Monday, January 22, 2018

Nature's Realm

". . . these are the music and pictures of the most ancient religion" - Ralph Waldo Emerson


"No feature of all the noble landscape as seen from here seems more wonderful than the cathedral itself, a temple displaying nature's best masonry and sermons in stone. How often I have gazed at it from the tops of hills and ridges, and through openings in the forests on my many short excursions, devoutly wondering, admiring, longing."  
         - John Muir


Nature shares its secrets and advice when we take the time to notice.
                 Stretch. Rise to the sky. Spread your limbs.





Find joy in how high the waves jump into the sky.

 Kenneth Grahame writes, "Nature’s particular gift to the walker, through the semi-mechanical act of walking — a gift no other form of exercise seems to transmit in the same high degree — is to set the mind jogging, to make it garrulous, exalted, a little mad maybe — certainly creative and suprasensitive, until at last it really seems to be outside of you and as if it were talking to you whilst you are talking back to it. Then everything gradually seems to join in, sun and the wind, the white road and the dusty hedges, the spirit of the season, whichever that may be, the friendly old earth that is pushing life firth of every sort under your feet or spell-bound in a death-like winter trance, till you walk in the midst of a blessed company, immersed in a dream-talk far transcending any possible human conversation."

Always an evening kiss from a sun sliding into the sea.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Optimism



If some days feel like elephants coming at you, hold out those arms and take in the challenges.

O   Stay Open to Opportunities in all situations.

P    Note the Possibilities that exist around every corner.

T    Take breaks to let your mind discover connections.

I     Investigate with sights, sounds, scents and tastes.

M   Keep the Momentum going. One word, then another.  Bounce those words.

I     Imagination works wonders. Play with ideas.

S    Silliness stimulates the brain.  Giggle as you move through each day.

M   Call your Muse.  Give him or her a name and write a conversation.


Create your own suggestions for each letter.  Optimism !

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Meanings of Change

"Observe always that everything is the result of change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and make new ones like them."
- Marcus Aurelius





During a day that feels empty or dry, we need to discover ways to freshen our thoughts.  

Soren Kierkegaard believed in the rotation method to keep the mind fresh. He indicated that farmers can't grow wheat year after year. They must replenish the soil by sowing beans one year. It also may need to remain fallow.

Albert Einstein used "combinatory play."  Imagining he traveled on a beam of light and glancing back at a clock created break-throughs for him. He visualized letting go of a coin in a free-falling elevator.

Any changes in thinking and perception jostle the mind. Distractions help to reset thoughts from focus on a single task and its implications, concerns and consequences. It helps us move into to a new venue where creativity blossoms.

Try, "See the Kite" approach.  If you want to divert someone in conversation, point to the sky and say, "What a Kite." An individual will look up and stop speaking, thinking, or doing. You can use the distraction to accomplish whatever you need.  

Divert an unpleasant situation, sneak a loss pr a bite of someone's desert .  



Adapt this idea for your writing. Use unexpected incongruity. Try writing to these examples: 


What do eagles, mountains, and pencils have in common?

Consider  baboons, sunshine, chocolate, and their differences.


Combine kittens, cranberries, and the Pacific ocean.

What skitters in and out of the hole above?

Intuition ticklers, absurd thoughts, and humor intrigue the mind and provide unexpected insights. 

Use the kite approach and search the sky for ideas.  Try three unrelated items, extend to more.   

Freshen and free your spirit.