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The Habit of Being: Linda K. Johnson at TEDxConcordiaUPortland

It's often said that it's unfair for any one person to determine the quality of art. That's why critics hold a dubious position in society, as the arbiters of what they think is lacking and what is praise worthy. The one advantage critics have on the rest of us is a trained eye, and Linda K. Johnson is no stranger to having that eye trained on her. In fact, as a dance-artist performer, Linda has received serious critical reviews from many venues including Metropolis Magazine, NPR, Dance Magazine and Landscape Architecture. In an age of specialization and focus, Linda's creative, interdisciplinary approach to dance has led her to infuse her passions of social and environmental justice in unconventional ways. Linda deeply regards the creative process as a sacred and integral aspect of producing the best quality work that one can. "For me, the most extraordinary place in the world is right where I am in each moment," says Johnson, "Anything else is a distraction from fully showing up wherever I happen to be." Completely present minds are hard to find, and Linda's work as a dancer requires a rich focus that's only afforded by a significant period of self reflection. When asked what she would ask TEDxsters to do if she had their full attention and their sincere will to cooperate, she said, "I would ask each individual to carve out a one hour block of time each day for 3 months just for themselves." Rather than plant a great idea in your head, Linda would have you think reflect on your life and take time for yourself so that your great ideas may bud and flourish. Linda is a prime example of what change can be facilitated when someone combines their great ideas they naturally have with the self awareness it takes to ignite a driving, forceful passion. "The kind of inner quietude and self-knowing that this kind of time encourages is really what our civilization needs. Currently, we have too much activity and too little self-reflection." In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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