Cultivating Your Creative Life

Exercises, Activities, and Inspiration for Finding Balance, Beauty, and Success as an Artist
Author: Alena Hennessy
Publisher: Quarry
ISBN: 1592537863
Category: Art
Page: 128
View: 4937
Cultivating Your Creative Life: How to Find Balance, Beauty, and Success as an Artist is a multifaceted book where creativity and wonder intermingle to show how to live a creative and balanced life while moving toward your goals. You’ll delve right into the creative process and find practical and inspiring suggestions on making a living as a working artist. This book holds reverence and respect for the natural world in high esteem, using a central visual metaphor of the growth and blossoming of a tree. Alena Hennessey’s illustration style combines nature, whimsey, delicacy, and a modern sensibility; vibrant pen and ink illustrations accompany relevant quotes of inspiration, tips, and creative journal exercises. Cultivating Your Creative Life is not only an interactive creativity guide; it is a work of art, in itself—a beautiful, collectible volume—to save and to savor, or to give as a gift to the special creative person in your life.

The Artist Inside

A Spiritual Guide to Cultivating Your Creative Self
Author: Tom Crockett
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 0307481689
Category: Self-Help
Page: 272
View: 2569
A fresh new approach to tapping into our own creativity, using the images and artifacts of our dreams. Getting inspired is one of the toughest parts of being an artist, whether we're a beginner or a seasoned professional. But as Tom Crockett shows us in this new book, finding ideas for our artwork is easier than we think. By simply exploring the images of our sleeping and waking dream states, we can discover a wealth of ideas and inspiration that are more authentic and powerful because they reveal our underlying spiritual self. Recognizing the importance of allowing our spiritual side to infuse our art and the fulfillment this can bring, Tom Crockett has created a program to teach us all, no matter what level of artistic experience we have, how to bring art and spirit into one. The four different types of creative expression Crockett has identified--Finding, Arranging, Altering, and Making--open up artistic options for everyone, even for those of us who cannot yet imagine that we have the ability to create art. Filled with personal anecdotes from the author's creativity workshops and practical, easy-to-implement advice for tapping into our hidden creativity, The Artist Inside teaches us: how to access the dreaming world to heighten creativity that we can create in each piece of artwork a temporary home for the spirit how creating a spiritual path can energize us and increase our intuitive capacity When the process of making art is guided by the inner vision of our sleeping and waking dream states, we connect with something larger than ourselves and rediscover that creativity can be both a spiritual path and an important life tool. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Zen of Creativity

Cultivating Your Artistic Life
Author: John Daido Loori
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0307417557
Category: Self-Help
Page: 272
View: 8169
For many of us, the return of Zen conjures up images of rock gardens and gently flowing waterfalls. We think of mindfulness and meditation, immersion in a state of being where meaning is found through simplicity. Zen lore has been absorbed by Western practitioners and pop culture alike, yet there is a specific area of this ancient tradition that hasn’t been fully explored in the West. Now, in The Zen of Creativity, American Zen master John Daido Loori presents a book that taps the principles of the Zen arts and aesthetic as a means to unlock creativity and find freedom in the various dimensions of our existence. Loori dissolves the barriers between art and spirituality, opening up the possibility of meeting life with spontaneity, grace, and peace. Zen Buddhism is steeped in the arts. In spiritual ways, calligraphy, poetry, painting, the tea ceremony, and flower arranging can point us toward our essential, boundless nature. Brilliantly interpreting the teachings of the artless arts, Loori illuminates various elements that awaken our creativity, among them still point, the center of each moment that focuses on the tranquility within; simplicity, in which the creative process is uncluttered and unlimited, like a cloudless sky; spontaneity, a way to navigate through life without preconceptions, with a freshness in which everything becomes new; mystery, a sense of trust in the unknown; creative feedback, the systematic use of an audience to receive noncritical input about our art; art koans, exercises based on paradoxical questions that can be resolved only through artistic expression. Loori shows how these elements interpenetrate and function not only in art, but in all our endeavors. Beautifully illustrated and punctuated with poems and reflections from Loori’s own spiritual journey, The Zen of Creativity presents a multilayered, bottomless source of insight into our creativity. Appealing equally to spiritual seekers, artists, and veteran Buddhist practitioners, this book is perfect for those wishing to discover new means of self-awareness and expression—and to restore equanimity and freedom amid the vicissitudes of our lives. From the Hardcover edition.

