Archive for August, 2010

Hello Everyone,

I think of creativity as the disparity between passion and reason. In my estimation, it draws from two sides of the coin. That being said, it only stands to reason that creativity can have a dark side to it as well. When we turn to the resourcefulness of our imagination we find many things. Most of the time, we discover something different from what we expect depending on the appealing enthusiasm which we associate with the endeavor we are participating in or, chose not to. Creativity clearly has a mind of its own, meaning that its outcome is never really certain. One thing is for sure, being dispassionate about a project is the best way to suppress creative flow. Rigidity of mind, multitasking leading to distraction, exhaustion, poor mental or physical health all impair the potency of our creativity.
Creativity is in the genes or, if properly cultivated, it can be developed. It encourages us to think beyond the four sides of the box – on top of the box, about various sides of the box and, completely out of the box. Creativity has its own spirit. It’s a force that sometimes feels as if it sweeps through us. It’s infectious in some situations, as witnessed on teams when creative individuals are assembled to brainstorm and are able to successful execute their vision as one collective mind.
Routine has the power to destroy our creativity just as our own inferiority does from exposure to constant scathing criticism of our ideas. Many artists, or, would have been great authors have given in and eventually, given up because of the lack of inspiration or constant assaults on their vision. Our creativity desires to be nurtured, protected, defended and, most importantly, respected by not only others, but ourselves. In other words, we need to have a strong enduring relationship with our inner child – the playful part of our personality that comes through when we are creative. There is at the root of every creative undertaking an innocence that suggests that the creator is present in every aspect of the process as it moves through the evolution of its development.
Creativity places its own demands on us as all worthwhile actions always do. It insists on repeated practice day-in-and-day-out. Its refinement is obvious in the person who continuously courts its favor. Creativity also stresses the need to travel its own path, beginning with the personality and the uniqueness of the individual who sets out to express the inner workings of their soul through the material manifestation of their work. Its dynamic laws are always in effect as long as we adhere to them we can reap the benefits of our creative gifts.
Our special talents that we bring forth when we create something new are nothing short of divine. They supersede any of our capabilities known to us prior to the commencement of an innovative product of our own making and design. The majesty of creativity is that it vanquishes all obstacles in the stages of the formation of the object of its own conception. We are but mere translators who communicate creativity’s message to those bestowed with the capacity to appreciate the value of efforts expended to produce the piece of art as it is perceived.
Each of us is given the same timeframe. We all have 365 days a year to demonstrate some aspect of our creative nature. Every day affords us 24 hours from which to schedule a time to commune with our creative spirit. What endeavor could possibility fill us with more inner satisfaction than our own very special brand of creativity?

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Sometimes we get so busy we neglect to take time to reflect and make the changes (hourly, weekly, monthly and yearly) that can have an enormous impact on our lives both short-term and long-term. The gift of coaching that I gave to myself inspired me to pause and take note of my feelings and the way I achieved my accomplishments but most of all, it encouraged me to live more in the present.

Working with a private coach inspired me to ask myself what behavioral changes I needed to make to fulfill my greater potential, not just professionally, but personally as well.  I knew my life was out of balance but I did not have a clue as to how to get things back into perspective and enjoy it more. It seemed as if I could advise everyone else with what they should do to rejuvenate themselves but when it came to me I really did not know where to begin. Through coaching, I learned to take small steps and to measure my results daily. Slowly, I started to see minor changes occur around me.  At first, I thought nothing of what was happening to me and, then, I started to witness more major differences, most notably, in the way I was living in the present.

