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As I deepen my practice of a creative life, I often experience what seems like a mis-alignment between the rate at which ideas, inspirations, insights and visions channel through me, and the speed with which I can take creative action for them to manifest into something of value in the world. Sometimes the “limitation” is what everyone talks about – space and time, not being able to do everything at once. Sometimes it is sheer physicality, such as my body hits its limits, or my mind gets too cluttered, and so on. Sometimes it seems like an external limitation (–which I know well is always a reflection or complement of an internal one!–), (more…)

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One of the key aspects of the creative feminine principle – creative stillness – is the ability to discern the difference between free will and flow. (Putting free will into creative action is the masculine principle’s job.) I find this to be a significant challenge and a pretty important discernment to develop in order to manifest outcomes with ease, and in harmony with the world.

We all have free will, and most of us know and recognize it. It is an important aspect of our creative existence; we use it to choose and take action all the time, to create outcomes in certain directions over others, and so on. (more…)

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My second book, Thrive! Falling in Love with Life, is about three weeks away from release, and right now, I am experiencing some pre-labor pains. Along with emotions ranging from anxiety and pains to thrill and joy, there is that ripe readiness of something ready to burst forth from the womb, unable to remain in utero any longer, because it is time for it to meet the world and take on a life of its own.

I am not a biological mother. Yet, every time I create anything, I cannot help but experience parallels between creation and procreation. Perhaps my feminine aspect gives me a special vantage point for seeing and experiencing these parallels. (more…)

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[First Published in Courageous Creativity, December Issue, 2010; Also adaptated into an essay in my book Thrive! Falling in Love with Life, published Nov 1, 2011.]

A magical seed: singular talent and potential

Sometime in 2008, my friend and colleague Ana said to me, “You can’t be a seedling of a mango tree and turn into an apple tree, you know! You MUST grow into the mango tree!” Ana’s words were reminding me to reconnect with my essential truths, and examine if I was authentically nurturing my true potential. It’s taken me more than two years to do so, and 2010 has finally opened the door!

Infertile soil: the importance of fit

I had a fabulous, nearly decade-long career as a design strategist within a large, global design firm. I learned and taught many things, and had opportunities to shape entire courses – of the firm, of clients, and ultimately, of the human beings inhabiting the spaces we envisioned, designed and built together.

Yet, from day-one I felt like a gawky misfit. I couldn’t bring myself to sit at a cubicle desk for eight hours, playing with a mouse or staring at a computer screen, if I didn’t understand or participate in the bigger picture. I had limited patience for standing meetings or sitting meetings or status updates or state-of-the-firm meetings. I didn’t understand corporate politics, (more…)

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This morning I awoke promptly at 6:30am to attend “Thanksgiving Day Yoga” at my good friend Scott’s inspiring Be Luminous Studio, and my morning started with the following words from my favorite business and marketing mind Seth Godin (mind you, I said business and marketing mind!):

“… A modern Thanksgiving would celebrate two things:

The people in our lives who give us the support and love we need to make a difference, and…

The opportunity to build something bigger than ourselves, something worth contributing. The ability to make connections, to lend a hand, to invent and create.”

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The third issue of Courageous Creativity is out. Featuring creative perspectives from an independent life coach, a licensed therapist, a social worker, a public-heath professional, a budding photographer, and an architect / artist. Post your responses on the Flying Chickadee Facebook Page!

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In a recent exchange with two close friends after a late-evening music-practice session, I said something about needing a solid night’s rest these days because of how full my time is … without a single purposeless moment (well, almost). Before I could quite finish my thought, one of them jumped to challenge me: “Then how is that different from the rat-race of the cubicle-land, where people complain about not having a moment to themselves?” he demanded.

I was on my way out the door (and on to bed), so we didn’t finish the conversation. I only had enough time to offer, “It’s different.” But his question did stop me to reflect. How indeed is my time these days different from time spent in a rat-race? (more…)

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