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Francis Picabia es erotismo, movimiento, sexo, verdad, abstracto, conceptual, son miradas que lo dicen todo, humanismo, es una oda a la mujer, es libertad.

miércoles, 8 de septiembre de 2010

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33 Ways To Get And Maintain Motivation

by dragos on September 25, 2009
in Getting Things Done,Personal Development,Productivity & Effectiveness

Being motivated is a wonderful state of your being. In that state your body leverages huge amounts of energy. Your emotional field is totally balanced, physically you’re able to climb the Everest and mentally you understand the whole Universe in a split of a second. I know you know the feeling. The good news is that you can re-create this state pretty much whenever you want. Here are 33 tips to help you get and stay motivated. By the way, if you’re into long lists, you may also check this one: 100 Ways To Live A Better Life.

1. Ignore The Unimportant
Learning to ignore is a fantastic lesson. Much more rewarding that you think. There must be an art of ignoring and they should teach it in universities. Spanning your focus in so many areas will only weaken you. Ignoring what’s unimportant will free up energy, foster motivation and help you stay focused and productive.

2. Understand What Makes You Bored
And avoid it. Boredom is a nasty place to be. But as any other state of your being can be understood and you can identify the triggers. Once you understand that, you can safely go away from the gray zone. Takes some time but it really worth the effort.

3. Laugh More Often
Watch comedies, read comics. Throw away that ugly seriousness form your face. Laughing is a safety valve for your stress relief mechanism. It actually let it out from your body in bursts. And while you’re laughing you can still learn new stuff, like personal development lessons from Dumbo.

4. Keep A Log Of Your Breakthroughs
Do you remember when you had the first major success of your life? No? I thought so. We tend to overlook this simple habit of writing down our feelings every time we have a major breakthrough in our lives. If you want the shortest path to motivation, just keep a log of your successes. And get inspired by it.

5. Exercise
This is one the easiest and simplest way to summon motivation. Just walk out from the office, start doing some pushups or just go for a short run around the house. It will instantly declutter your physical body. Every time you exercise, you produce endorphins. Endorphins are good.

6. Create A Custom Environment
You can’t be motivated if you work in an environment which does not represent you. Make changes, adjust, improve. Doesn’t matter if it’s about your job office or your home. Whatever the space you work in, make it yours somehow, that will lower your unconscious adaptation efforts and you’ll have more time dedicated to the actual tasks.

7. Read Success Stories
Like in other people success stories. Get inspired. Admire them (with caution, but do admire them). Reading about success will make it more available to you and will fuel your efforts towards its achievement. And of course, you can learn how to be successful too.

8. Switch Tasks
You will get bored if you work on the same projects for too long. Boredom kills motivation. Try having several small projects that you can land on whenever you feel you’re on the verge of a burn out. Not to mention that switching tasks will instantly create fresh perspectives, helping you solve problems faster.

9. Assess Your Progress
If you work constantly you will make some progress, that’s a rule. You may have the impression that you’re not going anywhere but that’s because you’re skipping all those little milestones you go through every day. Watching back with satisfaction at what you created will surely boost your energy.

10. Talk About Your Projects
With your friends or family. Let the people know you’re doing stuff. That will often make yourself aware of the fact that you’re actually doing stuff and enjoy doing it. It will also create a certain level of accountability that will most likely push you forward.

11. Avoid Energy Vampires
Naysayers, pessimists, braggers they all are sucking up your energy. Don’t get caught in such power games, avoid at all costs those energy leaks. Even if that means you’ll isolate more often. It’s better to do work in your own secluded realm than to try to resist to a diminisihing environment.

12. Write Clear Goals
Most of the time that translates to actually write down your goals, you already have them clear in your mind. But take them out of your mind, put them in a trusted system and move on. Your mind works better when it knows what it has to do not when it spends time figuring what it has to do.

