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What's Right Under Your Beak?
11 June, 2018 - A Monday
Camp Creative Thunder in Taos is Coming Up in a little over a month and still has two spots and I need a helper.*  
Reclaim Your Creativity, Connect with Like-minded Spirits, Eat like a Queen, Have a Private Concert, Experience the Magic of the Mabel Dodge Luhan House

When you are convinced
that all the exits are blocked,
either you take to believing in miracles
or you stand still like the hummingbird.
The miracle is that the honey is always there,
right under your nose,
only you were too busy searching
elsewhere to realize it.
The worst is not death but being blind,
blind to the fact that everything
about life is in the nature of the miraculous.
—Henry Miller, Miraculous kind of an enlightened writer guy
Hi Creative Friends,
Concerning that quote up there^ by Henry Miller?  If you want it right under your nose, it's in the front of my book, The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard).
I found it important enough to put there because reading it shifts my entire existence ... sort of like a miracle does ... kind of like imagination can ... certainly how inspired thinking will when I remember to apply it to my life.
When I forget about the creative powers we have, I am convinced the exits are blocked:
The exits from heartache, the endless inner-loop of the blathering high-pressured commands, or irritable anxiety about the current destabilization of our country. The exits from growing old, from all the mistakes I made, from the constant inner taunting of "I'm not enough" are blocked... But they're not. 
There's a door that opens the same time our mind does. EXACTLY. Time it. 
When I pay attention to all I have and all I am right now, I can to choose to do what I love, instead of feeling forced to do anything in any way... period. I can defy the trance of never feeling enough and experience the bliss of enough. 
When I pay attention to the flight of the hummingbird, the purr of the new kitten, the way the soundtrack in a movie transports me to a mood, the way a mood moves me to a poem, the way a poem heals my pain, and the way caramelized onions taste so much better than the grilled ones, I am in concert with the little miracles of being alive which is much better than staring at the graffiti on the doors I've perceived closed.
The creative mind gifts us with defining miracles however our we choose and in doing so, being in constant wonder instead of chronic crankiness.
Creativity is a miraculous antidote to the craziness in the world. And all it takes is a question:
  • What's one small step I can take next in my passion and can I do it without putting a lot of pressure on myself because it's the pressure that leads to resistance)? Okay, that was two questions and some parentheses. 
Or have a five minute tryst with your creativity's passion - see where it leads.
Albert Einstein said, "There are only two ways to live your life: as though nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle."
What would it feel like to believe just 5% more in the miracle?
Creativity Out There in the Cyberland:

Look, customize your own box with your own artwork. I had fun with this one.
Here's an idea about the Miracle of Attention for workshop leaders, coaches and creative civilians. Transport yourself here
Perseverance Elephant Style 

The Underground Highway to Creative Results: Sign-up by 6/30
Creativity is easier to get to when there's a place to show-up, be nurtured, have a monthly workshop, and be inspired by other creative people in a non-competitive, non-overwhelm way. Includes a subscription to The Writing Club.
July 17-21, 2018
Camp Creative Thunder: A Creative Renaissance of Fun and Food

Someone recently told me that they were intimidated by signing up for a creativity retreat. This is the right retreat for both the fearful and the accomplished. The experiences are geared to make it easy in a non-threatening way to discover or go deeper with your creativity whatever level you are. It's laid back, the people who come are not annoying, the food is worth the price of the ticket. You can do as little as you like and it's at one of the most magical places in Taos, the Mabel Dodge Luhan House. Just a few spots left. Take a look 
 *Looking for a helper for a discount - email or message me

August 10 - December 3, 2018
Become a Certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach

And now for a very DIFFERENT way to learn to mentor people using creative tools, take your creativity (and your life) to a whole new level, and create another stream of income. Using intuition, imagination, in-session experiences. The tax-deductible investment pays off in many many ways. More here on KMCC, payment plans available.The training begins every August and January
SKETCHKON 2018 PASADENA is filling up fast.
For three fun-packed days, we’ll experience a non-stop smorgasbord of rich visual presentations, inspirational talks, collaborative art projects, technical demonstrations, sketchcrawls, and one-on-one advice.
For the first time ever, over five hundred creative folks — including many top sketchbook artists from around the world — will gather in sunny Pasadena to celebrate our art.  I will be giving a keynote and a workshop*. SIgn-up soon!

*Kamikaze Drawing and Low-Flying Creativity See More Here

Using fleeting multimedia projections, poetry, music, the silly and absurd you will be tricked into effortlessly colliding with your true creative voice without overthinking or scaring it away. Any perfectionistic tendencies, hesitancy, and/or immobilizing self-judgment will be terribly confused and ask to be excused from this workshop.
You will experience
  • The unleashing of a deeper creative voice.  
  • What it’s like to generate a plethora of sketches in a short amount of time under the influence of an altered state of sketching.
  • Learn techniques that make sketching not only easier but a hell of a good time to create.
  • Go home with at least three sketches you’ll want to frame, share with the world, or simply become.

Parallel Universe Time An hour every Monday to get to your creative work or anything you've been putting off. This is a sacred, grounding time where we hold the space for each other to focus. It's been happening for nine years now. No charge. All are welcome. Sign-up here, unsubscribe anytime. 
The whole world is a series of miracles, but we're so used to them we call them ordinary things. ~Hans Christian Anderson  
Go notice some miracles,
Jill Badonsky
Jill Badonsky, M.Ed. is head muse of the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training founded in 2004, multimedia artist, yoga teacher, and author/illustrator of four books on creativity.

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