Samtal om världsbild och fokus – en podklubb

På söndag är det dags igen för mitt och Caspians andra gemensamma ChattyMeals på temat: samtal om världsbild och fokus – en podklubb. Anmäl dig gärna på ChattyMeals hemsida!

Anledningen till att jag och Caspian bjuder in till podklubb är dels att vi båda lyssnar mycket till poddar och dessutom att vi skulle vilja prata av oss mer om de poddar vi lyssnat till.

Nu experimenterar vi även med formatet – för ikväll kommer vi ha en ”privat” podklubb på samma tema som söndagens ChattyMeal, med personligt inbjudna gäster. Ett sätt för oss att leka med formatet för att se vad som ger oss (alla) mest, och för att se om det kan berika mig och Caspian extra mycket att få en chans att djupdyka i poddarna två gånger.

En av de saker jag hoppas kvällens privat-podklubb kan leda till är att någon annan väljer poddar till kommande podklubbsträffar, så det inte varje gång blir avsnitt som jag och/eller Caspian redan lyssnat till.

Så är det dock inte denna gången, då det är jag som valt båda poddarna. På tema världsbild och fokus ska vi djupdyka i ett samtal om följande två poddar: avsnittet Juggling and bicycles från podden AKIMBO som är Seth Godins senaste skapelse, och avsnittet How to become batman ur podserien INVISIBILIA, en av mina favoritpoddar som sänts i fyra säsonger hittills. Vissa avsnitt är absolut briljanta och levererar tankespjärn i världsklass. Precis som jag vill ha det med andra ord.

Om du inte har möjlighet att komma, så kan du alltid inleda ett samtal med oss om världsbild och fokus i FB-eventet. Fast jag hoppas så klart få se dig på söndag!

DAY 2 #NAJOWRIMOPROMPT: What inspired your creative self?

Yesterday you wrote about ways you express yourself creatively. For today’s journal entry, write about you creative influences. Who and what makes you feel creative. Who and what do you draw creative inspiration from?

Creative influences. Now that’s a questions I can probably provide a multitude of answers to, but nobody but me can make me feel creative!

I find it a bit odd that I read thousands upon thousands of blog posts (most notably school-related ones as well as Seth Godin, Leo Baubata, Arvind Devalia and the likes) up until I started blogging myself. Then, I basically stopped following blogs. I still read some occasionally, but I haven’t followed a blog for years. With one exception, that of my friends Wivan and Anders, as it’s one way to ensure I know what’s going on in their lives as they travel the world.

Since I started blogging myself, I listen to podcasts. (So yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised to see myself pick up podcasting and then cease to listen to other podcasts?!) All through out this year, my Sunday blog post has been, and will be, a podcast tip from me. My absolute favorites are On Being, One You Feed and Good Life Project. There are other as well, some Swedish ones, such as 100%-podden by my friend Charlotte Rudenstam (there are a few episodes in English as well, so do check it out) and Värvet with Kristoffer Triumf, but also English ones such as Freakonomics Radio, Peak Prosperity Featured Voice and several NPR shows with Invisibilia and Serial as my most loved ones. And yes, I draw an immense amount of creative inspiration from these podcasts!

appleNature is also something from which I draw creative inspiration. Walking about. Sitting down. Looking at a tree, a lake, a rock, a straw of grass, ants in an ant hill… anything and everything, nature is a marvelous source for inspiration!

And family and friends of course, it’s like having my very own treasure chest full of creative inspiration! I like to witness and observe, both the ongoings of my family and friends as well as what happens within me when I am in interaction with the ones close to me.

Since I’ve stopped reading blogs so much, perhaps you think I no longer get creative inspiration from written material. Well. That would be a faulty assumption. I read books, I love books, and I get a lot of inspiration from them. Fiction is more to let my mind just be, without triggering it too much, but I also read a lot of non-fiction, which definitely does just that, triggers my creativity, my curiosity, a wish to sit with a certain question or topic, and see what happens within as I do so. A lot of that comes out as blog posts.

