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A brain scientist watches her brain shut down

A friend sent me this very inspiring video, definitely worth
watching !!

“Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor
<http://www.ted.com/speakers/view/id/203> had an opportunity few
brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she
was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her
brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement,
understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is
a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to
the world and to one another. ”

http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229

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Redesigning New Year’s Resolutions

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The hard truth is that most folks don’t realize their dreams or attract the life they want.

Many believe that it is because they lack consistency in their efforts. But they are wrong.

Did you know that guided missiles never go in a straight line? That’s right! Yet, they always hit their intended target because they are locked onto it. In fact if they consistently went in a straight line they would hit things other than their target.

When you try to force yourself into a straight line and/or are not locked onto a very specific target, then you end up hitting others things and people and that causes unnecessary pain to others and yourself.

The KEY to locking onto the right target is to forget about creating more goals in your life and lock onto the WHO that you want to be. Too often we go straight to the HOW without a clear target of who we want to be and who we were designed to be.

If you focus on the how and draft a glorious plan for the how and you are not crystal clear on the who, then your how will hit the wrong target time and time again.

The secret reason for Christmas

It’s Christmas eve and I have spent a wonderful day with my kids and wife eating, watching movies, and playing in the pool. (We live in Florida) I have spent time today reflecting on the secret of Christmas that few really know.

This time of year most of us get religious to some degree, even if it is just singing about the birth of Christ in our Christmas songs. We talk and reflect about the glory of the birth of a savior and give gifts as symbolism of that one gift.

The birth of Christ is supposed to mean that one has come who paved the way for humans to be free from sin. But wait, this raises more questions than it answers.

If One came to give us freedom then why do we live as slaves to anxiety, stress, and each other’s opinions?

Why do we treat Christ as some moral law giver or worse yet, some sugar daddy that reaches down to us pitiful souls and carries us?

Did God really create us in His image or is that just something said to make us feel good about ourselves?

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It is true that Christ came to be our savior and set us free, but there are details of that transaction that many miss. You and I are not made randomly to wander this earth in hopes of accidentally finding meaning. We were created with a very specific design that was well thought out and will give us all the meaning we can handle. For thousands of years our access to this design was veiled by what we call sin. This isn’t our lack of moral fortitude but a dark force meant to keep us confused and separated from the image of God we were designed to reflect. What we celebrate this time of year is that we no longer have to live confused, even though many of us do make this choice. We can practice forgiveness of ourselves and those around us, and start living the design we were made to live, and give up trying to be somebody we were never intended to be in the first place.

If you feel you are wandering or wondering, then know that you don’t have to. This Christmas start telling yourself the truth about who you really are and what you really desire. Admit that you are living a lie and don’t have the answer, and then do whatever it takes to find out who you were designed to be.

Set your aim higher

The Hell of our lives has a million little tricks to keep us down.  One of its favorite lies is to say that your good or bad moods are dependant on someone else’s actions or emotions towards you. It also tells you that depression and anxiety are caused by the conditions of your life. The truth is that you are nobodies victim and can have the life you desire if you so choose it and act accordingly.  Who you have taught yourself to be is the reason for what you feel. If you want to feel better and have a better life than stop choosing the life you have.

Life Design and the artist

If you do not believe that there is a unique design to your being you will never be truly successful. You will end up being tossed around by the waves of life without a true sense of who you are and direction from your life’s purpose. So regardless of what you believe about how we came about or our connection to the earth or some higher power we all have a unique design that holds the blue print of our true success. When you discover that blueprint for you, your art and your creations will be successful. If you create beautiful art and beautiful expressions and make lots of money and it is not flowing from your unique design, it will not matter how “successful” you are. You will always have a sense of discontent a sense of unsuccessfulness no matter what people think around you. Because true success as an artist must flow from your being and that is what will propel you from being a good artist to an exceptional artist.

As a creative person when you try to create outside of your flow you have problems, in fact we have even gone to celebrating the results of these creations as reflections of that struggle rather then fighting to create out of our unique flow. I know this well. For most of my life I tried to fit in to jobs and communities and ways of thinking that didn’t match my innate god given design. And when we do that we do one of two things. We either sell out and forfeit the very part of you that you love and you begin to devalue yourself more and more until eventually you can even lose yourself. Or we are constantly butting heads with whatever establishment is in charge of where you are trying to fit in to or create in. This in turn causes us a lot of internal stress. Usually the result is us going back and forth between the two and that is no way to live or create and it is definitely not going to breed a successful life. You must learn to live and create organically.

Living organically is not living organically out of your weaknesses which is so often how we paint it. We often just take who we are, who we have become based on all the crap that has happened in our lives and live organically from that. We often use the phrase, “This is who I am”. But it is who you are characterized by how you have devalued yourself and your weaknesses. Rather than living organically as a flow from your strengths, your design. Identifying the good heart in you and living from that is what produces the good art or the successful life.