What I recall, was most significant about my coaching experience was the way I was thinking differently – about everything. As my perceptions about things in my personal and career life began to shift, people I was in contact with at the time began to comment on how they noticed that I was reclaiming myself. I felt as if I was making a deeper connection with individuals that I had been having difficulty communicating with for years. Friends and business associates that had fallen by the wayside as I dashed madly through (my days and nights blindly trying to meet one goal after the other) began to reappear. I found myself surrounded by people who seemed to care more about my progress and about me than they had ever before. Conversations with others improved as I gained more clarity about myself, my world and the problems of those who shared their stories with me. I felt more in tune with strangers and compelled to express myself by being more open and creative in my choice of verbiage and phraseology. I found myself tapping into my sixth sense more and coming up with more imaginative and intuitive ways to approach the frustrations and challenges I needed to overcome to truly appreciate myself and my talents.  My generosity toward others returned and I started to trust again. I noticed myself becoming more forgiving of past slights and dirty dealings of adversaries.  Speaking with my coach regularly gave me more momentum and I felt as if I had more energy both mentally and physically. I returned to college and as I continued to be coached my grade point average improved going from C’s to A’s. I started to set boundaries and quit blaming others for my shortcomings and losses (some of the time anyway – old habits are hard to break). What I gained most of all was a feeling of increased self-worth that I had not realized I had lost.  Somewhere and somehow along the way, I had given up on having a healthy relationship with myself and those closet to me in my life. Before I participated in coaching I was burned-out and exhausted, hurried and hateful. I was racing through my life with nowhere in mind – just trying to keep up. I was living what had become a tasteless life. I was numb and my spirit was dead and buried.  I know not everyone believes in the power of coaching, but I sure do. What a difference it has made for me and for all those who I cross paths with everyday. Coaching for me has been nothing short of a major paradigm shift and life makeover.  Coaching was just the right form of help I needed to get back on track. Having had first-hand knowledge I know personally that no one but a qualified and experienced coach could have led me to these conclusions.

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Good Sunday Morning,

There are many schools of thought on spiritual synergy. I see it as the combined action of two ways of being, one in our humanness and, the other, in our living spirit, which I believe is far greater than our presence in the world as just an individual force.

“There is one mind common to all individual men, and every man is an inlet to the same and all of the same.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The purpose of living a spiritual existence and traveling on a mystical path in my opinion, is to be a link or, a teacher to others that we come in contact with and, not merely by coincidence, but by demonstrating a higher level of consciousness in both word and, deed, as much as our karmic cycle and current spiritual knowledge will allow.

Spiritual synergy requires a constant effort to see life through spiritual eyes with an emphasis on spiritual identity (empathy, love and appreciation of other souls) by being aware and open to people, our surroundings and what life is showing us. By consistently being in this state of mind, we can encourage other like-minded persons to make the shift with us.

Spiritual synergy is at the core of united consciousness which ultimately promotes a higher and a more vibrant energy and at the same time a more harmonious existence while here on the earth plane.  Spiritual synergy requires a wholehearted commitment to this alternate reality.  Those of us who believe in the possibility of a unified consciousness becoming a reality must be ready and prepared to reach out to others to create a network of support even if describing its significance in today’s days and times renders us vulnerable.

Vigilance and action are vital to any substantial gains toward spiritual synergy. There cannot be any vagueness to our resolve until the united consciousness movement takes root, our aspirations toward spiritual synergy must be practiced and the concept protected as if it were delicate seeding.

Articles –

Psychic Synergy Defined


Spirit Boosters –


Glossary of Esoteric Words


The Synergy Principle – Human Action and the Evolution of Consciousness


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Good Morning,

In my opinion the best way to identify what we know is by comparing our knowledge to a body of information that we do not know. If we are lacking information our brain immediately rushes to where it has stored ideas on a similar topic.

One of my favorite publications on the topic of studying is a workbook from Learning Express entitled: “How to Study.” It helped me to discover the following learning style below:

Study Tips – How I Get More out Of What I am Studying

When I want to learn about something new and add it to my current knowledge base I begin by mapping out the subject matter first. I examine the full range of the entire subject that I want to cover by scanning over all the material I have gathered up on the topic.  I like to use a sequence-ordered approach to increment the whole learning experience beforehand.