Cultivating Creativity

A Practical Guide to Unlocking Your Creative Potential
Author: Joe Bailey
Publisher: Joe Bailey
Category: Self-Help
Page: 90
View: 9358
Creativity is a way of thinking, of looking at things, of experiencing, and operating. Although creativity may seem magical, a rare talent of a select few, creativity is, in fact, available to everyone. In Cultivating Creativity, you will learn how to unlock your creative potential and develop your creative expression. Through developing your creativity, you will become better at generating ideas and finding new perspectives. But, more importantly, with creativity, you will improve your capability to rise to the moment, to make the most of the potentials and demands of the present, and facilitate your ability to lead a full and rich life. In Cultivating Creativity, you will learn many ways to foster your creative process and expression, including: * Have Belief - When you think something is possible, it almost certainly is...especially good ideas. * Research - Explore and lay the groundwork and understanding in subject areas to provide a richer substrate for ideas to grow. * Flow - Let ideas come to you naturally around a specific topic or topics. The more you spark your creativity, the brighter it will burn. * Get out of your way - Learn how to let creativity happen. Be present, mindful, and creative. * Nurture Dreams - Using the right approach, let going to sleep and dreaming lead to a wealth of new ideas. * Be Flexible and Play - Learn to toy with and manipulate ideas and concepts, examining them from different angles and views, critical components of creative insight. * Have Conversations - Indulge in engaged and informed discussion and debate, as powerful sources of new ideas. * Relax - Let the mind generate ideas while you watch and guide the process. Or be mindless and let them come to you. * Change Things Up - If you're stuck in a rut, do something different! Recharge for new ideas. * Be Passionate - Find what most excites and motivates you about a topic or idea and see where this interest leads. * Have Internal Dialogue - If you love exciting, intellectual interplay with friends, family members, and co-workers, why not have one with yourself? * Adjust Your State of Mind - Let new thoughts and ideas emerge naturally by learning to change your consciousness, your perspective, and how you feel. Experience events in new ways. * Instigate Thought Experiments - Consciously explore new ways to look at and think about problems, concepts, and events, leading to new creative insights. * Act Ridiculous - Get out of your comfort zone and put the bounds of normalcy and convention aside to look at things in new ways. * Be Present - Being present helps fully appreciate and engage the moment and open yourself to creative possibility. Taken singly or in combination, switched or applied consistently, these approaches will help foster and develop your creativity, nurturing your ability to react to and generate many possible responses to the moment. And, with greater possibilities in each moment and more positive outcomes, comes the potential for greater rewards and a richer life. Choose creativity and begin creating!

Crafting Gratitude

Creating and Celebrating Our Blessings with Hands and Heart
Author: Maggie Oman Shannon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1632280396
Category: Self-Help
Page: 240
View: 9484
We live in a fast-paced world where we are pestered from all sides with siren calls to constantly strive for something more, something better, something new, rather than find ways to stay grateful for the abundance and blessings already present in our own lives. In Crafting Gratitude, Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon believes that crafting for us and those we love can be used as a meditative practice to appreciate the incredible, overflowing richness of life. Each meditative craft, from novice to expert, is infused with stories like how Gratitude Bundles can represent prosperity and physical health, Spirit Houses from Southeast Asia can be a symbol of a happy home, a Values Bracelet can help you reinforce your best professional traits, or Flower Mandalas can be an affirmation of nature. With other crafts involving aromatherapy, journaling, dream catchers, and a variety of household items, anyone can invigorate their own lives with Crafting Gratitude for family, health, prosperity, the Divine, and much more. Accompanied by a carefully curated list of recommended reading, helpful websites, and how-to guides, these forty practices will resonate with and prompt you to begin, or continue, exploring gratitude.

