The Beauty Of Okay

“There is no external source of our suffering, pain, pleasure and happiness. Our experiences of the good, the bad and the ugly are the creations of our minds.”   – Dzogche Ponlop Rinpoche Sometimes I find it easy to be with myself, sometimes I don’t.   Sometimes the sunshine, beautiful landscape invigorates me, sometimes it doesn’t.  Will there ever become a time when the landscape, the beauty of the day consistently pleases…

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Validation – Can We Truly Validate Ourselves?

I am sitting at this computer to help me understand what I need to know right now about this subject of validation. It is not until I started questioning where I am coming from that this subject keeps coming up for me.   When I felt part of the human tribe, an insider, a person who belonged to a group or sector of society, my validation, my reason for being…

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What Makes A Good Teacher?

“A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.” ~Thomas Carruthers “The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.” ~Amos Bronson Alcott “The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of…

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My Own Backyard – A Day In My Life – My Little Slice Of Heaven

Copyright: KellyMartin2011 – Poppy In Field – Gloucester I live in a beautiful part of the UK in an area called Gloucestershire. My home is in the city of Gloucester and I love walking the urban lanes and city streets to get to my little slice of heaven. On an ordinary day it takes me around 1 hour and 1/2 to get to this tranquil haven I call ‘Gloucester’s hidden secret’. Many…

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What Value Does Writing From Joy Bring? How Do We Bring Creativity From A Wholesome Place?

  Ordinarily I am inspired, to write, take photographs, create. Sometimes I feel I am like the telephone waiting to ring, watching the receiver impatienty: “Ring damn it!”. The telephone never rings when I will it to. It only rings when I am focused on other things, distracted, much like inspiration and creativity. Over a week ago I decided to make my breaks between posting blogs longer, and during that…

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Creativity & The Law Of Attraction

   “Art is a matter of commitment. Commitment is of interest to the Great Creator. When we display the faith necessary to make our art, the Great Creator displays an interest and an active hand in supporting what it is we are doing. We receive supply in all forms.” Julia Cameron –~Walking In This World~ This is where I feel the ‘Law Of Attraction’ gives us a helping hand in life.…

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Coming Back From The Spiritual Void & Taking Charge Of Life

Chinese Proverb You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair. Since implementing structure into my days I am noticing a vibrant energy flowing through me.  Structure is bringing me a sense of taking charge of my life.  I feel like a rider on a great steed, riding fully into my life.  I feel onboard  the…

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Creative Pathmarkers

I sit here and wonder: “Do the creative monsters of our past act as path-markers defining the twists and turns that were necessary to give us the juice in the present to make us better artists?” Were the people who ‘showered on our parade’ sent to us so we could define the kind of person we want to be? I wonder. The wounded headmistress from my past who said I embarrassed the…

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When Free Time Is No Longer ‘Free’

Sometimes in life a lack of structure can lead to ‘depression’. While it’s beneficial to spend a period of time in quiet contemplation, allowing life to unfold in an open manner, there comes a time when structure is very necessary, not only necessary but classifed as a life saving measure! I have come to this period of my journey. It’s understandable that many retired men and women can often go…

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When It’s Ripe It’s Ready!

So you have an idea of something you would like to try out, creatively speaking and you feel the bubbling arise for a potential project and you sit and feel stuck. Maybe it’s an idea you have been wanting to try your hand at for some time, but you have never done anything like it before.  Maybe you simply don’t know where to begin. While I love that Julia Cameron…

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