Perception is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to fabricate a mental representation through the process of transduction, which sensors in the body transform signals from the environment into encoded neural signals.
Although the senses were traditionally viewed as passive receptors, the study of illusions and ambiguous images has demonstrated that the brain's perceptual systems actively and pre-consciously attempt to make sense of their input.
I am the Left Brain. I’m a Scientist, a Mathematician. I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. Christina Aguilera - Bionic (HQ audio)
I am the Right Brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feet. I am movement. Vivid colors. I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. Pure Imagination
I'm both. So are you. Ain't life grand? Use it wisely. Just don't forget to have a little lotta fun while your doing it. wooohoooo! Boston- More than A Feeling hee! ~winks at'cha witha smile~ \o/ ;p
As Maria Robinson once said, "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." Nothing could be closer to the truth. But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back.
Some ideas to get you started:
1.) Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you. You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot. Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth. And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.
2.) Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on. No, it won’t be easy. There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them. We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems. That’s not how we’re made. In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall. Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time. This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.
3.) Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself. Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves. Read The Road Less Traveled .
4.) Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. Yes, help others; but help yourself too. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.
5.) Stop trying to be someone you’re not. – One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else. Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you. Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.
6.) Stop trying to hold onto the past. – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.
7.) Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing. Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success. You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.
8.) Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. – We may love the wrong person and cry about the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, one thing is for sure, mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us. We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future. Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.
9.) Stop trying to buy happiness. – Many of the things we desire are expensive. But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions.
10.) Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. – If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either. You have to create stability in your own life first before you can share it with someone else. Read Stumbling on Happiness.
11.) Stop being idle. – Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place. Evaluate situations and take decisive action. You cannot change what you refuse to confront. Making progress involves risk. Period! You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.
12.) Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises. Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.
13.) Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. – Relationships must be chosen wisely. It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company. There’s no need to rush. If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.
14.) Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work. – In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.
15.) Stop trying to compete against everyone else. – Don’t worry about what others are doing better than you. Concentrate on beating your own records every day. Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.
16.) Stop being jealous of others. – Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own. Ask yourself this: “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”
17.) Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. – Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you. You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough. But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past. You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation. So smile! Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.
18.) Stop holding grudges. – Don’t live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.” Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself! And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too. If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.
19.) Stop letting others bring you down to their level. – Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.
20.) Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others. – Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway. Just do what you know in your heart is right.
21.) Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. – The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.
22.) Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you. Little Wonders - Rob Thomas
23.) Stop trying to make things perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done. Read Getting Things Done.
24.) Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile. Don’t take the easy way out. Do something extraordinary.
25.) Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t. – It’s okay to fall apart for a little while. You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well. You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears. The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.
26.) Stop blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life. When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.
27.) Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out. But making one person smile CAN change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world. So narrow your focus.
28.) Stop worrying so much. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy. One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time? Three years? Five years?” If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.
29.) Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen. Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
