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5 Inspirations to Have a Creative Weekend!

Artsy FartsyHave you ever had the experience of working on something you’re so immersed in that you completely forget the million other things you “should” be doing in that moment? Maybe it’s a song you’re figuring out on guitar, or a homemade birthday card, or even an elaborate doodle. And then the thought creeps in… “I really should be doing homework,” or “I really should be folding that laundry.”

Well you know what? That is precisely the time when you should keep doing what you’re doing. It’s called flow, and it is the most critical aspect of the creative process.

The development of creativity and engagement with creative practices is a major aspect of occupational therapy – a field which aims to support clients in whole-person wellness goals. The practice is incredibly effective especially for treating clients with physical or developmental conditions, but it is often also used to support individuals in the daily pursuits of success and happiness in their careers, relationships, health, and life goals.

Creativity in this space is viewed as one of the most essential factors to building confidence and self-esteem, so essential to realizing the success we aspire toward. Even beyond that, the act of creating is so different from the activities most of us engage with most regularly. And this allows us to transcend our “box”, push our comfort zones, and leap into a field of possibility!

Here are 5 ways to inspire your creativity this weekend:

36 Surprising Ways to Boost Creativity for Free (Greatist)

How to Master Both Sides of Creativity (Positively Positive)

How Seizing Your Limitations Can Be the Key to Creativity (Upworthy)

Deepak Chopra On Maintaining Creativity As You Age (Blisstree)

5 Rainbow Color Tricks to Jumpstart Creativity (Mind Body Green)

 

What creative projects are you looking forward to this weekend? Let us know in the comments section!

Is it Possible to Trust?

Do you remember a time when you really trusted?

It seems contemporary life is fraught with reasons not to trust.

Politicians who were elected believing they could be trusted, follow other political agendas or are caught flying to foreign lands with their mistresses. Banks that were entrusted with money and homes have acted without scruples, leaving our economy in ruins.  Couples professing tearful wedding vows, “Till death do us part,” are suing one another for money to “part to the death.” Nuclear families that formed the seat of our lives, providing the security we needed to go out into the world, seem more insecure than secure.

Who and what can we trust when educational communities, religious institutions, and police forces all over the world are awash in scandals and controversy?

 Thinking about it could get you really depressed.

Or, you could find hope in trust by shifting your focus from not WHO or What you trust, but HOW you trust.

Truth is, you can never fully trust anyone or anything completely, just like you cannot trust nature completely.  As Nature’s actions are often unpredictable and never personal, so too are people’s action when they stem from fear, anger or negativity.

You can expect and trust that bad things will happen in life, by nature and by people.

You can also expect and trust that good things will come to pass.

It’s the good that helps you deal with the bad.  It’s your cushion, if you will, that supports you during uncertain and difficult times.

You can trust that as long as you inhale, you will exhale.; that what goes up, must come down; that flowers will bloom and then be reabsorbed back into the earth as they die. 

In turn, you can trust that you will inhale again; go up again; and another flower will bloom.

You can trust that if your “gut” feeling is telling you something is wrong, you are probably right and you may want to uncover what that “wrong” is, because if you do, you could find the resources to handle it.

To question or distrust is good. It’s what allows you to obtain information that you need before taking a necessary action. It allows you to be realistic about the ups and downs of life so that you can create and innovate new ways of being and living. It makes you do more research so that invariably you have more options and tools. 

Too much distrust can be problematic however.

Too much distrust can breed fear, like fear of failing, of being alone, of not being loved, of never trusting another human being ever again, of going hungry, of falling, of ultimately, not being enough or having enough.   The fear clouds clarity.  In fact, when in fear, the amygdala, the primitive part of the brain, fires signals to the higher functioning parts of the brain and shuts them down.  You literally cannot think.

It is also this fear that can lead you to trust blindly, in your search for salvation and security. 

When you know that inherently you are enough or have enough, you can have the inner trust that, come what may, you will have the resources to handle uncertainty.  With this trust, your fear response can be more quiet, your body more calm and your mind clearer. You just might be better able to see truth in front of you and make better decisions.

So yes, it may be possible to build trust.  You may just have to look at trust in a different way though.  You may have to perceive trust as an inner knowing, that utilizes your intuition, your knowledge, and the knowledge of others, and that you have access to this knowing when you let go of your fear of not being enough or having enough. 

Try repeating these words to yourself next time you are not sure whether or not to trust: “I am enough, I have enough.  I have all that I need.  Come what may, I have all that I need.” 

It may not solve the problem or question for you, but you may find yourself feeling a bit better, perhaps more calm, and more capable of doing the research you need to do to find the resources and answers that will help you.

