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Art and Commerce, Creative Gone MAD, Entrepreneurship, Life and the Pursuit of Happiness, Relationships, Solitude, Soul Searching

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Last night, I had a bit of tribal connection going on with a group of my friends. At the moment, we are scattered all over the place, but we connected yesterday in a really beautiful and fantastic way despite the distance. As part of my experience last night, I even spent a bit of time sleeping under the moon. You’d be amazed to know how busy the world is when some of us are sleeping. But then at some point, there was stillness. And I realized the beauty of nature. One of the things I will start doing more of in the coming weeks (Read: starting next week) is getting back out in nature. I grew up in a very scenic natural environment where I was constantly wandering around, climbing trees, looking for stones, eating fresh fruit or pecans. It was just one of the most beautiful times of my life. Even though my family life was not perfect, we had so much to be grateful for. We still do, of course and I certainly do…but there was something fantastic about being surrounded by the lush beauty. This coming week, arrange some time to spend 10 or 20 minutes in nature. But don’t busy your mind or your body. Just try to feel the connection you have to everything living and bustling around you. Take this journey as a humble observer. As human beings, it is so easy to forget we are a part of nature and should be in concert, not in competition. What greater display of ambition, growth, evolution, and wild creativity than nature itself. You are connected to an endless source of energy and creativity that often defies explanation and reason. Such moments should leave you recharged, refreshed, and inspired about what is possible for your life. Yours Truly Creative Gone MAD
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Art and Commerce, Creative Gone MAD, Entrepreneurship, Life and the Pursuit of Happiness, Relationships, Solitude, Soul Searching
Creative_Gone_Mad_Day_27_Reclamation_8282015 copy This is a turning point in the journey. The level of connection I feel around me is so warm and sweet. I don’t have much to say. This summer, so far has been surprising one. Earlier this year, I wrote down exactly what I wanted this summer. Maybe I will share that list, one day. I set off the beginning of the year expecting one experience, midway through, I expected another. They were all off base, and not what I anticipated, or were they? But what it has been, what I feel right now, is exceptional. What a fantastic feeling. What an indescribable feeling—right now, in this moment. I have no idea how long it will last. But…it is such a glorious a peace that reaches far beyond my understanding…that’s a biblical reference, of course.   remember yourself reclaim yourself love yourself take care of yourself —take back your life.   For what its worth and whatever it means to you. Night Stars, shine bright. Yours Truly, Creative Gone MAD
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Creative Gone MAD, Entrepreneurship, Life and the Pursuit of Happiness, Relationships, Solitude, Soul Searching
So I was browsing online looking for Tibetan singing bowls for a dear friend of mine a few moments ago. I am amazed by the buzz words and catch phrases vendors [effectively] use to draw certain responses from a reader. I saw a lot about fair trade, equality, cooperative, and all things that imply sustainability and equity. At first, I wanted to send her those, but I realize the one word I was looking for was ‘original’ or ‘authentic’ which none of them said. Sad, because I’d really like to get her one similar to the one I bought in Dubai. It was from Nepal…so they say! But then I saw fashion designer Donna Karan has her own brand/branded Tibetan singing bowls. Yes, you are reading that correctly and please google this if you don’t believe me. I’d post an image myself if a) copyright wasn’t a concern, b) I wasn’t so lazy. They are very stylish bowls, actually, and have a very clean and polished look about them. Believe it or not, despite the tone of this paragraph, I didn’t judge her. I mean, the reality is that she or someone else has made this decision and I assume it is likely profitable for them. And then I thought, perhaps it’s not about profitability. Maybe she feels that if she extends her brand to something spiritual and meaningful, it might expose an otherwise underexposed audience, to this spiritual practice. It got me to thinking, though—what am I doing to leave my mark on things? In what ways am I creating ideas, business models, art projects, or branding ideas that generate energy and have impact? What is amazing about ‘public personas’ that have these huge persona brands is that they operate as businesses. They look for unique ways to put their signature on things that immediately give the impression that somehow, this particular item is now imbued with their essence. Now many of us know this is not the case, but it definitely makes people feel that way and I’m sure they think that way as well. But then I realized, every breath I take, I am leaving a mark or an impression. Its not about commerce or trade. Every choice I make in my life, it has the potential to immediately impact the life of another person. I realized, this not a thought that makes you feel warm and fuzzy. We often passively engage with the world around us, with the people around us. We do things, sometimes, completely in our own heads and in our own worlds. I spent a fair amount of time thinking about this, then I realized how important it is to constantly be aware of the choices we make and ALSO the intentions behind them. While we can have ‘good’ or ‘bad’ intentions and end up with results contrary to whatever we were aiming for, that doesn’t change the fact that we should always have them in mind. When life as we know it has ended for each of us, so much of our lives will be about the impressions we leave behind. With every word, interaction, creation, or relationship, we create vibrations that quickly ripple throughout the universe and will eventually return to their sender. As such, we should make sure our intentions are always of the highest order, but not because we want some sort of universal favor. We should do it because we realize the impact we have on the worlds and lives around us. This realization should make us want to leave things better than they were before we came. Yours Truly, Creative Gone MAD
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