13. Exercise Satisfaction
Once you finished some task, reward yourself. Give yourself a prize. No need to be a huge one, but just enough to create the habit. Look forward to it while you’re working, wait for it, praise for it. In time you’ll become addicted to this fulfillment satisfaction and you won’t stop until you reach it.

14. Accept Failure
As part of the game. Failure, like success, is just a result of your actions, nothing more. One of the biggest motivation enemies is fear of failure. Fear that your outcome will turn bad. Accept it. It may turn bad, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop doing what you’re doing. Give your best and hope for the best.

15. Use Affirmations
Like writing down your intentions, your goals, your current status. Affirmations are a very powerful tool, hugely underrated. People find it awkward to write self-directed messages and read them out loud. News flash: you’re doing this all the time, unconsciously. So why not doing it consciously? Start with a morning phrase.

16. Play Games
Impersonate people. Imitate animals. Pretend you’re Sindbad the Sailor. Playing challenging games will relax your mind and at the same time will gather more resources from secret sources. A good motivation is always blended with joy. You can start with a simple game like how to get from a to b in 5 random steps.

17. Say “No”
Say “no” to distractions, to trolls, to depression. Exercising “no”’s is liberating. Too often too many commitments are making your life a continuous chore. Limit your promises and only get into things you really want to finish. Once you do that, go to a mirror, smile and start to politely exercise your “no”‘s.

18. Look For Positive People
Sadness, whining and complaining doesn’t play well with motivation. On the contrary. But positive, optimistic, energetic people will always shift your vibration in the right direction. Search them, find them and become their friend. Sometimes all you need to get motivated is to be surrounded by shiny happy people.

19. Difficulty Is Part Of The Game
Learn to work under pressure. Some things are more difficult than other. Accept that fact and focus on doing what you have to do not on your feelings of dissatisfaction. Difficulty is often what makes things worth doing. No sweat, no glory. Whenever I feel something is going to be tough, I’m usually more motivated to do it. The reward will be higher.

20. Create Personal Challenges
Personal challenges are short term goals, usually from 15 to 90 days. Like starting to exercise, or creating a habit from scratch in 15 days. Using personal challenges strengthen your inner power the same way exercising is strengthening your muscles. The more you do, the more motivated you feel to do even more.

21. Chose Positive Motivation
Whenever you lock in your motivation, do your best to keep it on the positive side, which is rooted in service. As opposed to the negative motivation, which is basically rooted in fear. Negative motivation works just the same, only it lasts significantly less than positive motivation.

22. Release Your Guardians
You do have guardians and some of them are pretty nasty. They won’t let you do your stuff. The bad thing about your guardians is that most of the time they’re working at the unconscious level, really difficult to interact with. Just accept, acknowledge and let them go. You will be much better off.

23. Enforce Your Personal Mission
You gotta have a personal mission. If you don’t, go find one fast. Reinforcing your personal mission at certain intervals is surely one of the greatest motivators of all. It’s like looking on a map and seeing at any moment where you are, how much do you have to go and which path you have to chose.

24. Spend Time Outside
If you can do something creative, like gardening or landscaping, even better. But it’s ok even if you don’t. Spending time outside of your box will clear the air inside. When you get back, everything will be fresher and shinier. And something fresher is always a nice motivator.

25. Keep A Clean Inbox
That’s one of the few GTD concepts I still use and it proves to be a great motivator. A clean inbox helps a smooth thoughts flow. A smooth thoughts flow let me be in the moment without any hidden burdens. Being in the moment is usually all I need to actually start doing things.

26. Don’t Aim For Perfection
It will soon drain you out. Aiming to be better is the real game. Perfection is a dead end, nothing really happens after you reached to it. Accepting that you can be better instead of perfect leaves some room for growth. And that means you have a reason to do more. And that’s what we usually call motivation, right?

27. Do One Thing At A Time
Multitasking is a myth. Even computers processors aren’t really doing multi-tasking, that’s what we perceive. Instead they have a single frequency and several parallel buses managing information, faking a multi-tasking activity. Multitasking is creating internal conflicts, both in humans and in computers. You end up spending more time solving those conflicts than actually working.

