Playing With Change

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Playing With Change

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” ~ Raymond Lindquist. “But this is the way we have always done it!” Sound familiar? It is a common belief I hear in my playshops that keeps us entrenched in the past, close to what’s comfortable and familiar, and unavailable to the new. We like familiarity and certainty. It makes us feel safe and we don’t have to be creative. But our world is changing. Play is training for the unconventional. It teaches us to be present, open and flexible, holding our ourselves and our perspectives lightly. To thrive in today’s rapidly changing and uncertain world it helps to suspend belief and stay curious. We cannot hold on as tightly as we used to. We […]

Playing Through Fear

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Playing Through Fear

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” ~ Farrah Gray. The other day I did something that was a real stretch for me. It pushed all my buttons and had my monkey mind going pretty crazy leading up to it. I paid good money to get a two hour event in front of 200 people filmed by professional videographers. Oh how my mind fretted… What if the room layout isn’t right? What if the audience doesn’t want to participate? What if the lighting is bad? What if the film doesn’t turn out good? Maybe I should just cancel. Maybe I should just call it off. It’s probably not the right time and place. The fork in the road was laid out in […]

Stepping Forward

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Stepping Forward

“Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.” ~ Richard Bach. It’s normal and quite easy to delay stepping into our goals and dreams. After all, it’s quite comfy over here. It’s familiar territory and I don’t have to think much. And I absolutely will take on this new goal/dream of mine once I have… more education more money more information more time cleared the slate Is it the truth? Do you really need to wait any longer? “When you stand in your truth, the universe moves to support you.” ~ Lynda Austin A friend of mine followed her dream and became a life coach despite having no money. She paid the registration fee entirely on credit. Not long after registering, she received a letter […]

And then…

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And then…

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” ~ Henry David Thoreau. Nurturing imagination in children is an act of love. My friend had some children over and one of them suggested they build a bridge over her large pond to see the goldfish more easily. Instead of telling the child all the reasons why this cannot happen, my friend said, “Yes, and then we can stand on the bridge and see way more fish!” Then another child said, “And then we can lower a tube into the murky water so we can see the fish more easily!” And another said, “And then we could drop bits of food into the tube so we could feed them!” This went on for 30 minutes. Not once […]

3 Stages of Play ~ The Evolution of Life’s Playground

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3 Stages of Play ~ The Evolution of Life’s Playground

“First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart.”  ~ Anonymous. Play occurs in three stages, each representing a different period of growth and awareness. As we evolve through these stages, we change our perception of life, and redefine the parameters and possibilities of life’s eternal playground. Stage 1: Innocent Play Stage 2: Structured Play Stage 3: Mature Play *             *             * Stage 1: Innocent Play “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” ~ Albert Einstein […]

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, […]

Three Stages of Transformation & Transition

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Three Stages of Transformation & Transition

When the heart awakens there is an immediate calling for change in your life. The seed of awareness and possibility has awoken within you, stirring a deep desire to search for a renewed sense of Self and life, and to follow a path of purposeful and authentic living. The awakened heart sparks change in three general stages that reflect the inner transformation and outer transition necessary to awaken the butterfly within. Much like a flower’s incremental unfolding into the light, people move through these stages gradually. Notice how many times you have gone through them in your own life. 1. Answering the Call In answering the call you embark on a new phase of your journey. The essence of this stage is saying Yes to […]

Dream Boldly, Act Courageously

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Dream Boldly, Act Courageously

Dream Big. Anything is Possible. For us to create our dreams, they must be stronger than the fears and doubts that hold us back. What is your dream? Is it to paint? Travel? Have a family? Is it to run a marathon? Get in shape? Learn to play an instrument? Perhaps it is small. Maybe for a while you’ve been wanting to have friends over for a games night. Or maybe you’ve wanted to have a day just to yourself. I heard recently that if we don’t act on our impulse within the first five seconds, the impulse will disappear, and we will have missed an opportunity. Therefore act when the desire arises. Choose boldly right away. Notice what you keep thinking about and take […]

Creative Connections

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Creative Connections

“Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.” ~ Unknown. However, this person clearly is yawning…why? She has heard the question, “How’s it going?” too many times today. We all do it, we ask and get asked the question multiple times a day. And what is the most common answer: “Good” or “Fine”. Blah! Part of living a playful life is to be spontaneous, creative, out of the box. As you go about your day, try something different when engaging friends, or even the woman working at the grocery check out. Perhaps ask: What’s been the highlight of your day so far? What has made you smile today/recently? Or even (and yes I do this regularly)… What is […]

Piano Play & Your Creative Self

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“Play is the royal road to childhood happiness and adult brilliance.” ~Joseph Chiltern Pearce. Start your week with a smile! Enjoy this short and sweet creative brilliance and hilarity. What is one way you would love to begin expressing your creative brilliance? We all have it, it is our birthright. We are born creative! It wants to be expressed, and there is no better time than now to begin. Look for what feels like play, and you’ll be on the right track to finding and expressing your creative Self! “It is in playing, and only in playing, that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers […]