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Creative Routine Hack: How to let go of old habits – and live and work with joy (6)

Have you just discovered the Creative Routing Hack Series? Click this link to read the first post.

Once you step out of your Comfort Zone and give up on the idea of having to control the process or the outcome, something amazing happens: You realise that what you’ve thought of as discomfort is something else entirely. 🙂

It’s not anxiety, worry, or fear of the unknown, it’s…

Part Six: …Butterflies in the stomach

And they’re ready to take off.

Butterfly visiting peony - Image by Boenz via pixabay

Butterfly visiting peony – Image by Boenz via pixabay

You can – literally and practically – change the way you perceive what you call your reality by relaxing and opening up your hands, palms up.

Here are some thoughts that can assist you with making the shift:

  • Instead of thinking “I can’t because…”, prompt your mind with “right now I can…”.
  • Instead of figuring out “how can I force success” or “how can I win this game”, ask “what’s the best that can happen right now”.
  • Instead of “thinking it through”, allow for the answer to come from Butterfly-You.

You can even induce the shift with a physical motion:

Place it in your heart.

Imagine removing the idea from your brain and placing it in your heart. You can reinforce this visual by actually using your hands to do so. Allow for the idea to settle in your heart – and then let it go so it may return to you.

Or give the butterflies in your stomach a gentle, clockwise rub.

The answer may come in form of a thought or an idea popping up, something someone says, something that catches your eye, and sometimes you’re trying to do something and it just doesn’t work the way you want it to. You can then ask: “Is there a better way of doing this? What do I need to know right now?”

When feeling bored, stressed or frustrated, you can also ask Butterfly-Me “Are we having fun yet?” or “Is there a more effortless way?”

Observe, without judgment, what happens within your body or with your feelings, or in your direct environment. Neutrally view what is going on around you as if it were symbolic, or a dream.

Sometimes the answer comes as a full-fledged solution. Sometimes it comes immediately and sometimes only when you’ve forgotten all about it.

Sometimes it comes in bits and pieces, and often you will lack understanding until the whole puzzle comes together.

Don’t actively look for clues, which creates tension again. Allow and trust and don’t think about it – for me, that’s the “hardest” part, because I often feel “I need to do something” and my mind is racing with figuring out what.

In the meantime, it helps me a lot with being patient when I switch my mind to sending some love to a person or situation, or myself…or by doing something simple and creative, like a few minutes of doodling or colouring or preparing a snack, or by getting in touch with nature, like watering the plants, petting a dog or going for a short walk.

And whatever happens: Don’t judge it or belittle what you do. You don’t know what it’s good for, or what will come from it, or how it might touch someone’s heart.

Coming next: Prepare for flight

Image by Boenz via pixabay

PS: When searching for a photo to illustrate this post, I immediately fell in love with this beautiful image. Water symbolises Flow and emotions, but also clarity, refreshment, and Oneness.

I know that since ancient times flowers are used to convey messages which also speak to us on a subconscious level. I wondered what Peony stands for and came across this link: Peony – Meaning & Symbolism . Have a look and see for yourself! 🙂

Creative Routine Hack: How to let go of old habits – and live and work with joy (1)

How much time do you spend on making plans and decisions? And how many of those do you actually carry through to completion? On time? Really?

And how often do you beat yourself up along the lines of “I should have”, “I could have” or “why didn’t I”?

Part One: To plan or not to plan – that’s the question

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Saying No to Survival Mode

What do you do when you’re running behind schedule? Run faster?

Since I started rolling with the Small Product Lab, ideas keep flowing, take on shape, expand…just wonderful! I love this creative energy and I want to do everything at once.

Of course I can’t. I can have – and I do have – several larger and smaller projects in progress, so I always got something that fits my current circumstances and mood and keeps me from getting into a rut. But it’s not possible to do two things at the same time and give them my full attention.

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The Enermazing Weekly Ticker (17) 28th November – 4th December2011

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Just a quick note today…the last few days I had limited computer access time, which I used mostly for catching up with comments on other blogs. There was no time for browsing or research of anything, and I’m already in a hurry to get off the computer again.

Kathy (Pocket Perspectives) passed the Liebster Blog Award to me – thank you so much, Kathy! I’ll nominate “meine 5 liebsten Blogs” (my 5 favourite blogs) some other day, once again a difficult decision…

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Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee:Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Rabindranath Tagore

My Own Pair Of Glasses

A few days ago, I tried to be clever.

When I work away from home, I usually put anything special in my bag the night before and routine stuff before I leave. Every once in a while I forget something in the morning rush.

That morning, just as I came from the bathroom, I saw both my husband’s and my reading glasses lying on the table, his a black metal skeleton with a brown chain, mine grey with a black chain; and neither of us could tell a dog from a cat looking through the other’s pair. I better take my glasses now, I thought, so I won’t pick up the wrong pair in the rush. I put my pair in its case and right away in my bag.

Shortly after I arrived at work, my husband phoned to wish me a fun day – with his reading glasses.

Lessons learned: 1. When trying to be clever, check again what I’m doing. 2. Only my own glasses let me see the world my way.

For lack of something better to do 😉 , I thought about how often we see the world through glasses which are not our own…

  • …following shoulds and musts which others have created
  • …not giving in to our intuition, but repeating “how we’ve always done it”
  • …getting stuck with our obsolete beliefs about how things are or should be
  • …defining our goals by comparison with what others do and are successful with
  • …entering the wrong “competitions” with others
  • …lazy thinking, that is not thinking for ourselves

…What are your examples, from your life, of looking through someone else’s glasses. Or in which cases has putting on your own glasses led to joy and success?

Maria

The Enermazing Weekly Ticker (16) 21th – 27th November 2011

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Nearing the end of NaNoWriMo with less than 10k, the best tip I can give you this year is not to stop – November may be over soon, but life goes on.

In case you are over 40k, you can still catch up (my last year’s experience). Go and get your certificate! 🙂

If not, consolidate. Take stock of what you’ve learned during the past 27 days, about writing and about life, about creating new habits or at least shaking up old ones.

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During this past week, I’ve hardly been on the computer. My email inbox is overflowing with unread blog subscriptions, I haven’t written a single comment, not browsed or surfed or “researched”.

What have I done instead? Increased my body awareness, with special emphasis on the senses of hearing and smell. Did you know that a slipper, a book and a computer cable produce different sounds when being chewed? Did you know that you can train your olfactory sense to make out directions and locations, instantly, the moment the origin of the smell is being produced? I didn’t, until ten days ago, but then again Bob and Scamp were already about three months old when we found them and ready to be house-trained. When we found the puppy last week, it was so young that didn’t even know yet that it had teeth, and now it’s experimenting with how it can put them to use. (Eating is not a problem – weight increase is 40% in 7 days.)

Wolfy-Stop-It! (which is his new name) is teaching us a lot of things, including taking play breaks when we didn’t even know we wanted them, and certainly living in the moment – using every opportunity, however small it may be, to get some of our daily chores done while avoiding to trip over him, or to wipe up another little mess while he tries to help us 😉 I hope that as soon as he discovered all dimensions of his body (including his rear end) he’ll realise that not on all occasions it’s sufficient to have all four paws on the newspaper…

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When things go wrong, you’ll find they usually go on getting worse for some time; but when things once start to go right they often go on getting better and better.

C.S.Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia

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My word count the past week: I’ve lost track with all my different wordcounts and what I updated or not. The only one I’m certain of is Magnifica, at about 8,000 total…