“My worrying, for instance, was a scene in which I looked at myself while I had the sensation of being boxed in. I call that worrying, It has happened to me a number of times after that first time.”
Carlos Castaneda

Tales of Power

The Potential of Impossible Goals?

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We recently moved house – so I’ve had many “projects” in transforming the house into a home, alongside other relocation issues that require attention and action. Some of these “projects” are “one-task-projects” – small and unobtrusive – such as hanging a shelf. Others seemed like “one-task-projects” but are actually more tricky then that – because once I got started other supporting tasks appeared – things that needed to be done before I could do what I actually wanted to do. One example was the “hanging a curtain in the living room” project. Read More »

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-03-15

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  • RT @cusamano: The financial crisis explained- http://vimeo.com/3261363 Now I can watch the news and i wont feel stupid! #
  • useful post on a possible business-context for design work by Seth Godin: “Return on Design” http://twurl.nl/wc560d #
  • 15:33 #
  • @gotoAndSmoke what are you going to record? in reply to gotoAndSmoke #
  • 15:34 #
  • @gotoAndSmoke how refreshing… a macabre tom waits-ish, frente-like mixture… great stuff : ) thank you ! in reply to gotoAndSmoke #
  • could we be facing the collapse of capitalism and rise of …. ? change can be overwhelming when it hits…. #
  • 21:11 #
  • 22:03 #
  • @MJ 🙂 in reply to MJ #
  • 23:44 #
  • 00:11 #
  • give a gift framed art-print: http://twurl.nl/v7okra #
  • RT @acip: nice tool for UML Sequence Diagrams http://websequencediagrams.com/ #
  • can someone help me get Boxee’s Avner Ronen – email address? thank you 🙂 #
  • 19:44 #
  • 21:00 #
  • had thoughts to write on economy, ecology, money,did some research, wrote another post on yoga and breath: http://twurl.nl/bxbn6j #
  • 21:41 #
  • 2221 good night 🙂 #
  • 2356 ADIOS ! #
  • 0110 enuf ! #
  • @joelcomm giving away $5000 ??? http://twitpwr.com/7ZB/ COMMON… u r asking people to work for free … no matter how you turn it around! in reply to joelcomm #
  • @joelcomm and when you invite people to work for free… watch out for those that buy into it and the quality of their work! in reply to joelcomm #
  • RT @vrivett: New blog: looking forward to not having to pay another power bill in my life: This is amazing! I j.. http://tinyurl.com/cnn39c #
  • going out for a walk to discover a hill on the outskirts of our village 🙂 #
  • @photomatt my crazy theory: creative (from the heart) people lean towards Nikon, techies (creative from the mind) go for Canon… in reply to photomatt #
  • change your mind #
  • @joelcomm yes I do, makeup can’t change what’s underneath… why did you choose to do a “contest” (or a giveaway)? in reply to joelcomm #
  • @joelcomm sorry – I take back the why… I don’t like it when I get asked why. good luck! in reply to joelcomm #
  • RT @ronenk: RT @cusamano: @ronenk All things must end #
  • RT @iamronen: RT @ronenk: RT @cusamano: @ronenk All things must end #
  • RT there REALLY are no free lunches! if you consume google … you will pay 1wayoranother @om: http://bit.ly/gM2fu #
  • @om indeed, google is JUST a case in point, FREE is an internet-illusion, we are heavily invested, and going to pay for it… c’est la vie in reply to om #
  • sun has set, getting cool, fire is starting in the fire place, keith jarret playing in the background…. yeah… it’s already here! #
  • RT @cusamano: RT @iamronen RT @iamronen: RT @ronenk: RT @cusamano: @ronenk All things must end #
  • 2055 #
  • @SirKenRobinson then you, of all people, missed out on the tap-dancing? in reply to SirKenRobinson #
  • 22:31 #
  • 2310 good night ! #
  • good morning – again with keith jarrett… i took way too much time to get around to listening to him… #
  • 10:10 #
  • @TechCrunch indeed Dune – but I don’t consider it sci-fi… I think it goes deeper… in reply to TechCrunch #
  • 11:01 #
  • 20:00 #
  • RTyou really do @joelcomm: You gotta wonder… #
  • RT then u can meditate on that @Philanthropic: Whenever u xpect something from a meditation, u set yourself up 4 Immediate frustration. -FL #
  • RT indeed @ajkeen: book title of the future: “Tweetfall: How America Twittered while the world economy collapsed” #
  • RT @ajkeen: hate to admit it, but @davewiner is right. http://bit.ly/7SJlA Twitter should get rid of Suggested User Page #
  • 1 #
  • I am looking for a passionate python developer who is up to collaborating on a Boxee application. Anyone out there? #
  • RT @SaraJChipps: there is a certain science to it: http://tinyurl.com/7u2pfy #
  • 13:31 #
  • is 47 a useful number for anyone?? : 47 Awesome Twitter Tools You Should be Using http://ow.ly/xIg #
  • 1551 #
  • RT @davewiner: whatever. I don’t have the heart to put you down again. Let’s just walk away and agree to forget this unfortunate incident. #
  • does anyone know where I can get a ribbon for an old Princess 300 type writer? #
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Yoga & Breath – Locational Breathing

