The Art of Simplicity
I wanted to write about Play. The Art of Play. Authentic Play for us adult people.
It felt so beyond my day-to-day experience I was afraid it would come across as inauthentic.
So, starting simply, as I remind my clients, I looked at my morning practices. This morning, in particular, it included saying good morning to the sunrise and sky, then moving into a daily routine of cat care, kitchen cleanup, walking recycling out to the dumpster, making and eating breakfast (today eaten outside in the sun on my back stoop) and checking out the garden.
My garden walk is getting to be more about appreciating the bounty and beauty than noticing what needs to be cleared or worry about the overgrowth of weeds in areas.
Setting up the sprinkler in 3 different places to get the back, side and front yards is the Simple Pleasure that made me smile. Ta-Da! Found my topic for today.
Listening to the water spray and its intensity as it winds back to the original spot is soothing. Great background for meditation…which I’ll complete before recording.
What are your Simple Pleasures? Remember the magazine Real Simple? I loved it for many years. The feel of the paper, the odd oversized shape, the beautiful photos and well-written articles that spoke my language. Even though I didn’t practice what they wrote about, I longed for “that life.”
Little by little, that magazine has been the foundation for this life of mine today. That and the book, Simple Abundance by Sarah BanBreathnach, was life-changing for me as I dreamed this life into being.
We are doing that all the time. Dreaming our one and only precious life (this time around, anyway) into BEing.
So, how are you practicing Simplicity and enjoying Simple Pleasures? Simple, yet elegant tasty meals? Simple, yet meaningful gatherings with friends? Simple and sacred moments for yourSelf? For me, it’s a cup of coffee, staring at the big oak tree or sky and ruminating about my day before heading into planning or meditation or creating this podcast/newsletter.
This is an essential piece of the puzzle for me to SHINE. It’s also a basic principle for the work I do in Authentic Leadership. We are all meant to be living on Purpose, with Passion and experiencing Pleasure. I actually think it may be the other way around.
Beginning with Pleasure.
What makes your heart sing? Do more of that. Really. We would all love you more. And you would be more in love with yourSelf, your Life.
© 2017 Deborah LeeAnn All Rights Reserved#SHINE
Of our Eclipse Season
This is a big month. For someone who is not oriented to the stars and planets and patterns they play out, it’s still important to note that these are extraordinary circumstances.
We are all effected by the planetary systems, our moon and sun in particular.
AND, when they cross over each other in their paths? That’s a big deal.
It’s rare to have this total solar eclipse be visible from the US. And, really fun that the path crosses right through our area!
Typically, this time can be considered a time when all brightness and shadows become one. A collapsing of dualities.
We are not all Light. Nor are we all Dark. This union of them is such a scientific marvel and a beautiful spiritual model for us as well.
Since we have so much chaos surrounding us, and even more that will be revealed during the coming month, it’s another call for Authenticity. Leadership with Authenticity is based on Integrity, rooted in Self-Awareness, a conscious model of both connection with others and a deep connection within.
Let’s dive in and see where this week’s podcast takes us. How fun that the SHINE Principle continues to grow and unfold for both mySelf and my community… it’s even being modeled by the heavens above us!
More info on all of the celestial happenings this month can be seen here:
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The Weeding and Watering of You!
Similar to a longer Medicine Walk that I both practice as well as facilitate for clients, a Garden Walk allows me to take an assessment of what’s going on.
Where are the weeds or invasive plants getting out of hand?
What needs water? Or, what needs to be emptied from water gathering?
What plants are bearing fruit? Which ones look healthy? Which ones need to be staked and supported? Which ones are just being beautiful and graceful and wanting to be appreciated?
When I’m weeding, I like to see how “clean” the space looks after the undesirable plant is removed. I enjoy the feeling of getting the whole thing, by the roots, to ensure it doesn’t just come back. It’s more of a tending and clearing than fighting. That’s not how it used to be. I used to act like the weed was doing something “to me.” Taking up space and nourishment that belongs to other plants I like more. They were “Wrong.”
It used to be it was the “fight” against these weeds that took more energy. Now, it’s the looking forward to what the space would look like without them. I’m finding that clearing the weeds is a feeding energy. A positive one.
I pile up the weeds to die on the hot pavers and then compost them for future plants to be nurtured by. The other plants in the garden now have breathing space and I enjoy the beauty that results.
It’s a win-win for all.
This week’s podcast is about where we put out energy. Are we feeding the good or giving more energy to the unwanted? Fighting or fueling?
Join in to listen to what unfolds.
And drink lots of water, and notice where your energy is flowing. Nourish what you find beautiful, including your gorgeous Self!
In each case, it has to do with doing work they love: work that has meaning for them, uses their strengths and talents, and that that brings them joy.
It’s 3 pronged.
Being “on purpose.” Being “in joy.” All while using our unique gifts and competencies.
The beauty is …when we are creating a life that is full of meaning, deeply aligned with who we are and what we do well and best AND that is pleasurable to us, we SHINE.
