“No-Fail” Friday: Outta my way

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This week’s main post was about finding the balance between the gentle discipline of mindfulness and the cultivation of space for unrestrained creativity in our very productive lives. The point (according to me) was that a little daily mindfulness can help to organize the sometimes chaotic chatter in our brains, not just by giving us moments of quiet peace, but also enabling us to be more efficient, and ideally, also creative.

So for this weekend’s mindfulness challenge, we’re flipping the script.  Read More


Clearly creative

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There’s a recurring theme that comes up in the questions students often ask in the mindfulness and meditation classes that I teach. Several themes, actually, but one of them essentially revolves around creativity. The question is basically about whether it’s always valuable to work to quiet your mind, or if perhaps ditching the leash and letting it roam free now and then might not only be a good thing, but potentially really productive – especially if you’re into engaging in a mildly important concept called “innovation.” Read More


Monday Moment: Genius at play

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There’s a distinction that is often made in business – and in school, and other places, too – between people who are “analytical” (aka, intellectual) and people who are “creative” (aka, not). Sure, there are different parts of our brains that activate when we’re building and envisioning, versus analyzing, but both are highly intellectual endeavors. Both can also be signs of genius at work – or play. It depends on how you feel about what you’re doing.

We are all creative people. We have imaginations, vision and the ability to create solutions out of nothing. We make art, and we build companies. We tell stories, and we draft budget proposals. We redesign spaces, and make strategic plans for the work to be done there.

Creativity isn’t just for artists. It’s for all of us who are trying to build a meaningful life that we can also enjoy living. What are you creating this Monday?