Do I have other sources for creative inspiration. You bet. I could jot down another ten sources, easily, but no, I’ll stop here. But what about you? Who and what do you draw creative inspiration from?

Mind-made monsters

Here’s another recent thing I stumbled upon, which gives even more support to the exclamation that a change in expectation can make blind people see:

It’s about Sargy Mann, a painter, blind since 25 years. After going completely blind, he once more tried his hand at painting, and experienced the same as that which the Invisibilia-podcast on How to become batman also talks about: that the blind can see. Here’s Sargy Mann’s experience in his own words, which you can also hear yourself in the YouTube-clip:

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The way the mind and our thoughts shape our world, never ceases to amaze me. And it’s not about believing I can or not. (Even though that certainly can help or hinder my progress.) It’s about testing. It’s about picking up that paint brush filled with aquamarine, it’s about exploring the world which is there regardless if I see it or not (consider totally blind Daniel Kish riding a bicycle, a good example that blows my mind when I think about it!).

Is it perhaps about understanding, that whether I believe it or not, that’s thought and not truth, and there is only one way to find out: by doing.

Not having mind-made monsters limit me, living my life, for fear of something or other.
Not having to fight those mind-made monsters either, because then I create a battle ground in my mind, and try to get ready to fight. But – what I forget then is this simple fact: If the monsters are mind-made, then the fight is as well. It’s all make-believe.

Understanding this means that my relationship with my mind-made monsters is rapidly changing, and has been changing for the past two years or so. I now see them for what they are. Not for what I believe them to be. And that makes a big difference. It makes it much easier to not limit myself because of mind-made monsters. It doesn’t mean I don’t create monsters, because I do. I just don’t engage with them any more, in that imaginary battle, that is so energy consuming. I’ve spent enough energy in pointless battles with imaginary monsters, and I fail to see how that serves me or anyone else in any way.

So more or less (depending upon my state of mind in the moment!), I just don’t do imaginary battle anymore. Do you?

Podcast 11/52 – what am I blinding my children to?

I’ve already recommended the entire Invisibilia-podcast series in one of these podcast recommendations, and I do suggest you listen to each and every show. But here’s a specific episode which is just mind-blowing. At the end, the hosts had me dancing in the street (was outside taking a walk while listening) as I answered YES to the question:

Do you think if we changed our expectations blind people could come to see?

The episode is called: How to become batman and centers around Daniel Kish, a blind man (since he was 13 months old) who since early age uses echolocation to get around.

BoldomaticPost_What-am-I-blinding-my-childreWhen I listen to how his mom raised him, I got really quiet, and looked deep within at how I raise and have raised my children.

Paulette Kish faced the question if she was going to raise him like a seeing child, allow him to explore his world with very few restrictions on him for blindness?

Now. My children are not physically blind. So that specific question has never been a question for me to ponder. But still, as I listen to this show, and hear the story of Daniel, and of his mother, I cannot help but wonder what I am blinding my children to, by the expectations I place upon them? And correspondingly, what am I opening them up to, by other expectations? Are these expectations intentional or unintentional from my part? How aware am I of my expectations, and the result that can spring from them?

Podcast 4/52 – Invisibilia podcast

Invisibilia is a glimpse into a world you can’t see.

Listen.

Feel different.

Those are the final words on the ”About Invisibilia”-webpage. I’ve listened to the three first episodes, and I am intrigued. It’s interesting, funny, astounding and sometimes downright horrible.

glimpse unseen worldsI could probably put each and every episode into a podcast-recommendation blog post, but it seems like it’s a series that really belong together, and since it’s just started to air, I’ll simply recommend you start with episode one, and if it get’s you hooked, do what I’ve done, and just continue!

The first one has the alluring title of The secret history of thoughts, and I greatly enjoyed listening to it. I agree with some of the stuff, totally disagree with some other things, and overall had a great time listening. I actually relistened to the episode the other day, and the second story about the locked-in man is especially fascinating.

Just listen. Maybe you’ll hear something you’ve never heard before when you listen. Ready for a glimpse into a world you can’t see?