Twisted Faces and Emoijs!

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How do you know which emoticon to use?

An emoticon is a pictorial representation of facial expressions. These little pictorial images are an important tool to use when communicating by using technology. The absence of body language and prosody makes is tricky to interpret  a person’s feelings or mood. A range of tones and feelings can be portrayed by using these emoticons but emotions and feelings are tricky.

In the video below you can see the actor Guy Pearce when he tries with mixed success recreate Emoji emoticons. Why not test to make some yourself next time you look into the mirror.

The emoji painting was made by Yung Jake using the emoji paintbrush tool, emoji.ink. You can also use this tool to engage in some emoji creativity.

You can see  Yung Jake’s creations on his Twitter page, and make your own like we did at emoji.ink.

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If you want some thinking exercises about emotions, look at T29 day 13-15. You can read more about the thinking exercises, emotions, intuitions and feelings if you click here.

ggggPhoto: Emoji Larry David, Yung Jake, 2015

T29 – Day 28

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Day 28 – Dance

Can you act out your day or express your feelings in a dance?  

Put on some music and express emotions, feelings and moods. Use the body as an instrument to explore and express ideas.

Discovering the emotion when you watch a dance performance is something that has been studied by Peter Lovatt. Go here to watch him talk and dance about his research. Dance can also be used as a tool for enhancing a group’s consciousness about the situation. In addition, dancing may help to create a common vision and build a mutual support.

Blog post about dance:

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T29 – Day 12

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Day 12 – Meditation

Meditation is non-thinking, which in itself is paradoxically. It is impossible not to think!
How to meditate

Play the video.

 

Nevertheless, this 5 minute video explains how not to think, by allowing and observing uncritically your thoughts when they arrive and then letting them go like air bubbles into the sky.

If it does not work, return to your breathing, count your exhales from one to ten. If you lose count, or forget to stop after eleven, just start over again. Without practice, most people are not able to keep their attention to their breath for more than five counts.

If you need some more instruction, watch this video (9 min).

There has been a lot of brain research on meditation masters. It has been suggested that during meditation enhanced brain activity takes place, for example, lower frequency alpha and theta waves has been linked to mediation. These waves can provoked by deliberately produced music.

If you like this, here is one hour meditation ultimate experience with Alpha, Beta, Theta, Delta and Gamma waves.

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T29 – Day 8

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Day 8 – Doodling

Fill a paper with shapes, patterns, drawings or scribbles. Let the doodles take shape on their own accord.

Doodling has been described as deep thinking in disguise. A tool that can help for solving tricky problems. Doodling can help you focus and pay attention. It is also a great way to relax and expressing yourself.

Challenge yourself:

  • Listen to a talk while you are doodling
  • What happens when you play music while you doodle
  • Does the type of music influence the character of your doodle

You can download zentangle patterns here.

Articles about Doodling

The Power of the Doodle: Improve Your Focus and Memory

How to Doodle

Doodle Art

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Gut Churn – What does it Feel Like to Execute Ideas?

How does ideas happen? Or rather how can I make it happen?

The aim of the 99U Conference was to discuss idea execution. Often we focus attention on idea generation, we explore various creative methods to get ideas and improve upon ideas and solutions. But what happens when your ideas are brought to life. What does it feel like?

In the talk below, Jad Abumrad talks about how it felt to start the public radio program  Radiolab that he hosts together with Robert Krulwich. This talk is one of the best that I have listened to about creativity for a long time (if you want to listen to the radio show, you can download them from iTunes).

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The magic that is created at the intersections of science and storytelling is the core of the Radiolab. A post-it note with the question “What does it mean to be dolphin?” highlights the idea that the listener should not be told and lectured about dolphins rather they should be a dolphin and get inside the dolphin. This is the way that information should be explained.

The happening of ideas is a journey characterised by “gut churn” – an uncomfortable anxious feeling. A feeling that you should run away!

Jad says:

“You can take the worst feeling in the world, reframe it, and suddenly that feeling is the solution. We can run from that feeling, or take that feeling itself as the pointing arrow. “Okay, I feel like my stomach is going to explode, but maybe that just means I’m on the right track.”

Enjoy!

Innovation and Lucid Dreaming

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Does the idea of conspicuously dreaming up the next innovation appeal to you? Does it sound tempting to build storm proof cities in your mind? Solve mathematical problems? Or simple find a creative solution to the dripping tap while you are consciously influencing your dreams?

We spend around 6 years of our lives dreaming. Yet we know very little about dreaming and we rarely consider ways to use our dreams.

A framework has been developed based upon  Stephen LaBerge’s laboratory work at Stanford University where he mapped mind/body relationships during the dream state (read more in the books Exploring the World of Lucid Dreams and Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life.

Lucid Dreaming refers to:

  •  any occasion when the sleeper is aware they are dreaming.
  •  the idea of being able to control those dreams

This concept has lead to the development of ideas such as such smartphone apps and  specialist eye masks to enhance REM sleep.

Like most things in life, being able to quickly distinguish dreams from reality requires practice and discipline. To start with you need to make a Dream Journal and learn to distinguish between dreams and reality.

Photo: “Sleeping Mask On Face” by adamr