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Now that we have some sense of ujjayi breathing and established a preliminary relationship between breath and movement let’s move on to more refined breathing.  At this point I feel a need to clarify that these posts are not offered as a substitute for yoga instruction – this should be done with a teacher. If I were teaching Yoga – at this point I would not move forward to locational breathing – instead I would focus on more practice of breath and movement. My intentions here are to share knowledge of yoga around themes that are close to my heart. This series focuses on breathing – maybe others will be dedicated to asana. So please handle this information with care. If you really want to learn yoga find a teacher.

Locational breathing is rather simple to explain – but requires attentive practice to actually perform. It is about  assigning a location (hence locational) focus for each part of the breath:  the inhale is associated with the chest and the exhale with the abdomen. Lets explore this in detail. Read More »

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-03-08

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  • 21:30 I’m back 🙂 #
  • 21:41 #
  • 22:21 #
  • I have sissy hands and they are getting torn apart by work over the past few days… drilling, hammering, carrying stuff around in new house #
  • 00:10 #
  • 10:11 #
  • as I was running errands & drilling walls making a home out of our new house thoughts collated into a glimpse: http://twurl.nl/bsag8r #
  • 10:01 #
  • [israel traffic] come to Galil – roads completely open – beautiful scenery… no sign of purim traffic 🙂 #
  • the more I get to know a person (and regardless of any differences between us) the less aggressive I can consciously be towards him/her … #

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Credit Crisis

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If you didn’t get what’s happening in the “financial system” – try this out:


The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

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Glimpses 07 – March 2009

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introThe body learns. I initially learned to appreciate this in Yoga – my teachers would repeat ideas over and over for years. They do this because they know that it can take years of repetition and observation for an idea to bind itself to experience – then it becomes knowledge. In a similar fashion, I Initially thought this edition of Glimpses would be short and centered around an image. As I sat down to write it – the past seemed to reach out into the present and to appear in a new light. So at the heart of it there is still an image – but it is about the magic that led to it.  I am again going back in time to revisit the first “Sweet” sessions with Shahar, Tal & Eran.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-03-01

