Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fun of Disorder

"One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries." 
- A.A. Milne

"Sometimes breaking the rules is just extending the rules. Sometimes there are no rules." 
~ Mary Oliver

"There are some enterprises in which disorderliness is the true method."  Ishmael from Moby Dick. Ishmael refers to whale hunting but he also means the art of storytelling.

The word, oxymoron (from Greek ὀξύμωρον, "sharp dull") means a contradiction of terms.

Develop ideas about "careful disorderliness." Let opposites collide. Go jaunty. Get untamed.

Play by creating a meaningful chaos, planned messiness, directed improvisation. Challenge your fun with playful experiments. 

Consider the joy and power of rebellion and creativity. A determination to revolt against the usual may stimulate discoveries in living an imaginative life. find a personal call of non-violent disobedience.

Rise and overthrow a stale notion, overworked idea, or any status quo you've experienced. Your vitality will soar as you shed numbing habits and traditions. 

Extend the rules. Pursue a rebel's jubilee. 


Monday, May 21, 2018

Open into Imagination

Most of us live in this paradox: we are trailing glimpses of insight, knowing why we are here, and not knowing. We both remember and forget. We are imbued with wonder, and sometimes consumed with loss, from childhood on; we pursue our purpose in a thousand ways.
        - Christina Baldwin, The Seven Whispers: A Spiritual Practice for Times Like These

The Seven Whispers
  Maintain peace of mind
  Move at the pace of guidance
  Practice certainty of purpose
  Surrender to surprise
  Ask for what you need and offer what you can
  Love the folks in front of you
  Return to the world
                 - Christina Baldwin

Opening into imagination enables a suspension of judgment. A move into a state of the true self occurs where reverie takes over. 

Fantasies fling us along paths to observe obstacles. We marvel at aspects of self forgotten or not considered.  

The journey enlightens and enriches.

If lost, we acquire new ways of trail-finding while listening to our inner voice of dreams and passions. 

A step off the path merges into possibilities without fears.

Smell the colors, taste the breeze.

Attitude and Awareness provide the guidance.

Rocks along the road lead to wonder and design.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Petal Spelunking

"Nobody sees a flower, really, it is so small. We haven't time - and to see takes time like to have a friend takes time.  

Well, I made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flower you hung all your own associations with flowers on my flower."     - Georgia O'Keefe

Delve into the depth of a flower.

Let curiosity and creativity mingle to investigate dimensions of a flower and a relationship. With courage we spelunk into the hearts of both.
How does one move beyond the color, scent and shape?

Does it seem easy for bees and butterflies to
discover the inner channels of flowers? 

What orbits of understanding occur in yellow frills? 

Take time to imagine whirly gigs of orange amidst a sherbert view.
Frills tempt in pink.

Discover the humor in an iris.

Notice the connection of the depth in a flower with the discovery of a similar sensation in a relationship.