You, Unstoppable.

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You, Unstoppable.
You, Unencumbered.

You, getting it done.

Your work out in the world.
You, connected to your fans, audience, and customers.
A consistent flow of revenue and job offerings that excite you, and offer opportunities for growth in your Creativity.

You, Fulfilled.

Is this how you feel today?

Is this how you WANT to feel?

When you look around at successful Creatives, you imagine their lives so easy and flowing, you see their art selling, their calendar booked with gigs, their phone ringing off the hook, and you are probably asking,
“What do they have I don’t?”

Well, the answer is simpler than you think, and those Creatives have one simple thing:
Resources

They have resources that allow them to put their work out effectively, free of procrastination, free of doubt, and connected to their vision. They have resources that allow them to not get stopped in their track by CONFLICT.  You know that voice, the one that says:

Do this!
Don’t do this!
But what if?!
It’s not perfect!

And it exhausts you and leaves you in indecision, and frustration, and ultimately not moving forward.

But, here’s the good news, you already have these freeing Resources.  You actually have exactly what you need right now.  You are no different than those more successful than you. How amazing is that? So maybe, there has been a huge misunderstanding around how to access them.

So, let’s dive in.

A few weeks ago, I went on a weekend retreat up at Zen Mountain Monastery just outside Woodstock, NY.  I hadn’t been back to the Monastery since I first found Zen three years ago, and my teacher was leading a retreat around the third century poem “Faith Mind.”

I never expected it to be three years until I returned, and yet that was what it took.

As soon as I sat on my cushion to meditate, I was instantly reminded of sitting in the same space three years ago. I remembered tears streaming down my face in the wake of so much loss in my life, and the excruciating stab of heartbreak.

And I remembered that weekend was when I found my practice. It was when I felt like I had actually come home.

Sitting on my cushion, I was feeling a sense of perspective, and recognizing the journey I have been on since April of 2013.  I felt so broken when I walked into the Monastery doors three years ago, and now I sat up tall, acknowledging all that had transpired and all the ways I have grown.

And it wasn’t just that three years ago I was losing my home, marriage, and was completely frustrated in my performance career….it was that now I had formed a new life, found my true calling, and felt a great sense of inner peace.

I was recognizing my Resources.

The resources that allowed me to ask for help. The resources that allowed me to launch my own business.  The resources that up-leveled my performance and opened me to writing again.

This is why stepping into the Monastery doors felt like home.  I had been outside myself for so long, I had become a stranger to my own life.

My Resources were actually there all along, but had been hidden and trampled in the wake of so much self doubt and an endless stream of loud chatter in my mind.  That chatter was debilitating, and most of all, I had attached to every word, believing it was TRUE.

Do you know what was true? It was just chatter.

Prior to this recent weekend retreat, I had been feeling an immense amount of pressure in my life with deadlines and feeling pinched.  I was procrastinating on projects and waking with anxiety in the morning.

When I returned from the retreat, I simply sat down at my desk, and worked.  And the words came, the content flowed.  My life and what I needed to get done hadn’t changed, but my approach had. I had been reminded of what was within.

I had been reminded of my Resources.

So, here is the question for you.

What REMINDS you of your Resources?
How are you most Resourceful?
What do you NEED to access that place of balance that allows you to act?

When we are able to come into our most resourceful state, then your canvas fills with color, your song comes pouring out of your mouth, and your words fill the blank page. You stand on the stage and deliver, because you have recognized your inner resources are far greater than the debilitating chatter.

And your audience?

They see that, and become inspired to do the same. They tap into THEIR resources through you.  That’s how you connect and create endless opportunities.

I didn’t find Zen on my own.  I didn’t launch my business on my own.  As I sat in the Monastery surrounded by fellow practitioners last month, tears did fall, but they were coming from one very strong feeling:Zen

Gratitude.

You, Unstoppable.
You, Unencumbered.

You are Resourceful.

So, dive in.

Your Inner Bark

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There are two dogs barking.

Each bare their teeth, and stand their ground with tenacious energy.  Eyes focused ahead, their legs rock with the vibration of their voices.

Their barks fire out in varying cadences of rat-a-tat to a rhythmic drum, banging again and again.

Around their necks, collars are cinched tightly, the metal encased in grommets that connect to a silver tag hanging down that individually reads:

Fear
Courage

Which one is barking?
Which one are you feeding?

 

I have a morning routine that I love.  After I shower, I light incense, open up my meditation bench, and count my breath in silence.  After the gong goes off, I grab my deck of Louise Hay’s Power Thought Cards and hold them to my heart, and ask,

What do I need to hear today?

With eyes closed, I shuffle the deck and then pick at random.  Many times, as soon as I see the message, a moment of recognition comes over me.  Sometimes I laugh, sometimes my brow furrows in concern, and sometimes I cry.

If there is a moment of confusion, I know the answer will be revealed later in my day.

There is always a reason for the message.

Recently, I pulled this card:

I Am Willing To Let Go

I did have a quick association, but also an instinct there was more to the card today. So, the card went up on my wall as my daily mantra, and I hopped on my coaching call.

Today, my mastermind group had a special guest, energy healer Maryann Robbat, and she was teaching us all a powerful practice for releasing stuck energy and limiting beliefs.

Would you like to hear it?

1) Close your eyes and think of where you come up against something in your life and what that belief is.
2) Feel where in your body tension arises
3) Imagine physically scooping that tension out of that area either with your hand or something else and placing that energy in a basket.
4) Now breathe into the newly formed space and ask, What is the new belief?

My belly had constricted around doubts of my Creative ability, and I took my hand again and again to my soft underside, scooping away, and scooping away, until all I felt was space.

Then I asked the question, and a very different belief arose.

Confidence.

As soon as I opened my eyes, the first thing I saw was the Louise Hay card in front of me, reading:
I Am Willing To Let Go

There is always a reason for the message.

I wanted to share this practice, and hopped on Instagram and my ZenRedNYC Facebook page, posting the picture of the card, and within 10 seconds, I had 20 likes.

I’ve never had that kind of reaction on social media.

Maybe there was something there.

My Facebook post received the most attention of any of my posts.  This was hitting a cord.

This wasn’t just a call to action, it was coming from a place of personal empowerment for every finger that hit “like” and clicked on the page.  The key word in the sentence?

Willing.

 

There are two dogs barking within you, depending on which you feed.  Their names are Fear and Courage.

Their appetites are as you would expect, animal and endless.  If you place the bowl in front of them, they will consume.

When they want your attention, they bark.

We may be led to the bowl via our doubts and limiting beliefs, but where we place it is always a moment of choice.

A moment of Will.

Our Fears have served us for certain aspects in our lives, believing they are keeping us safe, barking at the stranger, or uncertainty in the dark.

Isn’t that what a guard dog is for?

But, is it serving us in the long run for our Creative Process?
If we are always creating from a place of Fear, what are we cutting off?
What are we really guarding against?

Yes, the barking can be loud and incessant, but can you hear the difference in the quality and tone of each dog?

Maybe the they are both calling to be loved, and we can begin by lifting the post that has Fear bound at the neck.  Let him go chase a squirrel, while you scratch Courage behind the ears.

As Creatives, we all have something to say.  It expresses through word, speech, brush, and song.  It expresses through our limbs and voice, reaching out from within.

And it takes Courage to do so.

It was no mistake that a simple message resonated with so many.  We can see clearly we are held back by our fears. And we know what the next step is.

Isn’t it beautiful we are doing it together?

There are two dogs within you, Fear and Courage.  Which will you feed today, and which are you willing to let go?

Comment below and share…..maybe our dogs can play together.

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