Sunday, July 27, 2008

Physician Heal Thyself

(“The phrase alludes to the readiness and ability of physicians to heal sickness in others while sometimes not being able or willing to heal themselves,” also to “Attend to one's own faults, in preference to pointing out the faults of others.”) - - Google

This phrase came to mind this morning as I was journaling. It was followed by “Walk the Walk – Don’t Just Talk the Talk.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I must admit that following my own guidance or “Walking the Walk” as they say, can often be extremely challenging for me. I think it primarily has to do with discipline and bad habits more than anything else.

Case in point: My creative flow has been sluggish recently. And that makes me feel extremely embarrassed since I consider myself to be an expert in matters pertaining to all things creative.

And then I heard the phrase “Physician Heal Thyself” and I realized that if I were coaching someone else in this situation, I would point out that at times like these ... when the well has run dry ... the stream has been over-fished .... it needs to be re-stocked.

There are many ways to accomplish this but the important thing to realize is that we cannot just fish - fish - fish or create - create - create or work - work - work without allowing the time necessary to restock ... restore ... regenerate.

And that could look like going on an adventure ... or exploring someplace where you’ve never been ... or doing something to stimulate the senses ... the list is really endless.

Bottom line, as always, as I stopped trying to force the issue and began to relax into and accept the moment ... Voila` ... the words began to flow and here’s the result!

How about you?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

More Wonder of Wonder

This is a piece I wrote back in January 2005, but it ties in so perfectly with a Discussion Topic I began yesterday on my Facebook group, I decided to reprint it. I was living in Ft. Lauderdale at the time.

I don't know about you, but whenever I see a rainbow, I break into a smile. This past Sunday was a perfect case in point ... it had been gray and overcast all day with intermittent bouts of rain and a cold front that had caused at least a 20+ degree drop in temperature.

I was sitting at my desk and just happened to look out the window ... and there before my very eyes was a huge rainbow ... with a smaller one by its side ... and I couldn't help but smile. What is it about rainbows?

And for that matter, what is it about all of the incredible examples of nature's magic and mystery that strike such chords of wonder? I certainly can't explain it but I do know I feel it ... How about you?

I think the whole point here is that if we do our best to remember to be as open and aware as possible ... as much of the time as possible ... we increase the likelihood of witnessing so much of the magnificence of everyday life ... that is just waiting for our recognition ...

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Are You Listening?

I recently watched the movie August Rush (twice actually) and I was blown away ...  I was profoundly moved ... I was inspired. Movies do that for me ... all the time.

When the movie opens you hear a voice saying, "Listen ... Can you hear? The Music ... in the wind ... in the air ... in the light? I can hear it everywhere. It's all around us ... All you have to do is open yourself up. All you have to do ... is ... Listen ... "

Without going into the details, the movie basically tells the story of a young boy who knows with every fiber of his being that he will one day find his parents. He doesn't wish or hope or believe he will find them ... he KNOWS he will.

The movie feeds that part of us that wants to believe in the magic of life. It uplifts the spirit and feeds the soul. From a creative standpoint it truly encapsulates the premise of heARTmatters!

If you haven't seen it ... Please do your SELF, your Spirit and your Soul a big favor ... And then let me know what you think.

The film ends with August questioning the character called the Wizard, "So only some of us can hear it?" And the Wizard answers, "Only some of us are listening!"