The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the February issue of Creativity Calling!
This month's issue is dedicated to Love, with our creativity coaches sharing some interesting perspectives for lovingly viewing our world and ourselves. The articles explore: our relationships with time; how we view our relationship with creative success; and our relationships with others.
In my opinion, all of these areas reflect our loving relationship with ourselves?or the lack of it. How accepting are we of our mistakes and human foibles? Do we only love people when their actions are palatable or useful to us? When daily circumstances clearly show us we are not perfect, are we able to accept and love ourselves as we would others in similar situations?
Jackie DeShannon had it right with her hit song, "What The World Needs Now Is Love". Here's to all of us as we joyfully create lives that we truly love.
As always, don't hesitate to contact us with topics you'd like to see featured in future newsletters. We love your input and suggestions!
Beverly Down , President & CEO, Creativity Coaching Association
The Tantalizing Use of Time
by Karen I-Kemper
I lingered gazing at the stars a few nights ago. Seconds became centuries. The stars and I melded together and time was suspended in its passing.
We all have a relationship with time. Our temporal adaptation is shaped by many things; among these: cultural and familial beliefs as well as experiences of work, education, and spiritual pursuits. The work ethic of the Puritans defined our 'idle' time as the temptation for the devil's playground teaching many that work needs to precede play. Time was viewed as too precious to 'waste', or perhaps too expensive to 'spend' indiscriminately. Time has been shaped as a commodity easily recognized in adages such as "Time is Money". A balancing act played out daily in weighing time for demands of job, family, pursuits and "me" time.
In counterpoint, a sense of timelessness , a feeling often described by artists, writers, athletes and business innovators "in the zone" is experienced when one is totally engaged by an activity. The flow happens when a keen focus and fluid choice-making is achieved. Part by spontaneity and part by design, the ticking clock becomes by comparison less important than natural influences like the drive to impact one's environment, or physical needs or the invitation of daylight.
This freedom from the perceived burden of time yields body-driven awareness. Unlike the 9 to 5'er who stops at noon because this is the designated lunch hour, the Native American will toil until he is hungry and will then choose to eat. And unlike the Westerners who thrive on a smooth running machine of business, the Tahitian who has 'had enough' of his beloved little island work will surrender his frustration and walk to the other side of his village in hopes of a new discovery. So the question begs, what is your personal perception of time? How does it influence your choices? How is time spent, saved? Work first, play later? Think again, it is more productive to do the latter, then have energy for the first.
Is your free time fraught with anxiety? Introvert? (You'll need more time alone for pursuits) Extrovert? (You'll want more time with groups of people) Night owl? Early Bird? Take a minute today. Give yourself time to think, do, be.
And don't forget to look up at the stars...
~Karen I-Kemper is a certified creativity coach and therapist for over 20 years. She attempts to think, share, and make art daily. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
This Month, Tune In, Tune Up And Sing Yourself A Love Song
by Stacey Rasfeld
One month into this New Year: so, how are you doing on those resolutions?
Take a moment to check your creative GPS and see if there's a need for a course correction. Are you sailing smoothly or running hot and cold? Are you blissfully flying high or barely treading water? Here's a 3-step checklist to increase your chances of success.
1. Tune In: Re-Set Your Intention
If you didn't take the time in between champagne toasts to write down your goals, take a break before signing your Valentines to spell out what you want to accomplish this year. Writing down your thoughts is one strong, positive action step you can take towards manifesting changes in your life. Illuminate your personal roadmap and clarify your intentions in black and white.
If you already have your list, tweak the focus of each goal and identify the steps needed for completion. Break down each dream into bite-sized achievable actions. Add each step to your daily "to do" list alongside your doctor visits and laundry.
2. Tune Up: Prioritoize, Prioritize, Priortize
Give yourself permission to tackle one goal at a time. It takes energy, repetition and commitment to adopt a new habit. Avoid stretching your self too thin and ending up overwhelmed and exhausted on the couch, remote in one hand and a bag of chips in the other.
If one action step hits a snag or falls off the list today, add it to the task list tomorrow. Break the action into even smaller pieces. Slip it into the schedule a few days later and tackle a different bite right now.
3. Praises Be: Spoil Yourself
What pushed your buttons in the first place? Remember why you chose your goal: give yourself visual cues of your destination and greedily hold onto that initial spark.
Reward yourself often. Pat yourself on the back every time you complete a step toward your end goal. Losing 10 pounds will take time, but you can treat yourself to a lavender-scented bubble bath after a 30- minute walk/run on the treadmill.
Most importantly, allow yourself to savor the little moments. Breathe through the twists and turns and plateaus of change. Be present with each small action. Play with your materials. A novel is written word by word, a painting built up by strokes, and accomplishment is a journey, not a verdict. Enjoy the ride!
~Stacey Rasfeld is an artist and creativity coach enjoying the beaches of Southern California. She is passionate about encouraging people to explore their unique gifts through play. For more information, see her business profile or visit www.chooseyourmuse.com
Change Your Focus, Change Your Life
by Larry Lassiter
My aunt, who's suddenly found herself 60 and single, called this week to say she's decided to delve into the world of Internet dating.Good for her. I've always admired her for her willingness to try new things. She's one adventurous, fun-loving lady.
In my opinion, if I'm 60, single and alone, but want that to change by next year's Valentine's Day, I know I'll have to take action. I'll need to change my focus in order to change my life. And I'll need to begin walking in the direction of what I want, believing I deserve the good things I'm seeking.
Valentine's Day is approaching?the holiday that evokes images of lovers dining by candlelight while serenaded by Edith Piaf singing, "La Vie en Rose." Perhaps your associations include other things: Hallmark cards; pink, red, and white bears or roses; boxes of chocolate; or heart-shaped baubles.
But do you know none of this describes the early beginnings of this beloved holiday? Legend records that Saint Valentine, a priest, lived during the third century in Rome where he bravely persisted in performing marriages after the Emperor Claudius had outlawed marriage among single men. Claudius believed single young men made better soldiers. But Valentine continued to secretly marry couples and because of it, was thrown into jail. There he developed a special bond with the jailer's daughter. It's said that his last letter to her was signed, "From your Valentine."
Valentine dared to take action, moving in the direction of what he felt was right, keeping his eye on the goal, and it cost him his life?for eventually he was martyred/beheaded at the edict of Claudius. It wasn't until 496 A.D. that Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honor Saint Valentine and many centuries later the exchange of gifts as we know it began
Regardless of our marital status this Valentine's Day, Patrick H. Perrine, a psychology and human sexuality researcher, offers tips to help all of us go from worry to wonderful, from inaction to action:
- Join something.
- Tell all of your friends that you are interested in ____________.
- Volunteer for a charity.
- Get out.
- Have a party.
Declare your intentions and put them out there. Change your focus. Then move in the direction of your dreams! There's no time to waste!
~Larry Lassiter focuses on anxiety, relationships, attraction, creativity, young hollywood, authenticity, and GLBTQ affirmative coaching in his practice. You may visit his website at www.larrylassiter.com
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