Every morning I have been spending time checking in with myself. I'm making a habit of noticing my thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and any dreams I had the night before.
This isn't a very involved process, though it can be and sometimes my check in's point me towards a deeper inquiry, for which I have plenty more tools and time set aside throughout the week.
But generally, it only takes a few minutes of time, well invested.
I will be teaching all of this in my retreat, Croí: The Art of Receiving, by the way, details of which you can find via bio.
I make this practice a priority now, everyday. It only takes a few minutes to turn inward, notice and to set an intentional action for the day in honour of what you need.
This is a practice and it is also, a process; as is the acquiring of any new behaviour.
One of the prompts from #RAWe
is to write up permission slips for ourselves. I wasn't expecting for my own prompt to fit so well into this morning routine.
This permission slip was a direct response to something that my mind was trying to control and hence was holding me in a fearful state and leaving my body, as usual, to take the hit of being the asshole responsible for it all and hence, vulnerable to mistreatment.
All of which I could have carried and been influenced by all day, had I not checked in with myself.
It doesn't mean I get to be perfect, pilgrim. But it does mean I get to be informed.
What might you be carrying that needs permission to be ok?
#Permission #CreativeRecovery #MorningPages #ArtIsMagicOnline #ArtistsWay #BeNourished #bodytrust #bodytrustisyourbirthright #WeAreTheLuckiest #WeDoRecover #Recovery #theunruffledpod #LoveSober #TellBetterStories #YourStoryMatters
I’ve been cross stitching every day for @herinternest
. ✂️ And... I’ve finished my storytime sampler!!! Can you believe it?!? ☺️ Before I share the final piece I’ve missed posting a couple of vignettes including this one from Harry Potter. It wasn’t part of the original design, but I couldn’t leave Hogwarts out could I? ✨ #kindlecuriosity
😹This cutie photobombed my sick 🤒 in bed selfie 😻 I have a cold 🤧 and I’m on the week of the artist’s way where I can’t watch tv or read 😿 anyone have healing remedies they recommend?🙏🏽
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Week 3 of The Artists Way course. This is my first time going through Julia Cameron‘s material and it is beautiful. Already I am seeing places where unhealthy patterns of thinking have kept me blocked and how my blocked self was easier to justify than actually pushing forward into successes. Funny how a person who helps others get unstuck was pretty stuck. “Physician heal thyself!” The daily pages i.e. writing every day (morning or evenings) has been a great discipline to re-practice. I’ve already seen some more developed thinking in my writing, even in my approach to teaching and preparing my lectures.
I am an artist. Words and ideas paint the canvas of my work. I am created for using my voice to help make a shift in ways people and organizations think about things. I create movement in people’s lives so they will be inspired to flourish.
#unleash #iamanartist #wordsmatter #ideasflourish #flourish #artistsway #getunstuck #oneword365 #write #create #showyourwork #createmovement #coach #leadershipcoaching #cultivatewhatmatters
40 DAYS OF CREATIVITY:
Simply put, we are all either creating or destroying in this game called life. In a technological world of great pressure and stress, consistent creativity is a beautiful rebellion.
In my own experience, I’m ready to use the momentum of this new year to commit to creativity through writing, every day, for 40 days. Where are you hungry to create?
In the kitchen?
On the piano?
On an easel?
With your camera?
We begin a community-wide challenge of 40 days of consistent creativity this Monday, January 21st. Learn more at the link in my bio and stay tuned for Instagram updates + stories.
If you are joining, leave a note below on what creative project you’ll be working on through the 40 days.
.40 DAYS OF CREATIVITY:
This painting is intentioned to be a working canvas. Something to stare at, pick at, add to and paint over. For a year, the golden drips reminded me to let life flow regardless if I knew the plan. And, it did some incredible healing when I needed things to feel repaired inside of my soul.
Just like life. It’s time to paint the canvas once again. We grow & transform & are ready to move on. We wake up, and sometimes we are just ready for a change: a new way of being, and a desire for a new energy to flow through.
Maybe it’s a small shift: just a new notebook or a new soft & cozy sweater. Or maybe it’s more magical: the discovery and overwhelming curiosity about an avant-garde artist, an inspiring human or a true connection with a friend. May we continue to #create
things just because that’s what #humans
#hyggemyhome #hygge #art #artistsoninstagram #healing #writer #creativity #artyogaplay #paint #makebeautiful #artistsway #flow #color #mixedmedia #discovery #dorothyhoodmademe
Do you have a morning practice?
This photo was going to be a carefully composed Instagram shot of a blank journal page a pen and a warm fire about using this morning writing practice as a tool to prepare for my appearance as a guest on a new podcast to talk about interviewing. Then Trooper slipped in, along with a half chewed empty rice container he nabbed from a cupboard inadvertently left unlocked. I realize the best morning practice is one that makes itself mandatory. I’m not up at 5:30 because I have a uniquely strong will, I’m up at 5:30 because I have no choice. The kids have to get to the bus. But I love that early morning time. I’m not out at the river every morning feeding my very soul with the sight, sound, feel and smell of nature because I am uniquely motivated. I’m there because the dog’s got business to do. The morning practice of writing puts my day on a firm foundation. The trick is to make in mandatory. . .
#morningpractice #morningritual #artistsway #morningpages #creativity #interviewlessons
كائناتي هوشمند و آماده به پاسخ به درخواست ها و آرزوهاي ما هميشه حاضرند!
آيا تو نيز حاضري ؟ بارها از فرزي و چابكي دستي كه كائنات از طريق آن پيشكش هايش را عطا ميكند به شگفت آمده ام.
