Try-This Tuesday: Flex That Right Brain And Channel Some Wisdom

I love coaching.  I coach via telephone and sometimes I think I should videotape myself on a call just for my own entertainment.  When I get excited, my free hand starts flailing, I’m perched on the edge of my seat, I’m nodding like crazy.  Yesterday I even gave a little jump in my chair at an a-ha moment.  I’m not normally so animated when I talk about other things; when the topic is channeling inner wisdom through journalling, however, I couldn’t hold myself back if I tried.  And why try?  It’s too fun!

I’d like to continue that fun today by asking you to do something.  Grab a piece of paper or your journal (are you still keeping a task binder?).  At the same time, grab 15 minutes of uninterrupted time and a quiet, comfortable spot to plant yourself.  Sit down with an intention to ask a question and receive an answer.  In 15 minutes, you ask?  It’s a start.

I might say the following in my head, or I might write it down:  “Ok, I really want some help with this question.”  Try that.  It’s an important first step to doing anything, really –  set the intention.    Then, write your question down.  Which question?  The first one that pops into your head or the one that kept you up last night.  After you write your question, don’t stop.  Keep writing.  Explain the situation as you would to a friend.  Go in to as much detail as you can and keep writing.  Write fast.  Don’t think about grammar, punctuation, spelling or word choice.  Dump your brain on to the paper.  If you can write beyond the 15 minutes, go ahead.  If you  have to stop, then do so.

When you are done writing, leave it alone for a couple days.  Pay attention to your thoughts in the interim.  You know when you are most likely going to receive some insight to your question?  While you’re driving, cooking, in the shower or otherwise physically busy.  That’s because your left brain is occupied in the logical sequence of events allowing your right brain (the creative, intuitive brain) to let loose and do its thing.

By the end of the week, go back to your written question and thoughts.  Re-read it.  Does anything jump out at you?  You’ll know what I mean when you re-read it.  If not, sit down again, turn the page over and write.  You can re-write the question and continue on or you can write about how you feel about what you wrote last time or even your response to this whole exercise.  Just write.

You know how I said your creative, intuitive right brain is able to flex its muscles when your left brain is busy doing something physical?  So it is with writing, especially writing fast when you’re not analyzing or planning what you’re writing.

Have you tried this before?  Do you have any tricks or tips you’d like to share with the rest of us?  If so, please leave a comment.  If you’re trying this for the first time, really enjoy it.  For some of us, it’s rare to be this loose and spontaneous in any activity and there is definitely something to be said for it.

 

Re-Run: Try-This Tuesday: A Look At Your Ultimate Ending

It’s always good to be reminded of this once in awhile.  If you did this task the first time it was posted (September 2011), try it again and see if anything has changed since then.

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A couple of weeks ago, I asked you a question:  How Do YOU Say Goodbye?  This is an important question for you to consider because in every change or transition we undergo (and there are countless in our lifetime), the first step is an ending.  Something has to end in order for something to begin.  Grieving an ending, taking the time to really understand the loss of something, can make a huge difference in the way we embrace a beginning.

It has been said that every ending is akin to the death of something:  a relationship, an era, a paradigm, to name a few.

So today, let’s look at the ultimate ending in any life time.  The death of a physical body.

Yours.

Oooohhhh, I know some of you are tempted to click the heck right out of this post.  Not comfortable with endings?  Or just this one in particular?  You’re not alone.  Consider yourself lucky that you can examine this ending right now and remember that analyzing the ending of something always allows you to benefit from a more conscious beginning of something else.

It might help to take a teeny tiny step outside of yourself for this one.  Let’s imagine that you are actually NOT you, that you are a close friend of yours – someone who knows you quite well.  This friend has the duty of writing your obituary.

Look at your life and write an obituary as if your life ended today.  You can include all the typical details of your family, birth place etc.  But the meat of it, the revealing part of this, is going to be how you fill in the following blank:

At the time of death, he/she was________.

How are you going to complete that thought?  She was…stuck in a dead-end job?  He was…living his dream life?

 

If you are totally uncomfortable writing this down, no worries.  You will benefit from this exercise just by thinking about it.  By the way, this exercise comes from William Bridges’ book Transitions but I’m sure we have all heard some variation of this.  You know, like if today was the last day of your life, would you feel satisfied with your accomplishments/where you are to date – that kind of thing.

