Mind as Water Journals: individualized inspirational journals

The Mind as Water Creative Journal kit

  1. A 6×8 organic fair trade handmade book from Nepal
  2. Customized painted and mounted Mind As Water images in acrylic with ink
  3. Your own Mind As Water Portraits if you have been a subject!
  4. 16gb digital memory stick for storage of video journals or digital files
  5. $100 of your purchase is invested in the Ugandan economy for water development
  6. Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance by Julia Cameron = textbook for guidance

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For Creative Retreat teachers and organizers

If you are teaching creativity, artistic direction, meditation, yoga or awareness consider using the Mind as Water experience for your students to have an immediate experience and container for reflection. Neil will photograph each of your participants mindfulness in water and present them with a custom, hand made journal with their own images before your event concludes. This reverential, thought provoking and challenging experience resonates with lasting change in the heart which is guided into lasting change in the world’s ecological balance. Contact Neil directly to check on timing and group package rates.

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Handmade Sensual Erotic Journal : 6x8"

Handmade Sensual Erotic Journal : 6x8"

Handmade fairtrade creative journal

Become Like Children

‘The Way to Love’ by Anthony de Mello

If you allow yourself to really feel the pains of this hell on earth, the utter emptiness it brings, you might experience within you a revolt,

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a disgust so powerful that it will shatter the chains of dependence

and the deceit that have been forged around your soul and you will break loose into the kingdom of innocence where mystics and children dwell.

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(that is why I say ‘hear the shadows’)

to speak with conviction

to speak with conviction

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The Core Synergistics workout::discipline is the primary discipline

“In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.”
— Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers)

I just wrapped up my P90X Core Synergistics workout.

And heavy breathing aside.

It brings me to thoughts of discipline, as the core workout for the creative indivisual.

How’d I make that big leap? I dunno, I think it’s my creative intuition telling me so, maybe I’ll be able to explain it after a shower.

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The P90X graduates are all people who took control of their lives for 90 days straight and said, “I am going to do this. I will not back down, and I will not give up. I will stay focused on my goal of making it to day 90, and I will not allow myself to be distracted in any way from reaching my goal.”
Hmmm…that sounds a bit like the recipe for success in any endeavor, doesn’t it? The P90X grads, however, have an edge that most people don’t: They know that the system works.
They know that by staying disciplined and on track, that the results will be there. It isn’t hearsay to them, it isn’t a rumor, it isn’t some vague bit of personal development advice – it is a fact.

Someone today after looking at my website said “How do you get such amazing colors?”

And I’m afraid the answer is in my current life situation.  I am traveling on a commercial photo assignment photographing a new hotel each day.  For 7 days straight.  I’ll take a few days off and do it again.  I compose, light and make a final image for 7-12 rooms a day.  ”Neil, how to do you get so good at lighting?”

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Such amazing color and tonality is the pinnacle of composition, then lighting, then processing.

This just popped up in my twitter stream:

imagination is to reality what a root is to a tree.

Discipline is the pattern of the roots in the soil and branches in the air.

“Once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That’s it. And what’s more, the people at the very top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.”
— Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers)

“In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.”
— Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers)

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing that makes you good.”
— Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers)

Want to be better at lighting?  Then stop reading this…and shoot a 10 rooms a day until you get to 10,000 hours.

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Five Tips For Making Ideas Happen – Smashing Magazine

Five Tips For Making Ideas Happen – Smashing Magazine

To avoid this reactionary workflow, some of the most productive people I have met schedule what can be called “windows of non-stimulation” in their day. For two to three hours per day, these people avoid email and all other incoming communication. In this time, they focus on their list of big items: not routine tasks, but long-term projects that require research and deep thought.

Training Your Focus – Enhance Your Reality

Training Your Focus – Enhance Your Reality

How is your focus? Do you find it easy to concentrate for longer chunks of time or are you easily distracted? Do you enjoy doing the same thing at the same focus level over and over again, or are you easily bored?

I used to think that focus is a function of pleasure: I can concentrate on this because I like it. I do some stuff better than other because I like it. While loving what you do can keep your concentration high, at least in the beginning, maintaining a constant, high focus is not a function of pleasure at all. It’s a function of will.

Focus can be trained. It can be enhanced, it can be shaped the way you want. It can serve you well, if you treat it well. In today’s post I’ll share some of my observations regarding focus and how one can work this tool the same way you work your muscles in your daily workout.

Read the rest to enhance Your Reality

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Pay Yourself First – So You Can Pay Others Too

Pay Yourself First – So You Can Pay Others Too

Anything you do requires energy. And everything you do creates energy. Anything. Even reading this article. You’re spending energy by focusing on the text, processing the info in your brain and matching it against what you already know. At the end of this process, you get some energy back in the form of new ideas, new approaches or possibly some answers. Hopefully, you’ll get some positive energy by reading this :- ).

Have you ever thought what happens with this energy you get back? How much of it you really use? How much of it you discard unconsciously? We’re usually thinking in spending patterns rather than in receiving patterns. We think: how much it will cost me to do this, or how much I will have to give to make this happen. But we almost never think in terms of: what’s the reward of doing this?

Finish this intriguing article about energy balances and you

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Emerge photo contest – truely interesting

Now THIS is a story based contest that I can get BEHIND!!!

Official rules

  1. Submissions must be from weddings of the past twelve months; maximum of ten images per wedding for each category.
  2. Enter once only. Entering more than once will disqualify you and your entry fee will not be refunded.
  3. Upload ten images into all five categories. Do not change category names.
  4. Images must be from the same wedding to tell a story according to the specific category. So you will be featuring up to five weddings, although you can use the same wedding in more than one category … but not two different weddings in one category.
  5. Add name, website and email to “Photographer” page on your contest site.
  6. Follow @emergecontest for updates, announcements and, most importantly, to let us know your contest entry is ready!
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The Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet and Evernote « Evernote Blogcast

The Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet and Evernote « Evernote Blogcast

Annotating images

On bother Windows and Mac, use the Wacom Bamboo Pen tablet to annotate images in your favorite image editor, then bring those annotated images into Evernote. We’ll process them and make the handwriting searchable. If you already have an image in Evernote, right click and open it with your image editor. When you’re done annotating, hit save, and the image will automatically update in Evernote thanks to our Live Update feature.

Twitter giveaway time!

The great folks at Wacom are generously offering three (3) Wacom Bamboo Pen tablets. Here’s how to enter:

  • Follow @evernote and @wacom on Twitter
  • Send a public tweet containing the hashtag #evernotewacom

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Concerning all acts of creation

The moment one definitely commits oneself

“Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth –

that the moment one definately commits oneself, then, Providence moves, too.”

–Van Goethe

(thanks to Amy Deputy for the card)