Maximizing Your Creativity

Maximizing Your Creativity Individuality and Creativity are closely linked. Finding your creative voice is a matter of getting to know who you truly are—at a deep level—and what you most desire to accomplish or project in life. Being creative means using every facet of mind and heart to create your life in the world. As Mary Oliver wrote: “The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” This regret can be addressed no matter how old we are. It isn’t about art, but the art of life. We ARE the creators of our own life. There’s no doubt in my mind that I have found out how to begin to say something in my own voice.  Virginia Woolf, July 26, 1922 When Virginia Woolf wrote this, she… MORE

Healing Anger

HEALING ANGER This is a longer blog than usual since we have been in what seems like an eternity of fear, anger and sorrow. It’s important to see the benefit of growth, even if it’s painful. Abraham Maslow reminds us: In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety. He reminds us that pain is often life teaching us something. Yet when we are in pain, this is when we are most resistant to that belief. “No! Take it away!” I see this current climate of division, tribal loyalty and even outright hate as one of the biggest teaching moments in my lifetime. I know about Hitler and the Holocaust, but I only know by reading and feeling shock and empathy for our human ability to hate and hurt. It is the same for slavery, but I saw what happened… MORE

Global Grief in America

“Wild Sage” by Catherine Tappouni Burkee Every single day we are inundated with the tragedies and sorrows of people around the world. Recently, several tragedies have come to us in our home, the United States. Boston has been added to the burden of grief we carry after Newtown and Hurricane Sandy and Colorado. It is impossible to watch and listen to what is happening around us without taking the emotions of grief, sadness and loss into our bodies. Our cells store these emotions, often with our personal emotions of grief learned throughout a life of losses. We feel what the survivors are feeling, and we grieve with them. This connection with others is part of our human-ness, but it’s important that we recognize when we are accepting more than our body can handle. We Signs that this is true can be as simple as finding ourselves sighing deeply throughout the day… MORE