The Painting Workbook

How to Get Started and Stay Inspired
Author: Alena Hennessy
Publisher: Lark Books (NC)
ISBN: 9781454708704
Category: Art
Page: 132
View: 972
"Through 50 beautifully illustrated and inspiring prompts, The Painting Workbook offers readers an opportunity to let go of creative inhibition to express oneself through their very own personal painting style"--

The Home Apothecary

Cold Spring Apothecary's Cookbook of Hand-Crafted Remedies & Recipes for the Hair, Skin, Body, and Home
Author: Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 1592538193
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 160
View: 5802
With the resurgence of small-batch, locally crafted boutiques and brands that mimic heritage brand ideals, today’s consumers are looking for a product with an emphasis on locally sourced production and ingredients. They are already stocking their pantries and fridges with natural, whole foods and relying on real ingredients for better health. The Home Apothecary offers fresh ideas for caring for the body on the outside, too. It features a bounty of recipes: more than 75 original, natural, and absolutely chemical-free body care products from face masks to bug repellent to soothing lotions. Cold Spring Apothecary’s nationally recognized green-luxury beauty and home goods formulas will be taught in such a way that readers will soon be experimenting on their own.

El camino del artista

un sendero espiritual hacia la creatividad
Author: Julia Cameron
Publisher: Editorial Pax México
ISBN: 9789501602517
Page: 203
View: 4766

Creatividad práctica

Generar espacios para tener ideas en menos tiempo
Author: Todd Henry
Publisher: CONECTA
ISBN: 8415431120
Category: Business & Economics
Page: N.A
View: 4534
Creatividad práctica ofrece un método eficaz para que el lector descubra su propio ritmo creativo en su actividad cotidiana, ya sea diseñador, consultor o simplemente un «creativo accidental». Solemos pensar que los procesos creativos deben reservarse para situaciones extraordinarias, mientras que en el día a día nos vemos empujados por una actividad frenética que deja poco margen para la creatividad. Sin embargo, los niveles de exigencia en nuestro trabajo nos obligan a innovar de forma constante, independientemente del tipo de actividad a la que nos dediquemos, de ahí, la importancia de estimular todo nuestro potencial creativo. En opinión del experto en creatividad empresarial Todd Henry, todo proceso creativo es rítmico; nunca conseguiremos generar mejores ideas de una manera sostenida simplemente trabajando más horas. Resulta imprescindible introducir en nuestra rutina espacios para los procesos creativos, en lugar de esperar a que se filtren entre los resquicios de una agenda de trabajo de locos. Encontrar mejores ideas, trabajar más rápido y sin estrés Reseñas: «Un libro de incalculable valor para todo aquel que ejerza un trabajo intelectual.» Seth Godin, autor de La vaca púrpura «Este libro generará dos versiones diferentes de su lector: la primera, antes de leerlo y la segunda, después, con una capacidad potenciada al máximo.» Ricardo Crespo, vicepresidente senior y responsable global de creatividad, 20th Century Fox FCP «Creatividad práctica me sorprendió porque resulta práctico y relevante para cualquiera que tenga responsabilidades creativas. Contiene innumerables ejemplos.» Tim Hale, vicepresidente senior de marketing y diseño, Fossil «¡El mito del creativo excéntrico ha muerto! Henry Todd convierte el misterioso proceso de crear en un método brillante y controlado.» Richard Westendorf, director creativo, Landor Associates

Your Guide to College Success

Strategies for Achieving Your Goals
Author: John W. Santrock,Jane S. Halonen
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780534533656
Category: Education
Page: 398
View: 2349
This workbook for college-bound students is organized around the themes of values, motivation, goals, learning, self-esteem, and career planning. Perforated pages at the end of each chapter include questions, exercises, and space for writing. Coverage includes topics such as learning styles, study s