28. Keep A Source Of Inspiring Readings
You’re not always completely down, most of the time you’re just averagish, just one sentence away from your best shape. Be sure to keep around a list of inspiring readings. Quotes, blog posts, ebooks, whatever works for you. You can start with 100 ways to live a better life, for instance.

29. Put On Some Good Music
Just let it there, floating around, don’t turn the volume knob. Just enough to recreate a pleasant atmosphere. Music speaks to areas you can’t control with logical tools, yet is so powerful that can completely shift your mood in a second. The only thing better than silence is good music.

30. Don’t Fall Into The Productivity Trap
It’s not how much you do, but how much of it really matters. Doing stuff just for filling up notebooks with tasks won’t make you feel motivated. On the other side, whenever you’re doing something that matters, your planing and organizing activities will just flow.

31. Keep Your Life Lenses Clean
Your camera objective may be blurred but you don’t know. This is why you get the same picture again and again, this is why feel stuck and can’t seem to see any progress. Sometimes all you have to do is to clean up your lenses. It takes a little bit of courage but it’s worth the trouble.

32. Clean Up Your House
I know you need motivation for that too, but believe me, it’s a fantastic way to clean up your internal garbage. Cleaning up your house is not a chore, it’s a necessity. Your action paths may be clogged the same way your floor is sticky. And most of the time unsticking the floor will open your mind again.

33. Stop Reading This And Get To Work
It was fun reading it, I’m sure. But it won’t get things done in your place. Inspiration is a good motivator, but don’t abuse it. Now, that you are all energized, it’s time for you to get back to work. Of course, you can bookmark this post for future motivation sessions, but for now, just go back to work.

(Oh, but if it happens to still have some free time – and a hard time getting up in the morning – you can try this one: 33 Ways to Start your Day. )


domingo, 27 de junio de 2010

Magritte - Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.

René Magritte, uno de mis pintores y artistas favoritos. Es conocido por sus pinturas misteriosas, divertidas,ingeniosas y ambiguas. También conocido por mezclar cosas inusuales en un contexto común o viceversa para crear un nuevo significado. Me encanta como juega con la yuxtaposición de imágenes y más aún como rompe con el condicionamiento de las personas ante éstas. Elena Prado

Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see, but it is impossible. Humans hide their secrets too well. Magritte

Sobre la cotidianidad

 Pienso que a veces nos convertimos en sombras, no se puede ver a su dueño porque nos dedicamos a seguir a otras personas y sus sombras. Es decir, se pierden los sueños por seguir los estereotípos y las masas. A veces se abandona el sentido real de la vida, lo que se quería llegar a ser, por lo que los otros quierían de tí. Qué absurdo imitar los patrones de la sociedad, y no crear tu propio camino; el papel que querías cumplir en tu vida.

Arte por Alex Gray: Muy Tool

Para todos los que les gusta la banda Tool, Alex gray es un artista psicodélico que ha hecho muchas colaboraciones con esta banda, sin duda, la combinación perfecta:

alex gray Pictures, Images and Photos

Lateralus- Tool, genial!

Black then white are all I see in my infancy.
red and yellow then came to be, reaching out to me.
lets me see.
As below, so above and beyond, I imagine
drawn beyond the lines of reason.
Push the envelope. Watch it bend.

Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind.
Withering my intuition, missing opportunities and I must
Feed my will to feel my moment drawing way outside the lines.

Black then white are all I see in my infancy.
red and yellow then came to be, reaching out to me.
lets me see there is so much more
and beckons me to look through to these infinite possibilities.
As below, so above and beyond, I imagine
drawn outside the lines of reason.
Push the envelope. Watch it bend.

Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind.
Withering my intuition leaving all these opportunities behind.