While glancing over the information I intend to learn I write out questions that come to mind and that I will later search for the answers for. The questions I develop ultimately, will help inspire my curiosity about the topic, make it more meaningful for me, as well as, allow me a much clearer understanding of the subject matter overall.

I also believe to really absorb what I am learning it is important for me to exchange thoughts with someone else who is also studying the same subject matter.  A cross discussion with this person always exposes some aspect of the information that I somehow overlooked or had difficulty fully understanding.

I am more of a visual learner so I tend to use images and symbols as aids when the memorization of a particular topic is required. I feel that picture reminders make it easier for me to recall details of vital facts or specific mathematical figures that are harder for me to remember.

To review a topic I have just studied I go back and forth from the written text in the book to the content contained in my workbook and then, I return to my own personal notes that I have jotted down.  As I identify areas where my comprehension is weak and needs strengthening, I highlight key words and concepts that bear repeating. I also place a star in the margin next to these sections of information or that I determine is somehow, extra compelling. If I am using a library book, I will work with an erasable highlighter pen and temporary “post-it” notes to bookmark these areas that I want to draw my attention to later on.

More Information on the Topic Available –

Study Smarter not harder – with the 3 R’s


View a Series of Online Academic Success Videos Produced by Dartmouth College


Improve Your Memory with the “Popcorn” Method


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Hello There,

Becoming a student again much later in life can be very challenging and yet, for the most part very fulfilling.  Returning to school offers so many increased opportunities and, even better, a whole new interpretation of the world. It is never too late to become what you may never have been.  Studying the things you missed the first time around is one heck of a way to deal with regrets. Learning late in life makes life less complicated believe it or not. You are more certain of where you want to focus your interests and this one aspect alone makes education a whole lot more enjoyable when we are older.

People are always surprised and look at me wide-eyed when I tell them I am a student. Regardless of the amazement, though, they always seem so supportive. They make comments like “I guess, it’s never too late to make your dreams come true” or, they ask about the subjects I am studying and they always have some valid opinion worth listening to on the topics I mention.

People admire individuals who go after the things they want in life – no matter what their age or circumstances. Once in a while, someone will say something like” why would you want to take on all that responsibility at this late stage in your life?”  I always respond by saying “I take pride in my academic accomplishments.” There is no greater feeling in my estimation than the joy derived from my scholastic ability. It is not always easy to meet all the requirements of my weekly coursework assignments, but being mature about doing so sure makes a big difference.  I dive right in and rarely procrastinate when I have homework to complete and that surely was not the case when I was younger.

I think taking in all the new information I am being exposed to in my classes is captivating. It seems as if the more I know, the more I can appreciate life. The rewards I am getting out of going to school at my age are more than I ever expected. Being current and up to date on what is happening makes me feel and appear so much younger than my actual age. I find myself so excited about everything in general.  I particularly enjoy sharing the same mindset about what I am learning with younger adults in their early to mid-twenties.

I begin a new semester in a couple of weeks and I am so looking forward to resuming my studies. Again, I find myself starting a new journey – one of transformation, learning new ideas and discovering the creative side within, responding to a new challenge and finding a new side of myself.

The American Association of Community Colleges has created a “Plus 50” learning program. Participating schools are learning how to meet the needs of older students by helping them with their computer skills and by assisting them to apply for financial aid, and even, in some situations, helping them locate old transcripts.

Richard A. Manfredi has written about numerous possibilities for adult learners.  www.goingbacktoschoolguide.com. His recommendation is to investigate the options listed in the Going Back to School Guide. In addition, there is also a special tuition funding available for single mothers to make it easier for them to return to school. Learn about Pell Grants for single mothers if you are 30 or even 50 and over.

