“… but it was the saxophone soloing that challenged credulity, it’s length and perhaps its unwillingness to tell a traditional story… If there’s one thing the facile critic needs to do his job, it is some verbal personality from the bandstand, some words to transcribe into the review – anything to make a thoroughly musical endeavor more literary or conversational. Coltrane would not provide it.”
Ben Ratliff

Coltrane - The Story of a Sound

The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge

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I read this book many years ago (arghh… that would be about 10 years if you insist) and I picked up some nice ideas from it. It explains a concept called “systemic thinking” that is typical of people and organizations. It then points out a short-coming of system thinking and how this can actually threaten organizational existence. The author offers an interesting theory about “organizational learning” that as I remember it claims that organizations must always be working to improvement (learning) otherwise their inherent qualities will turn into failures. Some nice thoughts and inspiring thinking!

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Inspiration

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I love being inspired. I love it when it comes from within and when it doesn’t I love that I have accumulated people who’s presence is a source of inspiration for me. I try to navigate my life so that I approach everything I do with inspiration. I was raised to take on responsibilities seriously. This, to me, meant that when I “needed” to do something it “needed” to be done at any price. Things have changed. When I feel uninspired, I try to do something to get inspired rather then doing something then shouldn’t be done without inspiration. Read More »

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Action, Time, Business

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I have realized over the years that ingrained in my mind (along with many other things) is an expectation that results follow closely behind actions. My life experience in this regard has shifted (and still is shifting) from disappointment to acceptance and wonder.
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Sweet Clarity

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SweetClarity is a phrase coined by Shahar & myself early in our collaboration.

Shahar is a performer of improvised/spontaneous art. His work and teaching is rooted in body work. When I first experienced Shahar I experienced relief. I was relived because for the first time (and many since) I was moved and touched by art. Until then my experience of art had been a mediocre one. I could identify a certain degree of esthetics and skill in art (of all kinds) but I was never moved. this led me to believe that I was ignorant – and therefor uncapable of appreciating art. With Shahar I was (and still am) clearly moved. Moved in such a way that I did not have and was not interested in describing my experience in words.

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What is Yoga? (part 1 of … as many as it takes)

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Yoga is a collection of teachings that claim to offer some understanding of the nature of mind. IT does not offer any clear conclusions – instead it suggests some inspiring models that are best assimilated through experience – the practice of Yoga.

Before I go on let me re-iterate one important detail abotu which Yoga is very clear – it speaks about the MIND not about the body!

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