Often, we hear “Wow, you look so happy!” Or, “What are you doing differently” or “Are you in Love?” when we are in the flow of creating and living a life we love.
So, are you?
Creating and living a life you LOVE?
One that is on your terms? Built on what feels true and authentic to you?
My garden is currently displaying these “wildflowers” from a packet of seeds spread last year. There are beautiful old-fashioned phlox that just bloom in all their beauty no matter the heat or rain. They just keep standing tall and doing their thing. Living their purpose. Not worried about drought or humidity or what the news is blaring.
This has become my new mantra. To tune in and remember the fullness, beauty, and sovereignty of Who. I. Am.
The wholeness/holiness and inner connection (or intersection) of all of me. The embodiment of my Soul. The beaming of my heart. The brilliance of ME that cannot be denied.
So where does that light go when we are confronted with Showing Up? Sharing who we are with the world? Expressing our Self amidst colleagues and other SHINING souls? Or those we believe are less SHINE-y than ourSelves?
Where do you dim to fit in? Or quasi-SHINE with an inauthentic “trying to be better than”? Or, be honest, hold back our SHINE in fear of being judged as “too bright” or “too much”?
Listen in. Let’s see what unfolds.
We’re all in this together. And the more each of us SHINEs the more we create a brighter world. There’s plenty of room for all of us to SHINE!
I welcome your feedback! For more information on the SHINE workshop series or to make a comment or ask a question, please connect with me at deborah@DeborahLeeAnn.com.
When seeing how I was allowing myself to get W A Y off-track today, I noticed that my thoughts were on a downward spiral.
And, after such a good morning!
Meditating, quiet time contemplating how to create my day, a great session with my shaman/business coach, some delicious coffee, and some creating of new connections for new business through a referral service..then BAM!
What I learned was that each of these “referrals” was costing me. Not even if they were qualified or for a $10,000 project, but even for single or short term $500 coaching package.
Ahhh, so this is the cost of being “in flow?”
Or, is it my resistance to being open to really having it come to me with grace and ease?
And, then the inner critic. The “I told you so!” The “you knew there would be a cost associated, didn’t you?” And on and on. Down the slippery slope of shame, doubt, confusion, until I hit victim. This is where I walk around, looking for something to eat, activities to distract, and ways to numb.
I really dislike feeling yucky like that anymore. And I am beginning to become aware of it earlier and earlier.
So, what to do now?
Inward and downward. Remembering this is all temporary, and a result of where I WAS, not where I’m going.
Clarity emerges. Bit by bit. With each breath. I am in Creative space. Bye-bye Reactive Self. I’m back in the driver’s seat. And, from here, the words flow.
Momentum is like being in a canoe floating down stream. It’s easy. It feels good. The scenery changes and I get to see what is around me.
So unlike fighting against the current. Where all my attention is on pushing and striving.
Back in Flow. Back to Creating my Life.
More will be shared in the podcast, I’m sure. Listen in?
Share with me, where do you get stuck? What are your practices for turning yourSelf around?
The Growing Pains of Showing Up Authentically
When reflecting on the first 6 months of this year, I had lots to celebrate. Lots of lessons learned too. And, it pushed me into a growth cycle of wanting to be farther along than my “results” are showing.
So, I got into a fast-paced mode. And, all the Up-leveling is taking its toll.
It’s part of growth and expansion, what we are all experiencing whether we like it or not.
Not only have I began a new iteration of my work – SHINE – I’ve begun a bed & breakfast business. And committed to speaking more. And expanding my consulting services. And publishing a new website.
All in the past month. Whew!
It’s not anything new for most of us entrepreneurs who are constantly evolving and expanding.
Yet, too much too quickly brings about tell-tale results for me.
Scattered-ness. Lack of preparation for a meeting with a potential collaborator. Stubbing my toe on a coffee table (OUCH) and then a mini-crisis with family. Needing to rearrange my day to fit in some extra TLC for my stepdad who is caring for my mother with Alzheimer’s. A technology mess of backup drive not working and a new malware showing up!
And that’s how my expansion tends to show up for me. A fast and furious growth spurt that ends up with physical, emotional and mental anguish.
And, thank you for the lesson again, the opportunity to recognize that slowing down is being called for. Less DOing, more BEing.
That was last week’s show but bears repeating. Slowing down allows us to grow faster.
And, just like my daughter when she was having a growth spurt, rubbing the sore shins or taking a bath or going to bed earlier are all ways to get to the next level.
SHINING and showing up takes more than courage and confidence. It takes compassion. The full recognition that we are human beings who will make mistakes, have accidents and want to re-do stuff. It takes letting go of perfection. AND, the kindness and compassion to allow for the process to unfold. For our SHINING Self to unfold. For our Vision, Value and Voice to ripple out more clearly and consciously than ever before. And to keep growing and shifting and evolving, just as we do.
We are a beautiful work in progress. Art being (re)created each and every day.
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