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The life force of thoughts

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Today, the world of quantum physics confirms that the universe is made of formless energy, and that particles do not originate from particles. Everything springs from something that is akin to your imagination. You can’t touch, taste, see, hear, or smell it. It has no boundaries. You can’t prove it with mathematical formulas or scientific verification. Yet we all know that it exists. These invisible thoughts that you have—these ideas that continue to percolate within you, these fanciful images that are always with you—are beyond the scope of science to prove or disprove.

–Wayne Dyer, from “Wishes Fulfilled”

Written by Lynda Schlosberg

February 2nd, 2012 at 1:32 pm

What Nourishes?

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Recently I was asked to consider what nourishes me. The question was asked in regards to my personal relationships but it got me thinking about how that same question applies to my art making. Besides, isn’t my art a personal relationship too? Maybe it can’t speak back to me with words, but it certainly speaks back to me emotionally.

Lately I’ve been in a bit of a funk.

Perhaps it’s the short New England days, and the fact that I spend so much of my daytime indoors on my computer that I barely get any natural sunlight. I think my whole life I’ve always had a touch of SADD during the winter months and now I’m just putting the pieces together. Could that be why I love the summer so much, I get to be outside in the sun? I certainly know that being outdoors nourishes my soul. Even in the winter, getting to Cape Ann and spending time along the shoreline of Gloucester and Manchester nourishes my soul. Being near a large body of water with an expansive horizon always tends to reset my perspective. It get’s me out of my head and in touch with the broader aspects of life. I connect to the piece of me that is so much more than my physical being.

Since the New Year I have been attempting to adopt a set of new morning habits/rituals. Shortly after getting up I meditate for twenty minutes, read for 30-60 minutes and then exercise, which for these winter months consists of spinning on my LeMond fitness trainer, for 30 minutes. The three things together seem to nourish me in a way I can’t fully describe. The meditation helps keep me calm and balanced, while the spinning get’s my blood pumping and my metabolism raised to help me physically attack the day. These are things that help my body and mind, yet I believe it’s the reading that helps nourish my art more than anything. I could be wrong about that, but it’s the one thing that I’ve let drop off over the past year or so. With an increasingly busy schedule it’s hard to find time for critical reading. For me that means theoretical books, not the morning paper.  I learned when I was in graduate school that my sweet spot for reading was in the morning. I was kind of surprised by that because I always had the impression that reading made me tired. I discovered that was only because I would always try and read at the end of the day when I was tired.

Lately, (meaning the last few years), I’ve been in a rush to get to my computer. To open my email and start work as soon as I can. Now I’m trying to take the 2+ hours in the morning to commit to these new routines. I’ve always deemed them a top priority yet somehow always put them last on the daily to-do list which means on most days they don’t happen.

Why should it be so hard to do the things I consider important; the things that nourish my soul, my art, and not to mention the rest of my life?

Anyway, back to reading. I’ve always described myself as a book hound. Some girls like to buy shoes, well; I have a thing for books. My eyes are always bigger than my stomach and I buy books with the full intention of reading them all. When I buy one I can’t wait to digest it all in one sitting. But I never have the time.

Scratch that.

I never take the time.

And so books get started and then never finished. For instance, right now I have at least five half read books sitting on the nightstand next to my bed, five more half read books on my desk, and three more half read books sitting on the coffee table. That’s thirteen books! And that doesn’t even count the nine that are in the bookshelf that I’ve ear marked as critical next reads!

(Now I’m up to 22!)

I guess in the sense that “we are what we eat,” we too “are what we read.” So here’s the list of my half-read/soon-to-be-read list of books (and in no particular order) that reflect the complexity of who I am, and what shows up in my art:

  1. The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, by Lewis Hyde
  2. Being in Balance, by Wayne Dyer
  3. How to Get Control of Your Time and Life, by Alan Lakein
  4. Guide to Getting Arts Grants, by Ellen Liberatori
  5. I’d Rather Be in the Studio, by Alyson Stanfield
  6. A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle (reading for the second time)
  7. The Healing Code, by Alexander Loyd
  8. The Language of Letting Go, by Melody Beattie
  9. The Vortex, by Esther and Jerry Hicks
  10. The Light Inside the Dark, by John Tarrant
  11. Buddha Is as Buddah Does, by Lama Surya Das
  12. On Women Turning 50, interviews by Cathleen Rountree
  13. The Heart of… (oh wait, I can’t list this one, it’s too personal)
  14. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010, edited by Freeman Dyson
  15. The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self, by Thomas Metzinger
  16. The Biology of Belief, by Bruce Lipton
  17. The Fabric of the Cosmos, by Briane Greene
  18. Quantum Shift in the Global Brain, by Ervin Laszlo
  19. The Shadow of the Object, by Christopher Bollas
  20. Technoromanticism, by Richard Coyne
  21. Insights of Genius, by Arthur Miller
  22. Art and Visual Perception, by Rudolph Arnheim

This is a long list. More than I can handle in a year, given my schedule and time. But if I can keep up the morning routine of reading for just 30-60 minutes (focusing on one book at a time I might add) my guess is that I can get through a lot more than I think. And I’d reach a goal that I’ve set to read more this year, as it directly informs my art, and the expansion of my life.