The Healing Guide to Flower Essences

How to Use Gaia's Magick and Medicine for Wellness, Transformation and Emotional Balance
Author: Alena Hennessy
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
ISBN: 9781592339389
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 208
View: 9484
The Healing Guide to Flower Essences shows you how to connect with the magic and frequency of 100 flower essences. The power of Nature to heal has been accepted for many millennia. Flowers inspire us with their beauty, beguile us with their fragrance, and can have medicinal properties in their oils and plant matter. However, the healing properties of flowers go even deeper. Each flower holds a unique energetic fingerprint or essence that can be used for healing, wellness, and self-discovery. Organized by categories such as transformation, inspiration, boundaries, and self-esteem, you will be able to easily find the right remedy for your wellness and self-discovery. For example, you can use Larch for overcoming doubt and insecurity, Gentian for perseverance and optimism after a setback or Cherry Plum for surrender and trust in one's soul path.You'll also learn about the history of flower essences and the original 38 Bach flower remedies. Learn how to connect more deeply with the properties and messages of the flowers by making your own flower essence remedies. Written by noted artist, Alena Hennessy, The Healing Guide to Flower Essences is also lovingly illustrated with original botanical art and illustration.

Wild Creative

Igniting Your Passion and Potential in Work, Home, and Life
Author: Tami Lynn Kent
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451668546
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 256
View: 7152
Realign yourself with the creative currents that flow deep within, and you’ll see your work and home life transformed and inspired by this completely new understanding of creativity. At its root, creativity is the practice of engagement; it’s the marriage of feminine and masculine energy. By restoring that creative energy—and thus seeking our dreams—we can realign ourselves with an ancient, limitless presence, and reawaken the wild creative within. In Wild Creative, Tami Lynn Kent shows you how to tap into your creative center and access the natural, sustaining energy that is inherently yours. In doing so, you’ll embark on a journey to achieve your dreams and restore your inner creative map. In addition, you’ll discover that when creativity and inspiration take center stage in your life, miracles both large and small unfold. Not only does Kent offer a wellspring of valuable insights, she also details her own experience building a framework of creativity that has served the well-being of herself, her family, and her business. Wild Creative shows how, by following the creative source within each of us, we can nourish a vibrant and successful life.

Escuelas creativas

La revolución que está transformando la educación
Author: Sir Ken Robinson
Publisher: GRIJALBO
ISBN: 842535370X
Category: Self-Help
Page: 368
View: 8400
Un enfoque revolucionario sobre cómo educar. Robinson desarrolla en Escuelas creativas las ideas de su famosa charla TED «Cómo la escuela mata la creatividad» y ofrece soluciones innovadoras y revolucionarias para uno de los problemas más relevantes de nuestra sociedad: cómo transformar un sistema educativo que no funciona. En una época en la que los procesos de evaluación se estandarizan, las escuelas pasan por momentos difíciles y tanto estudiantes como educadores sufren una presión enorme, Robinson nos ofrece soluciones prácticas para terminar con el caduco sistema educativo actual heredado de la Revolución Industrial. Para lograrlo, propone darle a la educación un enfoque personalizado. Sugiere aprovechar el potencial de los recursos tecnológicos y profesionales disponibles y fomentar así la participación de los estudiantes para que pierdan el miedo a equivocarse, desarrollen su pasión por aprender y su creatividad, y estén preparados para afrontar los retos que les depare el futuro. Repleto de anécdotas, casos, investigaciones y consejos de profesionales pioneros en el tema, Escuelas creativas apasionará a cualquier interesado en la educación, porque le hará replantearse muchas ideas preconcebidas y le ayudará a reflexionar sobre cuál es realmente el verdadero sentido de la educación en el siglo XXI. Grandes autores e investigadores de la educación opinan... «Escuelas creativas es un libro maravilloso y ameno. Hace que te replantees el sentido auténtico de la escuela, el aprendizaje y la creatividad.» Malala Yousafzai, autora de Yo soy Malala, Premio Nobel de la Paz 2014 «"Capta mi interés." Robinson y Aronica convierten estas tres palabras en un lema para la educación del futuro. No hacemos la educación para los alumnos, sino con ellos. Espero que todos los profesores y padres lean este libro.» Seth Godin, autor de La vaca púrpura «Olvida la cháchara acerca de la irrupción de la tecnología y de la economía en la educación. Ken Robinson y Lou Aronica nos explican de forma clara los cambios necesarios si queremos una educación de calidad.» Howard Gardner, autor de Inteligencias múltiples «Ken Robinson es el mayor y más influyente defensor de la transformación global de la educación; su clarividencia, pasión y perspicacia han inspirado a millones de personas, yo incluido. Este libro no es una celebración de lo que se puede conseguir.» Richard Gerver, autor de El cambio y Crear hoy la escuela de mañana

