Toronto Street Art Part 3

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Does Our Planet Need a Stroke of Insight?

In this wonderful inspiring and touching TED talk neuroscientist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor gains new insight into how the brain works when she suffers a stroke. She explains that the right side of the brain allows us to connect with our environment and each other and experience the present moment. The left side of the brain analyses the past and makes prediction about the future but most importantly it gives us a sense of self awareness.

Each side of the brain can be said to have a different personality. The right side focuses on our similarities and is considered compassionate, expansive, open, and supportive of others. While our left brain focuses on our differences and specializes in critical judgment of those unlike ourselves it tends to be our source of bigotry, prejudice, and fear or hate of the unfamiliar.

She ends the talk with an important message. We have a choice to view the world skewed through our left-brain values as individuals focused on profit, personal gain, power, prestige, authority, advantage, and the material goods money can buy. Alternatively we can step into the consciousness of our right hemisphere thereby focusing on connecting with our environment and those around us. This shift towards our right-brain values will ultimately bring more peace to the world.

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

“Heaven is not a place, and it is not a time. Heaven is being perfect.”

“Do you have any idea how many lives we must have gone through before we even got the first idea that there is more to life than eating, or fighting, or power in the Flock? A thousand lives Jon, ten thousand! And then another hundred lives until we began to learn that there is such a thing as perfection and show it forth. The same rule holds for us know of course: we chose our next  world through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome.”

“Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body too….”

“If our friendship depends on things like space and time, then when we’ve finally overcome space and time, we’ve destroyed our own brotherhood! But overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left in Now. And in the middle of Here and Now, don’t you think we might see each other once or twice?”

“Whatever stands against freedom must be set aside, be it ritual or superstition or limitation in any form.”

“The only true law is that which leads to freedom.”

“You need to keep finding yourself, a little more each day, that real, unlimited Fletcher Seagull. He’s your instructor. You need to understand him and to practice him.”

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Live in the Moment

Image“The past is history,the future is still a mystery and today is a gift, that is why it is called the present” -Kung Fu Panda

It’s important to spend time focusing on the present moment. While multitasking may feel great and lead to a natural high it is important to avoid distractions and spend time focusing on the task at hand.  This will help bring clarity and focus to your mind.

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Bob Marley


Bob Marley’s music has brought words of inspiration, respect, freedom and motivation to millions of people.


“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality.”  -Wake Up and Live!

“Some people think great god will come from the sky to take away everything and make everyone feel high but if you know what life is worth you would look for yours on earth.”  -Get Up, Stand Up

“If you know your history, then you would know where you’re coming from. Then you wouldn’t have to ask me, who the heck do I think I am.” -Buffalo solider


Bob Marley was injured in a politically motivated shooting but he performed in concert just two days later.

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Poetry can be profoundly important in our lives and certain lines can reach to one’s very depths. What poems or lines of poetry have special meaning to you?

Here is one of my favourites.

If…by Rudyard Kipling

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

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