I’ll have to check-in next January and see how well I’ve fared.

 

Written by Lynda Schlosberg

January 19th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Posted in Books,Reflections

Currently Reading

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  • The Ego Tunnel: The Science of Mind and the Myth of the Self, by Thomas Metzinger
  • The Best American Science and Nature Writing, edited by Freeman Dyson
  • Infinite Possibilites: The Art of Living Your Dreams, by Mike Dooley
  • Tao te Ching: A New English Translation, translated by Stephen Mitchell

Written by Lynda

February 3rd, 2011 at 3:24 pm

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Short Inspirational Reads

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  • Art and Fear: Observations On The Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, by David Bayles and Ted Orland
  • Letters to A Young Artist, Peter Nesbett, Shelly Bancroft, and Sarah Andress, editors
  • Single Exposures: Random Observations on Photography, Art and Creativity, edited by Brooks Jensen
  • The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield

Written by Lynda

February 7th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

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Reference Books

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  • A Short Guide to Writing About Art, by Sylvan Barnet
  • Handbook for Writers: Grammar, Punctuation, Diction, Rehtoric, Research, by Celia Millward
  • How to Write a Research Paper, from Sparknotes
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, by Joseph Gibaldi
  • slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations, by Nancy Duarte
  • The Craft of Research, by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb and Joseph M. Williams

Written by Lynda

February 7th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Posted in Books

On My Bookshelf

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  • A Brief Tour of Human Conciousness, by V.S. Ramachandran
  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost, by Rebecca Solnit
  • A Guide to Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception, edited by George J. Marshall
  • A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle
  • Abstract Art (World of Art), by Anna Moszynska
  • Abstract Art, by Mel Gooding
  • Against Interpretation: And Other Essays, by Susan Sontag
  • Art and Objecthood, by Michael Fried
  • Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye, by Rudolf Arnheim
  • Artscience: Creativity in the Post-Google Generation, by David Edwards
  • Chromaphobia, by David Batchelor
  • Color in Art, by John Gage
  • Concsiousness Explained, by Daniel C. Dennett
  • Echo Objects: The Cognitive Work of Images, by Barbara Maria Stafford
  • Eyesight Alone: Clement Greenberg’s Modernism and the Bureaucratization of the Senses, by Caroline A. Jones
  • Formless: A User’s Guide, by Rosalind Kraus
  • Freud as Philosopher: Metapsychology After Lacan, by Richard Boothby
  • Good Looking: Essays on the Virtue of Images, by Barbara Maria Stafford
  • Insights of Genius: Imagery and Creativity in Science and Art, by Arthur I. Miller
  • Monet, Narcissus, and Self-Reflection: The Modernist Myth of the Self, by Steven Z. Levine
  • My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, by Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD
  • On Abstract Art, by Briony Fer
  • Optic Nerve: Perceptual Art of the 1960’s, by Joe Houston
  • Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World, by Kevin Kelly
  • Painting Machines: Industrial Image and Process in Contemporary Art: Boston University Art Gallery October 30-December 14, 1997, by Caroline A. Jones
  • Paths to the Absolute, by John Golding
  • Phenomonology of Perception, by Merleau Ponty, translated by Colin Smith
  • Pictures of Nothing: Abstract Art Since Pollack, by Kirk Varnedoe
  • Quantum Shift in the Global Brain: How the New Scientific Reality Can Change Us and Our World, by Ervin Laszlo
  • Simulacra and Simulation, by Jean Baudrillard
  • Technoromanticisim: Digital Narrative, Holism, an the Romance of the Real, by Richard Coyne
  • The Artful Eye, by Richard Gregory, John Harris, Priscilla Heard, and David Rose
  • The Book of Nothing: Vaccums, Voids, and the Latest Ideas About the Origins of the Universe, by John D. Barrow
  • The Cinematic Mode of Production: Attention Economy and the Society of the Spectacle, by Jonathan Beller
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos, by Brian Greene
  • The Infinite Line, by Briony Fer
  • The Infinte Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless, by John D. Barrow
  • The Optical Unconscious, by Rosalind Krauss
  • The Phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty: A Search for the Limits of Consciousness, by Gary Brent Madison
  • The Sense of Order: A Study inthe Psychology of Decorative Art, by E.H. Gombrich
  • The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Thought Unknown, by Christopher Bollas
  • The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985, by Maurice Tuchman
  • Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, by Marshall McLuhan
  • Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion, by Oliver Grau
  • Visual Digital Culture: Surface Play and Spectacle in New Media Genres, by Andrew Darley
  • Ways of Seeing, by John Berger

Written by Lynda

February 7th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Posted in Books