كائنات در حمايت خود ولخرج است، اين ماييم كه در آنچه مي پذيريم خسيس هستيم دندان هاي اسب پيشكشي را مي شماريم!
در مسير روياهايتان قدم برداريد تا ببينيد چگونه و به طور همزمان همه درها گشوده مي شوند.
#كائنات #انرژي_مثبت #رشد_فردی #راه_هنرمند #universe #universequotes #selflove #juliacameron #artistsway
This may come as a shock to most of you but I am not super organized! 🤷🏻♀️ #thestruggleisreal
That being said, I have lots of journals, apps, planners, organizers, everywhere. Can you relate?🙋🏻♀️ Some have worked for me and some have not. If an organizer or planner is cumbersome and huge and overwhelming, forget it. I bought it but I didn’t do it. But if something is concise and creative I tend to stick with it more. Writing (pen to paper) things down, for me, is a must. I also keep lots in my phone, mostly scheduling and notes, not productivity.
Here are a few things that have worked for me:
🍃Gratitude journal @oolalife
🍃Blank notebooks. ❤️📚 for #morningpages #artistsway @juliacameronlive
🍃Desktop calendar @inkwellpress
🍃Google calendar app
What are your favorites?
"Be very careful to safeguard your newly recovering artist." I struggle a lot with this whole paragraph because I do value helping others (and I also think ladies are raised to put others' needs before their own).
But what do y'all think about this paragraph? How does it resonate with you?
Heading out after a week of writing, for a week of tour with @dustbowlrevival
I did a lot of introspection in 2018, a lot. And I dove into myself as the only answer, for the first time in my life. (new artists way, standing up for myself (clear communication), filling up my worthiness, no fixing. Just following joy and holding space and setting boundaries)
I 👏 feel 👏 unstoppable 🙌
We’re en route to WA, AK and Vancouver, then shortly thereafter were on the mid Atlantic East Coast.
Come Play, I’ll tell you all about it.
Also, i just found out I’m a 9, wing 8 on the #enneagram
“Interpret all situations and relationships as having symbolic importance, even if you cannot immediately understand what it is.” - Caroline Myss, PhD, Anatomy of the Spirit
Yesterday, I posted a shared quote in my #nourishyourwholeself
Facebook group page that was saying rather than come from the perspective of “why is this happening to me?” to turn it around and ask, “what is this trying to teach me?”
Going into the symbolic can take us out of the pain of the events. It can give us healthy distance and even a #creative
way to peer into what is happening.
This is why art is so important for healing. Art accesses the deep recess of the invisible and makes it visible, through shapes, sound, color, form, dance. No words are needed with the symbolic. Only the timelessness of how our inner self needs to express.
As Caroline Myss has said, “The symbolic is the terrain of the soul.” And I would add on that our creativity can take us there...
ITS MONDAY...first of all release yourself from pressure and expectation. Do what you can and don’t let the horrible sense of trying to achieve poison unique creativity. Creativity seems to often come gently and in unexpected forms. - this is what I am saying to myself as I make this face and throw myself out there. #smallbusiness
Check-In Week 6 of #TheArtist
’sWay, I am tuning into a greater understanding of the word abundance and it feels natural to do so
Here are the Top 7 lessons that I am taking with me at this time from @juliacameronlive
Julia Cameron shares —
1. Listening to the siren song of more, we are deaf to the still small voice waiting in our soul to whisper, “You’re enough.”
2. We cling to our financial concerns as a way to avoid not only our art but also our spiritual growth.
3. What would a nontoxic god think of your creative goals? Might such a god really exist? If so, would money or your job or your lover remain your higher power?
4. Looking at God’s creation, it is pretty clear that the creator itself did not know when to stop.
5. Creativity is not and never has been sensible. Why should it be? Why should you be?
6. Making art begins with making hay while the sun shines. It begins with getting into the now and enjoying your day. It begins with giving yourself some small treats and breaks.
7. Creativity lives in paradox : serious art is born from serious play
#juliacameron #week6 #check
-in #artistsway #senseofabundance #recovery #god #supply #artist #creativity #love #selfhelp #course #12weeks #morningpages #artistdates #tasks #prosperity #unlimitedsupply #abundance
Nearing the end of Week 7 in the Artist's Way. One of the exercises was to write this phrase down, in the hopes that seeing it often will stick in your head. I've spent so much of my life caring for others, and even objects, that I've neglected my own passions. The Artist's Way has so far been an effective (but scary) journey into recovering who I once was. Join me as I discover who I was and where I am going.
Instead of Artist’s Way and morning pages, this year I’m starting a new ritual: day book. It’s a place to practice recording observations, images, encounters, beautiful things. It’s making me realize how intentional I must be about attuning to my own experiences. As artist Anne Truitt writes in her Daybook, “...I have to stay ‘turned on’ all the time, to keep my receptivity to what is around me totally open. Preconception is fatal to this process. Vulnerability is implicit in it; pain, inevitable.” 💛k
SUNDAY WALK ll around the neighborhood. Just me, my Nikon and my little Kiki (🐈). The first of many weekly "artist dates" with myself which I intend to honor this winter. And hopefully, beyond. But one day at a time. .
The dates are to spark creativity and remind myself how to play, without agenda or purpose. Just play. Or paint. Or draw. Or dance. Or whatever else will get me off the computer, out of social media, and unlocking my imagination. .
All part of The Artist's Way 12-week journey I am finally embracing, as so many others I admire have done before me. So far, in just a week, I can feel the ice breaking. .
Have you ever used The Artist's Way to break through barriers and unlock your creativity? Tell me how it made an impact... I'd love to know!