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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hello Curiousity

Let’s beat this drum again.

As a matter of fact I might need to beat it everyday until I remember to practice it.
CURIOSITY.
It’s the judgment diffuser.
It’s the beautiful entry point into truth vs. story. 
It’s the portal into fact vs fiction .

Someone bugging you?  Be curious.
Feel frustrated by something?  Ask “What’s this about?”
Wishing something or someone would change?  Boot up your curiosity gene.
I’m in a session, a participant talks incessantly to his neighbour at the back of the room.  He covers his hand, whispers something, then laughs uproariously.
It’s. Very.  Distracting.
Politely, I ask him to be quiet. As if I am a fly, he swats at the air and then persists. I try an old school technique of separating the two of them. He refuses to move. His neighbour refuses. Next I embarrass him. Fail. Then the ultimate intervention.  Shame. Yes, I did. I stooped that low. UGH.
Driving to the airport, I debrief myself and something hits me: CURIOSITY. That’s what was missing; simple, judgment-free curiosity. Real curiosity. Why was he talking?  What did he need? What was he getting out of that moment with his friend? OK too late to ask him, so I turned to myself. Why wasn’t I curious in that moment in the room?
Was I worried about distracting the other participants?  Yes, but…
That wasn’t the real thing. The truth was I was taking it all personally.
I made up a whole story about why he had to talk and it went something like this: He didn't like me.

Once that story was set, my brain got out an old vinyl and dropped the arm down on “Not good enough.”
Unfortunately the end to a fictional story that judges someone else’s behaviour inevitably ends with you.  

This week get curious about everything. Start asking questions when you aren’t bugged so when you ARE bugged you’ll have programmed yourself to be curious by default.

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My tip this week? Play hookie
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Walk into almost any office and you’ll see people furiously writing away on whiteboards, frosted glass walls, and erasable table tops. According to The Wall Street Journal, the late Steve Jobs and Seattle’s own Jeff Bezos have both been hailed as whiteboard virtuosi. So, the idea of working through problems and storytelling using a whiteboard is definitely not new. What is new, is making the art and science of visual storytelling teachable. And teach it we shall.
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Friday, April 15, 2016

Tuning the Station to Stillness


Tuning the Station to Stillness

Life is about falling down and getting back up again. Just when you think you have it all together, something happens to derail you. You miss an important client call, or you accidentally forget to pay a bill.  Suddenly in a swirl of activity, your world gets turned upside down.
It’s at that moment that you have a choice: Panic or heightened listening.
I have erred on the side of panic so many times it’s beyond embarrassing. When panic hits we do things we shouldn’t. We overeat or overspend. We call our friends and wear their ears out with the ranting and railing.  Exhausted we finally throw ourselves down and then, in our un-ego filled state, we can actually listen.
The interesting thing is that help generally can come a lot sooner if, when the world turns topsy-turvy, we choose to tune in and calm down. It’s not the first thing that comes to mind when you feel stressed out and overwrought by your phone or your email or your schedule or your life. However, with practice you can make it your default choice and the most awesome option to choose.
This week, try it. When you start to feel your adrenaline rising because of x,y or z, take a deep breath. Close your eyes (unless you are driving) and take another deep breath. Then quietly ask, what is the best thing for me to do right now?
Now here’s the key. You have to keep your inner chatter quiet and let the stillness overtake you. You want to listen, really listen beyond your ego’s rant, beyond the suck of desire for things, beyond the edge of panic. Listen to that deep inner calling, that wave of simple stillness.  And imagine riding in on that wave is the answer to your question, to your dilemma, to your panic.
Let it wash right over you and into you and through you. You don’t need to have “heard” something. You can just let the stillness deepen you, expand into you, soothe you. Stay with that stillness as long as you can. Then open your eyes, keep going on with your day, but add to it the knowingness that this issue you are panicking about it will be and is being handled. Because it is and it will be.
Until next time, big love to you Creative Genius.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

5 Simple Ways to Up Creative Genius in Your Day (and Night)


5 Simple Ways to Up Creative Genius in Your Day (and Night)

 


Step it up. 

It’s hard to step it up all the time. You’ve got this great job and it requires something of you or you’re a single parent and your kid wants your attention when you get home. Step it UP. Remember why you are here, be grateful for what you’ve got and do one more act of love and service.