As you turn this around in your head, answer the following questions (in your journal, if you can – I’ll log them in Writing Prompts for you to refer to):

  • Was it easy to fill in the blank?
  • How did your response to the incomplete statement make you feel?
  • If your response was not positive, what would you have LIKED to be able to say about your life at this point?
  • What are some steps you can take to achieving this fulfilling state?
  • Has this exercised changed something for you?  Your outlook on your current life?  Your relationships?  The way you spend your time?  Your thoughts?

Try-This Tuesday: Go Sight-Seeing!

This is just a friendly reminder to break out of your routines; we are all gently being awakened from our winter’s state and this is a great time for all kinds of shifts and stretches.  This week, why not plan an outing (solo or with others) that will stimulate you a bit.  It could be a trip to the museum, art gallery, park, cafe…whatever tickles your fancy.  But push yourself a bit to do something that you might not normally think of doing.

Maybe even get there in a different way.  Like, if you would normally drive, try taking public transportation.  Doing something different makes you more aware of your surroundings.  It awakens the senses and that little creative creature that lives in you.

It doesn’t have to cost you a dime.  If you’re so inclined, take a notebook and pay attention to words you hear, actions you see, animals you meet.  When it strikes you, write something.

One day last summer, my cousin asked me to pay attention to the animals and insects that I came across on my next walk.  (It was a lesson in animal spirit guides; she’s always teaching me neat things.)  I did.  I was practically tripping on my own feet because I was suddenly bombarded with scurrying ants, busy beetles, flighty butterflies and hungry bees.  Where did they all come from?  I came home from the walk and wrote descriptions of these critters and realized I could write a lot about a little ant.  My imagination was being stretched.

That’s what I’m hoping this task does for you.  Stretch your imagination.  Notice something new in something old.  Pay attention to life as it scurries by.

Happy Tuesday!

Try-This Tuesday: Write A Poem…About A Poem

Welcome to this week’s Tuesday task.  For those of you who have just joined us, it’s so lovely to have you!  Tuesdays are special days in the Let ME Out!! world.  I get to share with you a task/activity designed to get you opening up to your creativity – by remembering it and releasing it.  With the new website design it’s really easy to see what the latest task is (look over to the right) and if you hit the tab in the navigation bar above, you will be taken to an entire page of Tuesday tasks!  So, if you’ve tackled today’s and want to try another, you can look at what’s been assigned before.  Or if today’s doesn’t resonate, head over to the older ones and do or re-do another one.

The best part is – you’re not being graded and no one’s going to know whether you did them or not!  They are entirely yours.

Enjoy them. 

Today’s task was inspired by the mystical poet, Rumi.  Oh goodness, I could just read Rumi all day.  And Hafiz.  Pure lift-me-up, throw-Spirit-in-my-face kind of poetry.  If you’re on board the Rumi and Hafiz train, you should check out my friend Saira‘s book, Imprints on My Soul.

One rainy morning last week, I was searching for the perfect Rumi quote to suit my mood.  And there it was, God bless the internet.

You wander from room to room
Hunting for the diamond necklace
That is already around your neck!

Jalal-Uddin Rumi

YES!  This was totally what I needed to hear.  An hour later while going about the rest of my morning routine still with Rumi on my brain, I started to formulate a poem in my head in response to this idea of the diamond necklace.  It was so fun to interact with a poem like that!

I’d like YOU to try it!  If you already have a poem in mind, use it.  Write something in response.  Remember, no one’s going to read it.  You don’t need to worry about line length, stanzas, metre and all those other technical parts.  I always thought I couldn’t call myself a poet until I knew about those things.  I decided not to think that way anymore, and now I call myself a poet…because I write poems.  In my world, that’s the only prerequisite!

Write it as a letter to the poet, or take an idea from the poem and write your view on it…go with it in whichever way comes easiest.  If you’re stuck on finding a poem, you can always google in key words like “love poems” or “poetry about nature” – whatever you want.  I’ll paste one below as well.  This was the first poem I ever memorized and ever really understood (that didn’t begin with Roses are red, Violets are blue).

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Robert Frost

Have fun with it – let it open you up to the magic of your own words.  Let it remind you that you have something to say.  If you feel inclined to draw a picture in response, or paint, or write a journal entry, or anything else, go with that.

 

 

Try-This Tuesday: “Go To The Wilderness”

Don’t worry – sleeping on rocks in your sleeping bag not required!  Unless you like that kind of thing, then go for it!

Today’s task was inspired by The Power of Introverts – Susan Cain’s Ted talks youtube video that’s floating around on Facebook right now.  Every introvert in the world (1/3 to 1/2 of us) is sharing it feverishly right now in an attempt to be understood and maybe even prized in a world that places emphasis on the personality traits of extraverts.

