Anti-Aging Potions Reloaded: Special Edition Issue
Still Crazy After All These Years
“You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.” ~Robin Williams
It's time for you to rediscover your authenticity (or set it free for the first time). Fan that spark of madness a bit - the one you have been hiding or saving or stomping on or giving to someone else. Creativity can border on a good kind of madness - it shows in a contained but enjoyable defiance, unfettered confidence, and genuine comfort with who you are - It will bring you a sense of well-being far beyond being captive to worrying about what others think or to the repetitive prison of habits that do not serve you. It feeds your soul and taps into your splendid uniqueness. Taking small steps in the direction of a liberated spirit will result in a joyful life much quicker than planning to do it some elusive block of time in the future.
Join me on July 2 at 4pm pacific and 7 pm eastern for a teleconference that gives you some lighter fluid for belief in yourself. This is a fre.e call but will be recorded and can be listened to for $5 if you miss it. Sign up here ... email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions for listening to the recording or buying the MP3 copy.
And if you are passionate about making your life deeper in enjoyment, creativity, and meaningful connections and less frustrating with the overwhelm, resistance, self sabotage, depression, crankiness and perfectionism that plagues many women - sign-up for the October retreat. (see below)
This Special Topic issue continues the Reinvention of Yourself exercises. The regular Muse Flash will be back July 23rd for the Mid Summer's Night July/August Issue. Happy Independence Day . Happy Summer. Have a lemonade, a laugh, and a long nap.
Writing Workshop July 19th Del Mar, CA 7- 9 pm. Words as Toys: Come play with prompts, possibilities, personas and surprises. All levels. No critique. $13 includes dark chocolate
Next 14 week Kaizen Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training Begins October 29th see www.kaizenmuse.com
Forever Young Retreat: Partaking in the Potions - A Colorful Fall Reverie
Agelessness and Creativity : October 12-14!!! at Spirit Fire Retreat Center in Massachusetts
- Don't be left out!
The low cost retreat price (early registration) of $375 includes lodging, meals, retreat activities, a souvenir canvas gift bag of anti-aging products including toys for the child spirit, SPA products for the outer goddess, art supplies and personalized permission slips for the mortal who needs a release in order to act with more vitality and less stifling perfectionism and hesitation. You can choose to join in all of the scheduled events or find time to reconnect with yourself. Join your tribe for conversation over meals, hike amongst the majesty of fall or hide in your room with a good book and your journal.
Go Sophia: “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
Metamorphoses: Reinventing the Second Half of Life
Reinvention Exercise # 1
Go out and buy yourself a special Reinventing Myself Journal - Your favorite style
(If you are coming to the retreat buy a big oversized sketch book . If not consider using one of those pretty blank books you have been collecting or receiving other the years but have been too TIDY to write in it.. it's time).
Copy that Sophia Loren quote up there in the first article on the first page but change it slightly so it reads like this:
“There is a fountain of youth: it is my mind, my talents, the creativity I bring to my life and the lives of people I love. As I learn to tap this source, I am truly defeating age.”
~ME (your name)
(or use one of your favorite quotes having to do with a positive aspect of aging
which wouldn't include something like this: "What a drag it is getting old")
Reinvention Exercise # 2
Spend at least two or three weeks doing this one.
In your journal put each of the following questions on top of its own page. Make a list of fast and furiously hand written answers OR answer each question everyday for three days (even if it’s the same answer).
1. What do I want in my life?
2. What part of myself do I want to carry forward?
3. What part of myself do I want to shift?
4. What thoughts do I want to be central in my thinking?
5. What activities do I want to engage in?
6. How am I already who I want to be?
7. Others questions?… you decide.
Asking questions like this activates your subconscious
When you get answers, write questions about them.
When you get strategies, implement them 5% a week.
Reinvention Exercise # 3
Patiently Practicing New Thoughts
Vital to reinventing ourselves is our thoughts. What we think creates our emotions and our emotions create actions. All from the choice of a thought. Thoughts are habits so old ones that do not serve us may be more natural, comfortable and automatic than new ones that mirror our higher beliefs. At first the practice of new thinking may seem awkward, contrived and sort of like bunk. These are not thoughts that are ignoring reality - they are thoughts that include reality .. they permit and exalt our humanity, celebrate, accept and are compassionate toward our imperfections. They are thoughts that remind us frequently of our strengths, blessings and endearing distinctions.