Information on This Subject and Other Related Topics –

New Grants for Mothers Seeking to Return to School


Practical Tips for Going to College After 50


Interviews with Mature Students


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One of my favorite books is Reader’s Digest’s “Foods that Harm and Foods that Heal, “an A-Z guide to safer food selections and healthier eating choices. I especially like the information it covers regarding going organic. After reading over the material I was surprised to learn how misinformed I actually was on this subject. Like a lot of people these days I try to economize and save here and there when I shop.  I often feel like I want to buy organic, but the fruits and vegetables that carry the label “organic” always cost a substantial amount more. This year I decided not to be a “pound foolish and a penny wise,” as they say. When I stop to think about what pesticides and other chemicals and what they are doing to the state of my overall health, in the long run, it is much less expensive than the cost of serious medical treatments for the complications that could result if I continued to consume some nonorganic foods long term. Truth is, by posting in a Q & A format, I learned quite a bit and will think twice before I disregard the notion of going organic.

What does the word organic denote?

It means that the farmer who grew the food protected the environment by rotating (conserving and renewing soil and preserving sources of water) his / her crops, promoting biological diversity. If the term is used in combination with natural foods such as: eggs, milk, meat, it  means that the food comes from animals who have not been feed antibiotics or growth hormones. In order for fruits and vegetables to be considered organic they must be:

  • Not irritated (exposing food to radiation) to kill living organisms
  • Not contain genetically engineered altering substances of any kind

Why do people turn to organic foods?

Because they are concerned about pesticides

How can a consumer be assured that a food product is organic?

A food product that is organic will be identified and classified as such by organic labeling. The item will carry a seal issued by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) if it is 100% organic, or, if the ingredients in the food are at least 95% organic.

How can a shopper know what portion of the ingredients are of an organic nature by reading a label?

If the product contains at least 70%, three of the ingredients (such as raisins in a cereal) can be listed as an organic ingredient if on a label, but it will not have the USDA seal.

Why should a person consider buying more organic meat?

Animals accumulate more residues and mostly in their fat regions

What nonorganic fruits normally have the highest number of pesticides?

Fruits such as apples, grapes, cherries, pears, raspberries and strawberries

Which nonorganic vegetables carry more pesticides?

Green beans, celery, spinach, bell peppers and potatoes

What low residue nonorganic fruits and vegetables tend to be safer?

Foods such as pineapples, sweet peas, papaya, Kiwi, mangoes, cauliflower and asparagus

What is the organic label not trying to claim?

That those foods with this label are any better nutritionally

Articles –

Going Organic for a Healthier World


Mom Going Organic Sensibly


Videos on the Subject

Zen Living – Going Organic


Deciding to Go Organic – When is it Good to Go Organic


Difficulty in Going Organic – Restrictions on the Organic Business


How to Grow Organic Vegetables


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Unpredicted behaviors triggered by who knows what are just another part of our humanness. In interfacing and communicating with others we sometimes say and do things that are not intentional, yet, for whatever reason, our actions, are nothing short of downright beastly and hurtful. I have often wondered, what is it that brings out the worst in us and exposes all this underlying negativity that we, pretty much camouflage most of the time.  What follows is a list of possible triggers that can cause wicked and indelicate responses in us. These are common triggers worthy of watching out for, because they might as well be loaded land minds.  The harm they are capable of causing us can be far-reaching and long-lasting which merits the time and energy expended on our part to look into them – well spent.

Checklist of Possible Triggers –

  • Over-sensitivity to what is being said
  • Uncertainty about one’s future
  • Feelings of inferiority
  • Rejection of one’s viewpoints
  • Misguided reasoning
  • Manipulation from others
  • Poor rapport
  • Difficulty relating to a situation
  • Lack of understanding
  • Individual differences
  • Feelings of vulnerability
  • Premature assessments
  • Embarrassment
  • Depreciation of well-intended efforts
  • Inexperience and fear of exposure
  • Not enough control in a given circumstance
  • Peer pressure
  • Arguments
  • Nagging
  • Paranoia
  • Wrong interpretations
  • Volatile temperament
  • Self-centeredness
  • Downright confusion

More information on this and Related Topics –

Articles –

The Kindness of Strangers – Studies into Chance Encounters on City Streets Worldwide


Videos –

Relationship Advice from Wayne Dyer


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There are certain professional abilities and specific traits that are necessary for a person to be a leader. These characteristic strengths are vital to the success of any endeavor especially one that requires a person in a leadership position to provide guidance to others while still maintaining a certain measure of control over a group endeavor.