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  • RT @gapingvoid @fantomaster: “Art is dangerous. It is 1 of the attractions: when it ceases 2 b dangerous, you don’t want it.” Duke Ellington #
  • RT wish I was photographer at: @OurielOhayon: i wish i was at this keith jarrett’s amazing concert in NY last week http://tinyurl.com/aayktm #
  • excited to find @SirKenRobinson on twitter ,have a look at this talk he gave at TED http://twurl.nl/bni7ba and then follow him .. closely!! #
  • @MentorsChannel good luck with the event Doron – we are moving the day b4 – so I will geographically far but my thoughts with you 🙂 in reply to MentorsChannel #
  • @shaharsol excellent demo video!! 🙂 nicely done! in reply to shaharsol #
  • common – an opportunity to give at no cost to you – take a couple of minutes: http://twurl.nl/6efqi4 3 days left #
  • 08:19 good morning #
  • @MissGoogle ok in reply to MissGoogle #
  • yourself (for better or worse) is what wants to be when pressure is on … thats when it’s really put to the test… #
  • @adambn when is that @Octabox opportunities module coming online? in reply to adambn #
  • want to see Leonard Cohen in Israel: http://www.leonard.co.il/index.asp #
  • being an artist – making marvelous mistakes: http://twurl.nl/oa537u #
  • 00:00 good night all #
  • consolidating myself #
  • @adambn any chance of meeting you for coffee – I have a meeting in Tel-Aviv tomorrow? in reply to adambn #
  • @adambn I need to be at 15:30 at the Kolbo-Shalom area… #
  • @shaharsol @udioz that would be great 🙂 I am traveling by train – any chance of having you guys come out and meet with me on that route? #
  • @shaharsol true… but I am keener on seeing u & udi then the office… and getting around is a bit difficult for me… what say you? in reply to shaharsol #
  • @shaharsol Azrieli at 13:15 good 4 u guys? in reply to shaharsol #
  • @shaharsol great!!! looking forward to it! in reply to shaharsol #
  • 22:33 #
  • “The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical” Albert Einstein #
  • ‘He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead.” Albert Einstein #
  • had a really pleasant “goodbye day” in TelAviv met with @shaharsol , @udioz, @adambn – thanks you for taking the time to meet with me #
  • tomorrow – packing the kitchen, saturday left overs, sunday moving… now off to make some tea and spend some time with Andreea 🙂 #
  • 23:01 good night! #
  • 10:10 #
  • I have learned a secret about life … and about business!! #
  • @ronenk I can’t, I mean I literally “can’t” … words (not to mention 140 chars) simply cannot carry it… in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk thank you, a part of me wants to shout out and share, but another knows its useless… even wrong… after all it IS a secret 🙂 in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk thank you in reply to ronenk #
  • 23:44 gotta love it 🙂 good night all… last two nights in this house… #
  • 23:45 and it just gets better and better ;+) #
  • beautiful times #
  • I sleep with my head in the east and feat in the west. in which direction do you sleep? #
  • when someone does something for me, instead of me, their intentions, energy and karma mix with mine… and vice versa #
  • moving tomorrow – shutting down computers and all… be back in a day or two… with an amazing view from the north of Israel… #
  • laptop pigibacking on internet from the neighbors, watching some TED videos – came across this: http://www.iamronen.com/?p=781 #
  • 22:33 #

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Visit the Right Hemisphere

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Another great talk from TED. Enjoy : )

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Marvelous Mistakes

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Meet Carla Bley. Shahar sent me this link today – it’s a great glimpse into the mind of a performance artist. The second video is a performance piece.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-02-22

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  • 17:17 #
  • watching how I watch… #
  • 23:32 good night all! #
  • Living in a Fractal & Playing the Stereo loud & (what the heck do I know about) World Economics http://twurl.nl/bzs5hb #
  • I have been spending much less time at the computer over the past few weeks, I have also been sleeping much better… #
  • also doing some physical work (packing and fixing up the house) – feels good all over….. #
  • it was 08:08 – good morning to you all 🙂 off to pick up some prints… more on that soon! #
  • @adambn enjoy your performance at isoc event 🙂 in reply to adambn #
  • 20:00 nice 🙂 #
  • Giving you an opportunity to give a small gift: http://twurl.nl/js5hqs 🙂 #
  • 22:32 #
  • free art-print give-give away – check it out : ) http://twurl.nl/g2lavh #
  • 4 days left on art-print give-give-away: http://twurl.nl/nfqaez #
  • more boxes…. #

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Shitafon

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2009_02_12_shitafon-1On thursday February 12, 2009 I participated in a performance called Shitafon (Flood in hebrew). This is a work that has been developing for some time between Shahar & Yael. I had known about it for some time and a few weeks ago they invited me to partake in the process. As part of the preparation for the planned performance we organized an early morning photo-session on the beach (very cold this wintery time of year!). We came back with some intense materials (the images from this session were transformed into a work that can be viewed at SweetClarity).

This image is from that morning session. I don’t know who encountered the long end of the stick – Yael who was drenched in cold sea water, or Shahar who drenched her?

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The performance itself was a special occasion for me because this time I did not perform with a camera in hand. Instead I wrote a live text (something we tried briefly in the past) that was projected into the space (I was using a custom Flash application I had written specifically for the occasion). I also played Shakuhachi for Shahar – though I had toyed with the Shakuhachi once before in a performance – playing with Shahar an entire peace was an exciting first. Though I had my camera with me I had very little inclanation to use it as I was very much involved in the performance and the camera was a distraction (I am smiling as I write these words… wow what a journey).  The following image gives a small glimpse into the performance – and following it is the text that was born (the text in italic was invisible to the audience who only heard amplified keyboard clicks – the bold was visible). A second performance is planned for April – so keep your ears to the wall.

