Creativity and productivity – that sounds like a challenge right away, does it not? Well, it has been for me. At least the way I used to look at it.
Because, me being a creative type so is my life! Like in nature and no matter what I try to do to limit it there is always too many ideas and projects to handle… Can you relate?
I still haven’t learned to tame this “animal”, and I know that I never will! Which, I’m convinced more and more, is a really good thing! But how do you live with too many projects and too little time for them and remain (fairly) calm and (very) joyful? How do make creativity and productivity work and play together?
This has been an ongoing challenge and learning for me, and I have been experimenting a lot. These days the name of the experiment is: Joyful un-controlling!
Because, creative as I may be, part of me does like a certain measure of control … Except, life has a different take on that!
Seriously, I do trust and see that life is wiser than the part of me that thinks I can structure my way into productivity. Well, I can to some degree but then life takes over (firmly and lovingly).
So, typically I start my day with making a nice, creative overview of what I want to accomplish that day (not a traditional to do list, it’s a more playful version of it, but still) and then I play with it, from an inner sense of what really is most important in that moment and that is wonderful, going with a mellow flow… Except…
Sooner or later life happens in its own way! People, requests and urgent tasks show up… And all I can do with that is go with it the best I can… To the degree you can go with a rather lively river!
So here’s the beauty of it: At the end of the day, I am tired in a good way, and also amazed. Because while often times there is a lot left undone on my playlist (and some of it will be taken care of another day and some of it maybe never), some other things that I would never have thought of came as gifts. So in spite of the partial chaos there is also the sense of wonder, of accomplishment, of fulfillment.
What I learn these days is that good things happen even better without me trying to control the process too much. It’s like with dancing! All I need to do is tune in to the music station that is there for me and let my body do the rest. But if I try to do it “the right way”… haha, no way!
But how about you? On your way to living and manifesting your life’s work, how do you deal with creativity and productivity, structure and too many projects and ideas? What works for you, or not?
Is it possible to speak of and feel abundance in times of corona, with all the financial pressures and signs of disaster above us? Yes it is! But first, let me ask you….
How are you?
I really mean the question… How are you?
Here we are on this beautiful morning here in Denmark. The sun is shining brightly and it’s peaceful and all is good… Until I open any app, any social media page, anything… and of course it’s all about the corona virus. Which is completely understandable as corona it is defining our world right now – or so it looks, so it seems.
In strange ways, it is actually not affecting my life, at all. I feel very blessed – or maybe ‘spared’ would be the word? I’m grateful to have the life I have – it’s peace in every way. And I also know it may be very, very different for you.
And so I’m simply curious, human to human curious:
How is your life right now?
How does it look?
How does it feel?
How do you experience it?
I would love you to share in a comment and let me know so that I know how your world is. (If you’re not comfortable sharing in a comment how your life is for you right now, send me a message perhaps? )
What is good in your world?
What is difficult in your world?
How has life changed?
For most people, it has changed into something more limited. And so…
Abundance is not on the agenda right now – but it could be
There’s a lot of uncertainty, in so many ways. And in my own simple life and in my certainty, I am definitely seeing that other part too. I’m seeing the world changing rapidly, everything changing… and I’m reminded of a quote that says, ‘In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes”. Wow…
It’s kind of true, right? And the feeling behind that is that most people don’t want to have anything to do with either!
We don’t want death, we don’t want taxes, we don’t want life to end, ever, we want to have money flowing, we don’t want taxes…
It’s really all about fear and about our sense of uncertainty and not having safety.
And this is a very old quote as you know, I’m sure. But our present experience… For many, many people the present experience is that it’s really being like these certain things: death and taxes, death and financial fear are being brought in massively – and we don’t want that.
So, we do everything we can to prevent death from happening – as if we could. And we do everything we can to prevent financial changes or fears. And we can, but maybe not in the ways we think we can. Here’s a way to experience abundance in corona times too.
What is missing in this picture?
It’s filling the horizon. Yet, when I paint this picture for you and for myself right now, there’s something missing there, right? There’s something missing…
What is missing is the world within, the undying world within and the abundant world within.
