Imagination

“[In order to] liberate the potential of your mind, body, and soul, you must first expand your imagination.  You see, things are always created twice: first in the workshop of the mind and then, and only then, in reality.  I call the process ‘blueprinting’ because anything that you create in your outer world began as a simple blueprint in your inner world, on the lush picture screen of your min.  When you learn to take control of your thoughts and vividly imagine all that you desire from this worldly existence in state of total expectancy, dormant forces will awaken inside you.  You will begin to unlock the true potential of your mind to create the kind of magical life that I believe you deserve.  From tonight onwards, forget about the past.  Dare to dream that you  are more than the sum of your current circumstances.  Expect the best.  You will be astonished at the results.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

“Yet we are what we read.  We are the educators of our own personalities.  Certainly we have great influence in the crafting of our children.  If we brought half the intelligence to the making of souls that we bring to the making of machines, we would be people of character and imagination.  We would be sharp and therefore less inclined to kill and cheat each other.  We would know where to find the deep pleasures, so we would be less desperate for shallow entertainments and the ephemeral gratifications of gadgets.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self

“It may be more important to be awake than to be successful, balanced, or healthy.  What does it mean to be awake? Perhaps to be living with a lively imagination, responding honestly and courageously to opportunity and avoiding the temptation to follow mere habit or collective values.  It means to be an individual, in every instance manifesting the originality of who we are.  This is the ultimate form of creativity – following the lead of the deep soul as we make a life.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self

“So much of our lives takes place in our heads – in memory or imagination, in speculation or interpretation – that sometimes I feel that I can best change my life by changing the way I look at it.  As America’s wises psychologist, William James, reminded us, ‘The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.’  It’s the perspective we choose – not the places we visit – that ultimately tells us where we stand.  Every time I take a trip, the experience acquires meaning and grows deeper only after I get back home and , sitting still, begin to convert the sights I’ve seen into lasting insights.” ~ Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness

“The dreamers are the saviors of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of the solitary dreamers. Humanity cannot forget its dreamers; it cannot let their ideals fade and die; it lives in them; it knows them as the realities which it shall one day see and know.” ~ James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.” ~ Debbie Millman

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.” ~ J.K. Rowling

You Don’t Get to Say, ‘I’m Bored.’

You Don't Get to Say, 'I'm Bored.'

“‘I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless. The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.’” ~ Louis CK

This quote is a great reminder that being bored is a state of mind and that you can only be ‘bored’ when you allow yourself to be.

A growing trend in the world today is that people are literally becoming addicted to passive entertainment.  The form of entertainment where people sit back, shut down, and let screens suck away all of the life out of them.  For the most part, you literally do nothing while you watch TV.  You’re no better off than a brain dead zombie… Seriously.

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