Underachieve a Little

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Underachieve a Little

“If it’s not fun, you’re not doing it right.” ~ Bob Basso. One of the things that most limits play in my playshops is the need to get things right. The cure? Telling participants to practice “underachieving a little”. When practiced, they’re surprised at how much more creative and connected they are and, paradoxically, how much more they achieve. Rules, judgments, inhibitions and outcomes are let go. The relaxed state creates room for inspired engagement and unexpected and delicious possibilities. “One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.” ~ A.A. Milne Perhaps it’s: Not trying so hard to control your next meeting Not planning your next conversation ahead of time Trusting something is good enough as is Trusting you […]

Teach Wisdom

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Teach Wisdom

by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober. “We must teach children how to think, not what to think. Our role is not to pass on knowledge, but rather wisdom. Wisdom is knowledge applied. When we only give children knowledge, we are telling them what to think, what they are supposed to know, and what we want them to believe is true. When we give children wisdom, however, we do not tell them what to know or what is true – rather, we tell them how to get their own truth. I envision an educational system based upon developing children’s abilities and skills rather than their memories. Children are our guides; we should give them the ability to discover and create their own truths.” ~ from their […]

Creating Emotional Impact

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Creating Emotional Impact

“A smile sent, will always return.” ~ Indian Proverb. What is your favorite movie of all time? Take a moment to think about this… The reason you chose this movie is not because of the facts it provided or its special effects, but because it had an emotional impact on you. It is the feelings we evoke in others that have a true, lasting impact. A feeling of inspiration, connection or fun create an inner resonance, memory and desire for more. And yet when we create projects, events or meetings, do we consider the emotional impact we want to have on the attendees / participants? Someone recently told me that the events that had the best turnouts and feedback were the ones where emotional impact […]

Unconventional Validation

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Unconventional Validation

“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” ~ Pema Chodron. When your inner critic speaks loudly, congratulate yourself! When we begin to consider leaving the status quo to step into the new and unfamiliar, fear will announce itself…and often loudly! Also known as the inner critic, ego, saboteur, or little self, the voice of fear loves comfort and familiarity. It continues to seek and reinforce ways of being/living that no longer serve you. So when you set sail for the uncharted, it will step up its repertoire of ceaseless and neurotic input, and offer all the “sound” reasons why you should listen to it instead of your intuition, dreams or true Self. When this voice takes center stage in your life, […]

4 Principles for the Awakened Heart

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4 Principles for the Awakened Heart

You are a Powerful Being of Light; your greatest gift is your loving presence. Awakening the Heart is always the real agenda in life; all other agendas, such as relationships, career, money and health, are gateways. Now is the moment of awakening.  You can only do so much; let the Universe take care of the rest. ~ Vince Gowmon For more of Vince’s writing, subscribe to his free e-newsletter. *            *            * Related Reading: Can You Be Here In The Emptiness? The Call of the Butterfly