Feed my will to feel this moment urging me to cross the line.
Reaching out to embrace the random.
Reaching out to embrace whatever may come.

I embrace my desire to
feel the rhythm, to feel connected
enough to step aside and weep like a widow
to feel inspired, to fathom the power,
to witness the beauty, to bathe in the fountain,
to swing on the spiral
of our divinity and still be a human.

With my feet upon the ground I lose myself
between the sounds and open wide to suck it in,
I feel it move across my skin.
I'm reaching up and reaching out,
I'm reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me.
And following our will and wind we may just go where no one's been.
We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been.

Spiral out. Keep going, going...

Victor Vasarely (L) - Padre del Op Art

Victor Vasarely Pictures, Images and Photos

viernes, 25 de junio de 2010


Dancers in pink

Danseuses Blues

Dancing class

Dancing class

trois danseuses

La Danza


Ballet dancers by impressionist painter Degas


Estaba viendo este dibujo y me recodé de un pensamiento sobre la muerte que tuve hace unos años cuando se murió un conocido. Pienso que a veces se puede presentir cuando alguien esta cerca de la muerte, es extraño, se les ve en la mirada, es como si la vida se esfumara de los ojos poco a poco, el rostro se torna pálido y sin sentido, y el cuerpo trata de ser notado en sus últimos días en vano. A veces, el muerto lo empieza a presentir, sabe que le queda poco y sabe que debe vivir cada día como el último.

Qué extraño es estar vivo. Pero, ¿Será extraño estar muerto?

Elena Prado

Drawing by Escher

Zdzislav Beksinski 1984 - Room 11

Becksinki, un gran artista polaco. Aquí les dejo una de sus pinturas más conocidas hecha en 1984, Room 11 . Me encanta esta obra, son dos seres abrazados que al parecer estarán juntos hasta en la muerte, no les importa nada, da igual morir o vivir mientras esten juntos. También lo interpreto como dos pecadores; fueron amantes en vida; separados por la muerte, sin embargo, se encuentran en el infierno para poder seguir juntos.

jueves, 20 de mayo de 2010

Por qué soy tan sabio en Ecce Homo de Nietzsche

Me gustó mucho el libro, y me sentí particularmente muy identificada con esta parte, es muy yo...

¿Me atrevere a indicar por ultimo, un rasgo de mi caracter que me ha ocasionado bastantes dificultades y contratiempos en mis relaciones con los hombres?
Estoy dotado de una impresionabilidad tan inquietante respecto de la limpieza, que me hace notar fisiologicamente lo mas intimo, lo mas oculto del espiritu de lo que se ponga frente a mi.
Lo olfateo.
Gracias a esta impresionabilidad, tengo una especie de antenas psicologicas, con ayuda de las cuales puedo tentar y palpar toda clase de misterios.
La podredumbre escondida en el fondo de ciertos temperamentos, y que tal vez proceda de algun vicio de la sangre disimulado por la educación, la percibo desde el primer contacto. Tambien he observado que este género de temperamentos, incompatible con mi sentimiento de la limpieza, adivina en seguida mi desconfianza. Lo cual no les libra de oler mal.
Así, pues, he adquirido a costumbre -para mi la pureza absoluta (mía, y en torno mío) es una necesidad vital; en medio de una existencia de condiciones dudosas no puedo vivir- de bañarme, de nadar constantemente en el agua clara o en cualquier otro elemento transparente, lleno de claridad.
Por eso mi paciencia se ha visto en muy duras pruebas en mis relaciones con las personas.
Mi "humanismo" no consiste en simpatizar con el projimo, sino en soportarlo junto a mi. Mi humanismo es una constante autovictoria.
De aqui la imperiosa necesidad de la soledad, es decir, del retorno a la salud, del retorno a mi mismo. Tengo necesidad del aire libre.

miércoles, 19 de mayo de 2010

Concerts on my bucket list

Antes de ayer ví a Aerosmith, y hoy estaba pensando en cuales conciertos me faltaban por ver:

Depeche mode, Jamiroquai, Madonna, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ruben Blades, Stone Temple Pilots, Tool, Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams, Placebo, Portishead, Queen adreena, Radiohead, Muse, Norah Jones, bajofondo, Diego el Cigala, Bjork, The Cure, Faith no more, Foo Fighters, Garbage, The Hives, mgmt, opeth...

