Start With Love

I love you & and there's nothing you can do about it.

In moments of transition and managing my "messy middle" over the past several years (Brené Brown, Rising Strong), I've created a manifesto for the decade of my forties. I made a distinct decision to teach the profound benefits of setting up a mindfulness practice in your life. As a means to pay closer attention, and unleash your unique (and, oh, so needed) creativity & compassion. 

A mindfulness practice and toolbox makes space for all of it. Sadness, grief, negativity or darkness, and especially, your creativity, compassion, courage, kindness, contribution, and music.

This morning I'm in awe of a divine grace that's pouring into my life, a melody and music that's bigger than me.

I'm head-over-heels in love with creativity and artistic expression. It's changing everything in my life. And I marvel at the projects taking shape and form right before my eyes. Watercolors, sketches, websites, marketing pieces, figure drawing, writing, film making, commissions, collaborations, and the piano. The music (more coming soon for you) ...... Guilty as charged, I confess, I'm an idea addict ..... Thank God I've recently found support for this.

And I'm reading Elizabeth Gilbert's new book Big Magic: 
(Holy Crap it's good)
My sister & I are going to hear her speak in person on Friday night!

"I believe that our planet is inhabited not only by animals and plants and bacteria and viruses, but also by ideas. Ideas are a disembodied, energetic life-form. They are completely separate from us, but capable of interacting with us—albeit strangely. Ideas have no material body, but they do have consciousness, and they most certainly have will. Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest. And the only way an idea can be made manifest in our world is through collaboration with a human partner. It is only through a human's efforts that an idea can be escorted out of the ether and into the realm of the actual."

Spot on Elizabeth Gilbert. Almost perfect. I've only one edit. Am I about to edit this New York Time's best selling author? I think so ..... sure ..... why the hell not? I'm sure she'd encourage it.

I believe ideas are not separate from us, rather, they are God-like, interwoven in the divine fabric of all of us. I need to believe that all the creative ideas swirling around us are connected to a divine power greater than me or you, and available to any one of us for collaboration and exploration. If we are willing to ask and then take action.

And these ideas are magnified when our efforts are fueled with love, kindness, or compassion.

At some point, in your creative process, hopefully, you'll find a courage to set it free. Off it will go into physical form, and you'll allow the art to stand as another child of divine grace. 

I'm so excited to teach you everything I know about collaborating and cooperating with your creativity and "music". It's something magical. It has certainly improved my life, and immune system.

Your mindfulness challenge for today is an invitation to consider losing your conflict with creativity. That's right, you heard me! Drop it, ditch it, flush it, smack it, burn it. It's time to cooperate, and collaborate with creativity! 

Thank you Nikas, for your stunning ideas on conflict and cooperation last night. I'm tickled blue by your grand entrance into my life. And I request many more conversations under blood orange fall moons.

I imagine you, my tribe members, joyfully dancing, this fall and winter, to the rhythm of your heart, cultivating mindfulness, and paying close attention to the possibility of creativity in your life. I smile when you listen to the subtle symphonies within, and bravely share your music with the world.

I'd like to welcome our newest member of Viral Mindfulness Monday, Jillian, from Salt Lake City. It was such an honor to speak with you today, and the other students in your class. Your campus is lucky to have a room filled with sprouting ideas of truth and compassion, and such great wisdom from your instructor Elisa Stone.

I want to share several ideas that I'm absolutely in love with this week.

If I were performing in a drag show ..... I'd want my name to be Alexander-ella.

What if you were wiling to turn your heart over to grace and creativity?

Grow along spiritual lines (The Big Book, AA).

Time passed & pain turned into memory (Disney's live action Cinderella).

Would who she was, who she really was, be enough? There was no magic to help her this time. This is perhaps the greatest risk that any of us will ever take. To be seen as we truly are (Disney's live action Cinderella).

We are never prepared for what we expect (James Michener).

From Cheryl Strayed, Wild:

There’s no way to know what makes one thing happen and not another .... what leads to what, what destroys what, what causes what to flourish, or die, or take another course ..... What if I forgive myself? What if I was sorry? But if I could go back in time I wouldn’t do a single thing differently ..... What if I wanted to sleep with every single one of those men? What if heroin taught me something? What if all those things I did were the things that got me here? What if I never was redeemed? What if I already was?
After I lost myself in the wilderness of my grief, I found my own way out of the woods.
I knew only that I didn’t need to reach with my bare hands anymore, that seeing the fish beneath the surface of the water was enough, that it was everything. My life, like all lives, irrevocable, sacred. So very close. So very present. So very belonging to me. How wild it was to let it be.

How exciting and wild it's going to be this fall ..... Autumn 2015 ..... as we awaken and unleash your creativity & compassion, and let it be, a wild & transformational color in your life.

PS I'm in love with this watercolor I've started? What do you think I should add to this piece next?

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