Creative Is a Verb

Author: Patti Digh

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762768711

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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A guidebook for all who call themselves artists and those who need permission to re-insert creativity into their lives.

Your Daily Rock

Author: Patti Digh

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1630761176

Category: Self-Help

Page: 384

View: 9946


Following in the tradition of her bestselling Life Is a Verb—a guide to living life more consciously—Patti Digh returns with this deceptively simple gathering of touchstones, Your Daily Rock. With her signature gift of presenting truths in concise heartspeak, she provides short meditations to ground each day in more mindful and intentional living. The three hundred and sixty-six reflections (one for each date, including February 29th), lead readers to open space in their lives in order to love well, live fully, let go deeply, and make a difference.

Creativity Under Duress in Education?

Author: Carol A. Mullen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319902725

Category: Education

Page: 419

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Creativity Under Duress in Education? introduces a new framework—creativity under duress in education. Leading creativity researchers and educational scholars discuss creative theory and practice from an educational lens that is provocative. Across international contexts, this book combines insights from creativity and educational research; rich illustrations from classrooms, schools, and other professional settings, and practical ideas and strategies for how anyone invested in education can support creative teaching and learning. Readers will encounter diverse perspectives from an international cast of authors exploring cutting-edge ideas for creativity and innovation as a foremost priority for economies in the new millennium. At the same time, they consider forces of authority, control, and constraint that impact creative education and innovation within educational systems, extending to the professions. Educators and those interested in the future of education are vitally important to this conversation around research-based and practical analyses of creativity in and beyond the classroom. Addressed are these major issues: (1) creativity frameworks of theory and action in education, (2) research investigations into creativity and education, and (3) applications of creativity theory in real-world practice. Dynamic, this book presents a bridge between draconian contexts of assessment and explosive creativity in diverse places. A key contribution of the volume is its validation and promotion of creativity and innovation for students, teachers, professors, leaders, employers, policymakers, and others seeking ways to profoundly improve learning and transform education. In tackling the seemingly irreconcilable issues of creativity and accountability in K–12 institutions, higher education, and policy circles, worldwide, this work offers a message that is both cautionary and inspiring. Book editor Carol A. Mullen, PhD, is Professor of Educational Leadership at Virginia Tech, Virginia, USA. A twice-awarded Fulbright Scholar to China (2015) and Canada (2017), she was honored with the 2016 Jay D. Scribner Mentoring Award from the University Council for Educational Administration. She is author of Creativity and Education in China (2017) and co-editor of Education policy perils (2016).

The Art of Play

Author: Joan Stanford

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 1631520318

Category: Self-Help

Page: 208

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At forty-two, Joan Stanford—a busy mother, innkeeper—discovered, to her surprise and delight, a creative process for insight and healing that allowed even her, a self-proclaimed “non-artist,” to start making art. In The Art of Play, Stanford shares her journey through art and poetry as an example of how taking—or, more appropriately, making—time to pay attention to the imagery our daily lives presents to us can expand our awareness and joy, and she offers readers suggestions for how to do this for themselves, inviting them to embark on their own journey.

Geography of Loss

Author: Patti Digh

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493004158

Category: Self-Help

Page: 240

View: 5144


This extraordinary book is borne of loss: the loss of love, of certainty and assuredness, of knowing where we are or who we are, of beauty and youth, of health, of life itself, of privacy, and of roles and of knowing. When someone or something we love leaves us, we suddenly walk alone into new territory without them. We become strangers in new lands, places where the landscape is unalterably changed, where the center of gravity has somehow faltered and become weak, making us feel as if we might fall off the surface of the earth. Sometimes, that moment of loss defines the rest of our lives, becoming a center to our compass forever. This unique book is a guidebook, an atlas of those experiences of loss and grief, a map for living through and into change and impermanence, to moving on anew. You are the navigator through the three main sections: Embrace what is: walk into your new landscape Honor what was: be grateful for your old landscape Love what will be: live into your future landscape Illustrated throughout with art submitted from around the world, this book is an atlas of experience, utilizing map imagery and the richly metaphoric, evocative, and functional language of geography to help you place yourself on your own journey, to find your way through helpful exercises and an empathetic, expert guide.