Here is a List of 10 Recommended Character Traits and Proficiencies Found in Great Leaders –

  • The ability to select the right individuals for a specific project, who have the appropriate level of sensitivity, intellect, insight and rationale to do the task to which they are assigned
  • The ability to connect with people so that they feel a strong sense of camaraderie while working together
  • The ability to problem solve and to come up with the right solutions
  • The ability to evaluate a situation that has led to an error to determine what went wrong in any given situation so that the person in the leadership role can troubleshoot and, perhaps, still overturn the set of circumstances to get everyone back on the right track
  • The ability to negotiate and to work out situations that fulfill certain requirements that satisfy the need for everyone to feel that they received a fair and equitable settlement
  • The ability to analyze a situation without bias or prejudices of any kind
  • The ability to determine the risks involved in any given situation
  • The ability to assemble synergistic teams that work well with one another – complimenting one another’s attributes and compensating for each other’s deficiencies
  • The ability to reduce conflict by neutralizing explosive tempers with discreet distractions that interfere with unexpected outbursts and demonstrations of anger cooling down all parties that would otherwise result in highly heated exchanges between team members
  • The ability to incite change when revisions are mandatory or to everyone’s mutual benefit

How to Improve Your Leadership Abilities


Personal Development Principles that Can Change Your Life


Soft-skills for Leadership Defined


Leadership Video


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Hello There,

There are numerous sensations to remember from June until the end of August. Like so many others, the last of the summer months bring to my mind a combination of images, from the recollection of sunflowers growing in an open field to the picking of fresh fruits and citrus such as oranges, lemons and limes.

Summer is all about getting outside to swim, surf, to skate, to play tennis, or to go biking, fishing or boating.  It’s all about walking on the beach and playing Frisbee.  It is about taking it easy and reading a good piece of fiction while gently swaying in a hammock.

As the last of the summer months passes, I am sad to see them go but delighted to be almost rid of the humid days.  So hot, they were that as I look back I can almost count each one of the blessed cool breezes that came in the late afternoons and, all the intermittent showers that finally brought about some temporary relief from the stifling heat.  The smoky aroma from a Sunday afternoon barbecues and the taste of sweet corn will soon be no more than a mere reminder of how quickly time passes as summer, slowly turns into the early days of fall.  And, so, I have included some images to savor the last of the lingering days of summer.

Summer Images




Boating under the Golden Gate Bridge


Horseback riding


Walking on the beach


Surfing in Tahiti


Last Lick – No Melt Ice Cream


June Wedding Receptions –


Napa Valley Wine Touring – Film Festival – Movies in Vineyards


Hang Gliding


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Good Sunday Morning,

Learning all we can about the culture of religion and how it serves our societies is not just an arbitrary notion in the minds of some educators, it is actually a course and a mandatory one required of all students in Quebec, Canada.  This particular course of study has been made an academic requirement because its goal is to better understand ourselves and others by having a more thorough recognition of our similar beliefs and differing philosophical convictions and contradictions. Throughout the destiny of mankind cultures have fought for two distinct reasons – for our political and religious views. In Quebec, if a student refuses to participate in learning they are suspended and threatened with expulsion. This course gives students an extraordinary understanding of religions place and the powerful impact it has made on our global civilization as a whole. This brief overview of theology helps them to recount history and to begin to learn where political / religious views have clashed and what has led to the demise of so many lives. In addition, it brings them into the present and even provides them with some insights into the future and the force religion will ultimately have on conflicts and peace keeping efforts as we continue to form into a global society.

What do you think could come about as a result of referencing religious traditions? Do you think it could eventually make us more tolerant?

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