Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty, they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the “creative bug” is just a wee voice telling you, “I’d like my crayons back, please.”
(Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity)
Today Rezi, my twelve-week old Golden Retriever, had her first life coaching session.
Me: Rezi, do I have permission to coach you? (We don’t have a coaching agreement, so I need to ask her this.) ;-)
Me: What would you liked to be coached on today?
Rezi: How to make this teething thing hurt less.
Me: What specifically would you like to get from today’s session?
Rezi: Some small steps or an action plan of some sort that will help me with the teething process.
Me: What has worked for you in the past with teething?
Rezi: Chewing on stuff.
Me: Would that help you now?
Rezi: Yes, I think it would.
Me: What small, very doable, “chewing” steps could you take this week?
Rezi: I could chew on toys for 1/2 hour at a time, twice a day.
Me: When do you see doing this?
Rezi: Once in the morning when Zydeco is resting and once in the evening after dinner.
Me: How will I know that you have done this?
Rezi: The legs on your chairs will not look like a beaver has come to visit.
Me: Excellent! Rezi, what I know about you: you have an insatiable curiosity about things. Is this chewable? Where is Zydeco? What can I get into now? It’s not at all surprising that curiosity is one of your top signature strengths.
Today I am grateful for my precious puppy and my gorgeous golden boy. What are you grateful for?
Chenrezig Hanalei Jolie – Rezi
Pippi’s Positive Psychology
Date: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Time: 1 p.m. PDT/2 p.m. MDT/
3 p.m. CDT/4 p.m. EDT
There’s something magical about revisiting books we loved as children. We reconnect to our childhood – a time when many of us experienced great joy and knew exactly who we were. No one knows herself better than Pippi Longstocking.
• Was Pippi Longstocking a childhood hero of yours?
• Do you long to live a life that’s truer to who you are?
• Would you like to be healthier, more vibrant, and happier?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, Pippi Longstocking is the teacher for you.
In this fun and playful teleclass, we will explore various positive psychology principles embodied by Pippi Longstocking. You will receive PIPPI’S POINTERS on how to:
• Increase Positivity in your life
• Become a Benefit Finder vs. a Fault Finder
• Spot and play to your Strengths
Familiarity with the book, Pippi Longstocking, is helpful but not necessary. Knowledge of “Pluttification” (Pippi’s word for “Multiplication”) is neither necessary nor helpful.
This teleclass is free. You pay only long distance charges to the bridge line.
1. Please email your registration to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Place the words “Pippi’s Positive Psychology” in the subject line.
3. In the body of your email, include:
• Your full name
• Your preferred email address
In response to your registration you will receive confirmation of your registration and the call-in information.
This call will be recorded and may be used for product at a later time.
If you have questions, please contact Laurie at email@example.com.
About Your Teleclass Leader:
Laurie M. Hawley, J.D. is a certified master life, creativity, and positive psychology coach and owner of Aha Life Design LLC. She loves helping others reconnect with childlike joy and flourish in both life and business. .
Recently I signed up for Stanford’s online “A Crash Course on Creativity.” For our first assignment, we were asked to “Design the Cover of Your Autobiography: Include an image, the title, subtitle, and write a 200 word (or less) biography.”
I really enjoyed our first assignment, so I wanted to share my book cover (above) and Prologue. I don’t have computer or graphic expertise, so my cover is very simple. I went into compare and despair when I saw other people’s submissions, but that’s a topic for a different blog post. I spent more time on my prologue and found writing it to be quite instructive.
What would the book cover of your autobiography look like? How would you describe your life in 200 words or less?
Inclinations and talents, undeveloped yet present
Curious, open, enchanted by sunbeams dancing on a wall
Dreaming, playing, reveling in Nature
Inspired by a voice within:
“You can be a writer, an actress, a wizard.”
Gradual forgetting and mindlessness
Riddled by “shoulds,” my voice lost in a din of external expectations
A misguided tour: becoming an attorney
Staring into the eyes of a gentle mare
Mirrors of disconnection from Self
Cracked, fragmented, sharp shards of glass cutting into awareness
Avid student, tenacious explorer of passion, meaning, and strengths
A well-traveled path from darkness into the light
Sunrise sitting, prayer flags waving in the breeze
Awed by strokes of orange and pink light brushed on a canvas of blue
In my heart, the beating of a shaman’s drum
Gazing into the soulful eyes of a fox
She and I are one
Connection to Something Greater and to Self – connection to Joy
I hear the voice again
Commanding further travel along my path and sharing lessons learned
My calling: To help others live a life true to who they are
For my positive psychology certificate program final project, I need to teach a workshop before presenting it at the intensive at Kripalu in April. The name of my workshop is “The Voice in Your Heart: Finding Your Way Back to You.” As part of my project, I have written a children’s picture book illustrated by the lovely and talented Christa Gallopoulos. (http://www.carryitforward.com)
I would love for you to attend my Denver workshop. It will be the first time I present this material and share “Miranda’s Voice” (my book) with the world. There is no charge; I would, however, love your feedback before I present it as my final project at the positive psychology intensive.
Here are the details:
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Harmony Yoga, LLC (http://harmony-yoga.com)
Address: 560 S Holly St Denver, CO 80246
Thanks for your help with this. ♥
(Art by Christa Gallopoulos, © 2013)
Why do I meditate? Meditation is about connecting, connecting to self and the world.
When I meditate on my cushion, I become aware. I focus my attention on my breathing or whatever I chose. I focus and become more familiar with the object of my attention. I connect with it, and I come to know it better.
When I meditate on my cushion, I become a compassionate observer. With an open mind and heart, I am aware of the sensations in my body, and I pay attention to my emotions as they arise. I am curious about my physical and emotional pain. I don’t try to change the pain. Instead I change my relationship with it. This allows me to see pain as something other than an enemy.
When I meditate on my cushion, I watch the ticker tape of thoughts crossing my mind. I watch it as a third person separate from my thinking. I observe my thoughts through a lens not colored by judgment or interpretation. This permits me to be with what is; I don’t lose myself in mindless rumination or habitual reactivity. When I sit on my cushion, I connect with myself, and I get to know me better.
When I sit on my cushion, I tune in to my surroundings, and to the colors, shapes, lighting, aromas, and sounds that fill them. Every morning, I watch the sun rise from my cushion in the front yard; every morning I am filled with a sense of wonder. Even though I have observed the same sky, trees, houses and yards hundreds of times, I experience something entirely new and different in each sitting. I see the extraordinary in the ordinary. Moment by moment my surroundings change. Accepting this change and the gift it offers connects me to the world surrounding my cushion; I get to know it better.
The beauty of meditation is that the more I practice, the easier it becomes to exercise mindfulness off the cushion. I am better able to stay present and non-judgmental. Being more in touch with my thoughts and emotions, I am better able to see circumstances as they are, not as my subjective interpretation of them. I am more likely to act from a place of equanimity, not to react in a habitual or knee-jerk fashion I may regret later on. Off the cushion, I pay more attention to the people I encounter; I am better tuned in to what they are thinking, how they are feeling, what they are saying and not saying. I also am more cognizant and appreciative of the beauty that surrounds me. I am grateful for the call of a magpie, the shifting nature of clouds, Colorado’s snow-capped mountains….
Off the cushion, I am more connected to the world at large and to the person I am in that world. I get to know both the world and myself better.
Pursuant to ritual, I begin every new year by listening to these two inspirational talks by Steve Jobs and Brené Brown. I can’t think of any better words to live by.
Wishing you all a most remarkable 2013. May your new year be filled with love, joy, personal growth, and all sorts of wondrous adventures.