Episode #22: Cultivating perspective

The world we live in is an infinitely large place and, when we consider its scale, our individual existences within it are minuscule and we can only witness small bits of the whole.

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses the lifelong process of refining our subjective and limited perspectives through experience.

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Episode #21: The curious path of curiosity

Do more of what makes you forget to check your phone.

On this episode of the Contemplative Creative podcast, host David Quiring discusses the importance of finding meaning in our actions and how we might discover our own passions by following the curious path of curiosity.

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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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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 PayPal donation 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 #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.

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