Ten Top Ideas about Art and Leadership

Written by Mahalene Louis

Is there a potent mission to being an artist atrepparttar time ofrepparttar 116252 9/11 and of a depressed economy? Could it be that troubled times are indicative ofrepparttar 116253 tremendous societal need for visionaries to show up as leaders, and offer ecologically sound creative solutions torepparttar 116254 current challenges humanity is facing? And if there is truth torepparttar 116255 contemporary artist mindset appearing to be enslaved by its own conditioned beliefs and subsequent identities, how then can it be freed? This presentation will progress through ten ideas revealing a pathway for artists to travel. It will reveal howrepparttar 116256 creative power to be shifting reality can promoterepparttar 116257 success and acceptance for which artists have longed. It will stress how coming back to servingrepparttar 116258 community will “multidimensionalize”repparttar 116259 process of art making and give it meaning. In this journey,repparttar 116260 ten following principles build upon each other to illuminate what artists and leaders have in common:repparttar 116261 fierceness of their vision.

1. Purpose

If communication isrepparttar 116262 main purpose of art disciplines, in what ways can one make it proficient? And if it isrepparttar 116263 artist’s passion and raison d’ętre to express, how can he/she convey his/her message so that it will be perceived as accurately as possible and received as fully as may be? It has been said before that communication is not what is being said, butrepparttar 116264 result of what is being said. Mastering a skill, be it drawing, writing, sculpting, painting, dancing, acting, etc, is a beginning in optimizingrepparttar 116265 receptivity of what is being said. Although crucial, such mastery is not enough; it has to be fueled byrepparttar 116266 heart, which isrepparttar 116267 real transmitter ofrepparttar 116268 message, enabled by its devotion to a higher cause. In effect,repparttar 116269 heart (heART) knows that “This is not about me!”

2. Order

It appears that artists are repelled byrepparttar 116270 thought of order, and fascinated enough by chaos they have elected it as their domain. Yet in scientific terms, isn’t chaos part of order? Why therefore settling for just a tiny part ofrepparttar 116271 vastness? Maybe another reason why order is so unacceptable torepparttar 116272 current artist mind is that it is traditionally associated to male and linear behavior. Interesting interpretation, as order was in ancient time revolving aroundrepparttar 116273 keeper ofrepparttar 116274 hearth, a feminine role honored asrepparttar 116275 most beautiful role of all. Returning to it was more than a goal to every hunter, it was a true inspiration andrepparttar 116276 replenishing of his strength. Could it be that artists, by denying themselves order, also rejectrepparttar 116277 nurturing, andrepparttar 116278 vitalizing properties of order? The practicality of order (finding stuff, gaining in productivity) joins to a spirituality of order (going from freeing physical space to mental space, and from shame and isolation to a greater social impact.)

3. Absence of self The question here is who is speaking? Is itrepparttar 116279 mature leader whose creative ability brings a solution, or is itrepparttar 116280 wounded child who monopolizes attention? How important is it to dress differently, or obey an atypical social code? One can easily confuse freedom withrepparttar 116281 rebellion of independence, which actually aims at dissociating and refusing to be dependent on anyone. Inrepparttar 116282 end, this is not freedom, only a guise for freedom. Such response is contrary torepparttar 116283 purpose of art, to communicate and therefore build bridges. Being different cannot berepparttar 116284 issue, being authentic is! When connectedness is created, it won’t trigger fear or rejection of those who follow their own drummer. Just like it makes sense to start with a blank canvas, it makes sense to relate to another after one has emptiedrepparttar 116285 heart from any childhood pain. And although not being absorbed by societal sleep and indoctrination is essential to art, successfully delivering naturally follows simplicity (absence of self) and clarity (order)!

4. Innovation

What does it take to be innovative? Innovation requires that an individual move beyond his or her comfort zone, and be willing to fail. Thus it starts in an act of faith, and in a relaxation. Mind power is creativity: I create more of “that” by placing my attention on it. Therefore knowing how I can better control my attention becomes very important. Much has been said onrepparttar 116286 power of positive thinking, and little on its connection to relaxation and trust. If I trust my next play will berepparttar 116287 most inspired, and choose to place my attention on that thought, it will be. Where there is trust, there is confidence, because something else, greater than me, is allowed to come in. Very possibly worrying about an outcome, and trying too hard preventsrepparttar 116288 solution to spontaneously occur. Just like a womb needs to be receptive to be fertilized,repparttar 116289 mind has to be free ofrepparttar 116290 possession of negative thinking (anxiety, blame, shame, depression, obsession) to be able to in-novate. The absence ofrepparttar 116291 conditioned self,repparttar 116292 doubter,repparttar 116293 skeptic,repparttar 116294 worrier,repparttar 116295 hard worker, will then “closerepparttar 116296 deal,” which explains how great geniuses always have their best ideas inrepparttar 116297 most unexpected situations, e.g. brushing their teeth, buying groceries. That is preciselyrepparttar 116298 time when they are trying so little they allow another way of looking at it…

5. Commitment

Great leaders are highly competent, because they are dedicated to a high level of performance, learning, growth, and improvement. How can an artist espouse such curiosity and steadfastness? Picasso mentioned how he had to forget allrepparttar 116299 roses, before he could paint one. How then can one give uprepparttar 116300 thought that one knows something, and truly keep an explorer mind, a child mind? And if I think I know, what isrepparttar 116301 motivation behind my actions? Commitment, and courage go hand in hand, as they both require full engagement, no less. What is keeping me from deciding to dorepparttar 116302 next right thing, from marrying my own mission and vowing “I do?” People do not follow leaders who are not committed. Commitment and responsibility can be measured byrepparttar 116303 hours you spend and how you spend them,repparttar 116304 money you spend and how you spend it, and by what you do for others. Spend a few minutes each day analyzing your time, your checkbook, and your volunteer work. Look closely at where your time goes, how you spend your money, and how you give back to community. You may be very surprised at what you find.

Caring for aquatic pond plants

Written by Brett Fogle

Caring for aquatic plants Long afterrepparttar impatiens have been pulled out, water gardeners are still hoping for that last lily bloom. For some reason, we want to squeeze every leaf, bud and blossom out of our aquatic plants before winter. Unfortunately, cold weather often comes before we’ve trimmedrepparttar 116251 cattails or prunedrepparttar 116252 lilies. Wait too long and all those beautiful leaves will fall off and rot inrepparttar 116253 water. Trim bog and marsh plants such as papyrus, taro and cattails, before frost hits. Pull outrepparttar 116254 hardy water lilies and trim off allrepparttar 116255 leaves. Yes, even that last bud! Put allrepparttar 116256 potted plants intorepparttar 116257 deepest area ofrepparttar 116258 pond to prevent freeze damage.

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