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Change Of Focus

Do not let the stress and anxiety and uncertainty over this political economic system swallow you up. Shift your focus away from what humans have made. Look at what they have not made.

Beach, Sun, Evening, Summer, Sea

Look at the extraordinary systems in place on this planet – the water cycle, the nitrogen cycle and the interchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between plants and animals. Look at the way this planet recycles and renews.

Look at the evidence that we are not just meant to exist, to survive….but we are meant to live, to really live, to thrive!!! The vast variety of colour, flavour, beauty that is beyond all human imagination.

Shift your eyes away from the concrete jungles, the neon advertising, the virtual world mankind has used to amass more and more. Look at all the displays and performances that you have never once been asked to pay money for. The spectacular sunsets, the star lit skies, the chorus of birdsong adorning the morning, the bouquet of perfumes as spring flowers burst forth.

Please dwell on the what is a gift to you and me – a beautiful home that we were designed for. The corruption and the injustice is about to be swept clear away. May your heart beat for the treasure that awaits…

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“The meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.”

PSALM 37:11

Bursting Into Life

Spring Background, Cherry Blossoms, SkyI was walking to work yesterday when blossom from the cherry trees that line are avenue started to rain down upon me and I found myself adorned with white petals like confetti.

Creation provides so much wonderful, no matter what the challenge, so much beautiful – it helps me to forget the world and think about what really counts.

When I have more time and more energy, I mean to write about some of the unhelpful opinions and ideas that are floating around the internet. In the meantime, protect your mind and heart by observing the wonders of creation….from your window or garden. Here in the northern hemisphere, everything is bursting into life. Or just lay still and listen to the birds singing.

I am on my way to work again…but first of all, the bakery at the end of the road for my dark sourdough loaf. I realized this week that none of the local bakeries are using their slicers. People have to buy a whole loaf and slice it at home (which makes a mess). But my loaf comes already sliced because it is made by an external supplier. On

Take Me Outside

I am still thinking about Fandango’s great question last week – all about stress and how we deal with it.

nature.jpgI have been thinking about my hectic schedule at the moment. Even though I feel super busy, it is so helpful when I use whatever little time I have free to be outside in the green almost summery weather. I wish I could go out for walks in the morning (but mornings are a very bad time for me) but instead I have found that I can usually fit in a thirty minute walk late afternoon or early evening. It is so delicious to have that time and it is very energising. And it is FREE!

Outside, green and gorgeous – even little bursts are precious!

What Will You Do With Yours?

What do you think I am describing below?

  • You have one, I have one. But I have never seen mine, and you have probably never seen yours.
  • It weighs about three pounds (1.4 kg)
  • Most people have only used about one billionth of it’s potential capacity within their lifetime.
  • It has been described to as “the most complex thing we have yet discovered in our universe”?

The human brain! It is markedly different from the brain’s of other animals on this planet. One capacity that the human brain has to a superior degree is that of creative imagination.

I have been tagged by Rory, the creator of A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip! for a “3.2.1 Qiuote Me!” challenge on a remarkable theme: CREATIVE IMAGINATION, as you can see from his post below:

https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2018/11/20/321-quote-me-creative-imagination/

Rules: 3.2.1 Quote Me!

Thank the Selector – Thank you Rory!

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

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THERE IS A UNIVERSE INSIDE YOUR HEAD!

I was reading an article about a brain expert, who teaches at a university in England. He has been studying the human brain for fifty years. Some of his explanations where a bit overly technical for me, but he did make it clear that the human brain has an extraordinary capacity and potential. I will simplify his explanation:

“The human brain has many billions of neurons, which communicate with one another … a single neuron may make many thousands of connections with other neurons…. The total number of connections in the brain is astronomical!”

There is a universe inside your head!

The possibilities are enormous. Look at the incredible diversity of creative ideas reflected by different bloggers. We all have a different flair, a different take on the word prompts and writing challenges.

