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Minding the Mind, Mending the Heart

EveryMomentSome of the deepest disappointments in life are those times when we have let ourselves down.  Standing by our dreams, we watch them get smaller and smaller as the voice of doubt and fear win over some opportunity to bloom.  It happens to all of us in one form or another. Those shared human experiences tug at our hearts and are often created in the mind.

Recently I have been taking on the voices in my head with a fierceness I have seldom felt from myself.  I am focusing on a whole cluster of issues that rise up for me that I think of as a Life Theme.  The Life Theme seems to be a course of study that has accompanied me into this life. I work a little on it and discover some resolution, then it reforms with a slight change so that I can experience the theme again.  Each time I learn something about myself, often discovering gifts of the spirit along the way. I bet we all have a Life Theme or two to fully take in over the course of our life.

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Some people may have Life Themes surrounding safety or struggling with lack, others keep coming back to the theme of belonging or perhaps some other shadowy difficulty.  It usually doesn’t take much to pull together the nuance of a Life Theme, figuring out a precise thread that travels through the life can be a bit more of a challenge.  Once you have a name for it though, it can help you identify when it knocks on your door.

The theme I am working on currently has to do with creativity.  If I know much about anything, it is creativity.  And yet…. the shadow side of creativity still challenges me.  I love that this place I feel so grounded in also has more growth to offer me.  And so I am digging deep to explore the ways creativity shows up in my life in a less grounded way….where it could be more rooted and secure.

How do I know where those places are?  I listen for the fear and frustration.  I listen for the places where my heart aches.  Those are the areas of my Creative Spirit that are asking for resolution.

I think it is important to point out that creativity is more than just something pretty we put on our wall or listen to on our iPod.  It is our ability to form relationships with self, others, and spirit. It is our relationship with abundance or lack.  Creativity is about making meaning and crafting life.

Once I discover an area where creativity is kinked up, I set out to open up the stuck places.  There are lots of ways to work with this, but for me currently, I have been minding my mind.  Every morning as I wake up, I let my mind wander into the fear.  Then I pretend to wipe it away and begin to imagine what life would be like if the fear magically went away.  I play with that new reality for awhile.  Then, I encourage myself to believe that if I can imagine the new reality than it is quite possible.

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I have been doing this for a few months now and my life is reflecting those changes.  My heart is blooming with possibility.

 Creatively yours…

Rachel Payne Life Coach

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