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Progression, not perfection

>> 26 May 2009

Say you're not very fit and you want to start running. So the first day you are completely out of breath after 100 meters. But you're not giving up. The next day you run again and your lungs feel like bursting after 500 m.

Or say you want to loose a few pounds. The first week you loose 5 but the second week you gain 2 because you had a family dinner to attend.

Or say you want to become an artist. You start creating your wonderful pieces of art and you are proud of them. But as soon as you show them to some people you get some constructive but negative criticism.

Instead of acknowledging the affirmative experience of running 300 m further than yesterday, of loosing 3 pounds, or of creating this amazing imperfect art, you may obsess over not even being able to run a kilometer without dying on the way, on the 2 pounds you gained or on never becoming a real artist.

When you focus your attention on what you did not accomplish, you miss seeing the real picture.

If you beat yourself up with 'if only I had not overeaten at the family dinner', 'if only I had exercised more regularly' or 'if only I had used more red and redrawn that face' you are heading straight for disappointment and frustration. And in the long run, you become less brave and creative and unwilling to try again.

Constantly trying to be perfect nearly always ends in a feeling of abject failure.

Progression is not selling short, underachieving or letting ourselves down.

Progression is a journey that leads to accomplishment, to moving on, to developing a better you, a better life.

It is here to teach you your flaws and how they can be beautiful.

Or as Leonardo Da Vinci put it: "An arch is two weaknesses which together make a strength."

So revel in your projects.

Loose weight.
Be imperfect.
Do it for yourself.

Put your weaknesses together and build a bridge.


The mind has exactly the same power as the hands: not merely to grasp the world, but to change it - Colin Wilson

>> 14 May 2009

Change your mind, change your brain and find happiness.

If happiness is an inner state, influenced by external conditions but not dependent on them, how can we achieve it?

Let Mathieu Ricard, Buddhist monk and biologist , show you how your mind has the power to make a huge difference in the quality of your life.
Meditation improves your health, your attention, your life expectancy, your attention capability and so on. He has a unique way of presenting things with his unassuming humor.

It is a long video, but well worth your time. So grab a coffee and listen while looking at amazing photos he took in the Himalayas.

Mind and Life Institute


The creative process is a process of surrender, not control -- Julia Cameron

>> 12 May 2009

Release your creativity, create your art. Then share it and release it.


There she sat...

>> 6 May 2009

There she sat, on the slide
looking for a place to hide

an adult among children at play
yet a child around grownups she'd stay.

She felt very often sad
and most of the time just mad

at the world and everyone
she couldn't remember when happiness had gone.

She wanted to do so much
conquer the world and such

her diary full of imagination
searching for some sort of salvation.

Confused and scared around boys
they were mainly just a lot of noise

a refuge in books she would find
allowing her to leave the world behind.

There she sat on the slide
Remembering the tears she'd cried

when she was just a young girl
trying hard to find her whirl

(c) Mindful Mimi - May 2009

Prompt 'There she sat' from Pictures, Poetry and Prose
Picture by AVR


I share, therefore I am...?

>> 1 May 2009


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