08 March 2016

Why your imperfections make you perfect


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"Perfection itself is imperfection."

— Vladimir Horowitz


The gap between Lauren Hutton's two front teeth.
The wiggly lines of Gahan Wilson's cartoons.
Uneven brush marks in hand-painted china.
The leaning tower of Pisa.
The tempo at which Toscannini or Glenn Gould raced through pieces.
Odd chisel marks in hand-made furniture.
These are just a few examples of what might be thought of as imperfections that, in fact, make a person, place or thing memorable, beautiful, unique.
My favorite live figure model of all time hated her thighs. What a pity. She was stunning.
Make a little list for yourself of physical things, personality traits, or emotional baggage that you think make you imperfect. Forget about what you think anyone else may think about these things. You'll never know for sure anyway. Plus, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. It matters what you think, how you feel about yourself.
Take that little list and find a way to accept, embrace, and ultimately love each and every one of those things, traits, and pieces of baggage. You may find that this exercise can make it easier to let go of said baggage because, hey, who needs it and who has places to store that old crap anymore?
Anyway, all the little marks and bruises, faux pas and clumsiness, guilt about Bad Things You've Done and so forth, all of those things make you you. And by the way, you—the real you— is just traveling in this body and personality temporarily.
You're much bigger and brighter and shinier than you remember. There is no one like you. Never to be repeated, you are a miraculous variation of the human being.
Learn to love yourself.
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"As machines become more and more efficient and perfect, so it will become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man."

—Ernst Fischer

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New Moon in Pisces

Yep, it's a New Moon again! Tonight at 8:55 PM EST, the New Moon is in Pisces (the last sign of the Zodiac), it's a supermoon and a total solar eclipse. (There are SIX supermoons this year!)
Come to think of it, my friend Caren is down near Bali somewhere right now leading a group of eclipse watchers to a peak experience.
You can have your own peak experience in the privacy of your own home. Set aside some time to write out intentions for yourself for the next month. Light a candle and read your intentions aloud.
Here's another thing. Because this New Moon is in the last sign of the Zodiac, it's the perfect (!) time to let go of what no longer serves you.
I mean it. Whatever is really in your way or holding you back or making you ill, move it aside, let it go or stop it right now. There couldn't be a better time and you'll have the support you need to release yourself.
Okay. That's the moon news.
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"The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell."

—Ben Okri

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The Art of Allowing

Join me this Thursday night (March 10) at 8 PM EST, for this month's Creative Healing call.
Click here to register.  This month's theme is The Art of Allowing.
As usual, the call will include some inspiration, a short meditation, suggestions for setting intentions, some tools and exercises to experiment with in the coming month, and a Q&A to get your wheels turning and start a brief discussion. It's fun and thought-provoking.
PLUS, when you join the call you're entered to win one of three gifts. Whether you're interested in some simple daily exercises to help with your healing yourself, essential oils, or just curious about what these calls offer, you're welcome to join us.
Click here to register for our call on March 10th at 8 pm EST.
I'd love for you to join me!

08 February 2016

Fire Monkey!

"Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey."

—Malcolm de Chazal

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I wish you great fortune this Monkey year!

A New Year all over again...

but it is a special day to consider how you might craft a transformed version of yourself no matter what's going on, inside or out. We have an opportunity to renew our thoughts, our well-being, and attitude. God knows, I work at it every single day, new moon, new year, or just a new day!

Today (9:39 am est) marks the first New Moon (in Aquarius) of the Lunar Cycle and thefirst day of Chinese New Year2016 is the year of the Fire Monkey.
As with every new moon and the western New Year, you have a perfect opportunity to set good intentions. Actually, you have a couple of days to think about your short term and long term intentions and then you can put them in writing on the 10th.
In fact, I am hosting the first of my monthly Creative Well-Being calls on the evening of February 10th at 8 pm EST. During that call, one of the things I'll be talking about is just that—how and why to set new intentions. Click here to register.
The call will include some inspiration, a short meditation, suggestions for setting intentions, some tools and exercises to experiment with in the coming month, and a Q&A to get your wheels turning and start a brief discussion. It's fun and thought-provoking.
PLUS, when you join the call you're entered to win one of three gifts. Whether you're interested in some simple daily exercises to help with your well-being, essential oils, or just curious about what these calls offer, you're welcome to join us.
Click here to register for our call on February 10th at 8 pm EST.
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"You've got to know what you want. This is central to acting on your intentions. When you know what you want, you realize that all there is left then is time management. You'll manage your time to achieve your goals because you clearly know what you're trying to achieve in your life."

—Patch Adams

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Learn more about the Chinese New Year
Click here for a digest of thoughts on this New Moon in Aquarius.
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"Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there."

—Henry James


07 January 2016

Not by bread alone

Bread and lilies, ink and watercolor

"...so this is the sound of you
here and now whether or not

anyone hears it..."

—W. S. Merwin

Welcome


Has anyone welcomed you into your new year? If not, allow me to do so.

Welcome yourself. Into each morning, each moment.

The etymology of the word welcome is from willa "pleasure, desire, choice" and cuma "guest". Allow yourself to welcome what you choose, what pleases you, and what you desire. And for anyone who thinks that may be a "selfish" approach to life, let me say that you may find that what pleases you is bringing light, love, and joy or help to another.

That being said, I find that if I take good care of myself, extremely good care, I am always in better condition to bring light, love, joy and help to another.

So, my wish for you in the new year and beyond is to feel like a welcome guest every day in your own life. Treat yourself as you would your most esteemed, beloved visitor and my hunch is that most everyone else around will feel welcomed, too.

"Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity."
—Henri Nouwen