Sleep on it.

People want to make us move at the speed of light. Okay, but why?  Why.  When we succumb to this instantaneous decision-making it doesn’t allow us to reflect and return with a better sense of the whole picture. What’s one day in a decision to purchase something?  Sleeping on it allows you to integrate it with the subconscious self, integrate it into the essence of you and ask for a deeper sign. How will it play out, is it truly something you need to buy, or need to do?  Sleep on it and let your truth sift up to the surface.

Intermittent fasting/Mindful Eating


There’s emerging research on how it can be beneficial to fast intermittently, which means take a day/half-day off from eating food. This is a strategy that only works for some people. If you think it might be you, give it a go! If you have a health issue that prevents it, or get shaky/weak when you fast then don’t stop eating, but become conscious and grateful for everything you put into your mouth. Stop eating lunch at your desk, or while you browse Facebook. Shift the pattern. 

Really listen.


Listen to people until they are finished speaking, not just until it’s your turn to speak. Listening is in fact an art form. In ancient Rome, listening was revered.  Listening deeply means you are giving your full attention to someone and their world.  You can do this, it’s so awesome and you will absolutely love it.  Let yourself listen. Listen fully and broadly.

Disrupt yourself. 

Ho hum the day drolls on and you’re sleeping while walking. This meeting, that meeting, this conversation or that.  BREAK IT UP. Before  you enter a room, set your intent to be fully present. A lot of us love patterns but that’s not how we expand ourselves. We build new neural pathways when we learn something new or push our limits.  DISRUPTION creates the space for new, and new = access to creative genius you
We need all of your great ideas to help shift the current state. 
Bring it on Creative Genius.

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Get Active

Walking around in sweatpants is SO SUPER COMFY, but why not take advantage of your attire to get active? Get energized, jump around the room, run up the stairs and get your #CreativeGenius body moving ;)
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Friday, March 4, 2016

Trust Your Inner Nudge


Trust Your Inner Nudge

Guest Post by @EmerKelly_

My inner nudge and I have a volatile relationship. It's the part of me that likes to indulge, the voice in my head that tells me 2pm is a FINE time to quit working, flop on the couch and watch Seinfeld on repeat. Or the part of me insists I run outside every time the sun shows it's face (Even in summer, which can lead to certain, er, productivity problems). Its suggestions are so often ridiculous that I've become accustomed to ignoring it.

Lately though, I've started to re-define the relationship between my nudge and I. This redefinition began last Thursday.

I recently took up Crossfit and was really enjoying the classes. It was a foundation course full of people as clueless as myself, learning the correct way to move, bend, lift and heave.

We were on our final class, facing our toughest workout yet and my nudge was regretting having come at all. I snapped at it to quiet down, and threw myself into the moves. They were exhausting. Limb-tremblingly exhausting. I made it through to the Burpee round and was about half-way through when my nudge broke its silence.

'You're too tired. You need to modify NOW.'

'Not yet' said I, 'One more textbook Burpee, I've got this'.
I absolutely didn't have it. Half-way through the move all my limbs gave out and I did a kind of weird, back-wrenching belly-flop onto the floor. Crap.

'I told you so...'

'Shut it, Nudge!'

I quivered to my feet and hobbled out of the class. I spent the weekend lying on my back, undergoing mediation sessions with Nudge.

Was it really the part of myself that liked to indulge? Or, was it just trying to look out for me?

That time it wanted me to watch Seinfeld, I had been working late the night before - I probably needed the R&R. And as for chasing sunshine? Turns out I'm horribly vitamin D deficient.

What if my nudge isn't the annoying, self-indulgent voice in my head, but the part of me understands my needs at their deepest level? What if it's the part of me in charge of self-care, that knows when to push me, and when to let me rest? What if I've had it wrong all this time?

Sorry Nudge.

Take a hard-learned lesson from me: next time you're engrossed in something and your nudge pipes up, listen to it carefully and trust that it has your best interests at heart. You might be surprised at what you can achieve together.
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Take Public Transportation! 

 

Use public transportation to up your ‪#CreativeGenius‬!

Public transportation gets you out in the world, meeting people and seeing things you might miss from behind your steering wheel.

(Pro tip: Walking and biking are awesome too!)

 
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