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The act of creation

  • Posted on October 4, 2014 at 2:19 pm

I love being creative.  I love the feeling of creating something that wouldn’t have existed if it weren’t for my thoughts and energy to bring it into being.

I also love giving to others.  I love the feeling of brightening another person’s day through my actions.

And so I’m feeling great just now!

I have just finished creating a birthday present for a dear family member, which I believe will be well received.  In fact I think it will bring a little squeal of delight when it is opened.  And if that sort of reaction is received, I think my cup of happiness might overflow!!!

 

Create - because it feels good!

Create – because it feels good!

So I am feeling very blessed right now.  Infinite Love and Gratitude!!!

I am feeling blessed for the skills that I have accumulated in my life to allow me to create this gift.

I am feeling grateful to the service providers who will complete the final step of the creation process, and turn my ideas, that are still in digital form, into a physical gift to be given.

I am feeling incredibly thankful for the opportunity to enjoy a ‘catch up’ week, where I took time in lieu away from my work, which has allowed me to do a big spring clean.  With the freeing up of my time I have been able to sort, organise and spruce up my physical space, which has allowed my mind to relax and get into this creative mode.  It feels gooooood.     🙂

 

I am reminded of one my favourite quotes:

“The point of life is not to get anywhere—it is to notice that you are, and have always been, already there. You are always and forever in the moment of pure creation. The point of life therefore is to create—who and what you are, and then to experience that.”  ~  Neale Donald Walsch

And so in this moment I am choosing to create…  these words, this blog, as an expression and reminder of the love that I experience running through my body when I am using my time, skills and energy with the intent of creating something that will bring joy to another.

So my question to you is, what will you create today?

 

The most popular talks of all time

  • Posted on September 23, 2014 at 9:42 am

Have you discovered TED talks?

They cover such a wonderful range of topics, and I have always found them engaging.  Check them out by clicking this link:

The most popular talks of all time

Happy watching and learning!

Delayed for a reason?

  • Posted on September 2, 2014 at 10:28 am

So its been a stressful couple of weeks for me. Way too much to do, and much too little time for it all. And the outcome has been that I’ve had to make other people wait for tasks I haven’t yet found time to complete.

And I’ve been feeling bad about that.

I don’t like letting people down. I don’t like making people wait, especially beyond the anticipated timeframe I had promised them. And so I push and push myself to work harder, work later, work into the early hours of the morning, until I can’t do it anymore and I crumble under the pressure. This was me last Friday, crumbling and crying because I felt I was letting too many people down in too many different areas of my life.

And then I spoke to a wise friend of mine this morning who changed my perception.

He asked me; is it possible that my clients are being delayed for a reason?

Perhaps I am the person facilitating them to take stock of their current situation and re-think their approach. While their initial hope was to receive their request last week, being forced (through me) to wait, create space for further analysing and deeper thinking, may be driving them towards a better solution overall.Expect Delays

You see I forgot that I am part of a bigger plan. I fell into the trap of thinking that my life and my responsibilities are only about me. But in a universe where everyone and everything is interconnected, it must also be in the benefit of my clients to be delayed. Because ultimately everything that happens is always in our longer-term benefit (we just can’t see it when we are in the middle of it!).

 

Have you ever had a situation like that?
A time where an unexpected delay turned out to be in your benefit?

I recall a time when I was making a birthday cake for my daughter and was so focused on being creative with how I would decorate it that I actually forgot the cake mix at the grocery store. It took an out-of-character hold-up at the cash register to prompt my memory and save me a trip home and back again to the shops. I think I may have even written a blog post about it here somewhere.

The challenge, in the moment of delay, is to open our thinking and ask, what is the benefit of this delay?
What more can I notice in this moment?
Is there something for me to observe, or remember, that I have the opportunity to connect into while I am forced to wait?

And so now I feel much lighter.
I will continue to do my all to complete my responsibilities to the best of my ability, within the framework of also honouring myself.

This is the important part. Remembering that my primary responsbility is to myself. I may choose to help and serve others as an expression of joy, for the sheer pleasure of using and experiencing the skills that I possess.

When I can give of my time, skills and energy, from a place of enthusiasm and enjoyment, I am offering not just the completion of the task but the dispensing of positive vibes as well. And this has a much bigger impact on the happiness of our world than over-working in a state of resentment.

I would love to hear from you. Have you ever had a situation where you thought you were ‘dropping the ball’, only to discover that that delay you created for the other person actually ended up being to their benefit?

Here’s hoping we can all stay in the flow of life…

Inspire

  • Posted on August 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

I was asked to write a speech for an “Inspire Luncheon” this week, and I thought it might be nice to share it with the wider community. Enjoy!

We are blessed to have some interesting speakers keen to inspire us throughout this afternoon, and as this is the “Inspire Luncheon”, I thought we could begin by pondering the word “Inspire”.

I looked up Google’s primary definition of the verb “Inspire”, which explained it is to “fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.”

And shortly thereafter I was inspired to do just that, to do something creative, in particular to present you with a short list of possible sources of inspiration, by working through the letters of the word INSPIRE itself.

