Boosting creativity.

What is creativity, and can it be enhanced – safely – in a person who needs a boost of imagination? Georgetown experts debate the growing use of electrical devices that stimulate brain tissue and conclude there is potential value in the technique. However, use of these machines also raises neuro-ethical, legal, and social issues that must now be addressed. (1)

Boosting creativity.

Because we feel we need to be creative.

Because we are creative.

And we can understand when we are not…

Sounds weird. But don’t all true things do?

Thrown into the cosmos.

Not being able to understand a thing.

Thus, being able to feel everything…

This is who we are.

Artists. Not thinkers.

Let your brain go. You don’t need any boost.

Because anyone who is able to give a boost, already has one…

Do you feel judged? Do you feel bad? Do you like plastic flowers?

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Modern times can be really stressful.

Many times you find yourself under criticism.

A lot of times things go the wrong way.

And at that points in time, you start judging yourself.

Feeling useless.

Because someone else is.

Feeling inadequate.

Because someone else is.

Feeling responsible.

Because someone else is not.

Do not feel this way. Try to remember. We live in dark times. Where psychosis (for money, success, work in the expense of love, caring etc) has become mainstream. Where evil (in the form of not caring, pressing others to achieve what you alone cannot etc) has been re-branded as toughness. Where stupidity (millions of examples here) has been renamed as eccentricity.

Remember.

In a competition with fake plastic flowers, he who brings real flowers loses…

Anxiety. Modern civilization. Timelessness. Eternity. [Don’t be anxious, the river is not there, it is inside you]

About a year ago, Sarah Fader, a 37-year-old social media consultant in Brooklyn who has generalized anxiety disorder, texted a friend in Oregon about an impending visit, and when a quick response failed to materialize, she posted on Twitter to her 16,000-plus followers. “I don’t hear from my friend for a day — my thought, they don’t want to be my friend anymore,” she wrote, appending the hashtag #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike.

Thousands of people were soon offering up their own examples under the hashtag; some were retweeted more than 1,000 times. You might say Ms. Fader struck a nerve. “If you’re a human being living in 2017 and you’re not anxious,” she said on the telephone, “there’s something wrong with you.”

It was 70 years ago that the poet W. H. Auden published “The Age of Anxiety,” a six-part verse framing modern humankind’s condition over the course of more than 100 pages, and now it seems we are too rattled to even sit down and read something that long (or as the internet would say, tl;dr). (1)

We are slaves to our age. We have been taught that things need to be done now. And when they are not, we feel “anxious”. We are taught that the universe is in constant movement. So when things are not moving we feel “anxious”.

And yet the river is not moving.

Close your eyes and you will stop seeing it.

No, it is not a trick. You really do not see it.

But even with closed eyes the river is still there.

Still. Eternal.

The truth is that you do see the river.

But long before you saw it…

Emotions… Meaningless? Meaningful? Does it matter?

Deep, dark and sometimes overwhelming, the human compulsion to seek revenge is a complex emotion that science has found incredibly hard to explain. Despite popular consensus that “revenge is sweet”, years of experimental research have suggested otherwise, finding that revenge is seldom as satisfying as we anticipate and often leaves the avenger less happy in the long run. New research is adding a twist to the science of revenge, showing that our love-hate relationship with this dark desire is indeed a mixed bag, making us feel both good and bad, for reasons we might not expect.

Psychologists sometimes use the terms emotion and mood interchangeably, but there are important differences, as evident in the current paper. Emotions usually relate back to some clear and specific trigger and can be intense but are often fleeting. Moods, on the other hand, may come about gradually, last for an extended time, and are often of low intensity.

In this study, Eadeh and colleagues used sophisticated linguistic tools along with a standard mood inventory to tease apart the differences in self-reported emotions after reading a revenge-related passage. This analysis replicated previous findings that showed reading about revenge put people in a worse mood, but it also found that the same experience was capable of generating positive feelings. (1)

Live the moment.

Seek eternity.

Is there a difference?

Feelings. Mood. Trapped into a cosmos with no sense, we are trying to find a way. Sad people. Happy people. Ephemeral moments.

Sitting by the shore. Along with the waves. Not thinking anything. Feeling. For no reason at all. A tear comes into my eyes. Along with an absent minded smile…

The breeze is chilling.

But I don’t want to go inside yet…

I like it here.

Waves. Seismic activity. Soul.

Scientists have long known that Earth produces an eerie low-frequency hum that’s inaudible to humans but detectable with seismic instruments. But as for what’s causing this “microseismic” activity, scientists have never been sure.

Until now.

A new study published online Feb. 10, 2015 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters indicates that the hum is largely due to ocean waves that cause our planet to vibrate subtly – or “ring”, as the researchers put it. [1]

Weird how we tend to look at everything material with so much detail and yet we fail to recognize the importance of non-material entities into our lives. We recognize how waves can result into a global “activity” and yet fail to recognize even the possibility of feelings or emotions resulting in any kind of “activity” that is felt beyond the tight limitations of our inner circle of acquaintances. We accept the effects of the gravity of a star billions of miles away from us and yet we fail to accept that good or evil thoughts could in any way affect us if they are not spoken or acted upon within five meters of where we stand.

We have created a material world around us.

And our immaterial soul suffers…

Listen to the waves breaking on the shore.

It is not their “activity” which makes you cry with longing emotions…

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