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October 2012 Vol 6 No. 10  

The Art Of Positive Possibility

Out on the edges of that magnificent mind of yours, is the powerful creative realm of positive possibility. It's out on the edges of your awareness because it's not necessarily what is right in front of you. What is right in front of you is the next problem or task, as dictated by your default mental function. A recent research-based article entitled, Daydreamers Might Be Geniuses (Or Close), suggests that "the more your mind wanders, the smarter you are." Mind-wandering, or daydreaming is far more art than science, and therefore is primarily a right brain function--and thus uses more of your brain power than simple task orientation.

Now, launch yourself into the "largest nation in the world," which is your imagination. Think of your health, your level of happiness, your relationships, your wealth, and any situation you can come up with--and imagine the positive possibilities. Be sure and stretch your mind here, going as far as you can in the direction of the things that would feel absolutely fantastic to you. Want a great mental workout? Do this every day, to start your day off in a way that is good for your heart, your mind and your entire world.  

The Arts And Your Brilliant Mind

The arts inspire appreciation and expand your sense of yourself in this magnificent universe, and in the process improve the function of your mind and body. A new program entitled "Arts & The Mind," hosted by Lisa Kudrow, explores the many ways in which this benefit unfolds. Watch the short video introducing the program, and read this article entitled, "Why A Love Of The Arts Will Help Your Brain Age Better" to learn more. While viewing art and listening to great music have tremendous benefit, participating in the arts will take your benefit to a whole new level. If you ever believed that you are not creative, take that belief and put it on a shelf, labeled "false beliefs." You are creative by nature, as a human being, and it has absolutely nothing to do with what anyone else thinks of what you create. Creative processes, by definition, require you to use new brain cells, which helps your brain to stay healthy and active.

Make art appreciation a regular, frequent and ongoing part of your life, if it isn't already. And if you already produce art in some form, expand your expression by trying something new, or signing up for some classes to learn new technique. Not only is this good for your mind, the appreciation generated when you see, hear and produce art is actually good for your physical heart. There is so much good art to appreciate...you might even find it on the sidewalk, or in the Roots Of A Community. Don't wait...start looking for ways to appreciate and participate now!

Biking, Dancing & Creative Fun

Let's start with two biking stories. First meet a group of young cyclists dedicated to "Biking And Building," a non-profit group raising awareness and funds to help with affordable housing. And now meet Bob Votruba, founder of "One Million Acts of Kindness" who bikes and buses around the country to say "thank you" to our heroes. Do yourself a big favor, and see The Intouchables, a beautiful film based on a powerful and unlikely connection. There is a great dancing scene from that movie, which I just discovered is no longer available--all the more reason to see the film! And for dancing of a different sort, watch this Chicago Jitterbug trio doing some moves I'm sure you've never seen--be sure and stick with it until the third dancer shows up. Now here's some heart warming video content, with Dan's Coffee Run and Soul Pancake's "Heart Attack" (don't worry...nobody has a heart attack). I know you'll love this one man band, and the one man who is making the music, Arthur Nakane. We'll finish this segment with some highly creative and downright goofy fun, with the New York Color Run 2012, and the Adult Soapbox Derby. After watching that last video, you're going to want to build your own soapbox racer and find a derby near you...no problem! Go to Soapboxracer.com or just do a search for "adult soapbox derby" and you'll find them in Portland, Oregon, Nevada City, California and Marble Falls, Texas. Get out there and have some fun!

 Quotes from Great Goodfinders

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
--Marcel Proust

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."
--Albert Einstein

"For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything Thy goodness sends."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated."
William James

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has."


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