Unlocking Your Creativity

Author: Doreen Marcial Poreba

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 024188778X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 336

View: 323


Creativity is the engine that drives business innovation, and it's also the path to personal self-fulfillment. Unfortunately, the busier and more complicated life gets, the more difficult it is to relax and let creative ideas flow. Idiot's Guide: Unlocking Your Creativity helps readers get past the barriers that keep them from being creative at work and in their daily lives. In this book readers get: -- A tangible overview of creative thinking and the creative process, and how getting better at it will improve work performance as well as personal happiness. -- Advice for leading or being part of a creative team, and how best to work together to come up with solutions and innovations. -- Dozens of engaging exercises to help jump-start creativity. -- Tips for creative problem solving as an individual or team. -- Stories of how people have faced and overcome creative challenges in a variety of situations. -- Help with finding a creative outlet that matches ones interests and talents and makes them feel excited. -- A systematic process for learning to bring creativity to every aspect of one's life.

Four-Word Self-Help

Author: Patti Digh

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762799846

Category: Self-Help

Page: 176

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Four-Word Self-Help is a pithy nod to the fact that life is simpler than we try to make it. Author Patti Digh gives truisms for most of our woes in four well-chosen words, taking the issues of our busy, burdened days and proving that rather than “solving” a complexity with another complexity, the answer may well lie in simple actions. Twelve hot-button “issues” are addressed: Community, Love, Stress, Travel, Soul, Wellness, Success, Green, Activism, Children, Generosity, and Endings. Each concise nugget of advice, 101 in all, has been illustrated with sumptuous original art from around the world by readers of the author’s blog, 37days.com.

Crafting Calm

Author: Maggie Shannon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 193674046X

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 288

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As our world has become increasingly dependent on technology, and our Western societies have become woefully “Crackberried”— to use the title of a recent documentary on the emotional and social pitfalls of our too-wired ways—an intriguing phenomenon is occurring: There is an increasing amount of interest in returning to some of the simpler arts that were neglected or left behind with the onslaught of technology. Artisans and everyday crafters are finding a renewed satisfaction in making something with their own hands; some are even communicating about the inherent physical- and mental-health benefits found in handwork—and, even more than that, they are framing their handwork as meditation or spiritual practice. In today’s sophisticated and pluralistic society, people are more aware than ever that spiritual practice can be defined more expansively—and the popularity of books focusing on alternative spiritual practices demonstrate that readers are hungry for new (or ancient) ways of enhancing their inner lives. In Crafting Calm the author will explore these new forms of creative spiritual practice and the benefits they provide. The format of With Shannon's book will itself be creative, a rich “potpourri approach” that weaves together interviews, historical facts, projects for readers to do themselves, quotations, and suggested resources. Crafting Calm will serve as an inspirational resource guide to a broad assortment of spiritual practices gathered from the global arts-and-crafts communities, as well as from people who don’t consider themselves artists but who have adopted creatively expressive forms of spiritual practice. While there have been a few books published focusing on a particular form of creative spiritual practice (Skylight Paths, for example, has published books on beading as a spiritual practice; painting as a spiritual practice; and using clay as a spiritual practice), no one has yet explored the breadth of possibilities for creative spiritual practices contained in Crafting Calm.

Crafting Gratitude

Author: Maggie Oman Shannon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1632280396

Category: Self-Help

Page: 240

View: 4996


We live in a fast-paced world where we are pestered from all sides with siren calls to constantly strive for something more, something better, something new, rather than find ways to stay grateful for the abundance and blessings already present in our own lives. In Crafting Gratitude, Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon believes that crafting for us and those we love can be used as a meditative practice to appreciate the incredible, overflowing richness of life. Each meditative craft, from novice to expert, is infused with stories like how Gratitude Bundles can represent prosperity and physical health, Spirit Houses from Southeast Asia can be a symbol of a happy home, a Values Bracelet can help you reinforce your best professional traits, or Flower Mandalas can be an affirmation of nature. With other crafts involving aromatherapy, journaling, dream catchers, and a variety of household items, anyone can invigorate their own lives with Crafting Gratitude for family, health, prosperity, the Divine, and much more. Accompanied by a carefully curated list of recommended reading, helpful websites, and how-to guides, these forty practices will resonate with and prompt you to begin, or continue, exploring gratitude.

What I Wish For You

Author: Patti Digh

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762768703

Category: Self-Help

Page: 160

View: 1444


A beautifully illustrated collection of wisdom from around the world with heartfelt insights for any age.