I am borrowing a bit from my Pursuing Great Spirit blog, but my sense is what is spilling out from my muse really belongs here--with some tips for leading ourselves through change.
As I mentioned in the other forum I recently attended an herbalist conference looking for more information and connection with original wisdom. In the keynote speech the speaker was asked to talk about how he deals with the dissonance between the perfect world he seeks and the imperfect world he must endure. His answer was inspiring to me as a seeker of spiritual practice, but I think applicable to all of us trying to create, lead or embrace change.
What that speaker said was, "Carve out temporary autonomous zones where you have the space, and time, to practice what you believe; and talk about what you believe to relieve the stress."
Carving out the time is necessary of course because without dedicated time the crisis of the day (the insanity of our status quo) wins, and we stay stuck without time to devote otherwise. The good news is this is something we can control. I schedule (usually artist) dates with myself.
Practicing what we believe, especially if we are figuring it out as we go along is a little trickier until we learn to appreciate even the smallest progress. The motto in our house is "baby steps, baby steps, progress, progress." Keeping our eye on the change we seek and celebrating small wins is motivating. Practice is essential to refining our skills. We will miss the mark sometimes. We will keep practicing. A blog is a good place to practice writing. I am practicing so when the perfect story (photo) finds me I will be ready to write (shoot) it.
Talking about what we believe (that is, the change we envision) adds fuel to our actions. These conversations can take place 1:1 or if we speak to audiences, more. Each time we speak about what we believe we get clearer and calmer about it. We distill our bright light into a laser that teases out our actions. We take steps. Each time we speak about it we are creating vision and intention, inviting in new insights and assistance. I was more than mildly uncomfortable the first few artist sales until I found out how excited people were to hear the story I had to tell about my work. When we talk about what inspires us, it inspires others to connect with their passion. Its encourages them to be fearless too.
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