You are divinely guided every moment by the love of the universe.
Focus on your breath.
Inhale deeply to the count of 4.
Then exhale 1,2,3,4.
Watch your breath move in and out.
So if you have walked into a bookstore lately, you probably have seen the **awesome!! happy clap!** display of adult colouring books. Yes, that is right! Permission to colour!!
I spent many hours this summer swooning over the pages of the mandala colouring book I have. Besides being super fun, it struck me that there is so much more going on when we put pen to paper. It is the essence of creation.
So. It is summer. All I want to do is … Nothing.
I’ve been struggling with my to-do list, which is lengthy, and just really not feeling it. I don’t want to ‘To-Do’. I don’t want to do anything.
I want to goof off and play hooky. I want to nerd out on my phone for hours. And when I get tired of that. I want to watch Friends. All of them. I want to fill my mind with cotton candy fluff. I want to doodle and read Facebook.
The struggle is that there are many things, productive-mind-vegetable-type-things, that I really want and need to get done this summer. So, in the midst of all that struggling to be productive, but really not, I called a dear friend.
“Maybe you could just do nothing really well for a week. Give yourself permission to rest. Just goof off, if that is what you want to do.”
So. I gave myself permission to do nothing this week and here I am – productive.
I’m here to say that if you are struggling with procrastination and To-Do-ing, try doing nothing.
No. Really. Try it!
It is wonderful.
Doing nothing is freeing. AND it is wildly productive.
Without trying. Without pressure.
I’m just doing the stuff I like. The stuff I enjoy. The stuff that is beneficial to me and my family. It is easy. I’m being easy in myself and energy has become available for things without trying or forcing.
Now, everytime I do something productive I feel like I am really bad at this doing-nothing thing. I thought with my procrastination skills that I would be way better at it than this.
The truth is, often when we feel pressured we don’t even know what actually needs to be on our list. What we really need is rest, play, cotton candy fluff. That rarely makes the list, but it is tremendously important.
If you are living a creative life, rest and goofing off are important. They are vital to fresh ideas and much needed perspective.
It is the cross-pollenization that is necessary to generate new ideas. We need that restorative break. Regularly. We need the cycle of rest and activity to be truly productive and creative.
So, run an experiment. Goof off this week and see what you get done! ?
Summer is fully here. And with it arrives a dream.
A year ago I started the first draft of my book and since then I have been working on it whenever I could. Now I am lucky to be able to devote my focus and energy this summer on the revisions and edits that will take it from a stream-of-consciousness download to a polished work.
At the same time, I am saying goodbye to a 15+ year career as an environmental risk assessor. It has served me really well, but now is the time to leap into the new.
There is a sound the Universe makes. It is a deep hum.
Listen until you hear the listening.
Only then will you hear it.
When you hear it, it is unmistakable.
It’s voice vibrates your atoms.
It blurs the edges of the concept of ‘you’. Me. I.
In the stillness, allow the waves to roll on through, carrying all your wishes to everywhere all at once.
In this space, this sound, all things are possible.
Imagine tiny golden threads… No… not even that large.
Imagine golden, light-filled strands, tiny filaments of silk. A breath and, afflutter, they swoosh and swirl away. Less solid than a curl of incense rising from the offering.
have been lost,
will you find
what you are looking for.
maybe learning to lose
is the only way to win.
maybe all that is needed is pinky promises, dinosaurs, and aquariums.
I love my bike. Um… Bicycle for you motorcycle enthusiasts… I love my bicycle.
I love the simple process of spinning the cranks and the glide of the tires. I love the balance, the repetition, the wind. I love the forward momentum generated by my own efforts. I love that the goal of every trip is to return home.
That simplicity and ease became my intention for my last Reiki session with a few of my graduated master students.
I am in the process of finishing my book and I have been experiencing perfectionism rise up and derail my progress. I used Reiki to begin the process of shifting that unproductive pattern. And every Reiki session starts with a positively worded intention.
What if… What if writing the remainder of the book could be as easy as riding my beloved bicycle?
Can it really be that simple?
I believe so.
Reiki is amazing. It shifts and transforms the underlying patterns. Old memories and past hurts are just gently released and then filled with light.
I feel calm. I feel peaceful. I feel ready to make some mistakes. I am prepared to publish my imperfect book, to create something that can help people.
I am ready.
Ready to do the work. Ride through all the gears. Patiently crank through the pages. Ride up the long, slow hill of editing. All just to complete the book only I can write.
What if it could all be that simple?
Just show up. Just push off of your support base. Lift up and get down to business. Find your rhythm. Balance. See new sights. Take pleasure in the experience. And return again and again to your home, altered, better, happier. Just gliding through life, free to be real, honest, and vulnerable.
It is so.