To truly embody a thought, experience it in your body. Many who age gracefully have a tireless belief in themselves. Despite hardship, loss, deception, disappointment, blunders, and age spots they rally and rise to the top of their spirit. Acknowledging the darkness is essential, but attaching ourselves to it or dwelling in it is foolish, think these graceful agers. There's too much beauty and good and creative wonder in life to tarry in the negative spheres.
1. Choose one thought that exalts who you have already been - acknowledges your humor, generositiy, cleverness.. whatever quality you have that you value. Acknowledge it daily for at least 15 seconds. Feel its presence in your body and if that is difficult for you, imagine feeling it. Feel its influence over the possible thoughts you could think. Feel your spirit smiling because of this trait.
2. Choose a new thought you would like to incorporate. Here's some suggestions:
I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” ~ Franz Kafka
"The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes." ~Frank Lloyd Wright
"The HELL I can't ..." Suzie Stambaugh
"Life keeps getting more and more fabulous."- The staff
"Don't rain on my parade." -Babs
"I can't wait to see what I'll say and do today." ~me
Do not just think these quotes. Imagine a full-body belief in them. How would that thought feel if you fully experienced it? What decisions would you make believing this though? Write about it in your journal. Obsess about the thought. Post it, say it out loud. Add images from magazines, cards, internet pictures printed out .. that reinforce these beliefs. Make art that illustrates it. Make up a movement to go along with the thought - this brings helps your body to remember the spirit of this theme and your body is an important source of wisdom. Sound this thought will be more automatic, there will be less need for you to call upon it consciously. It will be part of your reinvented self.
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. ~Rabindranath Tagore
They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods. ~Edith Wharton
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
Jill's Monthly Column at Creativity Portal
See the oldest and greatest rock band in the world - meet The Zimmers and their amazing cover of The Who's "My Generation". This is truly a refreshing look at the spirit we can plug into as we get older.
Lead singer, Alf is 90 - it's quite something when he sings "I hope I die before I get old". And he's not the oldest - there are 99 and 100-year-olds in the chorus! (The guy in the last scene is 100 years old)
Thanks to Jill Bryan, SInger, Songwriter
The best face lift is a smile and a laugh
Some Summer Delights.. Give yourself the gift of a moment to check out these sites:
See poetry animated with former poet laureate Billy Collin's poem Forgetful: click here
Absolutely amazing sand art - a meditation
Cheryl Finley's Mandala - a truly ageless soul
A poem by Dale Bowen
LET’S RUN OFF AND GET MARRIED, BABY!
Let’s run off to Vegas and get married, Baby!
Not at Elvis-Drive-Through-Chapel, but at
the table - playing cards!
Or in the aisles of one arm bandits, spinning
their blinking fruit, and let your vows be squeals of
fun with cherries popping up three in a row, while
we sip on vodka drinks in plastic cups at 4 a.m.
Let’s run off to the mountains and get married, Baby!
With a broken ankle in the snow and freezing butt
planted on the ground, waiting for help to come along.
Or let’s get married warming up with apple pie and
cinnamon cream while embers crackle inside the ol’
stoney fire place.
Let’s get married in the car, Baby! When the light
turns red in snarled traffic - flipping channels on
Let’s get married on the beach, Baby! Taking turns
rubbing sunscreen on our skin. “With reception to
follow” - splashing in the chilly tide, your smile
beaming big and bright between your soft cheeks turning pink!
Let’s get married over coffee, Baby! in the morning
drinking from our favorite mugs and scruffy bed hair all the rage.
Let’s get married over trash, and dishes, and laundry, and
washing cars, and cutting grass, or counting change for
gas to go with thoughts on planning a route, you and me, baby
we’ll drive across the paper map over a landscape to our dreams.
(Say, “I Do” and let’s get married, Baby!)
by Dale Bowen May '07
“It's a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do.” ~Walter Winchell
The beauty of discovering your talent