Creative Calling

I read many books and would like to post about them. One really good book I started just a few weeks ago is Creative Calling by Chase Jarvis.

I bought the audible version and listen to it while walking. I find that this book is very easy to listen to so I can recommend the audible version highly.

The book will greatly help you if you

  • Feel stuck in your creative desires
  • Need that little extra motivation to make the first steps
  • Need advise that is actionable right here, right now
  • Need advise that will work in any creative calling, not just photography

I plan to relisten to this book because while it gives great actionable advise for creativity it also has a very motivating style.

As I continue to listen to the book I will update this post or add new posts on it. It definitely has a place on me Favorite Books page.

Personal Qualities

I found the meditation Choosing Personal Qualities by Reuben Lowe this morning on Insight Timer particularly impactful.

In the meditation Reuben lists several personal qualities which come across masterfully with a feeling of flow. Being in the flow I responded to each in my heart and mind.

I also noticed that my response was different for each quality when seeing it projected toward others vs. toward myself.

So here are the qualities and my heartfelt flow state responses to it.

Personal Qualities Responses

QualityToward OthersToward or In Myself
FlexibilityMediumHigh
StrengthMediumHigh
CuriosityLowHigh
KindnessMediumLow
IndependenceHighHigh
AuthenticityMediumHigh
CourageLowHigh
OpennessMediumHigh
TrustHighHigh
SpontaneityLowHigh
ResilienceLowHigh
FriendlinessMediumLow
CompassionLowLow
ReliabilityHighLow
EncouragementHighMedium
CaringMediumMedium
GenerositiyMediumLow
HonestyHighHigh
ConsiderationMediumLow
PatienceLowLow
HumorHighLow
ReceptivityMediumHigh
ForgivenessHighHigh
GratitudeMediumLow

Conclusion

I bookmarked this meditation to repeat it periodically. Striking is the difference between how I perceive the qualities toward others vs. toward myself. There is much insight to be gained in this meditation.

I wonder how my responses will be in a year from now.

The Morning Pages

Sat, Oct 4, 2019

I am currently on a quest to recover my creative skills. This blog is part of it and really the reason for it.

One month ago I started writing the Morning Pages. I came across the book, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Apparently, this book is a classic with millons of copies sold. I am always amazed when I find a new book or information so popular and I had no clue it existed.

The first must do suggested in the book are the morning pages. This is now part of my morning routine. I will write a separate post on my complete morning routine.

What I can write so far about the morning pages and the exercises in chapter 1 is that:

  • The stream of consciousness writing frees up the mind for a clearer and more productive day.
  • Through the writing process the thoughts of the monkey mind are removed early in the day.
  • Writing down fears and worries in the morning pages has the opposite effect of what one may think. Instead of those thoughts subsequently staying in the mind all day, writing them down actually removes them from the mind.

This book can easily become one of the best books I have read. I can’t wait to get beyond chapter 2 and the many exercises.

Feel like being “Grounded”?

For a few days now I have been reading a really interesting book, Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!, by Clint Ober.

The premise of the book is that since the 2nd world war we have become disconnected from the earth by living in insulated environments and wearing non-conductive shoes pretty much all of our time.

As a result we are constantly charged with a few Volts of electricity which causes chronic inflammation. This in turn leads to many of the modern day health issues like arthritis, cancer, heart problems, etc. Those issues were almost non-existent before.

The book has immediately encouraged me to live more “grounded”. So I started going barefoot in the backyard grass for a few minutes in the morning. I will also get some grounding straps to use indoors. The same grounding straps used in the electronics industry for preventing static discharges.

ESD Anti-Static Wrist Strap Components

Until those arrive I have made myself a basic grounding strap with a copperwire which I connect to the ground of the electrical system in my house.

(Oct 10 Update: In the appendix of the book there is an explanation that ESD equipment such as the wrist straps above don’t achieve the same effect than grounding as explained in the book. The reason is that ESD devices have a 1 MOhm resistor which prevents electrons from flowing freely enought. I also found that the metal part of the strap which makes contact with the skin feels uncomfortable on the skin. Perhaps I will be able to use some of the parts to create my own grounding devices. So for now I will stick with my self-made copper device. Please read the book appendix. There is a recommendation to have a 100 KOhm resistor in the grounding devices for safety in case there is any kind of risk of touching a live wire while being grounded!)

Having read through about half of the book so far I am already convinced that this book is a major breakthrough for my health journey and that I will stick for the long term with being grounded (sounds funny, ha ha). I also plan to “ground” my wife when the equipment arrives.

As I will learn more about this and get my own experiences I will post more on this.

How did I find out about this book?

The book’s author was interviewed in one of my favourite podcasts, Inspire Nation by Michael Sandler.

Here is the link to the episode Get Grounded! Feel Better, Sleep Better & Get Less Stress: