Attention - really look at what is around you, pay attention to the beauty, the details.
Alphabet - reviewed Von Oech's library advertisement - What we can do with 26 little letters!
Believe - the difference between people who feel they are creative and those that think they aren't is simply a matter of belief. Believe in yourself! Use affirmations.
Brain - more to come in future sessions. What goes on in your head is the beginning of what you manifest in your life.
Collecting Firsts - collecting firsts takes the pressure off of doing something new for the first time. Just add it to your collection!
Color - legends from the rainbow, Chakras
Dharma - use your skills and talents in accordance with the universal laws and you will find your Dharma. We are all here to ask, "How can I help?"
Energy - What increases it? What drains it. Be aware. If possibly, avoid anything or anyone who drains your energy.
Food - Always ask the value - 'What's In It For Me?". Food is fuel. What value is it adding? It can be a feast beyond tastes - also consider the joys of smell, texture, vision, sound.
Gratitude - is the basis for all contentment. Write your own list and continue to add blessings. Look for assets. Example - 40 Assets for Youth
History - Look for lessons from history as you research and expire things you love! Example - Napoleon's violet post card.
Heart to Hand - write your goals on paper. Research indicates you will be more likely to complete goals if they are handwritten instead of typed, and your emotions will be more directly linked if you write and journal by hand.
Intuition - is a sixth sense. Be aware of it. Practice. Trust it. Feel it in your solar plexus.
Insects - can teach us many lessons. Observe and consider the lessons they bring. Also included in Ted Andrews book on animal Totems.
Journals - written, illustrated, fictional journals
Karma - we reap what we sow. If we plant radishes we will get radishes. They may not be immediate but they will manifest in time. It is the same with patience, kindness and compassion. They will return ten fold.
Love - is the answer to everything, and it begins with valuing ourselves. If we can be compassionate and patient with ourselves, we can be kinder and more caring to others.
Magic - it is all around us. Manifesting - remember, what we focus our attention on grows. Always. Focus on what you want. Many focus on what they don't want and it increases.
Meditate - a simple meditation is to look at a painting or photo for 10 minutes and let your mind relax. Meditation is very similar to saying grace before a meal. Stop. Breathe. Be grateful. Quiet your mind and focus on the very breath that keeps you alive.
Nature - is abundant with lessons! It teaches us to live in the present moment, giving and receiving are the same, and that there is value in everything - even those often unappreciated weeds.
O - own your own circle. We can't control others, but we can control our own space and how we treat others within our 10 foot circle.
Preparation - "a cowboy always carries his spurs!" - Bring a positive attitude, a notebook and pen, art supplies, an instrument - whatever works for you!
Quotes - words can give us inspiration, validation, incentive, power, insights. Collect quotes from people you admire!
Quest - find a grand passion - it will give you energy, direction and purpose!
Questions - keep your questions broad. Don't include your own answers in your questions - that can be limiting. Have faith to ask without having specific expectations about what the answers will be. Example -" How can I find my perfect living space?" instead of "How can I build/rent in a particular area?" Shifting the question enabled me to move to Baltimore in a few weeks after being stuck by asking the wrong question for over a year.
Research - something you love!. A few examples I've researched include roses, violets, yarrow, zodiac herbs, herbs for haunting and romance, creativity, sea life . . .
Senses - Sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell - all of these can contribute to living a more sensuous, creative life!
SCAMMPERR - technique by Robert F. Eberle - Substitute - components, materials, people Combine - mix, combine with other services, integrate, Arrange - organize, order, Modify/Magnify - reduce or increase in scale, shape, color, Put to Other Uses, Eliminate or Minify - remove elements, simplify, reduce to core, Rearrange/Reverse - inside out, upside down
Symbolism - we are surrounded by symbols - in history, art, paintings, advertising, sports logos. What symbols frequently cross your path?
Synchronicity - be aware of the synchronicity and serendipity in your life. Once you begin to see it, everything will change.
Themes - can make anything more fun! Whether it's a party, vacation, book or goal, themes provide a framework.
Totems - Native American Indian belief that each animal that crosses our path brings a message. Some are close by all our lives, others only appear occasionally and under unusual circumstances.
Unexpected - look at things from a different perspective - a different point of view. Example - take photographs of people's shoes instead of faces at a party.
Values - know your values and live accordingly. Saves energy and eliminates drama.
Vision board - the mind sees in pictures. Create a vision board to manifest the life you want.
Wizards - they exist. In Deepak Choprah's The Way of the Wizard he describes growing up in India around wizards.
WWWWW - Who? Who can help? What? What material can we use? Where? Where can we get other materials? When? When should we make it? Why? Why will it be an improvement?
