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These 15 Pictures By Photographer Erik Johansson Construct A Magic World For Us

These 15 Pictures By Photographer Erik Johansson Construct A Magic World For Us

Swedish photographer Erik Johansson grew up watching his grandmother paint and escaping into the vast, rich world of video games. Inspired by this, he began to create his own twisted world of illusion where the realistic and the unsettling entwines with the imaginary and majestic. Although there are numerous painters who create pieces with twists and turns, there are few can retouch their photographs to this exquisite, impeccable levels.

Johansson writes that “although one photo can consist of hundreds of different images” he always aims to make his pieces “look like they could have been captured.”

Leaving Home

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    Do we make our homes or our places of work and leisure, or do they build us?

    Don’t Look Back

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      Is it ever a good idea to look back on your past or decisions?

      Cut & Fold

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        Where will you go if the path is ripped from under you?

        Drifting Away

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          Are we constantly just out od reach of the depths?

          Closing Out

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            When humankind create borders, what is freedom?

            Fishy Island

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              There are more to places than you may think.

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              Set Them Free

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                What is the world today if not humankind’s imagination made solid?

                Dreamwalking

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                  What would happen if you left the space between doors?

                  Common Sense Crossing

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                    You may be desensitised to this world full of roads, traffic and cars but you still must be wary.

                    Reverse Opposites

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                      Depending on where you live in the world, are you upside down?

                      The Cover Up

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                        How easy is it to cover the mess with the peace?

                        Walk A Way

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                          Who controls your journey?

                          Nightmare Perspective

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                            How do we define reality when we’re so easily convinced by nightmares?

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                            The Architecture

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                              Where do you begin a project?

                              Landfall

                              Greenfall

                                Does nature flow?

                                Featured photo credit: Landfill | Erik Johansson via erikjohanssonphoto.com

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                                Last Updated on June 19, 2019

                                How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

                                How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

                                Just by simply spending some effort and time, staying positive every day can be easily achieved. All that is required is a fraction of your time, 10-15 minutes a day to cultivate the positive you!

                                But first, what is really positive thinking? Do you have to be in an upbeat, cheerful and enthusiastic mood all day to be positive minded?

                                No. Positive thinking simply means the absence of negative thoughts and emotions – in other words, inner peace!

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                                When you are truly at peace within yourself, you are naturally thinking positively. You don’t have to fight off negative thoughts, or search desperately for more positive thoughts. It just happens on its own. And here are 2 positive thinking meditation tips to empower you:

                                1. Relax as You Meditate

                                A powerful, simple yet rarely used technique is meditation. Meditation doesn’t have to take the form of static body posture. It can be as simple as sitting in a comfortable chair listening to soothing music. Or performing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises.

                                Meditation is all about letting go of stressful or worrisome thoughts. That’s it! If you spend just a few minutes per day feeling relaxed and peaceful, you automatically shift your mind into a more positive place. When you FEEL more relaxed, you naturally THINK more positively!

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                                Start with a short period of time, like 5 or 10 minutes a day. You can meditate first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, right before you go to bed at night, or any time. The most important thing is to consciously let go of unproductive thoughts and feelings. Just let them go for those few minutes, and you may decide not to pick them back up again at all!

                                2. Practice Daily Affirmations

                                Positive affirmations can be used throughout the day anywhere and at anytime you need them, the more you use them the easier positive thoughts will take over negative ones and you will see benefits happening in your life.

                                What are affirmations? Affirmations are statements that are used in a positive present tense language. For example, “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better, better and better” is a popular affirmation used by the late Norman Vincent Peale.

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                                So how does one go about using positive affirmations in everyday life? Let’s look at some guidelines to follow when reciting your daily affirmations.

                                1. Use first person pronouns in your message (I)
                                2. Use present tense (I have)
                                3. Use positive messages (I am happy)
                                4. Repeat your affirmations on a consistent basis

                                Affirmations have to be said with conviction and consistency. Start your day by saying your affirmations out loud. It wouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to repeat your affirmations; yet when done consistently, these positive affirmations will seep into the subconscious mind to cultivate the new positive you.

                                Here’s an example of a “success affirmation” you can use on a daily basis:

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                                I am successful in everything I do. Every venture I get into returns wealth to me. I am constantly productive. I always perform to the full potential I have and have respect for my abilities.
                                My work is always given positive recognition. I augment my income constantly. I always have adequate money for everything I require. I spend my money prudently always. My work is always rewarded.

                                You can find more examples here: 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life

                                Remember, affirmations work on the basis of conviction and consistency. Do yourself a favor and make a commitment to see this through.

                                Begin practicing these positive thinking tips right now. And I wish you continued empowerment and growth on your positive thinking journey.

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