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THE SECRET TO DOING YOUR BEST and getting through any rough times ahead

Much of my art is inspired by the insights I gain in books and in my meditative practice. Whether the outcome of the last election was not to your liking, or you are an entrepreneur struggling to move a project forward, here are 2 simple things I have found that you can put in place to help you move forward in your day and deal with adversity.

FOCUS:     Sure we all have had a pretty good idea of the importance of focus in getting work done since grade school.  I don’t need to tell you that. We all know that we should focus on a project and not look at Facebook or that cute little squirrel outside. However we don’t. Why is that? Because focus starts within.  The distractions that we fail to factor in are, in fact, distracting thoughts. To often, our mind is half on the task we are engaged in and half on something like our plans for the evening or what to get Aunt Bessie for Christmas. Cultivate the habit throughout the day of regularly asking yourself, ” What am I doing RIGHT NOW.” Train yourself to pull yourself back to the thing you are working on (physically and mentally) on a consistent basis for a half hour at a time. Take a 5 min break after each session to relax your focus, handle small items, or to enjoy distraction.

LEARNING TO SEE SETBACKS AS OPPORTUNIES:     In the Book, The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday, the author points out that half of the companies in the Fortune 500 were originally started during difficult economic times like a recession or long bear market. They did not let tough times stop them. In fact, they used them to their advantage. Inherit in every challenge is a chance to grow and frequently be forced to push yourself to new heights in record time. Most of the truly great achievements of man were born in some way through adversity. When we expect hurdles along the way, stay relaxed, and look for weak points in the problem rather than make up stories and meaning in it: we utilize life’s greatest mechanism for growth. It can at some times be difficult to do this. That is where the first thing I mentioned, FOCUS, comes in handy.  Staying present and focused allows us to handle the issue rather than get lost in fear or discouragement.

This is the first time I have shared some of these insights. I welcome your comments. You can send them HERE.

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2014, It’s Time to Bring It!

woman meditation on a lotus blossom with gold background

Meditation - 24x36 - Oil on Linen

Welcome to 2014 to all the  New Art Fans, 21st Century Goddesses, and Spiritual Cyborgs.
I assume there are no (sentient) Robots reading this…not yet?  Bueller…? Bueller…? Maybe next year…

With the hope of a new year upon us, I ask you all to take a moment, right now and ask yourself, “What is my biggest inspiration for 2014? If I could do one thing, what would it be?”
Now play big here, but you get one thing… nope only thing. Not ten things, ONE THING!
See, too often people try to do too many things and they don’t  accomplish any of them (yours truly is very guilty of this).  In today’s increasingly fast-paced technological world – with a staggering amount of inputs bombarding us from social media, email, phone aps, web, bosses, advertising, traffic noises, constructions noises, more advertising – it’s important to SLOW DOWN, get present. Pick that ONE thing you are going to ROCK this year.
We on the list are smarter than that, we are adapting.  We are the future spiritual cyborgs. The busier it gets out there, the calmer we get.  The more stressed people are around us, the more relaxed we get. We strive to use technology  to create more depth, than breadth in our lives.  Let’s rock this new year and make it the funnest, richest, most caring, most successful year yet!

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21st Century Goddess


21st Century Goddess

People ask me what the painting, 21st Century Goddess is about:

In 1970. Toffler defined the term “future shock” as a certain psychological state of individuals and entire societies – a personal perception of “too much change in too short a period of time“.

On a related note, Wikipedia ‘s definition for The technological singularity is the theoretical emergence of superintelligence through technological means. Since the capabilities of such intelligence would be difficult for an unaided human mind to comprehend, the technological singularity is seen as an occurrence beyond which events cannot be predicted.

And so I introduce the concept of

The Spiritual Cyborg:

We will increasingly draw from ancient wisdom and blend it with modern technology. My vision is a people who use the teaching of the Buddha, self help and life-hacking gurus, ancient religion and ritual, and a new technology that helps brings depth rather than breadth, enables us to get back to a flow and sustainable relationship with a world with which we feel we are slowly loosing connection. This technology will bring us closer, not further from our own spirituality. Neuroscience is already doing this by hooking monks up to brain monitoring devices. personal devices are sending us reminders to meditate and real time feedback on our internal state. The internet is creating connection between strangers half a world apart, crowd-sourcing is helping to solve problems for farmers in Africa.  We are capable of doing what we dream. our technology is serving its original purpose.  We also understand that using technology in inevitable. We understand that we will eventually become Cyborg (part Man- part Machine), but we can do in a way that serves us.  No machine can ever match a cyborg.  The 21st century Goddess/God is born.

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