The challenge right now is to continue stepping into that world, continue going back into that world, and finding our direction and our certainty and our safety and our life and our abundance in that inner world.
And then, from there, only from there, meet the world out there, however it unfolds. That is the invitation, right?
There are so many things going on right now, also in positive sense. There are so many meditations and sermons and webinars and positive quotes and everything else going on that even that can become overwhelming. It has been for me actually. And yet, here I come with another video myself 😉 – because some things need to be said again.
So, there’s just a lot of everything. And still, within you, within me, there is this inner place of peace, this inner place of joy, this inner place where we can find our sense of direction in the middle of all the confusion.
There’s the inner abundance that we can feel and say and sense in the midst of all the convincing statements of limitation, this inner life in the midst of all that talk of death – which by the way, is tiny compared to what is going on in the world otherwise, I am noticing that too. As always, what happens in our own backyard is so much more important than what happens in the big world – it’s very understandable.
How to keep the connection with abundance, joy and peace
I wish all of us this remembering that we can always step into the unshakable place within that is at peace.
There are many ways to step into it, I’m sure you have your own. And one of the things that it requires is a certain meditative practice perhaps, or just an inner practice, but it also requires grounding and joy – and that, you can also gain these days from dancing!
Like for example, dancing joy with the group of us that Caroline Hoek has taken an initiative to create. We dance regularly, meeting online and seeing each other, and it’s wonderful, it’s absolutely wonderful.
That too brings you back to yourself, brings you back to your body, brings you back to your aliveness, brings you back to your joy. So, come join us! I hope to see you there.
And I hope to see you in the comments – I would love to know how you’re doing!
Let’s continue living and celebrating this life. We are not defined by our circumstances!
How would our life look if we were able to meet it with a sense of Joy in all aspects of our lives? How would it affect our health, work, relationships, and even our finances? Can we create a truly joyful relationship with money, in complete integrity with our soul? And what would it mean?
Why creating a joyful relationship with money matters now
I realize that speaking about money in the context of the awakening journey can feel challenging. Even if there is more and more awareness around it, money remains a difficult subject for most. And because it’s difficult, we tend to avoid it. However, avoiding it will not create the positive change we all want in our lives and in the world….
I believe that at this stage of our personal and global transformation, rather than avoiding anything we are called to bring our love and joy to everything. We are called to let our light permeate all aspects of our life and our relationships, including our relationship with money.
That does not mean that life is to be perfect and lightful and joyful first. It means that we’re invited to love and to embrace whatever is there with joy and light (to the degree we’re able to, of course).
But even when not avoiding it, even when being willing to bring awareness into our relationship with money, most of us still have mixed experiences of it…
The inner contradictions
On one hand, we realize more and more that abundance is the very nature of Life, of Source, of God, and of ourselves as spiritual Beings. On the other hand, in our actual, lived, daily experience most of us don’t have much of a direct experience of abundance.
As an example, almost everyone in my personal and professional life is on a spiritual path. And if you mention abundance as such for us, we resonate with it, it speaks to our soul, we can feel it as something real.
But then again, when we encounter a valuable event, or thing, or travel that we would love to experience, one of our first reaction is “How much does it cost?…” and “I cannot afford it…”. There’s worry and a sense of inhibition.
Often, the feeling of abundance is isolated in one part of our being and it does not affect our relationship with money near as much as it could.
Bridging the gap between knowing abundance and experiencing scarcity
I have been called (and sometimes pushed…) to do something about this. To bridge and transform this gap in my own life and also to support others in that. It has been part of my work and ongoing exploration for some 10+ years, including as a Busting Loose From the Money Game coach, and is now part of Awakening To Joyful Living coaching.