Here’s my spiel before I turn the spotlight on you. (Are you cringing at the world spotlight?  You might be an introvert.)

A few months back I took the Myer Briggs personality test and the 4 letter acronym box that I fit in is INFJ.  A few minutes ago I took the Jung Typology Test which gives you a type formula according to Carl Jung and Isabel Briggs Myers and I got…INFJ.  (Read it if you ever wondered why on Earth I am the way I am, or why I do the things I do.)

Here’s a word of caution, though.  Don’t limit yourself to the box that this or any other personality test puts you in.  For example, my personality type is not very detail-oriented.  And if you know me, you know this is true.  I’d rather live in my head and think and talk about grandiose ideas than worry about the details.  I actually like being this way – it’s so much more fun and in my own mind, quite productive.  But, I could very well be good at keeping on top of details even if I’m not inclined to do so naturally.  What I’m saying is, I shouldn’t hide behind the “well, that’s too detail-oriented for me” veil and not try something that I could very well be good at.  So, please don’t do that.

That’s just my two bits about that.

Back to this awesome Ted Talks video where Susan Cain talks about us quirky, nose-in-our-books introverts.  If you have 20 minutes, go ahead and listen to her talk in detail about how our world (and by this, she means mostly the Western world) values the social, group-oriented nature of the extravert.  From classrooms to offices – group seating, open floor plans, and assignments are geared this way.

But here’s what’s important about taking some time to be introverted – whether you are predominantly introverted or predominantly extraverted (and of course, there is gray area here – nobody is extremely one or the other).  Great ideas are born from a place of stillness and connection to one’s Self.  Where have you heard that before?  This resonated with me like a bell in a church tower – loud and clear!  My place of stillness was forced upon me when I had my first child and became ball and chained to the armchair in her room, as I used to think of it.  I was annoyed that I couldn’t be “productive” and that I was forced to do “nothing.”  Well, that place of nothing gave birth to my most creative ideas.  When I had memorized every square inch of my little girl’s nursery from the view of her armchair, my mind had nowhere else to go but inward.  This was a place I always liked to go.  Even as a child, I ignored the calls of the other children to come play…preferring instead to play in solitude or with the characters in my book.  But you know when you feel forced to do something that you can’t actually see it for what it is?  That’s what was happening here.  When I finally allowed it to just happen, it was the best thing that could have been “forced upon me” at that time.

Even now, with my son who just turned 2, I will stay in his room after he goes to sleep, in the dark, sitting on his armchair and I will get ideas and have a-ha moments that fill me with bliss.  Did you know that most of my Tuesday tasks come to me on  Monday night while sitting in the dark?  Most of my blog posts come to me this way.  Susan Cain calls this retreating into one’s being, going “to the wilderness” which she points out is exactly what the world’s leading thinkers have done since the beginning of time (think: Buddha, Mohamed, Moses, Jesus).  There was always a cave or a forest involved, was there not?  More importantly, there was always solitude.

Today’s task, therefore, is to go to the wilderness i.e. sit in silence and solitude.  Do it for 10 minutes.  Maybe imagine you are in the actual wilderness.  Or maybe imagine nothing.  That’s it!  It’s so “simple”!  And yet, some of our most modern technology was born from computer geniuses sitting in silence!  And some of our most amazing wisdom was bestowed upon quiet and open minds.

I’d love to hear your responses to this task or Susan Cain’s video.  Happy Tuesday!

Try-This Tuesday: Write Your Best You

Make your future dream a present act by assuming the feeling of the wish fulfilled.
Neville Goddard 1905 – 1972

What do you think about that?

Read it a few times and let it sink into your bones and make a cozy little home there.  You can write it out in your journal or hang it on your wall like Dr. Wayne Dyer has.  What does this statement mean to you?  What exactly is it asking you to do and why?

To me, this is the Universal Law of Attraction in a nutshell.  People have claimed that they can manifest anything in their lives if they meditate on it, speak daily affirmations, or visualize themselves in that place or situation that they desire.  Because I like to write, I am more inclined to fill my journal pages with what I grew up calling “my imaginations.”  I would writes pages in my journal from the point of view as someone already “there” where I wanted to be.  In my early college years, I wrote a few entries from the point of view of a successful business woman, living near the water with a healthy social life and a lot of time to read my books!

I would look up after finishing writing my journal entry and be slightly disoriented, and have to bring myself back to my reality.  That’s how powerful writing is for me.  Something will do the same for you – it could be writing or it could be something else.  (If you want some help figuring it out, drop me a line and we can chat about this!)

