Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Kite Approach

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.

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Today, give everything you have. What you keep you lose forever. 
- Steve Prefontaine

Dr. Seuss wrote, "Today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way." 

Get the most from your potential in words and deeds. Push to the limit and go beyond in all actions.  

Give something away. Consider giving a possession, a place in line, a parking spot, or a positive thought. Give without expectation. Giving will help you realize your abundance. 

What will you write about to give to a weary world?  

Describe your finest asset in detail. Which possessions do you hold onto?  Write about the feeling of giving them away. 

Practice giving by sending smiles to all you meet.  

Today, write to discover what giving means.  Reach for your possibilities.

Friday, August 18, 2017

What You Need to Find

"Consider the sunlight. You may say that it is near, yet if you pursue it from world to world you will never catch it. You may say that it is far, yet it is right before your eyes. Chase it and it always eludes you; run from it and it is always there. From this example you can understand how it is with the true nature of all things."  Huang-Po

Wander  in a natural setting to find ways it reflects your true nature. 

Let the process engulf you rather than chasing after a goal.

Take in the colors, aromas, and sounds. 

Release expectations.

Find a place you've never experienced.

Feel leaves and flower petals. Notice how the breeze moves and tickles your arms and face.

Focus on each moment to remove any mind chatter. Use your breathing to soothe your thoughts.

Elkhart Tolle says, "As soon as you sense that hidden harmony, that sacredness, you realize you are not separate from it. In this way, nature can help you become realigned with the wholeness of life."

You will discover what you need to find.