On that note I wanted to invite you to a brand new pilot project called Joyful Economy. We will build on…
The 3 important principles of a joyful relationship with money
To create Joyful Economy you don’t have to have a perfect economy. You can feel joyful and free with any kind of economy. But then again, it’s a dynamic process:
Bringing joy and awakening to your economy contributes to healing blocks and to expanding your actual financial ability and sense of freedom
The development of Joyful Economy is a co-creation process which includes elements of transformation, visioning, action and manifestation
I know that you can feel or glimpse joy and abundance as a reality in your inner life. And I know that you long to fully express who you are and what is possible if your life. We all want to live joy and to live freedom. It’s our nature. So let’s explore together how.
Come and join us in this exciting pilot project. The first group members are already here to welcome you!
Playfulness and joy come together and that’s so sweet and beautiful. But what if there is more to your playfulness? What if there is more to you?
Below is a resume of the video – and also 3 ways to explore your playfulness today!
Playfulness is where we experience joy most immediately. Playfulness as in not taking things too seriously, as playing with life. It’s so delightful, so freeing. But there is more to it!
Playfulness also means being an instrument for divine play
We can surrender to being that instrument for our soul, for the divine, for life… and it requires and invites us to moving towards a state of self-love, freedom and flow. I could write a whole book about just that but for now let’s look at another aspect of playfulness because…
Playfulness also means: Playing Your Fullness!
It means playing everything that you are. It means allowing your fullness to come to expression. It means un-controlling the tamed animals that we have become.
This is really important. On the journey towards Awakening To Joyful Living there comes a times where you cannot move forward unless you play everything that you are fully.
Sooner or later it’s time to allow yourself to be the wholeness that you are. To stand in the middle of it not just on the edge for it.
The magic of it is that there is so much more joy and freedom and creativity in us that we know. So opening to playfulness is not only opening to perhaps forgotten states and ways of being but also new ones that you didn’t even know you had in you.
It’s something to be explored…
3 ways to experience your playfulness today
You can explore and experience playfulness in countless ways, so just to give you something specific to play with here are 3 suggestions for today:
Bring playfulness to one specific physical activity today. Make it playful (to walk, or cook, or stretch, or clean, or…)
Think of one specific activity or task where you’re never playful. Commit to bringing an element of playfulness to it today. Find out how.
Create a way for yourself to rest today that is both self-loving and playful.
From a certain perspective, the journey of awakening happens through 8 stages. Today, let’s talk about the first of them, our very beginning as human beings. And that means, our first actual experience of love, joy and oneness.
Even if it may not have lasted long we’ve had that experience already! In this way awakening is not really a journey into the unknown (even if it certainly can feel like it). It is a journey of re-discovery, of homecoming. Because…
The journey began with a natural state of love, joy and oneness.
At first the idea might seem like just another theory. I mean, how many of us can remember how it felt to be a baby? Who can confirm that joy and oneness was there at all?
Almost none, you might say. But then, perhaps we do remember without quite realizing it? Here’s how I came to remember and how the memory has been confirmed by my late mother (whose loving and supportive soul I am eternally grateful for today)…
There’s a transcript of the video at the end of this article.
Okay, you might say, but…
How do we know that love, joy and oneness is something we all experienced, not just some of us?
I cannot prove it. But there is an experience which most of us have had and which does confirm it in a way.
If you’ve ever been near a baby (provided it’s fundamental needs have been taken care of), the peace and calm joy emanating from it cannot but affect you. You get a sense of the state the baby is in.
I believe it happens because we all have that peaceful, joyful space within us. It’s where we all come from. Otherwise it wouldn’t resonate within us as deeply as it actually does.
In fact, for most people, being near a young child is the most direct way to get an immediate experience of love, joy and oneness.
It is part of who we are, it’s in our spiritual DNA.
It is still within us, even if we rarely have an immediate access to it.
We all come from that state of joy and oneness. But then, life happens. Separation happens. Pain happens. We have all been kicked out of our paradise. That we remember.
What we don’t necessarily fully realize that it happens for a reason. I’ll be sharing much more about it. For now, let me reassure that the inner paradise is still there within us. And we can indeed find our way back there.
Not all at once, typically, but gradually, along the awakening road. It is a rich, complex and sometimes tremendously challenging journey. But we don’t walk it alone. We have all kinds of helpful people and tools to support us along the way.
