STUDENT IS READY

For a long time I thought I just was not fated to have teachers.  Very little of what I’ve learned about the Real has come from guru-types.  In fact, I am a lot biased against the guru-wannabes.

Maybe I’m like the three year old who’s got the blouse on inside-out and is focused on buttoning the thing regardless.   “Me do, me do,” the baby declares.

So do I!  What about you?

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GETTING TO BREAKTHROUGH

GETTING TO BREAKTHROUGH

The dreaded “BLOCK”.  It’s a mind-thing that plagues every creative person that ever was.  Whether you are a writer, a scientist, an artist, or a business person, there comes a time when you reach for an idea and there’s nothing there.

For some reason the well has gone dry.  Not even mud comes up.

You are pounding on a stuck door that, for whatever reason, is closed and locked to you, a door that used to swing open easily at a touch.  Your idea factory has been shut down and you can’t see anything but that fool door.

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AUDREY’S POEMS

AUDREY’S POEMS

The following poems are by Audrey Love, a strong-willed and independent Upcountry Maui woman who is making her own way through the world.   She is what Hawaiians call a “tita.”

A tita stands up strong for what she believes.  She will do as she chooses how she chooses because she chooses.  She does not feel a need to explain herself.  She takes the blows that come her way and, if she falls, she will stand back up…again and again and again.  She is indomitable (and darned near unsinkable.)

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ABUNDANCE THINKING

ABUNDANCE THINKING

Another IPS (Inner Peace Symptom):  an understanding that when you can recognize your inner fullness, you’ll have the platform on which you can do your best dance.  [Getting to this inner fullness seems to be a lot like Picasso’s quest to paint like a child.  It’s already there in you.  You just have to feel it…and usually that takes a lifetime of trying.]

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VALUES-BASED WRITING

VALUES-BASED WRITING

Developing your own thoughts and feelings about what has value for you, the storyteller and poet, can help you connect with your audience.   But, in order to connect, you do have to know your own heart.

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