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Spontaneity Quotes

"Analysis kills spontaneity. The grain once ground into flour springs and germinates no more."
Henri Frederic Amiel

"Only in spontaneity can we be who we truly are.
John McLaughlin

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Spontaneity Definition: Natural, not planned.

Etymology of 'Spontaneity'
Spontaneous: 1650s, "occurring without external stimulus," from Late Latin spontaneus "willing, of one's free will," from Latin (sua) sponte "of one's own accord, willingly;" of uncertain origin.

Positive Suggestions:
"Awaken your natural Spontaneity"
"Perfect Spontaneity is within you"
"Allow yourself to feel Spontaneous now"
"Accept Spontaneity"
"Trust in your Spontaneity"
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Trying Not to Try: Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity
by Edward SlingerlandSearch for Edward Slingerland
$7.37 new/used

A deeply original exploration of the power of spontaneity?an ancient Chinese ideal that cognitive scientists are only now beginning to understand?and why it is so essential to our well-being

Why is it always hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or be charming and relaxed on a first date? What is it about a politician who seems wooden or a comedian whose jokes fall flat or an athlete who chokes? In all of these cases, striving seems to backfire.

In Trying Not To Try, Edward Slingerland explains why we find spontaneity so elusive, and shows how early Chinese thought points the way to happier, more authentic lives. We?ve long been told that the way to achieve our goals is through careful reasoning and conscious effort. But recent research suggests that many aspects of a satisfying life, like happiness and spontaneity, are best pursued indirectly. The early Chinese philosophers knew this, and they wrote extensively about an effortless way of being in the world, which they called wu-wei (ooo-way). They believed it was the source of all success in life, and they developed various strategies for getting it and hanging on to it.

With clarity and wit, Slingerland introduces us to these thinkers and the marvelous characters in their texts, from the butcher whose blade glides effortlessly through an ox to the wood carver who sees his sculpture simply emerge from a solid block. Slingerland uncovers a direct line from wu-wei to the Force in Star Wars, explains why wu-wei is more powerful than flow, and tells us what it all means for getting a date. He also shows how new research reveals what?s happening in the brain when we?re in a state of wu-wei?why it makes us happy and effective and trustworthy, and how it might have even made civilization possible.

Through stories of mythical creatures and drunken cart riders, jazz musicians and Japanese motorcycle gangs, Slingerland effortlessly blends Eastern thought and cutting-edge science to show us how we can live more fulfilling lives. Trying Not To Try is mind-expanding and deeply pleasurable, the perfect antidote to our striving modern culture.

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Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity (Meet Your Match, book 3)
by Rachael AndersonSearch for Rachael Anderson

Home for the summer, Samantha Kinsey is ready to step into her role as pseudo-nanny for her two favorite charges. But when she realizes she'll be playing chauffeur more than playmate, her summer outlook quickly turns from fun to bleak. That is, until she meets Colton McCoy--a genuine, hard-working cowboy, who's as set in his ways as he is handsome. Although he claims he doesn't need any spontaneity in his life, Sam's determined to help him find it. But she'll soon discover that cowboys are about as easy to change as wild mustangs.

Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity is about an adaptable girl and a not so adaptable guy. It's about learning to accept people for who they are and realizing that sometimes who they are is exactly who they should be.
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The Potent Self: A Study of Spontaneity and Compulsion
by Moshe FeldenkraisSearch for Moshe Feldenkrais
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Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc., a visionary scientist who pioneered the field of mind-body education and therapy, has inspired countless people worldwide. His ability to translate his theories on human function into action resulted in the creation of his technique, now known as the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education. In The Potent Self, Feldenkrais delves deeply into the relationship between faulty posture, pain, and the underlying emotional mechanisms that lead to compulsive and dependent human behavior. He shares remarkable insights into resistance, motivation, habit formation, and the place of sex in full human potential. The Potent Self offers Feldenkrais' vision of how to achieve physical and mental wellness through the development of authentic maturity. This edition includes and extensive Forward by Mark Reese, a longtime student of Feldenkrais, in which Reese discusses many of the important ideas in the book and places them in the context of Feldenkrais' life and the intellectual and historical milieu of his time.
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Watercolor The Spirit Of Spontaneity
by Karlyn HolmanSearch for Karlyn Holman
$12.98 new/used

Readers will celebrate the painting process by exploring the spontaneous spirit of watercolour. They will find deeper meaning to their artwork by experimenting with watercolour and exploring different design techniques.This hands-on approach will give the reader the tools they need to open their minds and use these ideas as a catalyst to help them develop their own authentic style. Both novices and experienced artists will be inspired and challenged to push their boundaries of their definition of watercolour.
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Kant on Spontaneity (Bloomsbury Studies in Philosophy)
by Marco SgarbiSearch for Marco Sgarbi
$30.40 new/used

The concept of spontaneity is central to Kant's philosophy, yet Kant himself never dealt with it explicitly. Instead it was presented as an insoluble problem concerning human reason. The ambiguity surrounding his approach to this problem is surprising when one considers that he was a philosopher who based his theoretical programme on the critique of the faculties of knowledge, feeling and desire. However, this ambiguity seems to have avoided up to now any possible critique.