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there was a small midget on the hill
he was overlooking a gray landscape (naturally)
he was searching but not really expecting to find
he was distant

it was an option nothing more
it wasn’t going to lead to anything
but it could not denied

green is a nice color, so is blue, gray is OK, the rest are the rest
it is not required reading, but it should be
the way the character pushes out against the obvious
leaves him lonely

his loneliness is a sanctuary, he sanctuary is cold
so he stands on a hill, overlooking, expecting
do you know where yo are?
do you want to know
is there a way to make it all come together?
is there a way to make it stop
you know its coming
and there is nothing you can do about it
you want it
you don’t want it
and then when it’s gone you wish it would start over again

is there any other way to do it
would you want it any other way ??

it’s finally here upon us
remembering myself is awkward
forgetting myself is even worst
and yet there is no two ways about it is there
everybody is finally here

hahaha
ha haha

remembering myself is an awkward thing
I don’t really want to
because if I do
I will also be gone
I still want to be here
at least for now

but ….

something is pushing at my side
it’s hands are cold… actually
one hand, the right one is cold
the other is warm
odd isn’t it?
its a strange sensation…
it’s as if its already here…
but part of it is still on the way…
I like the part that’s here…
I am not sure I want to meet the rest
I’m not sure I want it to stop
I’m not sure I want it to stay
hahaha
I’m sure I’m not sure

see what I mean?
bone chilling…. but kind of nice… no?
you know you want it…
it’s teasing….
but a part of you…
well… you know….
it creates a space
in it I can breathe
outside of it I can move….

do you know the small midget on top of the grey hill?
that stupid hat…
how many times have I told him…. don’t wear that stupid hat….
if you get caught in that…..
they will hurt you
and they will never go away….

and here we are again
its funny – you want to know what is happening…
but you can’t
how does it feel?
yes I am here
now you can see me….

you know that picture?
(by the way – I really don’t like pink)…
anyways…. that picture with the blue sky?
and that perfect cloud?
can you feel it already in your heart?
stupid…
its never really like that…
it’s just what it is…
you want it to be sexy… but it’s not …
you want it to be romantic… give me a break…
it’s just that… what it is….

that obvious presence you like to take for granted….
and then miss it when it’s gone
there is a deafening silence….
thats when you know… that when your body knows…
it’s coming….
you don’t want it to….
but … well.. admit it a part of you does…
could you forgive yourself if you missed it

you will never know it …
until it has gone….
then you will forget

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Share Inspiration

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StillCreation is one expression of my work as a photographer. It was created with an intent to hopefully share some of the inspiration I have been so privileged to experience. So in the spirit in which it was founded I am giving away a print (1 print) of the following image (approximately 30cm x 40cm) set in a white frame. I invite you to partake in that giving.

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I invite you to leave a comment on this post, indicating to whom you would wish to GIVE this print and your inspiration for giving. You can also vote for the giving you would wish to come true.

Good fun to all : )

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-02-15

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  • 23:41 …. good night! #
  • completed a 4 day Yoga teacher’s training seminar on yoga therapy and 1 on1 work… grateful and thankful for my teachers! #
  • 21:21 #
  • 10:20 #
  • reminder – upcoming performance: http://twurl.nl/gckoiv #
  • @acip is there a way to see the images from “”Amazing Romania” online? in reply to acip #
  • 00:33 good night! tomorrow (or umm… today!) performance day: http://twurl.nl/e340de YEAH! #
  • packing for performance , performance days are special – vital, wishing you all a great day, I am off to meet the gods! #
  • RT @ryan_mcintyre: Only 5 hours, 38 minutes, 23 seconds till the unix epoch time reaches 1234567890 http://coolepochcountdown.com #
  • 23:44 #
  • call israel electric company: for area code 02 dial 1, for area code 03 dial 2, for are code 04 dial 3 .. some sharp and motivated ppl there #
  • getting up and going down – stairs…. (wanted to see how it feels to tweet something like that… umm… ) #
  • 16:17 – ha… that’s a refreshing one! #

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Market to the People Who Care!

