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Zen & the Art of Living Deeply

“With traditional arts in Asia much emphasis is put on long-term practice and effort, so as to reach continuously higher levels of skill development. There is a deeper character training happening as well, to reduce the ego’s voice, let go … Continue reading

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Every Child is an Artist by Nature

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” ―Pablo Picasso All human beings are creative by nature. Young children know this in their hearts, but as we grow older most of us begin … Continue reading

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Being the Change – How to Unblock Your Creative Potential

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” ―Pablo Picasso Note: An updated and improved version of this essay has been posted here. All human beings are creative by nature. Young children … Continue reading

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Children Need to Be Free to Learn

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ~Socrates Children are born to be curious, sociable, skillful, joyful and empathetic. Their minds are creative and flexible, their hearts trusting and open. They come into the … Continue reading

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Peace in the World Begins with You

“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” ~The Dalai Lama I think this may be the “prime directive” of effective spiritual practice, social action and peaceful living. Don’t let the behavior of others (who are actually an expression of our … Continue reading

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Real Learning is a Creative Process

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough … Continue reading

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Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

“Control of consciousness determines the quality of life. If you are interested in something, you will focus on it, and if you focus attention on anything, it is likely that you will become interested in it. Many of the things we … Continue reading

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Children of the Cosmic Dance

Every manifestation of Nature is a magical unfolding– each flower, person, planet, animal and tree- a unique and precious gem… Most of us see the Universe this way from time-to-time, but not always. Often, the biggest challenge we face is … Continue reading

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Moving in Synch with the Universe

A consistent spiritual practice is good for our mind, much as physical training makes the body healthier. Research that looked at the brain development of long term meditators has found certain parts of the brain are stronger, more developed, specifically … Continue reading

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Self-Direction is the Key to Mastery

“What you love to do you will do well.” ~Japanese proverb What do Thomas Edison, Vincent Van Gogh, Maya Angelou, Bob Dylan, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Lennon, Steve Jobs, Jimi Hendrix, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln and Malcolm X have in … Continue reading

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