For today’s task, I will be asking you to write but if you want to take this in another direction, go for it!  Today I want you to write a bio of yourself – just a short paragraph or two – as if you are living the life that fits you the most.  I want you to write it as thought it were true now (so instead of saying Susie wants to be an expert in car mechanics, please say Susie is an expert in car mechanics).  And when you are done, I want you to feel like this fits you like a hand in glove.

Your bio doesn’t need to be strictly professional – it should describe you in your entirety.  If you love baking but don’t want to actually own a bakery or sell your products, you can still say in your bio Susie is famous in her neighbourhood for her apple pie; the smell of her pies cooling at her window draws friends and neighbours in for a cup of tea on any day of the week. 

It’s not about the grammar or anything like that.  Nobody’s going to read this but you (unless you want to share it, of course!)  So, just have fun with it.  The sky’s the limit so don’t think about what’s practical or logical.

Keep your bio and look at it from time to time.  I am certain that ideas will start trickling in, people will start showing up in your life, opportunities will start presenting themselves (say yes when they do, please!).  Your bio will be the proof you need that it all starts with a seed.  Your bio will keep your eyes open to all the synchronicity that you will be experiencing.

Have you tried something similar before?  What have your experiences been?  I’d love to hear from you in a comment below or you can contact me confidentially by email.

Have a great Tuesday!

 

 

 

Try-This Tuesday: Figure Out What Makes You Jump Out Of Bed!

*New on this site:  All of the posts that contain Tuesday Tasks are now located in one handy spot for you to visit whenever you feel like you could use a little creative or reflective jolt.  Look over to the right and you will find their new home!*

I wasn’t always what someone might call a happy morning person.  I’d hit snooze several times before letting my legs fall out of bed and then slowly sit up, sigh and resign to the next task ahead of me.  Standing up.  That was Monday to Friday, and before I had children.  Can’t hit snooze on children.  On the weekends, however, in that hazy moment at 6:30 am when my body felt itself rousing from slumber, I’d realize it was Saturday and my eyes would fly open.  I’d turn to my husband, deep in la-la land, wait patiently for a few minutes and then tap, tap, tap…”Are you up?”  Suddenly, I was the child and you couldn’t hit snooze on me!

What was it about Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday that made 8 am feel like the middle of the night?  I still got out of bed and got my stuff done, but I was less than thrilled.  WHY BE LESS THAN THRILLED?

Until I started writing again on a daily basis and until I recognized it as my purpose, I didn’t know what it was to feel like it was Saturday every day.  Last summer when I started this blog, I got a taste of what it would be like to have writing be up front and centre in my life.  It was decadent.  I volunteered to be a contributing writer for South Asian Woman magazine and now have regular assignments.  I started submitting my work to calls on Places for Writers.  I’m also saying yes whenever I’m asked to read my poetry at a Pandora’s Collective event (a non-profit organization for which I fundraise).  I had a reading last week, another one in April and another one in May.  Which means, more writing for me to do!

I’m like a kid who claps gleefully at the prospect of chocolate ice cream!!  When my eyes open in the morning, it doesn’t matter what day it is because I know it’s always going to start off with writing.  In fact, my weekdays give me more guaranteed time to write so I look forward to Monday mornings like I never have in my life!

One more note before I get you to do some work here.  Julia Cameron, in The Artist’s Way, speaks about enthusiasm.  She says, “Enthusiasm (from the Greek, ‘filled with God’) is an ongoing energy supply tapped into the flow of life itself.”  This is how she explains an artist’s so-called discipline at their craft.  Like when people ask me, “How do you write every day?” and wonder if I’m crazy for adding work to my life when I have two young children.  I totally don’t see it as work.  But shhhh, that’s a secret, because that’s what I tell the kids I’m doing.  “Mommy has to work now.”  As Julia Cameron says, “What other people may view as discipline is actually a play date that we make with our artist child.”

OK!  Now, YOUR turn!  Get out a piece of paper and write down “I would jump out of bed every morning if I could_______!”

Don’t think – just write!  And if you have 10 things that tumble out of you, good, write them all down.  If it’s one thing, that’s OK, too.  There is something, even one thing, out there for each of us. 

When we remove the layers of logic, practicality and insecurity we get right at the root of what we simply don’t want to hit snooze on!

 

Time To Make A Change

 

Re-Run!  I’ve had change and time and Wayne Dyer and motherhood on my mind lately and so I thought this was fitting to share with you again.

