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.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Word Driven Relaxation

Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which 
you can retreat at any time.  
- Hermann Hesse

If R-E-L-A-X-A-T-I-O-N appears more difficult in the frenzy and daze of life, take a moment to breathe with determination and cadence. Then, use words to assist with ways to calm and balance the mind.  

Develop a collection of words to use as mantras.  

Begin by breathing in four breaths and out five. Stay in the moment.

Turn abstract words into those with images that settle and focus.  

Pick favorite colors with a rhythm of syllables.

Begin with letters of the alphabet to ease into the idea. Breathe in and out with azure, beige, crimson, all the way through magenta to tangerine.

Let your mind collect apples, bananas, coconuts and the notions that arise.

Switch to sounds like trickle, whistle, trill.

Add the varied tastes of honey, licorice, vanilla.

After you have delved through the senses, notice how the mind halts its chatter.

Words will reveal ways into relaxation.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cavort for Contentment

Write about what it takes for contentment.  Extend beyond happiness to a place where you can balance the challenges. 

How do you tickle creativity, laugh past frustrations, and find ways to win your day?

Peace of Mind and Harmony shout in abstract ways. How would you define them with examples of ways they look, feel, taste and sound?  

Illustrate them with the power of imagery.

Show hate transformed to kindness as animals cavort.  

Why do worries wriggle?  What simple steps lead to a thrill?  Where do expectations jump and jingle?  

Write your rules without defining them. Show the gleam.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Just a Smile a Day

          This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all. Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.   - Rumi

My father had a black book on his desk with daily words of wisdom. He shared them with me as I left for school. Rumi's message often guided our conversations. 

While driving me to the finals of a tennis tournament against my toughest opponent, my father described the importance of stomach butterflies that keep one focused.  I usually asked questions; one cascaded after another. 

Observing my unusual quietness on this day he said, "See the red light two blocks ahead. By the time we arrive it will change to green. So don't worry about it." I wondered what it had to do with butterflies. I kept thinking about traffic lights.

My father's philosophy involved problem solving and laughter.  He would divert my attention with a variety of techniques like the one above.  He also distracted my mind whirl by pointing to cloud shapes in the sky.  Or, he'd tell a story to m make me laugh away the worry.

My father's smile charmed the day.  He knew when to express its upswing instead of words.

He believed in what he called, "stewardship." It meant giving more without expecting something in return. I miss our times together.  His words envelop me daily.  

He spun positivity into all situations.  Like Lama Suryas Das believes, "It is not what happens to us that determines our character, our spirit, our karma and our destiny - but how we relate to what happens."

Silent smiles and humor conquer all.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Chair Conversations

Fine. We have different perspectives on the best view. 

Anyone know when the performance begins?

Is it true that twins have different tastes in what to wear where?
Oh Harvey, you always dress down.

Let's try to stay transparent in our presentation.
Do you ever feel like you're being followed?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The A-ha Moment

"The purpose of life is to live it to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences." - Eleanor Roosevelt

An "A-ha" moment spouts something new or different. It arrives after preparation and time for incubation. Ideas, beliefs, and questions begin to grow from it.

Most of the time, one cannot predict how it sprays.

The "A-ha" moment does not always produce a solution. It reveals errors. What does not work promotes a move into possibilities. Insight provides ways to study situations not considered before.

Curiosity launches creativity. A sense of wonder excites question upon question. They move into the wildness of blue sky thinking beyond the obvious.

Risk-taking invites a search for quirky. Connections and flavors abound. Sounds ask for texture and touch. Scents activation intuition.

A taste of lively amuses. Stay open to the nuances.  

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Photography's Poses

Photography teaches the rustle of moments. 
                      Seconds capture creativity in action.

What else enlivens from the bubbles and papyrus?

The reflection from a dew glob searches the rose next door.  
Or, is it a butterfly primping?

A stretch into the power of the senses shrinks the need for perfection.

Photography does not require a definite subject or something to say. 

Rambling clicks attract images.

The process brings a novelty to light or permits a perception into existence. 

In the ordinary, discovery slants, catapults or somersaults perspective.

The tease of unknown intrigues.

Clouds in a puddle form and circulate wonder.

Friday, August 11, 2017

How to Live Like a Turtle

Semper Paratus (always prepared).

You have all you need for a life of amazement and amusement.  

Always believe from the inside out.

Stay unaffected by negativity from beyond the shell. 

Stay Buoyant. Patient. Steady. Relentless. 

Remain secure but never hiding from challenges.

Power with all the energy needed for a life of wonder.

Keep your head high in all types of weather.

Float worries away.

Face challenges with Power!

Relax in the sun and sea.

Swim and eat and sunbathe. Then rest and begin again.

Thrive in tranquility.
With your Best Buddy.