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / Brittany G

 

Part Of The Process: Feeling Stuck

If you are feeling stuck in your life, it is possible you are clinging to an old reality or thoughts.

When we feel stuck in our lives it’s important to take stock of what is going on and find out if there is something we are doing or not doing that is keeping us stuck. Sometimes the situation is out of our control, and we need to look within to find the patience required to wait with equanimity until things move forward again. Many times, though, we can find the source of our stagnation in our own hearts and minds. Sometimes we are clinging to old ideas about reality and we need to make adjustments that will bring us back in tune with life, so we can flow again. Sometimes we find that fear of change is what’s keeping us stuck, and we can resolve to find ways of facing that fear.

If introspection does not provide the answers we need, it can sometimes be helpful to ask those around you if they notice anything obvious that you might not be able to see. Remember to ask someone whom you can trust to be kind and sensitive as well as honest. Try to let go of your resistance because whenever there is something we can’t see ourselves, it’s because we don’t want to see it. Try to listen with an open mind, and remember that you are always the final judge of what you need. Anything offered to us from an outside source will need to be processed within before its wisdom can take hold.

In all this, be kind to yourself and remember that we all get stuck sometimes. Think of it as a part of your process, a necessary step on your journey, rather than as a problem that shouldn’t be happening. This can help to keep your frustration at bay and give you the space you need to take a deep breath and really figure out what’s going on.

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / Sigma.DP2.Kiss.X3


Get in the Flow! Clear the Clutter from your life to maifest all that you are wanting!

Clearing the clutter from our lives allows spiritual law to work for us in a faster and more efficient way! There are ways to open up the Flow in your life so that you can allow all that you desire to manifest for you.

My husband Pat and I were recently feeling some stagnation in our lives and we knew that we needed to make some changes. We had recently committed to understanding the laws of prosperity and really living them once and for all. We had played around in this, thought we knew it all, and then had the realization that we needed to really “get it” on a deep cellular level. We knew that true prosperity and abundance meant that we were not just prospered with money, but that it meant abundance in many areas such as health, relationships, and even fun. We also knew that we wanted to commit to our Spiritual lives in a much deeper way than we ever had before. Once and for all, we were truly dedicating our lives to sharing the wonder of living life knowing that we are of and surrounded by God-consciousness.

After making this commitment, we felt the strong urge to do some clearing. I am sharing this because I believe that it will greatly benefit you in bringing more of the good into your life as well. Here are the steps that we took to open up to our greater good.

1-We went through every object in our house, from everything stored in our basement to every nook and cranny in all of the closets. We let go of anything that we had not used in several years, anything that we did not need or want or that did not serve us. We sold a few things and gave a lot away. It felt wonderful to release these objects. We sent them off into the flow to be used by someone who could benefit from them. The result was so freeing! We felt our physical space open up, but the benefit was psychological as well. To release objects that you do not need is to open up the channels to allow in more of the new for you. It is a reminder to keep things in the flow, and to not wait for things to pile up and be stagnant before you take this clearing action.

2-We got our financial house in order. The most important part of this was our commitment to tithing 10% of our income to places where we receive our spiritual nourishment and that uplift humanity. We keep track of all the money that comes in and we make sure that 10% goes to Spirit, with gratitude and the acknowledgement that Spirit is the Source from which all prosperity originates. We also made sure that our books were in order and that we knew exactly where we were spending our money. It is very empowering to have an exact accounting of your financial status.

3-We reviewed any emotions and beliefs that were not serving us and let go of those too! We practically took a magnifying glass to our inner thoughts. Out with the old here too. We replaced our old thoughts and beliefs with new ones that were in alignment with what we want. It takes discipline to control your thoughts, and it is an ongoing process, but it is certainly something that is very possible.

If you take the time and make the effort to clear out that which does not serve you, you will open up to the possibilities that Source will give you. You will feel lighter and freer! Remember that you live and breathe God-consciousness and in that there is only abundance!

Life As It Is: Making Life Work for You

At the end of the day, we must come to terms with changing what we can and accepting what we cannot change.

Sometimes we have so many varying responsibilities in our lives, ranging from work obligations to caring for children to running a household, we feel we cannot possibly make it all work. We may feel overwhelmed in the face of it all, ending each day feeling hopelessly behind schedule. However, regardless of how frustrating this can be, these are the parameters that make up our lives, and we owe it to ourselves to find a way to make it work. Rather than buckling under the pressure of an impossible to-do list, we might take a moment to view the larger perspective.

Like the president of a large organization, we must first realize that we cannot do every job ourselves. The first step to sanity is learning how to delegate some of the responsibility to other people, whether by paying someone to clean our house or trading childcare duties with another parent. In addition, we might find places where we can shift our expectations in ways that make our lives easier. For example, expecting ourselves to create a healthy home-cooked meal every night after a full day of work, errands, or caring for an infant or toddler may be a bit excessive. We might allow ourselves to order in food once in a while without any guilt. Accepting the adjustments needed to make our lives work is an essential ingredient to being at peace with our situation.

