Focus on Connections

Alive Inside

What is more important people or relationships? Species or evolution? Planets or gravity? Neurones or synapses?

In an attempt to understand the world or provide answers we are constantly classifying things. We define people based on nationality, race or religion. We have identified over 2 million species of plants, animals and microbes. The body is studied largely as separate organs. Matter can be divided into planets, stars, atoms, protons, neutrons, electrons etc.

Yet everything is connected through forces, actions, consequences, relationships and experiences. Imagine a world where we focused on the connections between everything in the universe rather than dividing and classifying.

How would this impact racism, terrorism, inequality, science medicine and the environment?



“I’d just say to aspiring journalists or writers—who I meet a lot of—do it now. Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough.”

– Ira Glass


This passage has inspired me to get this blog going again. Are you using Flipboard? I think it’s a great app to find inspirational articles and ideas, save and organize your favourites and share with others. Feel free to post a link to your magazines if you are using it.

Here are the links to my magazines:

Yum yum: Looking for something delicious to eat? Look no further!

Follow Your Dreams: Articles related to career advice, inspiration and creativity.

My Little Princess: Everything to do with Parenting.

Explore The World: Some great articles about street art but lots more related to travel and photography.

Train Your Brain: Books, Science and Documentaries

Isabelle: All my favourite articles in one magazine.

Enjoy! And don’t forget to post links to your own magazines.

Evolving Street Art

“Evolution is not about design or will; it is the outcome of constant endeavors made by organisms that want to survive and better themselves. The collective result is intoxicatingly beautiful, rife with oddities, and surpassingly brilliant, yet no agent is in control. Evolution arises from the bottom up – so too does hope.” -Paul Hawken, Blessed Unrest

Wonderful street art animation by BLU

Related posts: Political Street Art and Toronto Street Art Part 5

Happy Valentine’s Day

Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love — and people who had just been dumped.

“Romantic love is an addiction: a perfectly wonderful addiction when it’s going well, and a perfectly horrible addiction when it’s going poorly.”

Related Post: TED Talks

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.

Related Post: TED Talks

Insights into the brian

I would like to share a some stories unraveling the power of the brain following the remarkable news this week that control of a robotic arm had been achieved using a paralysed women’s thoughts.

Paralysed woman’s thoughts control robotic arm

Renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society.

Vilayanur Ramachandran tells us what brain damage can reveal about the connection between celebral tissue and the mind, using three startling delusions as examples.

Ben Underwood’s amazing ability to master echolocation.

Stephen Wiltshire is a British man who was diagnosed as autistic when he was a child. He’s also been noted for his exacting memory, which allows him to recreate [in drawings] vast scenes he sees only once. This video shows his 16-foot-panorama of Rome after taking one helicopter ride above the city.