This highly original book presents the first full-length study of the problem of spontaneity in Kant. Marco Sgarbi demonstrates that spontaneity is a crucial concept in relation to every aspect of Kant's thought. He begins by reconstructing the history of the concept of spontaneity in the German Enlightenment prior to Kant and goes on to define knowing, thinking, acting and feeling as spontaneous activities of the mind that in turn determine Kant's logic, ethics and aesthetics. Ultimately Sgarbi shows that the notion of spontaneity is key to understanding both Kant's theoretical and practical philosophy.

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Improv Yourself: Business Spontaneity at the Speed of Thought
by Joseph A. KeefeSearch for Joseph A. Keefe
$10.95 new/used

Discover your improvisational skills for a more productive, more dynamic work life Whether we know it or not, most of us use our improvisational skills every day in the workplace when we deal with clients and colleagues. Improv Yourself shows the reader in clear detail how to use and hone improvisational skills for better business interactions and a more productive work environment. Business expert and all-around funny guy Joe Keefe offers expert guidance on nurturing our improvisational skills to help us think on our feet, deal with customers, interact with team members, present new ideas, and brainstorm. Full of humor, wit, and expert business insight, Improv Yourself is like nothing else on the business shelf (could you tell I just made that up?).
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Structure and Spontaneity in Clinical Prose: A writer's guide for psychoanalysts and psychotherapists
by Suzi NaiburgSearch for Suzi Naiburg
$41.00 new/used

Structure and Spontaneity in Clinical Prose will teach you to read gifted writers for inspiration and practical lessons in the craft of writing; apply the principles and techniques of the paradigmatic, narrative, lyric narrative, evocative, and enactive modes of clinical prose; and put what you learn immediately into practice in eighty-four writing exercises.

Each of the five modes uses different means to construct worlds out of language. The paradigmatic abstracts ideas from experience to build concepts and theories. The narrative mode organizes experience through time, creating meaningful relationships between causes and effects. Lyric narratives present events unfolding in an uncertain present. The evocative mode works by invitation and suggestion, and the enactive mode creates an experience to be lived as well as thought.

Structure and Spontaneity is fundamentally a book about reading and writing in new and different ways. It is an invaluable resource for new and experienced psychoanalysts and psychotherapists and for students, teachers, editors, and writers in the humanities and social sciences.

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Stanislavski Revealed: The Actor's Complete Guide to Spontaneity on Stage (Applause Acting Series)
by Sonia MooreSearch for Sonia Moore
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Sonia Moore reveals the subtle tissue of ideas behind what Stanislavski regarded as his "major breakthrough," the Method of Physical Actions. Moore's exhaustive analyses of Stanislavski's original texts, letters, journals and production notes have yielded a revised understanding of Stanislavki's method - and his secret of inspiration - the key to spontaneity on the stage and the path to fresh and naturalistic performance.
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The Sacred Spontaneity of Nakedness
by Isak BondSearch for Isak Bond
$119.84 new/used

The Sacred Spontaneity of Nakedness is a collection of poems that was completed in 2009 and left to gather dust for a while. They are all about silly things like girls and books. Isak Bond admits in the inscription that he is an embryonic poet. Nevertheless, rumors that he sucks are lies.
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The Potent Self: A Guide to Spontaneity
by Moshe FeldenkraisSearch for Moshe Feldenkrais
$14.02 new/used

This guide explains the theory behind the author's techniques for improving the functions of the human motor system. Feldenkrais, the originator of the Functional Integration system and author of "Awareness Through Movement", focuses his analysis on the underlying emotional mechanisms that lead to compulsive and dependent physical behaviour that inhibits the individual from reaching his full potential. The book explores the fundamental human paradox, namely, that people yearn to change yet tend to remain the same. As Dr Feldenkrais explains, this resistance to self-transformation stems from the fact that most people behave as if their future is "completely and irrevocably forfeited by what they have done in the past". In this book, he shows how the past can provide building blocks for a creative future.
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