30.) Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing. Alanis Morissette - Thank You (Video) (a-ha!;) _____
From the fantastically uplifting blog that is +Marc Chernoff's | www.marcandangel.com |You needta get'cha some of his magical potions in your circles here. If I ever find myself having a "funk" day? Never fails that I can pop by his incredible website and usually pick any one article that not only helps me see things more clearly, but makes me feel like I can handle just about any obstacle that falls into my path. Set those "Worry Birds" Free, Mamma's! (and Poppa's!;) Lynyrd Skynyrd-Free bird \o/~~~
1. Make Lists 2. Carry A Notebook Everywhere (i do! i do!) 3. Try Free Writing (does doodlin' count? yes, it does) 4. Get Away From The Computer (i 'unplug' often - too much technology screws with my brain cell-s-:) 5. Be Otherworldly (ooOooo) 6. Quit Beating Yourself Up (please!) 7. Take Breaks (often;) 8. Sing In The Shower (and the car - lawd how i do this one lalallalallalaaaaaa♪♫;) 9. Drink Coffee / Tea (does spirulina count, why yes!) 10. Know Your Roots (even the icky ones =?) 11. Listen To New Music 12. Be Open (to new ideas and ways of thought... all ways) 13. Surround Yourself With Creative People (<--heavenly osmosis) 14. Get Feedback 15. Collaborate (and liistentocornymusacVanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby) 16. Don't Give Up 17. Practice, Practice, Practice (then do it) 18. Allow Yourself To Make Mistakes (everyday. it's how i do my best learning;) 19. Go Somewhere New (ok!~packs my suitcase~) 20. Watch Foreign Films (maybe) 21. Count Your Blessings 22. Get Lots Of Rest 23. Take Risks 24. Break The Rules (<--this i'm quite good at, make 'em your own) 25. Do More Of What Makes You Happy (why certainly!) 26. Don't Force It (even if Obi-Wan Kenobi tells you to) 27. Read A Page Of The Dictionary (i'll do more of that while i practice my adoxography) 28. Create A Framework 29. Stop Trying To Be Someone Else's Perfection 30. Got An Idea? Write It Down 31. Clean Your Workspace 32. Have Fun ( YESA! ;D) 33. Finish Something (but do i have..... +34. Forget About What Everyone Else Is Doing And Do Yer Own Thang Honeychild. (cause? It's your thing -The Isley Brothers)
"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because theyyou were able to connect experiencesthey'veyou've had and synthesize new things." — Steve Jobs
"My mind and ears are always open to something mind and soul awakening or emotionally arousing. I think more than anything else in the world, the human face expresses the most emotion, complexity, mystery and connection to us as human."— Michael Shapcott
Internationally acclaimed body illustrator and photographer, Emma Hack, explores the notion of camouflage within her limited edition photographic images. Emma painstakingly camouflages the human form into the wallpaper or background design, using body-painting techniques - a unique medium mastered over a 22 year career. The final photographic image is a voyeuristic peephole of camouflage fantastically rendered on the canvas of the human body. See her incredible creation process: http://www.abc.net.au/arts/stories/s3356241.htm
To become a thing is to know a thing. To assume its form is to begin to understand its existence.
Who you are is what makes you special. Change for no one. What lies ahead will always be a mystery. Don't be afraid to explore. When life pushes you over, you push back harder. Where there are choices to make, try to make the one you won't regret. Why things happen will never be certain. Take it in stride and keep onna truckin' ~~~
The thing is; as much as it fascinates and thrills me with any and all types of information available in one simple click of a button, it has some elements that make me uncomfortable. I can't even begin to tell you all I've learned online since logging into my first computer about seven years ago. I find it absolutely amazing. Things that have been completely life-changing, income producing & knowledge enhancing. Other things... that I'd.. rather not know. (I won't be able to un-see that.)
I strive to find a healthy balance in my fascination. Really — it's something I'm conscious of. Maybe even overly? I take breaks. Intentional breaks. I unplug. Or take off to explore and learn in other lands — with tunnel visioned focus. To keep my mind fresh. To re-gain focus. Read a book, and snort the real paper pages with glee, while marking up the margins with notes scribbled in my non-legible chicken scratch (my handwriting used to be beautiful =/) I don't like anything having control of me. Breaks from the monotony of information overload. Will I miss something? Yes. Do I care? Not particularly. If it was that important to my corner of the world, it'll find it's way back to me.
Perhaps because I know I'm setting an example for my teen-age daughter who has a fleet of nimble fingered, textingly zombified friends & computerized families who can't make eye contact at dinner due to texting/social media addiction? [Negative Effects of Facebook] | [http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/all-about-addiction/201111/internet-addiction-epidemic-or-fad], and I find it completely disrespectful, and honestly? Kind of sad. Maybe I'm just set in my freakishly old-fashioned ways? I'm not certain many kids today realize the importance of the digital footprints they're leaving in this technological grid, that will follow them throughout life. That has the possibility to help them or hurt them in their searching for future employment.
Through social medias I've seen lots of good, and lots of bad. As with everything. Businesses built, and businesses destroyed. For every new couple I've seen fall in love? I've seen marriages disenegrate, trusts betrayed. For every overnight internet sensation I've seen shoot to fame out of the blue sky from a youtube video that went viral; I've seen children (and adults) bullied with a new level of cruelty we didn't have to deal with on the playground while we were growing up.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not anti-internet, or planning to go live in a forest. Nor am I trying to be a debbie downer for all the tech evangelist (before you get out your internet base-ball bats on me). I realize it's an incredible tool that's not going anywhere, only growing by leaps and bounds daily. Unlimited potential. I realize this. It's not the tool; it's how you use the tool. Or even? If the tool ends up using you.
My question is; to all of the "Social Mediaist" self proclaimed, numerically or monetarily. Using it professionally or for your personal pleasure. How do you not get burnt out on it? How do you keep a fresh mindset & a feeling of healthy balance?