Para ella...(algo que escribí hace como 6 años)

Todo empezó un día en el espejo, cuando ella detalló aquel reflejo vacío y confuso. Se dio cuenta de lo que era, y en lo que se estaba convirtiendo. Sus ojos le gritaban buscar una respuesta porque poco a poco iban construyendo en ella una mascara de dolor. Ella buscó respuestas para las inexplicables sensaciones que sintió aquel día en que quería que su alma escapara, y que consiguiera al fin la libertad; al elevarse la vida de aquel pedazo de carne flagelada y violada, saturada de heridas que no sabía como expresar.

Ella quería que su cuerpo se quedara a solas, que se fueran los recuerdos y los pensamientos que la golpeaban brutalmente dejándola sin aliento. Tan sólo que su estela de vida saliera por aquellos poros, ya que su piel la encarcelaba pagando la pena de sentir como desgarraban sin piedad su pecho, de una manera que parecía que la mataban una y otra vez.

La esencia de su recuerdo, que al solo imaginarlo, le hacía revolcarse entre la fantasía. Facilmente la movía a su antojo, y con esas manos ajenas provocaría el despertar de su cuerpo, tejiendo en su piel el bordado de la angustia y el deseo ...esas huellas que se estamparon para siempre.

A veces, su presencia, ante sus ojos cerrados, y ella tratando de abrirlos para convencerse, pero no fue más que un sueño, empecinado en darle esperanza por unos segundos en medio de su imaginación. Parecieran ser toneladas cayendo lentamente sobre los hombros, comparables a lágrimas infinitas que le pudiera regalar a toda la existencia. Atormentada pesando en él, cuando una respiración no alcazaba a la otra y su corazón vibraba sin ritmo pero con la más hermosas de las melodías de fondo.

Su cuerpo esta fatigado y delira a gritos que se disipe la tormenta de su rostro, que se evaporen las voces, los recuerdos, haberle conocido y haberle perdido, el silencio de su ser y como de costumbre su cuerpo atado por la tristeza cuando definitivamente pensar y sentir, es el peor sentimiento.

POR: Elena Prado (2004)

domingo, 2 de mayo de 2010

The influence of Sigmund Freud for Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí, known by his surrealist style, is considered as one of the greatest painters in the world. His amazing way to paint was marked not only for his childhood, but also by Sigmund Freud's theories which influenced the surrealist movement. Freud’s influence affected deeply the perspective and painting style of this artist in many ways.
First of all, it’s necessary to mention the main founder of the surrealist movement and writer of the Manifesto of Surrealism in 1924, André Breton. According to Breton, “Freud very rightly brought his critical faculties to bear upon the dream. It is, in fact, inadmissible that this considerable portion of psychic activity”. Also it was exposed that Freud’s ideas were really important because his discoveries were “a current of opinion that was finally forming and that the imagination is perhaps on the point of reasserting itself, of reclaiming its rights” (Breton, 1924)
Freud's conception of the unconscious and the importance of dreams encouraged painters, sculptors and writers to pay attention to their personal world of dreams. In this world, thoughts and images they previously would have dismissed as absurd or illogical, would have a meaning. Freud's notions related to art explained that “the sublimation of the artist's unsatisfied libido is responsible for producing all forms of art and literature whether it be painting, sculpting, or writing” (Freud, 1940)
At that time, Breton and Freud were admired by the surrealist circle. Dali felt impressed when he discovered psychoanalysis and read Freud’s Die Traumdeutung and the interpretation of dreams, "It was one of the greatest discoveries of my life. I was obsessed by the vice of self-interpretation—not just of my dreams but of everything that happened to me, however accidental it might at first seem" (Dalí, 1942). Since that moment Dalí's masterpieces have many interpretations of Freud’s psychology as fixations, complexes, and psychosexual development.
To illustrate, there are many paintings and visual productions in which he displayed all his instincts and use of Freud’s ideas to reflect his personality, fears, and sexual obsessions. For example, one of his paintings called Autumn Cannibalism is according to art experts the first stage of psychosexual development (Rudín 2004). Also, paintings such as The Enigma of Desire: My Mother in which is reflected the Oedipus complex. Then he started to do Paintings such as Le Grand Masturbateur and the Spectre of Sex-Appeal which are categorized by psychologists as representations of his fantasies and fears such as sex, his father, animals, and more (Am J Psychiatry, 2003). In Addition, Dali's goal as an artist was “to bring the world of dreams, visions, and hypnagogic imagery to tangible, concrete reality” (Dalí, 1936). By Dalí’s words it’s evident that his main goal as an artist was influenced by Freud ideas.
This surrealist artist is considered a genius for his provocative and original style. Although Salvador Dalí’s perspective and work were deeply influenced and submerged in Freud psychoanalysis, this artist was known for his unique language and his unconventional way to think and represent art.

