Posts Tagged creativity

OQ12: Making art, making meaning (EN)

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In this episode Irina talks with Eric Maisel about the art of creating meaning in our life. Eric Maisel, PhD., is the author of over thirty-five published books, both fiction and nonfiction. Some of the titles are: Coaching the Artist Within, Fearless Creating, The Van Gogh Blues, The Creativity Book, Performance Anxiety, Ten Zen Seconds, A Writer’s San Francisco, and A Writer’s Paris. His latest book is called Brainstorm: Harnessing the power of productive obsessions. His new book Rethinking Depression is coming out in February 2012. Dr. Maisel gives workshops for creative professionals both in the US and Europe and also works as a creativity coach and creativity coach trainer.

Dr. Maisel holds that the time has come for us to switch from seeing meaning as something we need to search after to seeing it as only a psychological experience, something we can provoke ourselves by actively making meaning every day. Although we can make meaning in many ways, he believes that the meaning that makes us proud is value-based.

What makes you be in love with life? How do you translate your values into the everyday choices? What makes this life meaningful to you?

Featured music track:

We close the episode with Cepheus – the track by Uppsala bound musicians Larry and Fredrik.

Episode Resources:

Visit Eric Maisel’s homepage

Eric Maisel’s classes for creatives, including Your Best Life in The Arts and Noimetics: Bring Meaning to Life

Eric Maisel’s Podcast Your Purpose-Centered Life

Eric Maisel’s Podcast The Joy Of Living Creatively

Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life by Shelly Carson, PhD.

Interview with Shelly Carsson on Shrink Rap Radio Podcast 


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OQ11: Marian in 2011 (EN)

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 International hospitality communities like CouchSurfing and Warm Showers make it possible to travel cheaper and to meet people from other cultures in their homes, something that Irina’s friend Marian Voigt particularly appreciates. In this episode Irina talks to Marian about what made him quit his well-payed job in Germany and embark on biking trips in Sweden and Australia and how being on the road challenged him and helped his personal transformation.

Featured music track:

We close the episode with the song “Among the roads” by Clara Lindsjö. Clara is the winner of Rockkarusellen 2010 and represented the Nordic countries in Loop Station World Championship 2011.

Episode related links:

Award-winning a cappella ensemble from Sweden The Real Group, that inspired Marian take his first trip to Sweden in 2009.


Hörnodden – the farm on lake Mälaren in Sweden where Marian worked as a “wwoofer” in 2009.

On CouchSurfing

Hospitality site for touring cyclists

Find out more about Clara Lindsjö’s music at

Other related resources:

Interview on Here on Earth Radio Without Boarders with Robert Penn, author of the book “It´s all about the bike: The Persuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

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