X marks the spot. Make every day a treasure hunt.
You! - We ended with Y instead of Z since it all begins and ends with you. YOU are the treasure!
The end of October marks the transition from Libra to Scorpio. I just added a few of the Scorpio Zodiac Herbs to the gallery. If you like Italian cuisine, you'll love the Scorpio herbs.
One of the assignments for our A More Creative You course was to make a list of 100 wishes. It inspired me to start my own and it keeps growing . . .
Some are wishes that I have no control over, but others have become goals, and the ones italicized in purple are goals I've completed. I encourage every one to make 'wish lists'. As we begin to collect and consider the possibilities, we are more likely to try new possibilities!
Click here to see my 100+ Wishes.
On Wednesday I joined the Newcomer's of Northern Baltimore County for lunch at the Iron Horse Tavern in Lock Raven, followed by a tour of the historic Hampton House. The guide was passionate and knowledgeable about the home and the stories of the people who had lived there. She was an African American and her insights and perspective added greatly to the tour.
"The Site includes the c. 1790 Ridgely family ancestral home, known as Hampton Mansion. Also on the property are the original c. 1750 Overseer's House, three Slave Quarters, two 19th century stables, the family burial ground, formal gardens, the Orangery, the Ice House, and various other outbuildings. The NPS Visitors' Center is located in the west hyphen of the Mansion, and is open for tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (additional days may be added so please call ahead)."
When the home was completed in 1790, it was the largest private home in the United States, even more intriguing because it was only used during the summer months. The surrounding property reached its peak in 1820,encompassing more than 25,000 acres. More than 300 slaves worked the fields and served the household, which may well be why I felt uncomfortable through out the tour. It was grueling to think that families could live in such opulence at the cost of the lives of hundreds of others. Nonetheless, i highly recommend the tour. This is not a site to be romanticized or coveted. The cost was much too great to justify the splendor. My perspective of slavery was broadened, which came as a surprise.I'll be processing this one for a long time.
It's seldom easy to leave the beach, but Mycala did her best to make my return home wonderful. I opened the door to the fragrance of my favorite flower, the star gazer lily. She had Thai Shrimp Soup with rolls waiting for my dinner, along with apples, a delightful Honeycrisp apple cider, adorable Halloween napkins, and a purring, content Rocky cat!
Today's treasure is the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse! I got up at 5:30 a.m. to see this final lunar eclipse of the year. Spectacular! It is the second, and final, total lunar eclipse of the year. The moon is a beautiful coppery red, so it's been called a "blood" moon. It looks red because of all the sunsets and sunrises from the Earth that will reflect onto the lunar surface. During the eclipse, although it's completely in the shadow of Earth, a bit of reddish sunlight still reaches the moon.
I hope if it is visible in your area, you have taken the opportunity to see it. It's stunningly beautiful!
Thank you to Gregory Thompkins, our 'History of Jazz in Baltimore' instructor, for the invitation to attend a night of musical memories i will long remember. The evening showcased world class musicians supporting and playing with students carrying on the legacy of Baltimore's extraordinary legacy of musical talent!
I posted this story a few months ago.
Today, in honor of Gandhi's birthday, it seems like the perfect time to repost.
I recently read a story about a man who dreamt he was a softly moving beam of light floating through a crowd. The dream prompted him to consider the impact he had on others as he moved through his day. He made the decision to literally be a 'beam of light'. He made a commitment to bring warmth and light to his personal '10 foot zone".
There are people who light up the area around them naturally. We had a coordinator's meeting today and watching the crowd dynamics was fascinating. We have a couple of people whose positive energy radiates well beyond 10 feet! (Linda, Roy and Kathryn, to name a few!)
Wouldn't it be phenomenal if we would all become aware of the warmth we can extend to others, whether in an increasingly long line at the post office, a traffic jam or passing a neighbor? A smile and a kind word can make all the difference. If they don't smile back, we shouldn't take it personally. We never know what is going on in people's lives. But most of the time people will be receptive, and they'll probably pass the warmth along to others.
We can't control what is happening in the world, and the media makes us very aware of the ugliness and injustice. Yet we are much more powerful than we realize. Extend a warm smile, a sincere compliment, gentle reassurance - it doesn't cost anything to use our boundless source of love and energy to make the world a kinder, gentler place. We all have the power to impact our own 10 foot radius. If each one of us commits to that small area, and all of the circles connect, the impact would be immeasurable.
"My mission is
to help others see and cherish the beauty,
romance and treasures within and around them
that are often dismissed or completely overlooked."
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