by: Elena Prado (2007)

BRETON, A. (1924). The surrealist Manifesto. La Révolution Surréaliste. Retrieved November 26, 2007, from
American Psychiatric Association (2003, May 3) Dalí (1904–1989): Psychoanalysis and Pictorial Surrealism. American Journal Psychiatry. Retrieved November 28, 2007, from http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/160/5/855
Rudín, A. (2004). Arte, individuo y sociedad: Salvador Dalí desde el Psicoanálisis, 16, 19-47. Retrieved November 28, 2007, from
Dalí, S. (1942) The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí (1942). Mineola, NY, Dover Publications, 1993
Academic Resources Center Inc. (2001). Freud on Art and Literature. Retrieved November 28, 2007, from http://www.academon.com/lib/paper/24041.html
Dali, S. (1936) The Conquest of the Irrational. Reprinted in Salvador Dali: A Panorama of His Art, edited by A. Reynolds Morse. Salvador Dali Museum, Cleveland, Ohio, 1974, p. 49.

Picture: El torero alúcionogeno

miércoles, 28 de abril de 2010

Our lives are rivers, gliding free - ode to the death of his father

Our lives are rivers, gliding free
To that unfathomed, boundless sea,
The silent grave!
Thither all earthly pomp and boast
Roll, to be swallowed up and lost
In one dark wave

Jorge Manrique

More on: http://designobserver.com/media/pdf/The_River_of_t_944.pdf

martes, 6 de abril de 2010

Parts of songs I love

*Never heard me say goodbye...
*All you need is your own imagination .. So use it!
*Time goes by so slowly for those who wait...
*Im not your bitch, don't hang your shit on me
*Express yourself, don't repress yourself
*Tell me love isn't true , It's just something that we do
*Blew hope into the room and said: "You have to live before you die young"
*Fun fun fun for me fun for me
*Change is coming through my shadow , Now is my time...
*I'm reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me.
*We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been.
*I ain’t the kind of woman..who’d make your life a bed of ease...ha ha ha ha!! -> Now...call me mean or call me evil...!
*But still you hang around me..COME ON... Won’t you move over????
*I put a spell on you, 'cos you're mine...
*My Silent Undoing
*I Adore you
*COME ON Baby light my fire!
*today all contradictions seemed ok
*a silent understanding
*There is a comfort in silence
*Comme d'habitude, toute la journée, je vais jouer, a faire semblant, je vais sourire, comme d'habitude, je vais même rire, comme d'habitude. Mes larmes Je les cacherai, comme d'habitude.
*Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying
*Surprise! you're dead! Ha ha! open your eyes