Selflessness, self-centeredness or selfishness?
When your existence here and your perception of people and the world around you is rooted in yourself, IS IT possible to be selfless? If you try, will you only be pretending to be selfless? “I want all of you to be blissed out” – even this statement is selfish hence the term “I want”.
A mother takes care of her child not just because of selflessness but also because of deep selfishness. That is what also gives her joy and happiness. A soldier may be willing to die for his country out of perceived selflessness but there is also a very strong sense of selfishness. This act is what is going to fulfill him – that is why he also does it.
There is nothing right or wrong with being selfish in this way because it is the nature of how we function, at least in your selfishness you can want the best that you want for yourself but also make the connection for the entire Universe. This is not about ego it is about the design of life. When people become non-judgmental about their selfishness this becomes obvious. So on with really enhancing Self to be the best for all!
Below are some tips to help you get started in cultivating Self further to unlock the Uniqueness within.
1. Listen to music
Jamming out stimulates the part of our brain that controls motor actions, emotions, and creativity. Classical music might give us an extra boost: for example, listening to Mozart can increase creativity, concentration, and other cognitive functions.
Dance can be a fully-fledged art form, belonging to the “performing arts” – a goal in itself and a means of allowing a human being to express his inner feelings, thoughts and experiences. Dance is a natural form of self-expression; the body expresses itself naturally and so, therefore, does the spirit. We are all free-willed beings, no matter what our personal situation may be. Through dance, our body expresses how free we actually are, while also highlighting the restrictions our minds impose on it.
Stuck in a mental rut? When panic strikes, try meditating: it promotes divergent thinking, a state of mind in which we’re able to generate new ideas.
4. Get someone else’s opinion
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. A friend might mention something that sparks a whole new stream of thought. The more ideas and perspectives, the better.
5. Write by hand
Skip the Word doc and pick up a pen instead. Sometimes the whole experience of writing by hand—the ink on our fingers, the smell of a fresh notebook—is all it takes to get creative juices flowing.
What was I saying? Oh, right. We tend to take a more creative approach to problems when our mind is wandering (less so when we’re hunched over a computer with a deadline looming.) So don’t worry about zoning out for a few minutes.
7. Look at something blue or green
These colors tend to enhance performance on cognitive tasks. Researchers say that’s because we associate blue with the ocean, sky, and openness in general, while green signals growth.
8. Gesture with two hands
Odd but true: one study found using two hands to explain something prompts the brain to consider issues from multiple perspectives. (It’s also possible that using the left hand stimulates creative thought since left-handed people tend to be more creative in general.)
9. Lie down
Research found people were better at solving anagrams when they were lying down versus sitting up. It might not fly in an office meeting, but test it out during the next solo brainstorming sesh.
10. Rethink labels
Pick an object and break it into parts. (So a flower becomes stalk, leaves, petals, and pollen.) It’s called the “generic-parts technique” and people trained to think this way were better at solving problems through creative insight than people who weren’t given the training.
11. Laugh a little
According to some studies, a positive mood can facilitate creativity because it boosts activity in the prefrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex (areas of the brain associated with complex cognition, decision-making, and emotion). Even if you’re not feeling cheery, letting out a hearty chuckle can actually trigger a positive mood—so get silly to get creative.
12. Spend time outside
Remember the thrill of being a kid running through the playground, making up games and adventures? Bring that feeling back simply by getting a dose of green. Being in natural settings is like playtime for adults: it taps into all five senses, energizes the body, and, most importantly, stimulates the imagination.
13. Create with your hands
High-five! Thumbs up! Those ten fingers are the tools for expressing our mind and interacting with others. Making something by hand can be a huge creativity boost. Producing something by hand also means getting information from multiple senses at once, which can stimulate creative thinking. Try cooking, knitting, or a DIY home decorating project.
14. Get Social
When we spend time with people we trust, we tend to have deeper conversations. These chats often lead to creative thinking because we’re able to be ourselves and talk freely about our passions.
When we’re physically active, the body loosens up and our mind is a little freer. So it’s easier to come up with solutions to problems and think of new ideas. Plus one recent study found regular exercisers performed better on creative tasks than their less active peers did.
16. Don’t stress about perfection
It’s okay if that painting doesn’t make it to the MOMA. Putting pressure on yourself to produce something outstanding can actually make it harder to create anything at all. A lot of people secretly feel, “I’m not creative”. But everyone is creative to a certain degree, just try your best and see what happens.
17. Make a creativity room
Designate a physical space for creativity in the house and include objects related to hobbies, mementos from favorite memories, and vision boards featuring possible projects. Not enough space? Try a “creativity corner” in a single room. The brain will get into the habit of being creative every time we’re in that area.
18. Free think and write ideas down
Instead of worrying about remembering ideas (what was that brilliant story idea again?) you’ll have room to come up with new ones. It’s called brain dumping, (also called “free-association”) or writing down everything that comes to mind without worrying about revising. Then later, if you feel so inclined, go back over your ideas and consider which ones are worth keeping.
19. Improve your diet
What we eat can affect our creative energies. Processed foods high in trans fats, excessive sodium, and sugar, as well as artificial ingredients, can drain us of creativity. Those foods can leave us feeling foggy, uninspired and downright bored, not to mention lethargic, sick and disease-prone.
20. Cleanse stagnant energies
If you’re feeling stuck, negative, sluggish, or even downright depressed, it may be due to some stagnant energy in your field. This field can include your emotional, energetic, mental, spiritual or physical body, and your environment—whether it’s your home, office, or other physical space.
Stagnant or negative energy can have extremely detrimental effects on your mental and physical state and is even believed to manifest into things like a lack of happiness and success as well as pain and disease.
See the YouTube video below of Sevan Bomar talking about how to fire up that creative spark!
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