Boast Creativity 

The 6 Step Brain Exercise Steve Jobs Used To Boost Creativity!

Even a seemingly calm brain can be an incredibly busy place. It’s only really through meditation that we learn to work with – not change – this level of busyness.

I like the way Steve Jobs – the quintessential creative thinker of the last 25 years – put it:

“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things — that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before.”

What Steve describes there, my friends, is Zen Meditation. Steve discovered the practice when he visited India as a young man in the 70s. In the years that followed, Steve continued to practice and hone his meditation and awareness techniques.

This was unheard of in the business world at the time. But today, Zen Meditation is practically ubiquitous among creative business minds working everywhere from Google to Goldman Sachs.

Say, how would you like to give Zen Meditation a try in your life?

What follows are 6 simple steps put together by Geoffrey James, one of Steve Jobs’ close friends.

Step #1

Sit cross-legged in a quiet, peaceful place. According to the Hindu religion, the cross-legged pose awakens ‘kundalini’ – dormant energy in the body.

Step #2

Close your eyes and focus on your existing thoughts. Your goal is not to change them or make them simpler; all you’re trying to do is pay attention to them. Pay attention to how your thoughts jump from one topic to another. Do this for five minutes.

Step #3

That wild, crazy flow you’re observing? Buddhists refer to that as the ‘monkey mind.’ In this step, you’re going to try and shift focus to your ‘ox mind.’ The ‘ox mind’ is aware of the chaos around it but it simply contemplates life.

Step #4

As you notice yourself toying with the idea of your ‘ox mind,’ ask your brain to slow down. Don’t try to force it; just ask.

Geoffrey James recommends this method:

“Try imagining your inner ox walking unhurriedly down a country road. This mental picture should help you pacify your inner ape. Don’t expect it to fall asleep at once. Apes are naturally restless! Nevertheless, you’ll soon notice your inner ape become more placid, and less prone to hustle and bustle.”

When you feel like your ‘ox mind’ has taken over, move onto the next step.

Step #5

Continue concentrating on your ‘ox mind.’ You should feel your breathing slowing down. You’ll become aware of the sensations in your body such as the flow of air. As you open your eyes, the world should appear much different than when you first shut it out. The objects around you should appear just as your thoughts – not requiring change.

Step #6

Keep practicing this. With time, you’ll become in tune with yourself and your time spent meditating will fly right by. Ideally, this should become an instinct. Whenever you’re faced with a problem you can’t seem to solve, practice Zen Meditation.

Found. Here http://thewisdomawakened.com/the-6-step-brain-exercise-steve-jobs-used-to-boost-creativity/

Six Buddhist Princepels 

Here are six Buddhist principles that when practiced regularly will change your life!

01: CONSUME MINDFULLY.


Be aware of what you put into your body, be thankful for the nourishment good food provides.


Consider carefully before purchasing material objects. Ask yourself if it’s really something you need, or just a transient desire. Take a deep breath, and see if breathing is enough.


Pay attention to the effects of media you consume. Is it helping you grow or learn? Or is it a distraction or form of escapism? Does it destroy your mindfulness of the moment?


02: PAUSE. BREATHE. LISTEN.


Consider your words carefully. When you feel compelled to speak in a meeting or conversation, pause. Will your words bring harm or foster love?


Breathe before entering your home, place of work, or school. We must first choose to notice what is present before we can become comfortable with its existence.  Much counterproductive coping comes from “checking out” or trying to avoid places or situations that leave us feeling uncomfortable, or stressed.


Listen to the people you encounter. If we talk to others and listen when they talk, we create the possibility of mutual sympathy, understanding and tolerance.


03: PRACTICE GRATITUDE.


Notice what you have. Practicing mindfulness of gratitude consistently leads to a direct experience of being connected to life and the realization that there is a larger context in which your personal story is unfolding.


Be equally grateful for opportunities and challenges. The practice of gratitude is not in any way a denial of life’s difficulties. We live in troubling times, and no doubt you’ve experienced many challenges, uncertainties, and disappointments. The understanding you gain from practicing gratitude frees you from being lost or identified with either the negative or the positive aspects of life, letting you simply meet life in each moment as it rises.


Share joy, not negativity. Learn to rejoice in the good fortune of others and your own happiness multiplies – it’s the best cure for envy.


04: CULTIVATE COMPASSION AND LOVING KINDNESS.


Notice where help is needed and be quick to help. Selflessly act to alleviate suffering wherever it appears.


Consider others’ perspectives deeply. Observe your reactions with genuine interest and non-attachment. If we find it difficult to listen compassionately and patiently to the woes of others, we can almost be certain this is because we haven’t been able to sit still and listen to our own heart’s cries.


Work for peace at many levels. Whatever you experience internally is valid, it is there for a reason, whether you understand it or not.  It is not always necessary to understand the origins of an experience or a reaction in order to come to peace with it.


05: DISCOVER WISDOM.


Cultivate “don’t know” mind (= curiosity). With wisdom we become better at solving the problems in our own lives and are able to offer insightful guidance to others. Thus, the knowledge converted into wisdom brings happiness as a result.


Be open to what arises in every moment. The mind can focus in so many directions:  past, present, future, abstract notions or analytical problem solving, to name a few. All forms of thought have a useful role. Try to prioritize awareness of the present moment. Cultivate the ability to tune into sights, sounds, physical sensations, thoughts and emotions that are occurring in the present moment.


06: ACCEPT CONSTANT CHANGE.


Impermanence and change is the undeniable truth of our existence. What is real is the existing moment, the present that is a product of the past, or a result of the previous causes and actions. Because of ignorance, an ordinary mind conceives them all to be part of one continuous reality. But in truth they are not.

The Greatest Romance Ever Sold

”Baby, baby
Now your mind is open
To poetry seldom heard
You’re heart has never been broken
Until you’ve heard these words,
”Your body was designed to respond to mine
In spite of your desire to mold me”
And in the middle of it all,
We kiss and like rain (like rain) we fall into

The greatest romance that’s ever been sold
The greatest romance that’s ever been sold”

A part of the lyrics from ”The Greates Romance Ever sold” by Prince. My way to start my tribute and rembering of Prince here at Boulevarden.

 

 

 

Fifty-Two Years: The Complete Singles (2016)

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Seriously… It Just Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This!

PRODUCER’S NOTES:
Fifty-Two Years: The Complete Singles includes both sides of every single – all in their original mixes/edits – that David Bowie released in his five decade long career. As the music industry moved away from 7? 45s in the ’90s and ’00s, and toward CD/EPs, 12? dance mixes and downloads, every effort was made here to keep with the original singles concept. So some of these other formats are included if there were unique versions, and it appeared that The Thin White Duke had intended it to be a stand alone release (or to promote a new album). Each of his forays into different genres/personas are fully documented here, with artwork. These 12 volumes are arranged chronologically, but are also designed to highlight different periods in his career. I invite you to explore all of them, especially those that might not be familiar with his body of work. Finally, thanks to 96dbFreak and to our small community for your contributions. – Frank Blank

Ingler Larsson – My blackstar

Min faster Inger Larsson, har gått bort i Cancer. Oväntat? Inte direkt. Hon har var sjuk under en längre tid och genomgick många olika behandlingar för Cancer (som senare tog hennes liv). Beskedet om hennes borgång fick jag när jag lyssnade på Bowies senaste album ”Blackstar” och låten Lazarus. Hoppas att Inger och Bowie mötas på en annan plats, där cancer inte existerar.

 

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Tre bilder från 2012. Då Inger följde med när jag med Familj skulle fira min 50-årsdag. Vi hade två helt underbara veckor.

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