Creative Calling

Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Succeed in Work + Life
Author: Chase Jarvis
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062879987
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 304
View: 1492
Life isn’t about “finding” fulfillment and success – it’s about creating it. Why then has creativity been given a back seat in our culture? No longer. Creativity is a force inside every person that, when unleashed, transforms our lives and delivers vitality to everything we do. Establishing a creative practice is therefore our most valuable and urgent task - as important to our well-being as exercise or nutrition. The good news? Renowned artist, author, and CreativeLive founder, Chase Jarvis, reminds us that creativity isn't a skill—it's a habit available to everyone: beginners and lifelong creators, entrepreneurs to executives, astronauts to zookeepers, and everyone in between. Through small, daily actions we can supercharge our innate creativity and rediscover our personal power in life. Whether your ambition is a creative career, completing a creative project, or simply cultivating a creative mindset, Creative Calling will unlock your potential via Jarvis’s memorable “IDEA” system: · Imagine your big dream, whatever you want to create—or become—in this world. · Design a daily practice that supports that dream—and a life of expression and transformation. · Execute on your ambitious plans and make your vision real. · Amplify your impact through a supportive community you’ll learn to grow and nurture.

El Despertar del Buda Interior

La sabiduría del budismo para occidentales
Author: Surya Das
Publisher: EDAF
ISBN: 9788441403192
Category: Religion
Page: 416
View: 2348
El mensaje más apremiante y radical del budismo nos muestra que cada uno de nosotros posee la sabiduría, la conciencia, el amor y la fuerza del Buda que todos llevamos dentro y que en la mayoría permanece dormida. En este libro, Lama Surya Das nos muestra cómo podemos despertar a aquello que realmente somos y de esta forma hollar el sendero de la libertad y paz de un vivir pleno de significado y compasión. Utilizando un lenguaje vivo y claro, y apoyado en numerosas meditaciones y prácticas aplicables en la vida cotidiana, este hermoso libro nos proporciona un puente entre Oriente y Occidente, pensado con el fin de facilitar al lector occidental un acceso idóneo que le permita comprender y poner en práctica la genuina enseñanza budista. Una obra extraordinaria donde se aúnan la esencia del budismo zen, el don de la meditación vipassana y las profundas enseñanzas tibetanas, y que ofrece una comprensión plena del budismo encarnado en el tradicional Noble Sendero Óctuple y sus Tres Enseñanzas para la iluminación, integrándolas en la cultura occidental y haciéndolas accesibles al lector contemporáneo.

Atrapa el pez dorado

Meditación, conciencia y creatividad
Author: David Lynch
ISBN: 8439729332
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 208
View: 4009
En Atrapa el pez dorado el director de cine David Lynch abre una ventana a su mente y nos muestra su particular forma de crear. Atrapa el pez dorado es un ensayo sobre el origen de las ideas y la creatividad que el cineasta americano aplica a su universo personal. El punto de partida del libro es la meditación, algo que le apasiona desde hace años y cuya práctica ha marcado su proceso creativo. Es, también, un compendio de pensamientos que busca fomentar la creatividad y en el que David Lynch aboga por dejar trabajar a la intuición, a la vez que va revelando, de forma ágil y amena, detalles sobre su carrera, sus películas, Hollywood, etc. Música, pintura, películas. Lynch enlaza temas y lanza ideas. Esas ideas que, según él, son como peces persiguiendo el cebo del deseo. Reseñas: «Ideas sobre la meditación al servicio de la creatividad.» Miqui Otero, El País «Atrapa el pez dorado desvela, a su manera, uno de los mecanismos creativos más legendarios del cine moderno: cómo se le ocurren las ideas a David Lynch y cómo logra transformar ideas abstractas en imágenes gracias a la intuición.» Carlos Prieto, El Confidencial