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A talk by Seth Godin:

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Japanese Story

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Loved this movie the first time, loved it the second time. It takes place in a vast space – in which there is time for expression, sensation, emotion and honesty. A story that can be told in a few sentences unfolds in a delicate expression of human nature. Another touching and moving gem.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-02-08

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  • 21:33 #
  • RT wondering: did you really need that new iGadget? @timoreilly: Powerful S. McLachlan video http://tinyurl.com/s4xkv (via @KathySierra) #
  • 23:40 #
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  • @ronenk why do you ask? in reply to ronenk #
  • @ronenk if you are not into linear time… we can explore this further… in reply to ronenk #
  • 00:44 #
  • @ronenk I recently realized that 99% of the times that I look at the time I am fascinated by the numbers… so I shout those out 🙂 in reply to ronenk #
  • 11:21 #
  • 11:22 #
  • finished filing two years of accumulated home paperwork… woah! #
  • @AaronCohen just recalled I had a neighbor Aaron Cohen when I lived in LA! in reply to AaronCohen #
  • opinions create collisions, interests create meetings. #
  • I tend to have opinions about the past while the future keeps me curious and interested… #
  • do ppl actually believe: a company that gives away free service with only advertising (pollution) as a business model can care? G’Z WAKE UP! #
  • a company like this: http://twurl.nl/krwjv3 ??? Care … common pleaze! #
  • 10:01 #
  • yeah I get scared… but then I also get un-scared…. #
  • 23:23 #
  • 10:20 #
  • @AaronCohen can’t DM you because you are not following. how can I reach you? in reply to AaronCohen #
  • @AaronCohen maybe coffee in Herzliya later? in reply to AaronCohen #
  • 14:44 #
  • @AaronCohen 🙂 I am at iamronen@iamronen.com – whenever is good for you … enjoy ur party! in reply to AaronCohen #
  • I noticed that the things I feel are “really important to share” 99% of the time don’t make it into writing… hmmm #
  • 21:51 #
  • 22:02 #
  • 23:41 #
  • I was given a glimpse into a life I have made for myself and managed to carry it over into words and share it: http://twurl.nl/06kc8i #
  • 01:31 good night all! #
  • RT for me two words stand out in this “noise” & “happy”! @guykawasaki: Why one person quit Twitter http://adjix.com/bjiw #
  • didn’t get quantum mechanics this morning either http://twurl.nl/sh4ymc 🙂 good day all! #
  • @Orrin_Woodward I take counsel with my heart, my soul and at clear moments with the observer within me! in reply to Orrin_Woodward #
  • @marcwarnke what’s the ONO bus and where is it going? in reply to marcwarnke #
  • @marcwarnke thank you, that I know, read about your work. my questions is what is on the bus and where is it going? What is there to join? in reply to marcwarnke #
  • RT I am not a football fun and still enjoyed this @guykawasaki: 5 million have watched this … check it out http://adjix.com/f6sk #
  • RT @Joi: Here’s the presentation about how much water in a latte: *http://www.worldwildlife.org/ted/ #
  • “claiming knowledge is a social dysfunction (disease), it quenches motivation and buries inspiration” #

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What’s He Building in There?

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Not only can Tom Waits do what he does, but he can do it live as well. Enjoy : )

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Quantum Mechanics

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Yesterday I came across Ron Garret (and his excellent writing on tables vs. css) and this morning I sat down to read his paper Quantum Mysteries Disentangled. I was hoping it would shed some light for me on Quantum Mechanics, but I didn’t get most of it. I did get the end – a Zen Koan from one Douglas Hofstadter:

“Two monks were arguing about a flag. One Said, “The flag is moving.” The other said, “The wind is moving”. The sixth patriarch, Zeno, happened to be passing by. He told them “Not the wind, not the flas. Mind is moving”.

As I read the paper a feeling crept into my bones from one year (a long time ago) I spent in the physics department of a university. It felt ominous, pushy and irrelevant. I observed this sensation, and then brought my attention back to the paper in my hand and two thoughts came to me. (1) It is funny how the mind takes a long and convoluted path in it’s insistence to comprehend, and how nature dances with it providing it with a balanced diet of comprehension and mystery. (2) It seems that some people are naturally inclined to things like logic, mathematics & science as they manifest in the mind, I am not one of those people.

