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Enjoy Yourself

“The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff has a wonderful explanation of Enjoying the Process. An element that is fundamental to the Kaizen Muse Coaching model. Knowing that “…the goal doesn’t mean so much once it is reached; the reward is not so rewarding once it has been given.” I encourage being mindful of the process & what we can do to make it fun, playful & enjoyable.

“That doesn’t mean that the goals we have don’t count. They do, mostly because they cause us to go through the process, and it’s the process that makes us wise, happy, or whatever…Enjoyment of the process is the secret that erases the myths of the Great Reward and Saving Time.”

Enjoying ourselves, our surroundings; the Whole & the Nothingness, is the Way, the Tao – the Sleepless Dream.

Poet Lu Yu wrote:Cover Art the Tao of Pooh

“The clouds above us join and separate,
The breeze in the courtyard leaves and returns.
Life is like that, so why not relax?
Who can stop us from celebrating?”

& I say:

May nothing stop you from Celebrating every Blessed minute of your Life.
May you find Enjoyment in the Process & rise above All strife.
Should you find your self forgetting & getting stuck with discontent, remember:
Keep it simple. Take it easy. Make it fun.
With one small step, an Epic journey is begun.

Wading In

Small Steps in to the Water

Kaizen: Small Steps, Continuous Improvement

I was asked today about taking baby steps, which caused me to think: Wade In – a phrase I had written in my own Reminder Journal ~ but needed the prompt from another to remember that it was even there.  (Thank you Nancy) I was on a coaching call, for myself, with another KMCC Coach & ranting about ‘wanting it all’ & ‘wanting it ALL NOW!’ Feeling very impatient, knowing I have many tasks still yet to accomplish, including plenty that I have been putting off & procrastinating about, but still, I wanted the final product, with out the process. I can say that with clarity now, but in the moment my urgency seemed validated. I was reassured, “That’s normal.” We finally decide what we want & then we want it immediately. I’m glad I received the message to take baby steps or to just Wade In: to enjoy the infancy stage of my endeavor & cherish it, as I know it won’t last. To take in my surroundings, honor the seasons, to go with the flow & follow the tide. In thinking about what it feels like to Wade In, I realized that if I was where I (thought I) wanted to be ~ I’d be in seriously deep waters, over my head, treading water, short of breath, probably having a panic attack and wishing I was back safely on the shore ~ really, not where I want to be. Turns out, I’m glad to Be Here. Now. The wading in feels fine. Safe. Comfortable, gentle & easy ~ it’s what I love about Kaizen. For as many times as I have jumped in with both feet or ran full steam ahead ~ today, I invite you, to just Wade In.

Baby Steps

It's always possible to begin again.

It’s always possible to begin again.

When my daughter was born in 2005, a well meaning friend gifted me with a journal. I only ever managed to write one entry in it, 10 months later. Before & since then, I’ve filled numerous other notebooks with my writings, but this one stayed on the shelf, practically unwritten, mostly forgotten, until just a few days ago, when I rediscovered it. I immediately reconnected with that feeling, of being a new mother, knowing I wanted to write, feeling like I needed to write, but being so out of practice, overwhelmed and exhausted, that it seemed nearly impossible to pick up where I had left off. It was really difficult to begin to write again, even though it had been something that I had done nearly every day for years before my pregnancy.

Funny that it wasn’t until years later, just after I became certified as a Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach, after I read numerous books and articles about the success of Baby Steps, about the philosophy of Kaizen, small steps & continual improvements, about the science of the brain and tip toeing past the amygdala, and after practicing Small Steps in my own Creative Life, that I ended up with that particular journal in my hands.

In additional to working with the science of the brain, KMCC honors intuition as a strength. It also celebrates all creative expressions, like writing in journals, painting, singing, and dancing. Its tools help us to listen to the voice within, to learn to trust ourselves, to have fun & to be gentle with ourselves. It reminds us that the answers lie within us & urges us to enjoy the journey along Life’s path. To me, it seemed very fitting to find this passage, at this point in my journey. Here’s what I had to say, way back then:

“When you know that there’s something that you should do, but don’t know where to begin, so don’t, just pick one small thing to do, start with any one thing, & just do it so at least you’ve taken the first step & your journey has begun.”

May your journey be continuously blessed and full of beauty, magic and lovely surprises – like finding out you’ve had the answers you’ve been searching for all along. ♠

I don’t know where to begin

Universal Wisdom

Open Heart in Universe of Possibilities

That’s one of the most common loops that gets stuck on auto play in my head: “I don’t know where to begin.” Have you ever told yourself that before?

I have so many wonderful ideas, goals, dreams, aspirations, imaginings, but I’m stuck, because I don’t know where to begin.

I caught myself thinking that same thought when contemplating what to blog about first, that I don’t know where to begin.

So I’m beginning there, which is here. Now. Where I am. Not knowing where to begin. Because all we can do, is start where we are.

As a Kaizen Muse Creativity Coach, I’ve learned that we can ask ourselves a question, even if we don’t know the answer. We can ask ourselves a question and our brain wants to find us an answer. It will work non-stop, in the background, digging through our subconscious, to find us that answer. Meanwhile, we get to stay present. Relax. Take a deep breath. Enjoy the moment, have fun, give thanks, fully engage in the process. Trust that it is inevitable, the answers we are seeking will be revealed. They may rise up from within us naturally while we are still or could catch us off guard because we were no longer obsessing about them.  Speaking of which – I no longer feel like I don’t know where to begin – ♥ –

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – chapter 64

Peace is easily maintained;
Trouble is easily overcome before it starts.
The brittle is easily shattered;
The small is easily scattered.

Deal with it before it happens.
Set things in order before there is confusion.

A tree as great as a man’s embrace springs from a small shoot;
A terrace nine stories high begins with a pile of earth;
A journey of a thousand miles starts under one’s feet.

He who acts defeats his own purpose;
He who grasps loses.
The sage does no act, and so is not defeated.
He does not grasp and therefore does not lose.

People usually fail when they are on the verge of success.
So give as much care to the end as to the beginning;
Then there will be no failure.

Therefore the sage seeks freedom from desire.
He does not collect precious things.
He learns not to hold on to ideas.
He brings men back to what they have lost.
He helps the ten thousand things find their own nature,
But refrains from action.