I think it’s wonderful to have at least one medium – whether it is art, music, poetry, story-writing – to develop and explore that remarkable feature of the human brain – imagination – ideas – that lead to creation. It is something that it is worth giving ample time to, because it is very rewarding to imagine and create. This ability makes humans very very special. How we use our imagination and what we go on to create may have a massive impact on our future.

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creative imagination

I was looking for a quote I heard many years ago, but I could not find it, so I went with the one above instead. But the quote I remembered was referring to the mind of the Creator and his exquisite imagination.

I think many of us do know that spending some time out in nature is incredibly good for us. Beholding spectacular mountain views, magnificent sunsets, being inspired by starry skies, the rainbow of colours that erupt in the spring-time….there are so many gloriously beautiful scenes all around us in creation, or if you prefer, nature. Whether you believe that a mind, full of imagination, is behind those scenes or not, I am sure you will agree it is really good for us to be able to soak up the great outdoors.

I don’t think many of us are living the way we were designed to. Currently we live in a system that often turns us into the proverbial hamster running endlessly round and round the same old routine.

I see people travelling on the tube here in London and they look uninspired and tired. For many, life revolves around work, their phone, TV, and a host of other man-made things, that seem to distract them from using their own imagination and thinking about the stunning beauty of this earth, the beauty all around us that is not at all man-made.

I find that the world that man has built seems to stifle something deep inside of me. I rebel against it frequently. I need nature, creation. I don’t watch much TV, but I love a good documentary about creation like BBC’s “The Blue Planet” series.

I have just watched an incredible five minute video on a website I frequently visit because it inspires and educates me. The video is about light and colour – it humbled me to think how extraordinary creation is. It explained the phenomenon of iridescence. Although the technical explanation was impressive and made me admire the ingenuity of the designer, yet again I was in awe of the sheer beauty that this design feature produces. I believe it speaks volumes about the mind, the imagination that came up with these ideas and created countless ingenious and spectacular “things” which don’t pollute the air and water and do not block out the light from the stars.

For me, the greatest creative imagination is evident in what has not been man-made, but is displayed generously throughout our home planet. I truly believe that we should all make ample time to consider the marvels of creative imagination that are all around us.

 

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A friend told me I am a left-brainer, and I have to admit her explanation sounded very plausible, although I am sure I do have two halves of my brain. But I do agree that I have a brain that is more wired towards maths and science and being organized and practical etc.

I am not very good at art or anything particularly creative. However, I love creation. My sister brought some things down from my flat on the other side of London recently. I found in one box a stack of note-books which I had decorated myself with pictures I had cut out of travel brochures and wildlife magazines.

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That is just about as creative as I have ever been. But for years I used to make my own cards too in a similar style, because buying cards was so expensive. I sent a lot of letter and cards.

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Well, I am going to nominate three bloggers that I do know are a lot more creative than I am:

amydwestphal amydwestphal – Amy-Westphal.com

stoner on a rollercoaster stoneronarollercoaster.wordpress.com

klaugen Klaugen

 

 

 

And…

…because ever since I started to think about the word imagination…I have been thinking about this song:

River

 

All I see is River

Crashing on it’s crazy course

Ever onwards, on forever

With such fervour, with such force

 

                        But there is sun…there is moon

                Verdant meadow, windswept dune

            Shimmering dusk, starlit sky

                    Scented forests, mountain high

                Ravaged hilltops, rugged moor

                                Rainbowed flowers, trees galore

                        Dazzling deserts, sweetest breeze

                    Frosted lakes, majestic screes

        Hear the music, nature sings

                Sunsets tremble, daybreak rings

                    Hum of life, whisper of shore

                            Lullaby ocean, mighty roar

 

But all I hear…is River

Crashing in its crazy course

Ever onwards, on forever

With such fury, with such force

So, to God I raise my prayer

Help me notice they are there

Before my spirit starts to wither

Slow down the course of this crazed River

 

River