Google+ 101 a.k.a. The MothaLode o' Google+ Info & Resources for Those New to +Google+
Heyheyhowdyhihello ya'll! I keep seeing a lot more new people rollin' in daily, in addition to some friends I've invited on G+ board. I've seen some excellent info flowing around out there that has made my navigation through this wonderful new playground this last week effortless, entertaining & fun (as it should be;). I wanted to extend a welcome to all the new G+'ers ~wavestoyooknowwhoyouare!!~, and make a compiled list of all the info & resources I've ran across thus far.One Stop Google+ Info Shopping. I will add to this as I see more. Also? If you know of any good ones I've missed on this list please feel free to add them in the comments and I'll edit this post accordingly. _________________
Thanks to all of you kind enough to be way-showers to a goob like me! _________________
Now then?.. Can I make one more crazy mel suggestion? Don't read all this, unless of course you want to & have plenty of time on your hands. I surely didn't read it all (gliiick=???) I advise you to: gloss it over, scan it supahcrazyquick (thank goodness for that speed readin' class G-ma insisted on for me in 2nd grade;), and Jump In! It's truly the best way to learn. Weeee~~!! \o/
♦ 3 parts Spicy Hot V-8 ♦ 1 part vodka of choice ♦ 2 splashes o' Worcestershire ♦ 1 squirt o' Sriracha Sauce (or more if you like it trueJohn Mellencamp - Hurts So Good style - uh!;) ♦ 1 grate o' fresh horseradish ♦ 1 sprinkle o' celery salt ♦ 1 squeeze o' lime ♦ 1 pinch o' pepper ♦ 1 celery stalk, a couple olives, and a few pepperoncinis for good luck
Mix that bad-daddy up, rim glass in creole seasoning, pour over ice and enjoy. ;-)
Melody Disclaimer: Do not drink & drive after consuming this concoction. This recipe is not for the under-aged whom might see this out there, unless you omit the vodka. Fo' real. Nor is this recipe for the faint of heart. If the spice interferes with your abilities to breath properly. =/
1. Do the opposite of what you were taught in school.
2. Care not for the opinions of others. They are based on their own thoughts and fears.
3. Study the work of other rebels. Steal things from them. Research with fury.
4. Forget about the competition. They are on a different path than you. Trends are for suckers.
5. “There’s nothing we really need to do that isn’t dangerous”— John Cage. Do the things that scare you on a daily basis.
6. Make a mess.
7. Embrace your darkside. Your so called “Dark Qualities” (or labels) are a source of great power. Find a way to incorporate them into your work. Feature them. Pay particular attention to what makes you angry.
8. Exercise your voice. Put your thoughts, ideas and opinions out into the world even if it scares the shit out of you (see number 5).
9. Expand your horizons. Leave home. Visit other places/cultures. Wander aimlessly.
10. Never limit your playtime. Even if your brain is telling you otherwise. All of your best stuff comes from it, if you allow yourself to remain open to the unknown.
1.) Always be looking (notice the ground beneath your feeteverything!:) 2.) Consider everything Alive & Animate. ("It's Alive!!!") 3.) Everything is interesting (look closer) 4.) Alter your course often. (mix it up! keeps your mind fresh-ER) 5.) Observe for long durations (and short ones;) 6.) Notice the stories going on around you. (they are everywhere... ) 7.) Notice Patterns. Make Connections. 8.) Document your findings in a variety of ways. (field notes, take pics, write a song, scribble it on a napkin!) 9.) Incorporate Indetermindancy. (delicious ambiguity;) 10.) Observe movement. (and stillness) 11.) Create a personal dialogue with your environment.Talk to it. (I won't think you crazy;) 12.) Trace things to their origins. (become your own 'life scientist') 13.) Use All Of The Senses in your investigations. (life is art;)
Google+ has finally opened its doors to public! WoohoOoo! Hi there yoos guys! You're gonna love this place! I wanted to take a moment to share some Helpful Hints, Suggestions & Ideas For Those New to G+ - choose one (or a few;) of the following to peek through for some creative ways to get started on your Google+ Adventures:
That was just me... fallin' off mah unicorn. ~splat~ =/ No worries. I'm up again. ~armsinthaairforproof~ \o/
No One has the right to judge you. Same as I don't them. I'd not take the right to even begin to think I know their story, or walked in their shoes, just as they've not mine. They have no idea. Nor do I, or will I pretend to.