Episode #20: Embracing your potential

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses the traditional Zen Night Chant and how it can be a useful tool in challenging each of us to live up to our potential.  Life has an expiry date, and we don’t want to only realize this when it is already too late.

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Episode #19: The ebb and flow of creativity

Waves of creativity come and go, but if we look closely there is a pattern to the cycle.

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring poses his working theory on the source of creativity.  The question in question: where do original ideas come from and how can we work with that understanding to avoid getting stuck in the creative process?  Listen to episode #19 and you just might find out!

David’s homework assignment (okay, it’s just a book club read for extra credit) is to read Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey.  We’ve arranged a partnership with Audible so that you can get the audiobook for free when you join.  Simply create an Audible account at this link and check it out for yourself: www.audibletrial.com/ContemplativeCreative

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Episode #18: Overcoming our biology

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses the classic psychology question with regards to our individual traits, “Nature or nurture?”  With recent advancements in the fields of genetics and neuroscience, we are finally able to look at specific innate qualities and begin to formulate clear answers as to where they arose from, removing the guesswork of associated with previous soft science methods.  But the new question that follows is, “If we are biologically predisposed to have certain negative tendencies, are we still responsible for our actions and thoughts?

David’s homework assignment (okay, it’s just a book club read for extra credit) is to read Hardwiring Happiness by Dr. Rick Hanson.  We’ve arranged a partnership with Audible so that you can get the audiobook for free – Dr. Rick Hanson even narrates the book himself!  Simply create an Audible account at this link and check it out for yourself: www.audibletrial.com/ContemplativeCreative

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Episode #17: The circle of influence

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses the despair that can arise when we consider world issues with such wide scopes that we feel powerless to change them.  Wary of the danger of slipping into paralysis and inaction, David brings the focus back to what we can actually do in our unique individual circles of influence.

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Patreon

You asked and we made it happen; Patreon support is now available!

We would like to officially announce an opportunity for you to vote with your dollar to support the content we make available here.  We have created a Patreon page where you can become a patron of the Contemplative Creative project by making a one-time donation (or even committing to a monthly gift).  It doesn’t have to be much.  It could be a dollar, or a cup of coffee, or anything at all.

Our first goal is sustainability, and then comes growth.  We want to focus on creating unique, quality content and getting it directly to you.

With your support we hope to make this a sustainable project as we look to the future.  We want to improve the quality and quantity of the podcast, and continue to add new resources to www.contemplativecreative.com as well.

If this sounds like something you are interested in being a part of, please visit www.patreon.com/contemplativecreative, or click the Patreon link on the website’s sidebar.

Like the monks, we lay my bowl at your feet and humbly make this ask.  Give freely if you are able and willing.  Any amount is appreciated, and thank you for your support.

Episode #16: Healthy reflection

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses the benefits of the reflective thought process and some pitfalls around it to be wary of.  This is a particularly timely discussion at a time of year where the age old question, “What is your New Year’s resolution?” is unavoidable.

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Episode #15: Voting with your dollar

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses how every time you spend a dollar, you cast a vote for what you would like to see more of in the world.

Also, check out our brand new Patreon page – a new way we’ve made available for you donate once or regularly.  Vote with your dollar to keep Contemplative Creative sustainable and growing!  Thanks for your continued support.

Episode #14: The necessity of retreat

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses the necessity of retreat in a world that idealizes busyness.

Goods now available!

I’m happy to announce that we’ve partnered up with Society6 to offer you some useful merchandise with an inspirational twist!

We’re calling it the “Words to Live By” series.  Each design will be based around an insight we’ve arrived upon in the process of developing podcast content; words that are timeless reminders to live a better life.  The idea is that each cup, tote bag, print, or whatever product fits into your life, will also serve as an inspiration to that which you do and stoke your internal fire.  As a bonus, a dollar or two from any purchases you decide to make will go towards supporting the costs of running Contemplative Creative!

Check out our goods page for more information and the updated list of what is available exclusively on Society6.  But first, take a peak at beautiful design #1 below.

Personally, I am really liking the mug format and in fact have this particular one sitting on my desk full of steaming ginger tea as I type this.  Every time I reach for a sip I am reminded of the mantra; a particularly appreciated reminder when faced with quick decisions on a busy day or work!

Quality Over Quantity - Mug
Design #1 is “Quality over quantity in all ways. Always.” – a foundational philosophy explored in episode #12 of the podcast.
Available here!

Episode #13: The philosophy of kaizen

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses kaizen: the Japanese business philosophy of continuous improvement.

Check out our new goods in the “Words to Live By” series available exclusively on Society6.  Design #1 is based on the philosophy presented in this episode of the podcast and is now available inscribed on a mug, tote bag, or some other item for your daily life!  Get $10 off your first purchase of $50 or more by creating your account through this link.