Old Sayings/Modern Wisdom #11: Are You Rowing or Waiting?

Do You Have an Internal Locus of Control?

Are you an innie or an outie?  Do you believe that your choices and actions play a large role in helping to create your life experience? Or, do you feel that your life experience is mostly due to external forces?  Do you passively wait for things to get better? Or do you actively engage in healthy experiments to improve your mood or situation?   As part of this blog’s Old Sayings / Modern Wisdom series, the old Polish saying found below will give you a metaphor to integrate this important principle… Read More→

Why & How to Use Invocation Prayer?  Two Great Resources to Get You Started

Invocation prayer and sacred poetry are not just for “true believers.”

Memorizing poetry and reciting it is a practice that falls under Strategy of the Spirit # 9:  Saturate Thyself.   Modern neuroscience and age-old wisdom traditions tell us that what we hold in mind has a very real, powerful effect on our mood, bodies and neurochemistry.

What Have You Been Invoking Lately?

How do you set the tone for your day?  With conscious intent or reactive emotion?   Watch your language!  It has true power.  What are you invoking? Do you say things often that sound anything like:

  • “I can’t stand……”
  • “I hate …..”
  • “Crap, it’s ……”
  • “Life sucks, and then….”

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How to Write a Poem By Accident in Four Fun Steps (by Word Magnet Tracey Lazore)

It’s Poetry Month Again

…so I asked my friend and poet Tracey Lazore how to write a poem.  Why bother?   The benefits of simply reading poetry are surprising!  (I wrote about them in last April’s post, Ten Benefits of Poetry Month You May Be Missing.)  Tracey has been a member of my Creativity & Camaraderie Club for the past seven years.  Every month she blows us away with her power poetry.   I wondered how she does it.  She explained that she often plays a poetry game to overcome creative procrastination and to invite spontaneous inspiration.  Here is one game she plays: Read More→

Why does this Personality Type Test Make Us Cringe? (When It Can Actually Transform Our Lives)

There Are Many Personality Type Tests…

but there are only three I routinely use in my practice.  People generally love taking personality assessments and then talking about what type they are with their friends and family.  Interestingly, the personality type test that can really transform our lives and relationships is one that first makes us cringe.  We often do not like what we learn about ourselves when we discover our Enneagram type.  Why? Read More→

Old Sayings / Modern Wisdom #10:  Your Biggest Block to Personal Transformation

Personal transformation happens to all of us across our lifetime. 

The question is, “what direction is your personal transformation leading toward?”  Are you evolving or devolving?   No one, I repeat, no one, gets to maintain the status quo forever.  Sooner or later life invites us to make a different response.  Will we respond with positive growth or will we resist and stagnate?

Getting Unstuck

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SoulCollage Workshop: You Are Invited

Have You Caught the SoulCollage Virus Yet?

The best way to catch this positive virus is in community.  SoulCollage* has been sweeping the country. It transforms lives, creates meaningful community and fosters creativity and intuition in a very non-threatening, “anybody-can-do-it” way.  (Have you seen Read More→

Old Sayings /Modern Wisdom #9 Plus The Bell I Can’t Unring

If You or the People You Love Eat Food

Old sayings say a lot.  The old saying “You can’t unring a bell” came to my mind after I watched the powerful TedTalk you will find below. Why? Because after watching it I simply cannot “un-know” the alarming science and political facts behind the increasing toxicity of our food supply. “You can’t unring a bell” means that once something Read More→

Do You Expect the Unexpected?

When Things Fall Apart Are You Surprised?

Embracing uncertainty is one of life’s big challenges.  To expect the unexpected is a sign of flexible maturity.  Often we try to organize our lives to avoid surprises.  Because our brains are wired to always anticipate threat first, we forget that the unexpected can bring us some of life’s most wonderful experiences as well.  We worry and plan and micromanage ourselves to keep uncertainty at bay.  Has this ever really worked for you?  In hindsight, it was never the things I wasted my time worrying about that blindsided me.  My life’s most painful challenges came in ways I never in a million years would have imagined.  But the most amazing and wonderful things also arrived in equally unexpected ways!
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