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Time is something I have always been conscious of.  Not just the hour of the day, but also the years of my life.  My life has always been one big check-list of major accomplishments I would like to achieve by a particular year.  I alluded to this when I talked about my unwillingness to veer from the path I had set for myself in university.  This goal-setting fetish didn’t start in university – this goes way back to the eighth grade with my first record of a chronological check-list embedded in my journal.  I had just had my thick, black hair that had hung halfway down my back chopped to just under my chin which was shorter than I had wanted.  According to my teen magazine, my hair was expected to grow half an inch each month – so I charted its anticipated growth in my journal to figure out how many months it would take for my hair to reach the desired length.  The summer before tenth grade I babysat two unruly boys and I spent many a summer evening bent over my journal charting how long it would take me to earn a decent amount of money so that I could be “financially independent”.  Later that year my parents told me that I was too young to have a boyfriend but that when I turned 18 I would be free to do as I pleased in this matter.  So I made a chain of coloured construction paper links; each link signified one month until I reached my 18th birthday.  I think I started with over 24 links and every month on the 12th day, I would remove one link thus marking the time until my significant birthday.

I am also hung up over daylight time, particularly as we change seasons.  My husband expects that every evening as we approach the winter or summer solstices I will announce the difference in the time of sunset from one day to the next.  He expects this because I have done this to him EVERY YEAR since we’ve been married!

Finally, I am conscious of time in terms of punctuality.  Maybe because I’m a Taurus, or maybe just because I’m wired this way, I believe that if you arrive somewhere on time you are actually 5 minutes late!  Being married to someone who is perpetually late has challenged me to be a little flexible about my personal concept of punctuality (which is a nice way of saying having a husband who is always late for everything often drives me crazy!) BUT there was something else significant that happened four years ago that completely threw me for a loop and still causes my head to spin at times…

I became a MOM.  And oh my goodness, I have rarely been on time for anything since then (without a major struggle or some serious luck).  Packing up to leave the house, whether it’s a short jaunt or a long trip, can take an excruciating amount of time and even then I will inevitably forget the one thing that I actually will end up needing.  Just when I think I’m ready to head out the door and make my appointment on time, someone needs a diaper change or a snack or isn’t finished playing with the Tupperware that is littered all over the kitchen floor.  In this one area of my life that I liked to control as much as possible through my checklist-making and my written records, I was utterly and miserably failing.  The lack of control over my time became one of my biggest challenges and, in all honesty, continues to be my biggest complaint.  “I don’t have any control over my own time!!!”  I say that.  Often.

For example, I had planned to write and post this blog this morning.  This was the plan I made yesterday.  I would wake up before the kids did, creep down to my studio so as not to awaken the light sleepers, and write until the first “Mommy!” was heard, hopefully an hour and a half later.  Unfortunately, I heard the first “Mommy!” when I sat up in bed at 6:45 am and reached for the glass of water I keep on my bedside table.  In that moment, I knew this post would not be written until late tonight (it’s 10:45 pm right now, past my bedtime!) and it was a conscious effort to not that let that bother me.  But it did.

We all have constraints on our time, but I was always able to manage so much when I had a certain amount of control over my own time in my pre-maternal era.  This, however, is a situation that isn’t going to change much in the very near future.  However, as renowned author and speaker Dr.Wayne Dyer says, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change,” and so I am going to change the way I look at this shift in control of my time and see if I can psychologically get a grip, so to speak, on a new version of this concept.  Considering it is still Monday and I am posting this tonight, then technically I have achieved my blogging goal for the day.  It may not be at the time I originally planned but I can go to bed feeling satisfied and not cranky…much better!

And you know, there are other times of the day when I do have some control over what I do with my time and perhaps I need to look at this a little more closely and make sure I am using these minutes wisely.  How wonderful that this leads right into the Try-This Tuesday task for this week.  But of course, THAT I will blog about tomorrow – it says so right on tomorrow’s list!

Try-This Tuesday: Get Your Happy Self On Paper

Here’s a suggestion I gave a coaching client a couple of weeks ago.  Funny thing is, last week when I was talking to a good friend of mine, I realized that this is a suggestion I need to consider for myself.

Most days I’m feeling pretty good about things, and when the sun is shining like it is this beautiful morning it is hard to believe anything could ever bring me down.  But it happens.  Maybe a recurrent negative thought, or an anxiety, just kind of creeps up out of nowhere.  Or maybe there’s  a trigger and you know it’s going to take some work to keep your head above the water.  In those moments, it can feel like everything is so terrible.  And yet, everything is not terrible and I think it’s really important to remember that especially when you’re caught up in a negative space.  It may help pull you out of it faster.

