• Creative Courage,  Creative Growth

    How Creativity is Like a Good Massage

    Many, many moons ago, while working at an art museum as an Arts Educator, I decided to study massage therapy.  When I told the museum director, he looked at me baffled.  He told me he thought the idea of a creative professional also doing massage felt like two disconnected ideas.  It seemed to me to make perfect sense, so I took a moment to explain to him how creativity is like a good massage. I have been thinking of this recently as I find my creativity cramping up, as it often does for Creatives.  When a massage therapist works on a muscle, she loosens it up, then often will apply…

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  • Creative Courage,  Creative Growth

    Encouraging Creativity

      This is an invitation.  A calling to deepen your connection with a part of yourself that wants access to more of your life.  When we quiet the chatter in our heads enough that our hearts can be heard, we often detect the voice that quietly demands expression.  It wants to take you on a ride that you will never forget.  But fear has squelched it so often that it is threatening to go away. Where will it take us?  What will others think?  Are we doing it right?  What sacrifices will we have to make?  What will slip out once we open up? Good questions, all.  I don’t have…

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  • Creative Courage,  Creative Growth,  Creativity

    What If This is Life’s Biggest Lesson?!

    Earlier this week I shared with you about how some of the difficulties in my life are transforming into wellsprings of beautiful lessons.  As often happens, I have heard from friends and colleagues that they too are having significant growth from discovering the gifts that challenging times offer.  I just love when the folks around me are “getting” it at the same time I am. For that very reason, I wanted to share with you some of the ways I am helping that process along.  I think we often feel like those parts of our lives have control over us and that we are out of control when they happen, but…

  • Creative Confidence,  Creative Courage,  Long Way Home

    My Silent Passengers

    Today marks my 22nd day on the road.  I am 5 hours from home by car, but sticking around Houston to offer a Sacred Cacao Ceremony to a gathering of creatives.  The closer I get to home, the more homesick I grow, and yet…. I am still deeply engaged in the adventure. One of the ways I am doing that is by processing the trip…especially the parts I just didn’t foresee. You see, even though I spent over two weeks of the trip driving by myself, I felt as if I had Silent Passengers.  I never felt that I was alone. Sometimes the Silent Passenger was my husband, even though…

  • Creative Courage,  Journey of the Inner Wanna Be's

    Standing in the Threshold

    At the Threshold of a Journey Anytime we poise ourselves at the beginning of a journey, either in the outer physical world or from within, we begin with an idea in mind of how we might approach our movement from where we are to where we wish to go.  There are the imagined obstacles we anticipate, various options for the course traveled, milestones we hope to reach, and some desired destination that just might be worth risking disappointment for the joy it could bring.  All of this is the beauty and danger of the In-between. Should I stay or should I go, now? (You know the song!) As I prepare…

  • Body Wisdom Project,  Creative Courage,  Creativity Moon

    Reflection Moon & Creativity Boosters

    Body Wisdom Project Each New Moon for this year, I join with my friend (and sometimes workshop partner) Jessica to explore our relationship with the body by choosing a focal word for lunar cycle.  We have been focusing on February’s Believing Moon, exploring what it means to believe in the wisdom of the body.  As is often the way with intuitive journeys like the one we are creating together, each level can unfold with a certain balance of mystery and synchronicity. The mystery comes out of traversing the unknown.  This is especially true when you give yourself up to the guidance of a collaborative experience.  Having Jessica’s input makes my…

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