  • I is for Innovation, the creation of something new. It is when we are using the fullness of our skills and creativity that we feel truly alive. It is in our desire to make the world a better place, to improve upon what we already have, that can fill us with the energy to take action.
  • N is for Nuances, the observing of things intently, to the point where we notice fine details that had eluded us before. For example you might contemplate the thought that each person in this room is attending the same event, hearing the same words and yet we each experience it from a unique perspective, even if the next person is only a few centimetres away from you, the angle from which they perceive the room is still slightly different.
  • S is for Suspending Judgement. When we pass judgement on something we are enforcing our views of the past onto that which we see in our present. When we judge something we expect it to stay the same, or be used the same as it always has been. Suspending Judgement allows us to see things from a new perspective and frees us up to repurpose or reinvisage new possibilities.
  • P is for Presence, as in the present moment. It is the opening of our heart and mind and allowing our awareness to expand to take in the many wonders that are around us continuously.
  • I is just that, I as in the ‘Me’ that is choosing to be inspired. It is a taking of responsibility to take action. It is the belief in our personal power to make change. It is the recognition that I am the creator of my life and I have the ability to invent new possibilities.
  • R is for Review, for in reviewing existing things and questioning if there is a better way, often new ideas come forth. As Isaac Newton famously said “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”.
  • E is for Exploration, visiting new places, meeting new people, learning new techniques, having new experiences. All of these are opportunities for inspiration to step in.

So now I will pass over to our next speaker, but before I do I would like to leave you with the thought that the word Inspire is in essence a verb. It is an action word. Some synonyms are stimulate, motivate, encourage and energize. All of these are action focused. They are about taking our ideas and implementing them. Not just thinking about and analyzing things, but actually taking steps to make manifest our unique creations. It reminds us how good it feels to be in that space of creation, to be putting our talents and skills on the line and making a difference.

So my advice is that if you are ever in a situation where you are looking for inspiration, simply take action, in any direction, in any way, and the momentum you generate will carry you forward to adventures and creations far beyond your current imaginings.

Thankyou.

The Present

  • Posted on August 5, 2014 at 10:13 am

Last weekend I played soccer, and after the game our opposition hosted us for drinks and nibblies. It was a beautiful day for outdoor sport, cool air but no wind, the sun popping in and out of the clouds, and a nice green grass pitch that was neither too hard nor too muddy. It was perfect. A gift. A present.

And yet, I wondered, did all my team allow themselves to receive that gift? Or did they allow their focus on the outcome diminish the gift of the experience?
Sure, we lost 3-1 despite having played really well. This can be one of the frustrations of soccer that the scoreboard doesn’t always reflect the domination of play.

Over pizza and cake, I got chatting with some of the girls from our opposition and one of the topics we got onto was the realisation of how fortunate we are to be able to play this sport. When I sit back to think about the multitude of things that need to be in alignment to allow events like this to occur, there is no other way to feel than truly blessed.

My gratitude thoughts went something like this:
– I am physically healthy and capable of running around and playing this game
– My family are physically healthy and supportive which allows me the time to enjoy recreation endeavours
– There are enough other girls happy to also play to make both a team and an opposition
– As a girl I am free in this country to make choices, one of which is to enjoy sport
– I have the means to physically transport myself to the ground where the game is played
– The city I live in provides wonderful outdoor spaces for us to enjoy for recreation
– What an awesome day to be outside, to be alive!

And then my thoughts returned to a book gifted to my husband by a friend, which I would like to share with you:

This book reminded me to stop looking to the future for the gift of life, and remember to notice all the wonders that are in my life right now.

The best part about having the physical book, is the reminder of its message simply by seeing the book on the shelf, or on my desk. Once read, the story stays with you and the message can be received just by a glance at the books cover.

Because that is all we really need. Just a prompt. A reminder to be present. To return to gratefulness in this very moment.

The mere fact that you are reading this article implies that you have access to elecricity, and a computer. I will assume you are probably inside a building in a comfortable temperature-controlled environment. There is probably food in your belly, clothes on your back, and you have learnt how to read.

All of these things are gifts. They are presents in the present moment. You are abundantly blessed, and so am I. Infinite Love & Gratitude.

Just get started

  • Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:43 am
Inertia

Inertia

So I’ve decided it has been WAY TOO LONG since I last posted to this site. And this got me thinking… what has been holding me back?

Yes, I’ve procrastinated.
Yes, I’ve found other “more important” things to do.
Yes, I’ve been stuck in knowing what to write about.

But really its been a bit of fear kicking in. “What if no-one likes what I’ve got to write?” “Is it a waste of my time adding to this site anyway?”

And then it dawned on me. I am spending way too much time being creative in reasons NOT to write, when I could be using that creative energy to simply write ANYTHING.

You see I believe that a body in motion is easy to adjust to a more fruitful path than one that is still stationary.  It is simply the force of inertia. And now that I have got going, the ideas are flowing, and hey, I’m even surprising myself with what I’m writing. I wonder what thought will come next?

And then it occurs to me that I’m no longer forcing the process of creation. Now I am simply allowing. The words are flowing. They are forming almost as fast as I can type, and I wonder am I really thinking them or simply dictating them from a higher source?

Is this the creative process? Simply get started, in any direction, because in the moving process we allow ourselves to move away from the fear. We allow ourselves to simply be in the moment of creation, and this is when our soul starts to sing. Perhaps I will start to sing now, who knows! Perhaps that will be fun. Perhaps I can find an even greater form of joy to move towards, and now that I am already moving it is easier to keep moving…

And with that thought I am going to sign off and encourage you to take a first step… in any direction… and just get moving, because once you are moving the momentum builds and creation unfolds.

Happy creating.

 

 

If you’re looking for a book to read on this topic, here’s a great one: