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It’s Not What You Do, It’s How You Do It

Felt a sudden inspiration to write this post.  I’ve not written anything apart from my daily gratitude diary for the last month.  Indecisive would be a massive understatement to describe how I’ve been feeling lately.  If you’ve read some of the things I’ve written in the past you’ll know that I have a lot of interests and passions, and am working on a LOT of different goals all at the same time.

So many mountains to climb!

So many mountains to climb!

The last few weeks I’ve been getting stuck more than usual and have found myself completely unable to focus for long periods of time.  I think all that has changed now with this very simple realization which just came to me, and inspired me to write this much over due post.

What I realized is, there is no wrong thing to be doing.  It doesn’t matter if I choose to do some writing, do some yoga, take some photos, promote my business or play my guitar.  I’ve been so caught up in thinking I have to choose wisely how I spend my time that I missed the entire point.  It’s all about the HOW.

If you’ve read my ramblings in The Super Power Of Visualization, you’ll know the kind of thing I’m talking about.  I’m all about breaking through limiting beliefs and realizing our infinite potential.  When I say infinite, I mean infinite.  I’m talking about using my imagination to dream up things that make my spirit soar.  I could be playing a simple few chords in a song I’ve played a thousand times before, but when I really engage my imagination in this way that’s when the magic happens.

Iguacu Falls

Iguacu Falls, South America

I can make improvements in many other ways through dedication and hard work, but it’s so much more thrilling to let it happen through the beauty and grace of the present moment.  When I’m busy visualizing an ‘out of this world’ scene of myself playing unconstrained by limiting beliefs, I free myself up to channel an infinite source of creativity.

This infinite potential is always present, and can light up my photography, inspire me to connect with new people, inspire me to write a lengthy blog post in a few minutes, or give me the energy to get on my yoga mat and play.  I used to think that in order to get the energy to flow I had to pick the ‘right’ thing to be doing.  There is still a part of me that believes that, but after today’s realization, the part that knows that the infinite potential is everywhere is growing.

Clear quartz raw crystal necklace

 

This energy can flow into whatever we’re doing if we go for it wholeheartedly.  So it doesn’t matter if I’m listing a new item in my Etsy shop, promoting my holistic massage business or making jewellery, as long as I’m doing SOMETHING.  Sitting around worrying about not doing the ‘right’ thing isn’t going to get me anywhere.  Taking action is what makes stuff happen.  It doesn’t matter what I choose to do, but it does matter HOW.

Me being Tarzan with my superhuman powers!

Me being Tarzan with my superhuman powers!

I’m blessed with highly charged emotions.  If there’s a slight hint of straining or resistance to what I’m doing, or I feel I’m doing it for the wrong reasons, I really know about it.  I’m not as bad now as I used to be (thank god!), but I can still wind myself up in to a right old state when I’m trying to get stuff done.  Through trial and error I’ve found the absolute best way for me to flow easily with work, and any activity involving effort and concentration, is by using visualization to tap into my infinite creative potential.

Most times when I get stuck it’s because I feel like I’m not good enough at whatever I’m trying to do.  So visualizing gives me a clean slate to work with, free from these limiting beliefs.  If it doesn’t work, I reach even further with my imagination.

Sunset on the river Amazon

 

Too tired to write that next blog post?  I’m a divine being with infinite creative capacity, of course I can do it!

Instead of slogging away and creating things without passion that bore me and make me feel drained, I can put my all into whatever I’m doing, feel my soul at peace, and create something I truly value.  Then I’m not so hung up on how much I’ve achieved (even though I achieve far more with this approach), because I love doing it so much!

Made with passion.

Made with passion.

Maximizing my potential is what gives me a sense of meaning and purpose.  Not because I want to be the best I can be (I do, but that’s not the meaningful part), but because the creative process never ceases to amaze me.  When I allow myself to visualize being capable of absolutely anything, I am staggered by the things that happen.  I adore the process of releasing those habitual limiting thoughts (if only for a few seconds at a time while I concentrate on the ‘heavenly’ image in my mind), and seeing how this gives me more energy, clarity and ability in whatever I’m doing.

I’m guessing if you’ve found your way to my site you’re somewhat creative/free-spirited/alittlebitcrazy, so I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject… Bring me back down to earth with a BUMP, or skyrocket me into space with your dreams, either is fine with me!  Thanks for stopping by. 

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The Super Power Of Visualization

I used to have absolutely no clue how to use visualization.  I tried it in guided meditations, yoga classes, and in attempting to manifest things I wanted in my life “Law Of Attraction” style.  It always felt forced and frustrating.  Instead of slipping into a peaceful relaxing meditation I would spend the whole time wondering why when I closed my eyes I had no clue what anything looked like.  I wished my inner world was vivid, detailed and bright, but all I saw were fleeting shapes and the colour of my own eyelids!

I think previously, because I didn’t believe it would help me in any way, I didn’t really want to visualize what was being suggested to me.  I had to come to it on my own.  It sounds corny, but I had to find the magic of reaching for the stars within my own imagination in order to access the ability to visualize.

Ability to use the imagination comes so easily to some people, but even as a child I never really got it.  I remember being so bored writing stories or drawing pictures in school.  I only really enjoyed doing things where there was a clear right or wrong answer, like maths.

Now I use it constantly, whether I’m singing, massaging, making jewellery or writing.  It started with my yoga practice.  After thinking my yoga teachers were all a little bit crazy talking about putting roots into the ground with our feet and opening our hearts to the heavens, I now regularly out-metaphor them on the mat with the wild imaginings of my beautiful mind.  Because it works.

I had to really dig deep to tap into it though.  Sometimes I can feel so lacking in energy that I don’t even want to get up and make a cup of tea, let alone do a handstand.  But one day something clicked.  I imagined myself as an other-worldly yoga goddess, and for a moment I wasn’t limited by any of the beliefs I held onto about my body and its abilities.  I rolled out of bed onto my yoga mat, and bunny hopped up gracefully into the most elegant handstand I’d ever managed to do.  It revived me, and it definitely didn’t feel like exercise.

I’m not trying to suggest that if you’ve never done a handstand (or some other crazy yoga posture) before you can just visualize it and then you’ll be able to do it perfectly.  The point I’m making is that one image in my mind made a massive difference to how I felt in that moment, which consequently changed my whole day.

That moment, and countless others since then, have changed my view of visualization completely.  I actually sing better when I visualize.  I don’t know if it’s just the distraction from worrying about what I sound like, or if there’s something more complex going on.  It doesn’t really matter to me.  The results are what I care about.

We’re subconsciously visualizing whatever we’re doing constantly.  I’m becoming more and more aware that a lot of negative emotions, that seem to come from nowhere, are actually coming from deeply held beliefs about myself which play out as images flickering through my mind, so fast I barely notice them.  The emotion is a reflection of these images in my body, and I tend to become the things I am imagining.  So now I make a conscious effort to constantly challenge these pictures of myself and replace them with ones that feel good.  Low and behold I feel better, and can function much much better, as a result of it.

I’m sure this is just scratching the surface of the potential uses of visualization, and I look forward to continuing my exploration of the super power of the imagination!

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I Keep Coming Back To Peace

Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with all the things I want to do, all the places I want to see, all the things I want to say.  I live such a jumbled life with so many points of focus, and often I wonder what it would be like if I made one of them my priority.  But when I think of the things I love individually they seem hollow and unsatisfying.

It’s not travel that I love.  It’s the feeling of freedom and endless possibilities, of endless exploration, beauty and wonder.  It’s not jewellery that I love.  It’s the feeling of inspiration that looking at, imagining, creating and sharing beautiful things gives me.  It’s not being a massage therapist that I love.  It’s the joy of bringing a little more ease, relaxation and happiness to someone else.  It’s the undoing of tension and restoring of balance.  It’s peace.  It’s all about peace.

rainbow moonstone

Rainbow Moonstone

When I write, when I sing, when I do yoga.  All of these things are connected by my need to immerse myself in peace and share it with others

I often get caught up dreaming of a far away land.  I haven’t mastered the art of teleportation yet, so it usually leads to frustration.  I want to create a sustainable lifestyle for myself, doing what I enjoy.  If I didn’t it would be easy to save money doing temporary work, counting down the days, to go wherever I wanted to go.  But it would be temporary, and temporary isn’t enough for me.  Temporary does not bring me peace now or in the future.  Wishing time away, waiting to be happy, and then when the time arrives knowing that it can’t last.

I often get caught up dreaming about having a hugely popular website which would enable me to earn money while travelling the world.  Then my temporary dream would be permanent.  This new dream also leads to frustration though.  I see how much work it would take to get to that stage and imagine how long it would take me.  I have to do what I love NOW.

This brings me back to peace. 

The one theme in my life that unifies everything I am passionate about.  When peace is my focus I can do whatever I am doing and it feels good.  I can write about somewhere I’ve been and be transported back there, feeling more alive and joyful than words can describe.  I see all of the beauty where I am now and feel less desire to escape.  Possibilities open up as a result of this, pieces of the puzzle begin to fit into place, things flow more smoothly and I find myself a step closer to achieving all the things I want, even though I no longer desperately need them.

It’s not really the what, it’s the why.  I still end up doing all the same things, but everything becomes so much more fulfilling.  When I let go of fixed ideas about what I’m trying to achieve, everything is easier to do.  Life becomes lighter and things get done more quickly.  Putting the things I love into boxes leaves me feeling restricted by the limits I create for myself.  So instead of lots of boxes, or even one big box, I’m using peace as my container.  It’s an infinite space that contains everything I need and more.

I keep coming back to peace, because:

There is no path to peace.  Peace is the path.

