: able to return to an original shape or size after being stretched, squeezed, etc.
: able to be changed

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Elastic (adj.): 1650s, formerly also elastick, coined in French (1650s) as a scientific term to describe gases, from Modern Latin elasticus, from Greek elastosductile, flexible,” related to elauneinto strike, beat out,” which is of uncertain origin.

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“The thing is that as you grow through life, the pursuit of art and the pursuit of new ideas, all these things keep your mind elastic.”

Patti Smith (b. 1946, singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist, a highly influential figure in the New York city punk rock scene)

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“Reality can be elastic, and I want to see how it can be, you know?”

Yoko Ono (b. 1933, multimedia artist, singer, songwriter, and peace activist, who is also known for her work in performance art, music, and filmmaking; also the widow of singer-songwriter John Lennon)

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“You achieve the surreal jokes through the realism by making it elastic.”

Dylan Moran (b. 1971, Irish comedian, writer, actor, and filmmaker; best known for his sardonic observational comedy)

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“Heat can also be produced by the impact of imperfectly elastic bodies as well as by friction. This is the case, for instance, when we produce fire by striking flint against steel, or when an iron bar is worked for some time by powerful blows of the hammer.”

Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894, German scientist and philosopher who made fundamental contributions to physiology, optics, electrodynamics, mathematics, and meteorology; best known for his statement of the law of the conservation of energy.)

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“The thing is that as you grow through life, the pursuit of art and the pursuit of new ideas, all these things keep your mind elastic.”

— Patti Smith

We now know through scientific research that our brains are capable of being elastic.  But this doesn’t happen automatically.  It happens when we institute new spiritual practices and habits into our lives and allow ourselves to experience uncomfortable situations, those activities that may shake us to our core and erupt and charged reaction.

For most of us, these paths are not always easy to choose.  We like being comfortable in our individual cocoons, environments that are familiar and predicable.   That’s why we mostly associate with people who mirror back to us our own ideas and philosophies.

But, if we want exponential opportunities to transform our souls in multiple dimensions, we will need to sometimes sit next to and converse with those who think differently and have opposing perspectives to ours own ideas.

If we could then treat these brothers and sisters with respect and compassion rather than with condescension, ridicule or indifference, maybe we can find the keys to our kingdoms, ones of deeper peace and enlightenment.

Stay curious and plastic, my friends!

Much Love, Tonya



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