The SEE Approach is one such tool. It is simple yet powerful. And it’s waiting for you here.
It’s a sunny day long time ago, I’m only 16. We’re on vacation, my mother brother and I. Except, it’s not a vacation. We’re away from home so that our father can pack our things because we are to leave Poland as stateless refugees.
The entire family is like a wandering break-down. I’m 16 and I hate all of it. My mother and I fight all the time and this is one of those fights. I don’t even know what the fight is about, I just know that everything is wrong. In the midst of it she says to me:
“You know, Halina, when you were a little baby, you would wake up smiling and you would fall asleep smiling. What happened to you?“
I don’t know what she is talking about. All I hear is that she’s blaming me, I cannot be me, she doesn’t understand. That’s how it is.
Then life happens and times goes by. I go through therapy, healing and what not.
And now I’m at one of those retreats. We’re being guided back to the first memory in this life.
I go deeper and deeper and deeper, not expecting anything. And all of a sudden…
I know that I’m this little baby, I don’t have words yet. But I don’t feel like a little baby. I feel like endless love, and endless joy and whoever is in my vision is me, and I am them, and that love just flows, there’s nothing else.
And then… I’m being talked back to reality and there I realize that what my mother told me was true.
I was born into a field of love and joy and oneness. We all were. This is who we are. It still lives within us, in this very moment. And there is a way back there.
You see it. This thing, this offering. You feel a surge of excitement, like a fresh breath of air. This could be fun, it could be wonderful! And so the game begins:
Your eyes quickly scan across the whole thing. Where is that price tag? Ah, there it is. Oh. Oh…
You’re already in the midst of it. The Fear, even if you may not experience it as such. Maybe you just call it “worry”, or “concern”, or “thinking it through”. Because this is a significant amount, for you. And so you have to ask yourself The Question. Or rather, what you believe is The Question:
“Is it necessary?”
It probably isn’t. What is necessary anyhow, besides food and water and a little space to live and breathe? Clearly, this thing is not that. You probably don’t need it at all. “Not necessary”, your mind concludes. And, while your mind is doing its job, you feel disappointment.
Because, you, the living you, you really want this. There is the excitement of it. The attraction. The happy feeling!
And so negotiations start inside of you. You consider. Pros and Cons. Shoulds and Shouldn’ts. Joy and Fear. And underneath it all, the bigger questioning, even if it rarely comes with these words directly:
“Do I deserve it? Am I worth it? Can I have it?”
This question is so much bigger than the thing that you want but aren’t sure whether you can afford. This question is bigger than the negotiations within. This question goes way, way, back.
Back to the time when you were pure innocence, and from that space of innocence you did what every pure soul does, knowing that everything is possible and everything is a yes.
You simply reached out for what you wanted. And right there, in the midst of your joyous openness, which saw and knew what it wanted beyond any doubt and was open to receive it with all its innocent fullness, right there something happened that shattered your world.
The No. “No. You cannot have it. Don’t touch it. It’s not for you.”
“Not for me? It’s there but it’s not for me. It’s there so it must be for someone. But not for me. I cannot have it. Something must be terribly wrong with me! Something I’m not even aware of. I don’t deserve it. I’m unworthy”
This is how our innocent, open, curious, courageous, life-loving yes is being wounded and scarred. This is how it turns into an internal no as well, a no to ourselves, a no to our urges and desires, a no to life as is. This is how it turns into self-denial.
This is what’s been happening most of your life, for you, for those around you, for all of us that have been hypnotized into a trance of scarcity, emotional and financial.
But now, my friends, times are changing. The time has come for the awakening from the trance.
We are awakening to our joy, our curiosity, our yes to life in all its forms. We are awakening to the fact that life is not about necessity and it’s certainly not about deserving.
Because nothing is necessary and we deserve everything.
Because we are everything.
Because this is an adventure that you’re being guided on. And if that adventure takes you into a joyous yes to something, then it is simply an invitation to go there.
Not because it’s necessary, not because it’s the sensible choice, but simply because this is where the adventure is calling you to go.