The happiness quotient
28th Feb 2011Posted in: Newsletters, Text 0
The happiness quotient

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves.” – Carl Jung

Enchanting things happen at the edges here at headquarters, where (rumor has it) I’ve uttered ‘You had me at permaculture’ to potential suitors. One of my hardcore maxims is ‘if you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.’

The big art project of life thrives on this little ditty, where newness is always afoot. And while fearless creative play is the operating dynamic of this universe, an artist-warrior needs the resilience of patience, practice, preparation, play and the ever-ready pounce to dance in the spontaneous co-arising at the ever-expansive edges of an interconnected experience.

The topography of this interactive space demands the keen perception to the rhythm of one’s heart. (Or, as Robert Burns wrote: “…in unison or harmony with the cogitations of my fancy and the workings in my bosom.”)

While the path is original and bold, blazing new routes and spilling over boundaries is the co-creative way amidst the infinite magic. Art happens at these edges of chaos and order, where the mystique of aliveness is entertwined in a spirit of play engaged with the beloved things at the heart of the sensuous body electric.

Happy Cultivating,
Ali's stellar signature move
who loves all things organic, yet avoided organic chemistry (in the traditional sense), but feels that it nourishes hearty, exciting relationships. #growingtips

PS. Come play at the Spring Manifest Workshops in Boulder and Denver to plant your intentions for the year with a vision board. Water with some fearless creative play and give those dreams room to grow with New Moon Starlit Eves in the Boulder Studio (info here) + Weekend Afternoons in Denver’s Art District (more info here).

PPS. The dirt about growing bigger trees, OH last week:

“It’s like soil physics,” she said. “You must know the workings of the soil to grow trees.”

“Ah, like the happiness quotient,” I said. “You must dig into your heartspace to grow your life.”

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