New Year’s Resolution: Allowing

Coming up with a word for the year feels more organic and modern, but what about the tried and true New Year’s Resolution?  I’m not opposed to it, but sometimes it feels like more of an expectation and leads to even more multi-tasking.

Then there’s the wisdom of SARK, my favorite inspirational writer.  She recently introduced the concept of “allowing.”  Nothing particularly new here, but it’s the idea of letting things be rather than making things happen.  You can allow people to have different communication styles, different beliefs, and different ways of interacting with the world without trying to change them in any way.  You can even allow people to drive differently than you without getting upset.  This can be especially hard if someone just cut you off, but still worth the effort.  After all, it keeps you more relaxed, which in the end, makes for a better day, and isn’t that what we’re all striving for?

So I decided to make my new year’s resolution one of allowing.  It doesn’t mean I can’t still take action towards my goals, it just means that I stop trying to control the outcomes.  Often when you stop trying to control, you find that things flow more smoothly.  You can focus more on finding solutions rather than focusing on the problem.  For instance, just today, my water was shut off for several hours unexpectedly right when I had a class to get to.  My initial response was annoyance and even anger.  But when I allowed for the fact that my complex had a job to do, then I could focus more on finding solutions.  1) Use the community bathroom to get ready.  2)  Communicate my need for a telephone call rather than a flier in my mailbox when it’s short notice.

Whatever resolution you choose for this new year, consider “allowing” rather than trying to force the changes.  You just might be amazed at the results!

“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude
toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather
than allowing it to master you.”   –Brian Tracy, author of Kiss That Frog!: 12 Great Ways to Turn Negatives into Positives in Your Life and Work

 

Uncovering Spirit during the Holidays

Searching, shopping, buying, spending, packaging, sending.  Where are you spirit?

We all know this is a busy time of year.  Sparkly, but cloaked in darkness.  And cold!  How to chill out but stay warm?  According to one of my favorite creative and inspirational writers,

Spirit is present in every atom of our universe! In fact, there is nothing and no place in which spirit does not exist.”  SARK

 So how can we find it, if we can’t feel it?

Simply welcome it in.  Sounds simple, right?  Here are some specific examples SARK gives for ways to welcome that elusive spirit–that is somehow everywhere–into your life.   

  • Extend an invitation to spirit by simply including room for it at your dining table or in your room, car or bed at night.
  • Spirit will appear in many forms; a moment of grace, a whisper, a hummingbird at the window, the slant of light on your bed.
  • Acknowledge the appearance of spirit with smiles, songs, celebrations or sharing with another person.

The best part is that the more you connect to spirit, the more others will as well!

This holiday season, consider ways of being lit from within.  When you light yourself up, everyone will notice.  And you just might feel spirit moving through you. 

 

Quotes for Your Arsenal

Here are some quotes to keep you going during the change in seasons.

I just finished reading Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus, which follows the fictionalized true story of one of  the first Japanese people to set foot in America.

“Have your whole heart bent on a single purpose.”  –from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

“When meeting difficult situations, one should rush forward bravely and with joy.  It is the crossing of a single barrier.”  –from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

“When one’s own courage is fixed in his heart, and when his resolution is devoid of doubt, then when the time comes he will of necessity be able to choose the right move.”  –from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

A friend recently shared this quote by Georgia O’Keeffe.  “Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.”

My favorite dreamer, SARK, suggests we try not to let fog and pus get in the way of our ability to take action and make decisions.

Fear

Obligation

Guilt

&

Pressure

Urgency

Scarcity

I stumbled on the Confidence Blog by Cathy Sirett and found two great ways to unmask fear.

FEAR = Future Events Appear Real

FEAR = False Expectations Appear Real

My neighbor recently recommended an environmental fantasy movie, Beasts of the Southern Wildwhich I finally had time to watch.  Here are two of my favorite quotes from this moving film.

Hushpuppy: “The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right. If one piece busts, even the smallest piece… the entire universe will get busted.”

Hushpuppy: “I see that I’m a little piece in a big, big universe. And that makes things right. When I die, the scientists of the future, they’re gonna find it all. They gonna know, once there was a Hushpuppy.”

How will you let the world know you exist?    

Visualizing Your Dreams

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.” –Robert Collier

Here I am pinpointing two of my dreams: to publish a book and visit Italy.

While in Columbus, I visited the warehouse located at 400 West Rich Street, which houses several art/design studios.  It’s a unique concept in which art is helping to revive an area of the city.  I would love to be part of the same effort in Detroit.

I also visited The Book Loft, a local bookstore in German Village.  There are a total of 32 rooms to wind your way through, but somehow I found the children’s section.  I would love to see my own books here, too 🙂

As you know, I’ve been reading SARK’s book “Making Your Creative Dreams Real.” One of my favorite chapters is “The World of Yes.” Why? Because it’s so positive! She gives new meaning to the word love.

Letting

Our

Visions

Emerge

How can we do that? By visualizing!  When we visualize each step of our dream, we’re more likely to make it a reality.  SARK says, “We visualize our creative dreams and some part of us says YES.  I can do that…  It can happen…  We can build it…”  So start visualizing and say YES! to your dream.

My husband and I spotted another bucket list in Montreal!  It turns out people are dreaming all over the world.  Check it out

MicroMOVEments

Does this scene look familiar?  It should 😉  This landscape art is based on the famous painting by Georges Seurat entitled A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.  James T. Mason is the sculptor and creator of this garden.  I recently visited The Topiary Park in Columbus, OH.  Talk about walking into a painting!

While here, I could have just enjoyed the scenery and posed for photos.  But I also decided to begin my practice of microMOVEments.  What exactly are those?  Think of them as baby steps towards your ultimate goal.  A way of building your dream brick by brick.  The concept was coined by SARK, author of Make Your Creative Dreams Real, which I mentioned in a previous post.  She describes such movements as small bursts of energy or tiny actions that can be completed in as little as 5 minutes.  If you’re one of the millions of busy people in the world or if you have problems with procrastination, you should try this out.

Here I am completing a microMOVEment by sketching at the park while on vacation.

And here is the result of my efforts 🙂

pen and ink

pen and ink

pen and ink

Just remember, Seurat’s painting wasn’t created in a day.  But step by step, your dream will manifest.  Starting now!  What microMOVEment will you complete today?

The Power of Dreaming

Make Your Creative Dreams Real
by SARK

Greetings dreamers!

I found this book serendipitously at the library.  It seemed to be calling out to me 😉  I would venture to say it is calling out to all of you as well.  Anyone who is a dreamer.  And we all are…or at least we should be.  And here is why:

SARK‘s book suggests that the world needs more people dreaming and living out their dreams, even partially.  It doesn’t have to be for money.  It doesn’t have to be big. And your dreams are free to change and adapt constantly!  But we need to dream because dreaming creates more energy, which directly benefits th world around us.

“We are all energized by creative dreams.”  –SARK

So where will you begin?