At the end of the day, we must come to terms with changing what we can and accepting what we cannot change. Sometimes the laundry piles up, a sick child demands more of our attention than usual, and we temporarily get behind with our schedule. Accepting this momentary state of affairs and trusting in our ability to get back on track when the time is right, we gracefully accept our life as it is, letting go of perfectionism and embracing life as it stands.

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What’s in your flow?

I have been visualizing, imagining, and creating my future. I have been resonating with all of these thoughts, images, and feelings. I guess you can say I’ve been using the Law of Attraction-focusing on the positive, staying with high vibration thoughts and feelings, seeing the flip side of situations that most would see as negative. 

And still, in this process, I have learned something.

I believe I need to have physical forward momentum in manifesting my future. There is a practical real world side to these things or so i think. My vision includes relocating half way across the country (because this is where  I want to live right now) and as a self-employed healer I need to find clients (so i have an income). I can’t just show up to town and think I will have clients standing at my doorstep, right? I need to network and pound the virtual pavement or the actual pavement.

I have been contacting venues and practitioners thoughout the city I want to move to, pitching my program so i can have a place my work can call home. I soon realized that the doors aren’t opening, that the forward momentum is pushing back. So I continue to visualize my future.

I ran into a friend in a similar field who is being woo’d by one of the venues that is number one on my list of places with which to collaborate. Well, the doors are opening for her in my soon-to-be, hoped-for new town, and she’s choosing not to walk through that door!

I stepped back and realized that maybe, just maybe, i need to broaden my conversations with the people and places I am contacting. That maybe it is not my program I am supposed to be heck-bent on pushing, maybe there is something else I am supposed to do in this new town. Maybe I am to ask where is the gap in their programming and how can I help them. Maybe I need to be ok that the contents of the flow are unknown to me, instead of deciding what it is that I think should be flowing.

I am going to float with the flow and see where I go!

Be Open to the Messages in Nature

Motherhood brings with it so many new and beautiful experiences. Whenever something new enters our life, it is essential to reprioritize our time to ensure we are giving one hundred percent to the things that matter most. I am learning every day that in order to be the best mother that I can be, I need to be my personal best and grabbing my notepad and climbing up onto my favourite rock by the lake was exactly what my soul needed yesterday.

Immediately after I settled into my little spot, my body relaxed and I closed my eyes and concentrated on the warm hug I received from the sun, water and wind. The words began to flow and I wrote feverishly for a few minutes. I looked up and saw a flock of geese floating near the shore of the water and watched how they adapted to the changing

wind and wave direction. Complete acceptance. No panic. They simply changed direction.

Nature teaches us what we need to know.

Then something caught my eye – this beautiful orange flower stood tall and solitarily reached out through the rocks. It was stunning. It swayed in the breeze. Because it stood alone in such harsh circumstances, it made an impact. Unlike the geese that stayed together, this flower grew alone. I thought, this flower doesn’t question God – why am I alone? Why do those geese get to be together all of the time while I blow around up here unprotected and surrounded by these rocks? No, the flower didn’t waste its energy on why questions, it simply trusted its path and grew beautifully exactly where it was.

Nature inspires us to embrace life exactly as it is now.

Keep your mind and heart open to the beauty around you, enjoy!

Love and peace to you,
Kelly

Life/Career Coach with Embrace Your Life Coaching
*please feel free to email your questions, comments to me directly at kelly@embraceyourlife.ca

Fatherhood and The Divine Flow

June 20, 1010

Dear Friends,

Many of the churches where I present my talks and workshops refer to the divine power at work in this world as “Father-Mother-God.” The reason is apparent. It is a simple reminder that this higher power that many of us call God, not only has a nature that we associate with fatherhood, but it also has characteristics that we associate with motherhood . . . such as nurturing.

I’ve never had an issue with the notion of God as Mother. But I’ll be perfectly honest with you. For much of my life I was very uncomfortable with the concept of God as Father.

You see, I used to harbor a lot of resentments towards my own father, and whenever I heard the word “Father” used in reference to God, I would cringe a little.

Then one day I had a revelation—one so simple, I was astounded that it didn’t occur to me sooner. I remembered that I was a father. And what, as a father, did I feel towards my children? Nothing but unconditional love. And what, as a father, did I want for my children? Nothing but for them to be happy and fulfilled . . . and I would gladly do anything in my power to help them live abundant and joyful lives.

