Creativity is an age-free zone.
Come on in, ageless child, and run into the wild abandon
where you are in charge, the chaos of the world is far away,
and constant amazement of what is possible unfolds.
Hi Creative Friend,
I spent the whole morning writing an article about pissing off perfectionism (or, in other words, giving yourself permission to be kinder than the oppressive forces of always trying to be perfect). It's a pretty good article. I'll send it next month.
I realized with all the chaos, hurricanes, and weird stuff happening in the world, I'd rather send out a little love. If you're creative you're likely to be highly sensitive and you may be picking up even more of the anxiety
out there than the average bear. A certain
amount of anxiety comes with the creative sphere, but we don't need an ala mode on top of the extra dollops of it we get from the news and our lives. We need reverie.
Creativity provides us with the power to create an inner world that is untouched by the craziness out there, but sometimes we need to be reminded.
Since you're here, why not take this
opportunity to find that place inside that is
tethered to peace?
Breathe-in as if your breath-in opens the door to a room so beautiful and relaxing that as
you enter you feel a deep state of relaxation effortlessly fill your body. Breathe out and find yourself sinking into the most comfortable chair in the universe. In it you feel supported, safe, and taken care of. You feel inspired.
Do this breath-in and breath-out thing until you've discovered a frontier of relaxation you didn't know what possible. [Do that now or you'll get distracted]. And then allow yourself to be called to some delicious daydream of a creative endeavor that feels so relaxed and so natural, it seems like it might be effortless to find yourself inside of it. Just listen for the creative call and decide what you might love about that call. And know that call loves you.
Something like this, but replace "writing" with whatever your creative call may be if it's not writing:
For what your writing loves is intimacy. What it loves is mutuality. What it loves is the gifts you co-create to share with others. What it loves is filling the stillness, the empty places in your heart with the slow dance of words. What it loves is the joy you find in showing up. ~ Alissa Lukara
|Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Spotlight|
|Such fascinating, inspiring people come through the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching that I decided I shouldn't keep them all to myself. I'd like to share them with you in a little interview each issue. I present you with the KMCC |
Spotlighted coach for this month:
Certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach
Founder of Onodata Creative
A poet with five books to her name
A Qoya dance instructor-in-training
Your favorite creative outlet:
As a poet, words are my first love. Even the letter A is enough to set me daydreaming.
Your definition of a success within that outlet:
Success? Hmmm... I have some books published. I have won some awards and prizes, and yes those are very nice. Still...for me, poetry is a way of engaging with the world and making sense of it. Creativity is a way of living (THE way). I tell my clients, focus on doing what you love. THAT is success in itself. Everything else follows from there.
An example of your writing that you'd like to share:
Here is a small fragment I am still playing with...not a poem yet, but some lines I like and I'm waiting to hear my way into what comes next: "She walks, singing / through her feet as / the grass hums...feet / no shoes would fit." I just really like the image of some woman who sings through her (big, bare) feet like elephants do. She's like a superhero or something.
Your specific niche for creativity coaching:
I work with women (primarily) who are in times of transition, whether they are starting new projects or they are facing bigger life changes. Women who want to recover a sense of creativity and zest that they misplaced or lost along the way. We're magical beings...I help people remember and tap into that.
Your favorite thing about coaching and a favorite KMCC tool
Seeing the enthusiasm and excitement of clients as they begin to take small steps forward and those steps grow! My favorite tool right now is guided
visualizations. I love the improvisational opportunity for myself...and giving my clients another, more embodied way to tap into their own deep wells of creativity and wisdom.
A favorite quote.
Henri Matisse said "Creativity takes courage." I have that on my refrigerator right where I see it every day. As a KM creativity coach, I get to en-courage my clients to dare their own creativity. I can't imagine a better work.
Your latest food craze.
I am fermenting my own vegetables on my kitchen counter. I love it! So far I've only tried cabbage, carrots and jalapenos--beets are next!!
A song that you like (one that has a link I can share to it to Youtube or whatever)
This clip of Janis Joplin and Tom Jones singing "Raise Your Hand" is one of my go tos on the days when I need a little extra push to be my own fierce self and take on the world. Find that song here
Something you'd like to share with creative people.
The world needs us. I know that doesn't sound logical. The world isn't a logical place--it's zany, gorgeous, heartbreaking, terrifying, and an absolute miracle. That's what creative people understand, and that's what we have to share. Now more than ever. And if you want someone to hold your hand when it gets hard to see in the dark...you can always reach out to me. firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to hear from you!!
|Workshops, Summits, and Trainings|
Free Online Summit
I will be joining a leading panel of creativity experts as a guest in the upcoming Harness Your Creative Power FREE online summit, hosted by
author and creativity ambassador - Gunhild Lorenzen.
Click here to join me and 20+ other experts for a FREE enriching event, and start eembracing your gifts and expressing them in the world!
Kaizen-Muse Infused Master Minding Training
September 26, 2017, 10 weeks
KMCC Master Coaches, Mary McDowall and Kathy Kane offer an original, imaginative, pressure-free way to facilitate Master Minding Groups with Kaizen-Muse Tools: More about that here
The Muse in Winter and Camp Creative Thunder in
Taos, New Mexico!:
Every February and July
For all levels of writers and artists, or for those who don't know where to begin, those who want to begin again, or those who don't think they are creative. A different kind of retreat. Limited enrollment to keep it intimate. Every February and July. Bring a friend.
Wednesdays, February 21 - June 20, 2018:
Now accepting applications
Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching™
Certification Training Thank you, again, for opening this door for me. Not just for the business, but as a whole way of being, and doing, and expanding into the world. Last year this time I felt like I was being gradually choked to death by a constricting, ever decreasing reality. I’d begun to fear that my life would just keep getting smaller and smaller, but now the world is expanding all over again. I’m encountering new ideas and meeting new people and it’s a wonderful thing.
~Kerry Schafer, Fantasy and Mystery Author and newly certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach
If none of these appeal to you, find something that does!
Connecting to kindred spirits is important right now. Take a class, find a community, start a movement, eat consciously.
For more about classes, trainings and retreat with Jill Badonsky,
Jill Badonsky, M.Ed. is founder of the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training, multimedia artist,
inspirational humorist, yoga teacher, and author of three books on creativity.
Look up right now. What around you could you consider art?
Savor it, it's your life. #ArtIsEverywhere
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ~Ami Ray
Permission to let go, stay safe if that hurricane is around you,