Looking

I have learned that we always find exactly what we are looking for. Exactly. Such is our power of manifestation and our mind. I have an abundance mindset. I believe in the infinite capacity for all and everything we need: love, wealth, health, acceptance, understanding, community, spirituality, etc. So I am judicious and precise with my thoughts. It is an art, not a science. It is also a practice. Like meditation, when I notice my mind drifting, I note it, and return back to where I am committed to being.

Nothing is simple. And that fact does not negate the good, the grace, the gentle, or the kind that can still exist within complexity. Pablo Picasso’s portrait of Marie Therese sitting in a chair, thinking, looking, being, big brained and beautiful, made me think today about the practice of living and expressing our values.

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Silence

Find the quietness behind the frantic running, Rumi suggests. We all know it’s there. It’s the place where can hear our own thoughts, know our intuition, be our truest selves. Life can be distracting. The things, commitments, assumptions, when in first position take up a lot of space. The quietness is always there though. It waits, available, for as soon as it is sought. It is where we can exhale.

It took me a long time to understand the work of Brice Marden. Originally I found it to be not enough for me. Too muted I thought. Now I crave it’s calm sublimity. It’s knowing capture of the quietness.

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Lessons

A few days ago I read an article about GM’s new employee work mindset, not called a policy: “Work appropriately.” It plays off the revised dress code their female CEO implemented when she was previously head of HR there: “Dress appropriately.” Those two words replaced a ten page document. I am an advocate for simplicity. And elegance. And for saying less. Doing so allows both clarity and personal responsibility. And when we feel control over our decisions about our appropriateness we have significantly greater buy in to the results.

Shantell Martin draws as meditation, to keep herself sane, and is an active advocate for how her work appears in the world. Having authority over not only the message, but also the method confirms consistency and impact.

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Heidi Zuckerman

Heidi Zuckerman

CEO and Director, OCMA/Orange County Museum of Art. Host, Conversations About Art podcast. Author, Conversations with Artists series.