For the very first time, I could finally relate to the idea of God as Father . . . as a loving, generous, powerful presence in my life that was continually providing for my needs, and continually guiding me towards the fulfillment of my heart’s desires.

At that moment, I not only changed the way I felt about God as Father, but I began to feel differently about my own father, as well.  I began to look beyond his human shortcomings to see the divinely loving spirit within him. And I am happy to say that today I can truly appreciate many things about my father that I ignored or took for granted in the past. In fact, at this point I feel I have moved beyond appreciation . . . to love.

Here’s to all the men who have been “fathers” in our lives—who have provided for our well-being, and guided us in effective ways of providing for ourselves . . . just like the divine flow guides and provides.

Here’s to our earthly fathers . . . and here’s to our heavenly one, as well.

Happy Father’s Day!

Steven

© 2010 by Steven Lane Taylor

Author of Row, Row, Row Your Boat:
A Guide for Living Life in the Divine Flow

www.rowrowrow.com

Motherhood and The Divine Flow

May 8, 2010

Dear Friends,

Sunday, May 9th is Mother’s Day, the day we celebrate the women in our lives who conceived us, gave birth to us, and nurtured us as we began to establish our own individual identities in the world.

As I contemplate the beauty of motherhood on this special day, I can’t help but notice the similarity between motherhood and manifesting.

What similarity, exactly?

Well, as I have mentioned many times before, you are an innately creative being. No matter how happy and fulfilled you are, you will always be conceiving of things you want to have, do, or be in your life.Through your words and your actions you will constantly be giving birth to your ideas–to your desires, goals, and dreams. And by giving them your love and attention, you will continually be in the process of nurturing your creations–of helping them to grow into full expression.

In other words, whether you are male or female, whether you have brought a child into this world or not, in many respects you are–at the core of your being–a mother . . . someone who is divinely designed to bring something new and beautiful into this world.

As you pay tribute to your mother (or mothers), and to all the mothers living in the world around you, I invite you to take a moment to also honor the mother that exists within you.

Take a moment to celebrate that motherly part of you that is an open chamber for receiving divine ideas, and an open channel for bringing those beautiful ideas into the world, and giving them life.

Here’s to the joy of motherhood!

And here’s to the peace that comes from knowing that the whole universe is willing to help you with that wonderful and immensely fulfilling work.

Happy Day, Mother!

Steven

© 2010 by Steven Lane Taylor
Author of Row, Row, Row Your Boat:
A Guide for Living Life in the Divine Flow

www.rowrowrow.com

Patience, Meditation, and The Divine Flow

April 11, 2010

Dear Friends,

As I have mentioned many times before, living life in the divine flow can require a fair amount of patience. As you row your boat gently down the stream toward the fulfillment of your dream, the current beneath you can be painfully slow at times.

There are a number of reasons for that, including these five:

1. The flow may be slowing things down so you will arrive at just the right place at just the right moment. It’s simply a matter of divine timing.

2. The flow may be slow because it is gently guiding you around obstacles that you are unaware of.

3. The flow may be slow because your dream is especially grand, requiring you to take an exceptional number of steps before that particular dream can be fully realized.

4. The flow may have had to change course several times because of certain freewill decisions that you have made, combined with the freewill decisions that other people have been making.

5. The flow may be sending you down a few tributaries along the way, so you will have the chance to become the kind of person you need to be before you arrive at your chosen destination.

Since it is impossible to know with absolute certainty what’s really going on, rowing with a slow-moving flow can be frustrating. So here’s something I recommend to enhance your ability to be patient: Meditate. And meditate daily.

Increased patience is just one of the many benefits of a daily practice of meditation. And it comes about for a very simple reason. When you meditate you are consciously connecting with the Divine Spirit that exists at the core of your being. And your Divine Spirit is—by its very nature—infinitely patient.

You see, your Spirit lives in a world beyond time and space. It is always in the Eternal Now, which means that how long something is going to take, or how far away something is, are meaningless concepts. What may try the patience of your ego is never—ever—an issue for your Spirit.

Remember too, that your Spirit can see a virtually unlimited number of ways for you to achieve your dream. So when something occurs that blocks your way or impedes your progress, your ego may be concerned, but your Spirit won’t be.

So, if you want to avoid frustration—and the unpleasant consequences that can come from losing your patience and forcing your way forward—I recommend that you practice meditation every single day. Take some time each morning to consciously connect with that all-knowing, eternal Spirit within you.

As you pursue your goals and dreams in life, you will discover that your connection to divine direction will be much stronger and much clearer. And best of all, you will enjoy the journey much, much more—no matter how slowly the flow may go.

Steven

© 2010 by Steven Lane Taylor
Author of Row, Row, Row Your Boat:
A Guide for Living Life in the Divine Flow

www.rowrowrow.com

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