Creativity on Demand

How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius
Author: Michael J. Gelb
Publisher: Sounds True
ISBN: 162203385X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 232
View: 7717
Do moments of inspiration have to be few and far between—or can you develop the ability to access your deepest creativity at any time? Michael Gelb has discovered the missing key that allows genius to flourish: an open, reliable connection to the vital life energy we all possess. “The practices for accessing energy have been developed for thousands of years in yoga, martial arts, and Chinese medicine,” Gelb says. “I’ve asked today’s greatest living masters of these arts to contribute their most effective practices for cultivating creative energy—in a way that the average person can do in 20 minutes or less.” With Creativity On Demand, Gelb teaches a series of time-tested practices to clear blockages and open the flow of creative energy, then reveals how these techniques can be integrated with the renowned creative mindset and creative process tools he’s taught to individuals and organizations worldwide. Join him as he shares potent secrets for: Mastering creative energy—discover qi, the “fire of genius,” and learn movement-based practices to amplify it Mastering creative mindset—how to break out of conventional thinking and fear-based limitations to unleash your potential Mastering the creative process—guidance to help you channel your creative energy, refine your ideas, and translate inspiration into reality Effective, easy-to-learn techniques and strategies for accessing the power of qi and creating a reservoir of creative energy you can rely on when you need it “Creative energy is a resource that doesn’t get depleted when you use it,” teaches Michael Gelb. “Rather, the more you access it, the stronger it becomes. With an investment of less than half an hour a day, you’ll discover that within a few months you’ve significantly strengthened your core creative energy.” Here is Michael Gelb’s most powerful work yet on unlocking our potential to innovate, achieve, and access our Creativity on Demand.

Let the Elephants Run

Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything
Author: David Usher
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781487002190
Page: 256
View: 5774
NATIONAL BESTSELLER and KOBO EMERGING WRITER PRIZE FINALIST Creativity is in everyone's DNA, not a select few. We all start our lives as creative beings but for many that spark becomes lost over time. How do we jump-start this process as adults? What does it means to be a creative person? How do we follow through with our ideas and turn them into tangible outcomes? Award-winning musician and founder of CloudID Creativity Lab David Usher believes we just need the right tools to help us reconnect with our imaginations in our day-to-day lives whether in the head office, the home office, or the artist's studio. Usher empowers readers to achieve more "aha" moments through two cornerstone principles of creativity: freedom and structure. Using a mix of personal anecdotes and professional examples from the worlds of industry, technology, science, music, and art, he shows us that creativity is not magic; it is a learnable skill that any person or business can master. The dynamic full-colour design includes photographs, artwork and illustrations, as well as action pages to help readers start cultivating the habit of documenting their ideas for future execution. Based on Usher's wildly popular speaking engagements, Let the Elephants Run is the essential guidebook to reigniting and nurturing our creativity in accessible and productive ways.


Author: Angela Duckworth
Publisher: Urano
ISBN: 9788479539641
Category: Psychology
Page: N.A
View: 2236
La clave del exito no es el talento ni la suerte, como siempre hemos creido. La clave del exito es una mezcla de pasion, perseverancia y coraje: grit. La obra de Angela Duckworth, profesora de psicologia y pionera en su campo, ha revolucionado el panorama cultural y cientifico al demostrar, con estudios contrastados cientificamente, que el exito en la vida tiene poco que ver con la inteligencia y mucho con el autocontrol, la perseverancia y la capacidad de levantarse despues de una caida. Triunfamos cuando nos dedicamos en cuerpo y alma a objetivos que nos hacen felices y nos apasionan. La buena noticia es que la determinacion puede cultivarse. Padres, estudiantes, educadores, atletas y todos aquellos que quieran alcanzar la excelencia o ayudar a otros a alcanzarla encontraran en esta obra la informacion, la ciencia, los ejemplos y el aliento que precisan.