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Shma Israel

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Yesterday morning Aube (a young french dancer who I met during a Shahar’s Tune project in Barcelona) arrived for a visit. She has been in Israel for a few months and wanted to come and share with me an idea for a project she wants to explore. She has been feeling very confined and limited and wanted to revive herself by creating. We spent some time together talking about life and about her wish. Around noon I left the house and went to get some groceries to make some food. When I returned both Aube and Andreea were sitting outside in the sun (it was an exceptionally sunny and warm day).

Shortly after that Hemi arrived – Hemi is a unique individual and good friend. He is usually very (very very) busy and so seeing him is a luxury I embrace whenever I can. Hemi and I were scheduled to do some work on the website I am helping him build. By the time Hemi arrived I was already at work cooking a late brunch for us all (spanish tortilla, peppers and fresh squeezed juice). When Hem arrived I asked him to look out at the garden: Andreea (who was feeling unwell) was sitting peacefully in the sun working on her newly launched website, Aube was lying on a blanket half-asleep with Tree, our adopted street-cat curled up next to her.

I felt fulfilled and proud showing Hemi that image. I’m in a challenging period in my life and often find myself wishing for a sense of refuge – and yet within this I felt I had succeeded in creating a place and a space that offers refuge to others. I was looking out the window, realizing and showing Hemi the richness of my life. I needed to see it.

We then all sat down to eat together. Then everyone dispersed: Andreea went to rest, Aube returned to the garden and Hemi and I sat down to work. Later that evening Aube, Andreea and I cooked and ate a wonderful tomato soup for dinner. Late at night Aube finally decided she wanted to create a few images she could take with her to continue her exploration – so we did that and called it a day.

This morning Aube, Andreea and I shared a morning drink. As we did this Aube put on a CD of a spanish singer called Yasmin. It was perfect, we all sat quietly listening to it. At one point I closed my eyes, holding my warm cup of coffee close my lips and nose. I slipped into a meditative place and a few tears came to my eyes. I felt grateful and thankful for having and appreciating these precious moments.

As one song came to a close, another started. This song slowly pulled me out of my meditative state – I realized that the words I was hearing were in hebrew and sounded like a prayer.  I then opened my eyes and looked at Andreea – and she too was realizing that the song was in hebrew. The words were taken from a famous prayer called Shma Israel – I am very distant from Judaism – so I don’t know much about the prayer – but as I write these words I realize that in a way it too is about refuge and thankfulness.

This is the song: yasmin09

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Finally Not 10

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I’ve spent some time reading, well skimming, Guy Kawasaki writing. He has this really nice, familiar, reliable and stable pattern – lists of 10 which is just too much for me. Finally I ran into something he wrote and finally it is a list of only 4 items – a capacity I can digest – and it’s about creativity, which I do care about deeply – so finally I can relate 🙂

The short version (the full post here):

  1. Give yourself permission to think up many ideas.
  2. Keep chewing on the problem.
  3. Build on ideas that came before.
  4. Put yourself in environment that will use different parts of your brain.

I have run into quite a few lists – like this one – and they are great academic ideas – they seem to provide very little practical tools on how to do this – without which they are waving in the air  like bate – but never really applied. So here is a sequel of ideas on how to put these into action:

  1. Play – enjoy yourself, surround yourself with games and laughter. Creativity is shy – if you try to coax it into the light it will hide in the corner, if you leave it be it will suddenly appear at your side when you least expect. It will play with you.
  2. Graze – like cows do – they are not trying to achieve or prove anything, they are not doing something important, they simply do what they do. You may feel lost when you are grazing – this is a great place to be – don’t try to fix it, solve it or make it better. Keep grazing.
  3. Get Comfortable – don’t challenge yourself right off the start – place yourself in a familiar setting, do things you can do with ease – let your mind, body & soul experience that “it can”.
  4. Rest – actively sacrifice  doing something you think is important and instead rest – do whatever it is that enables you to relax. It’s not something you should do when you “find the time” (after years of hard work when your body breaks down in illness) – do it now.

I will venture a fifth idea – that applies to all four: use your body, be physical. Creativity lives & flows throughout your body – move your body and creativity will rise to the call.

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