*note:  This does not replace the work that goes along with blasting negative underlying beliefs or treating anxieties or phobias.  This is just meant to help pick you up and get you to a space where you feel happier.  Happy thoughts fuel the body with energy to do what needs to be done.

 

So here it is.  Write yourself a letter when you are feeling happy.  Write down why you are feeling happy, what is so great about your life, all the things you are excited about…basically grab this happy, positive moment with your open, receiving hand and pin it down on paper.  Add the colours you relate to positive emotions like happiness and joy (remember the feelings poem?).  Doodle, or decorate with stickers.  Whatever you think will help make your letter as cheery as possible.

The most important part is your words.  Think about this.  Instead of trying to regurgitate someone else’s affirmations or listen to someone else give you a pep talk…you are going to be listening to yourself – the person who knows you best!   

Today feels like a great day to write this letter to myself and I hope you join me.  Hopefully it’s not needed for awhile, but hey, we all have those days or those moments.  There’s no shame in that.  If this helps turn it around a little quicker, that would be great!

Happy writing!

Creativity And The Source Of Awesomeness

We are already in February of the new year – this is about the point when I start feeling a little more settled into the year.  For me, January is still a month of one leg in the past year, 31 days of tying up loose ends and getting a sense of where I am now in time and space.  Now I feel firmly planted in this year.  This may also have something to do with the fact that I can sense Spring around the corner and all the newness that comes with it.  Last night’s dream of tulips budding and blooming was the final push I needed to embrace the new beginning that I find myself in.

As you made your commitments for this new year, whenever that year begins for you, did you look at ways to add spirituality to your life?

What’s with the spirituality business in a blog that is supposed to be about creativity?  Well, it’s like this.  You can’t drive a car well on a flat tire.  You can’t say your house is clean when one of the rooms is cluttered.  If you look at your life like a car or a house and assign the different parts of you to each tire or room, it makes sense that attention needs to be given to all the parts of you for everything to work smoothly.

In my experience and strong belief, creativity and spirituality are strongly linked.  In fact, they are inseparable.  Creativity, in whatever form it comes to you, is a gift from the Universe.  Your expression of your creativity is a gift back to the Universe. Not to use your gift is not the most gracious way to receive it, right?  Imagine being handed a present at your birthday and then chucking it aside without much thought, or telling the giver that you’re too ______ to use it.  (Fill in the blank with words like tired, busy, imperfect, non-creative, grown-up)

Fueling your spiritual side, therefore, strengthens that connection with your creativity.  It allows your creativity to be easily accessed.  You know those a-ha moments when you are “suddenly struck by a great idea”?  Those happen more and more often when you are open to and aware of them.  How do you become more open, more aware?  Deepen your spiritual connection.

I’m going to be honest.  Because the word spirituality is often connected to the word God, I know I run the risk that people who don’t like the word God will either be offended or will tune me out.  If the word God is offensive to you or doesn’t resonate with you, then change it.  What miracle do you believe in?  Nature?  The Laws of Physics?  Well, then that’s what I’m talking about.  Something awesome that can be connected with beauty and progress.

So, how do you deepen that connection?  That’s a question only you can answer.  For some people, it’s by hiking in the woods.  For others it’s by being very still on the floor or on a chair.  I know people who connect by writing in a journal.  I feel the most connected when I’m sitting in the dark with a sleeping child on me.  It’s whatever makes you aware of your Self and its part in something greater.  Imagine that every time you engage in activities that connect you with that Source of Awesomeness you are widening a channel, or de-cluttering a room, or filling up a flat tire.

I heard from several people last month who said that this year they wanted to be more creative.  It was difficult to have this conversation without bumping into topics like “spending time connecting with your Self” because it would be like trying to fill up an empty swimming pool without first turning on the tap.  (I promise, that’s the last analogy.)

Those conversations prompted this post.  There is an entire page of Writing Prompts on this blog for those of you who wish to connect with your Self through writing.  If you recall, I have also always encouraged readers to sit quietly and think about the prompts and then listen for the answers.  If that doesn’t work for you, try something else that feels right.  You probably don’t have to think too hard to find it, and  you likely don’t need a lot of props.  I’m always open to having these conversations with you so you can feel free to drop me a line, too.

Do you have a practice that keeps you connected to your creativity?  We’d love to hear it!