Photo: The Himalayas from the air

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When your mind is still you’ll find the answers that you’re needing easily

A mouthful of a title.  It’s actually a line from a song I wrote that I hardly ever play.  Probably because I attempt to fit those 17 syllables into 6 beats which is tricky even for someone with my mad rapping skills.

This post isn’t about singing though.  It’s about inner peace.  Something we take for granted until we don’t have it any more.  Our minds are really really amazing.  We have so much potential, and when our minds are clear we have inspired ideas and know exactly where we’re heading.  But when we’re even a little stressed we feel somewhat less than the amazing creative geniuses that we are.

Unfortunately, for some of us it gets worse than this.  A lot of people are able to stop at the level of feeling a little stressed, and get it together enough to do what needs to be done.  However, if you’re like me and have tendencies towards ‘all or nothing’ thinking, a lightly clouded mind can turn into a raging storm in the blink of an eye.  Your thinking has become so constricted that you can’t even remember that all you need to do is JUST STOP THINKING FOR A MINUTE!

No word of a lie, it took me a whole day of bashing my head against a brick wall today before I realised it shouldn’t be this difficult.  I remembered times when ideas flowed easily and I felt highly motivated and capable.  I knew that I knew what to do, but my mind was going too crazy for me to see the glaringly obvious.

Sunrise on the Ganges river at Varanasi, India.  Now that's what I call peaceful.

Sunrise on the Ganges river at Varanasi, India. Now that’s what I call peaceful.

So I released the straining and the fruitless effort and relaxed.  Almost immediately a breakthrough came.  I know in my heart that I need to make peace a priority, but there’s this little part of me that’s scared it will mean I won’t achieve anything.  So I need to honour that part of me too and be disciplined and focussed towards achieving my goals, while remaining very aware that the best way to do this is by allowing my mind to settle down and my creativity to flow more freely.

How about you?  What are your greatest barriers to peace?  I hope that me sharing this helps you to know that you are not alone, and acts as a reminder (I constantly need reminding!) that relaxation is a great aid to getting things done rather than a hindrance!  🙂

 

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Living your passion

I could tell you that I am so inspired and enchanted by the magic of life all the time that I can’t help but share my experiences and create beautiful things.  But that would be a gigantic big lie. There is some truth in it, on good days.  The bit I’ve left out is pretty crucial to the story though.

Sometimes I am so full of self doubt and negativity that it literally paralyses me.  If you ever suffer from this kind of lack of confidence then you’ll know that focussing on trying to improve whatever it is you’re unhappy with while in this fearful state can be counterproductive.  You just end up finding further problems and reasons why you can’t succeed.  There are lots of things you can do to change your mindset and appreciate your successes instead, but it may be that remembering what you’re passionate about is enough to make the shift from feeling stuck and hopeless to being inspired and empowered.

I’ll use my personal experience as an example to illustrate the power of this.  I had hit a bit of a brick wall with the marketing side of my handmade jewellery business.  My brain had given up doing its job and my thoughts were scattered and increasingly negative.  This has happened to me enough times to know not to continue down that road.  I tried to follow my own advice and made a conscious effort to remember what I was passionate about.

Sometimes you have to be really honest with yourself when your heart isn’t in what you’re doing.  The reason my brain wasn’t co-operating was because I was trying to deny a major part of the motivation behind my work.

Being self employed isn't all rainbows... unless you happen to be at Iguacu falls.

Being self employed isn’t all rainbows… unless you happen to be at Iguacu falls.

Travel and freedom have played a central role in my life for a long time.  However, because I’d been so focussed on my business, I’d forgotten why I was doing all of this.  I was thinking about all of the different ways to market my online shop, but I had lost my spark.  I had put travel in a box that didn’t overlap with work, but when I remembered my passion it freed up my thinking again.

Poon Hill in the Himalayas, Nepal.  Our guide didn't carry me all the way up, honest!

Poon Hill in the Himalayas, Nepal.  On top of the world, now that’s freedom!

My handmade jewellery and my creativity are inseparable from my love of exploring the world.  I have many passions that are intertwined, and to work efficiently I need to allow them to be expressed.  I need to live my passion for travel, my passion for freedom and my passion for peace, in order to fuel my passion for creating bohemian jewellery for free spirited dreamers.  I need that lust for life to design jewellery that resonates with the people I create it for.

So that’s now the basis of my marketing strategy.  To be myself, but louder.  To immerse myself in the things that inspire me, connect with like minded people who share my outlook on life, and to share my journey and inspirations with them.  With you.

Living my passion is actually pretty essential to both my productivity and my happiness.  That’s the thing with being a sensitive soul trying to make a living from your creative endeavours – if you stray too far from the things that inspire you then you soon get shut down by the first hint of failure!  You need that burning passion to sustain you through the many, many failures that are necessary for your growth.  If you’re truly following your heart and expressing your authentic self then failure just doesn’t feel like failure any more.  You just keep going.

Macrame gemstone earrings.  You can browse my Etsy shop TessHeaven here.

Macrame gemstone earrings. You can browse my Etsy shop TessHeaven here.

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