Curiousity

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When we were as young as this toddler above, curiosity was something we practiced every day.  We were open to learning.  It was exciting to discover.

As adults, we have formed opinions, we have built judgements based on what we think is right and what’s wrong, and we have taken on beliefs that have been passed on to us.  Our thoughts run the gamut of ways that we have used in the past to keep us safe, to remind us how best to act, and, sometimes, they are self critical.  All this thinking keeps us from new possibilities, from new perceptions, and seeing anything creatively.

We have lost the art of curiosity.  We are no longer open to learning.  We are so satiated with all we’ve experienced and seen that we no longer look to discover.

I’m not saying that we have to start over.  The point I want to make is that, maybe, there’s more.  Maybe, if we were open to it, we might discover a better way to do something.  Maybe, if we were more eager to discover, we would come upon something innovative that would make our lives more meaningful.  Surely there must be a better way of being when we realize we’re not as happy with our life anymore.

The world is in a state of flux right now.  A lot of us are questioning why there’s so much more tumult in the world today.  There is a lot of change going on now.

The only way, in my opinion, to get through all this change is to begin questioning.  To begin to be curious about everything that impacts us.  To allow ourselves to not take everything so seriously and to open up to possibilities.

We get the choice to focus on what we want to.  Choose to focus on something that excites you.  Be curious.  Open yourself up to discover more.  Learn more about yourself and what makes you happy.

You’ll be glad you did.  You’ll discover more and be led to more possibilities for your life.  You’ll free yourself from the mindless chatter in your mind, and you will be happier.

More about this later.  In the meantime, I invite you to ask questions and leave comments. Thank you for visiting my blog.

 

 

Reflections

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I’m in the process of making a blog design makeover.  I also want to continue writing about change.  Change is a constant.  From one moment to the next, each moment is different in some way.

When we resist change, thinking, “Oh, no, I don’t want to go there”, you’re perceiving something that scares you.  Think of it this way, say something comes up in your life, like for me now, when I realize I have to make changes on my blog in order to be able to achieve all I want for the blog.  My first reaction is, an emphatic, “No way!”  I’m no techie, I don’t know what I’m doing with all that, I’ll fail miserably.

Well, guess what?  If you want to go forward, there will always be something that scares us to do.  Take the painting above.  I got to an impasse after I painted the woman on top.  How was I going to best express the woman in the water at the bottom of my painting?What did I want to convey?  (I can’t remember, but I think that what scared me was having no idea what I wanted to convey.)

I let the painting sit for awhile…not too long to encourage more fear to come up.  And, if it had, I would’ve jumped right back into the painting and would’ve taken one stroke at a time, each step closer to something that would inspire to continue.  Baby steps, one after another, always lead to BIG changes.

The inspiration for what to do with the reflection of the woman in the water came out of these baby steps.  The idea came from deep inside myself, from feeling like my not knowing what to do was telling me that this reflection was complete as it already was, a line drawing in ink I’d made before.  All that was needed was the transparency of the water to finish the whole painting.

Fear is an indicator that you’re focused on the future.  Once you let those thought dissipate, try to talk to yourself, tell yourself that there’s just right now, and right now you can try something out.  If it doesn’t work, that’s okay.  Now you know what doesn’t work.  In the next moment, try something new.  Something happens that’s amazing if you keep at it.  At one of those moments, an idea comes out of the blue, one that excites and thrills you, and you feel more powerful, more unlimited than you ever have.

This blog is about going from ordinary to extraordinary and there’s no way to get there without risk.  Try it, see it as a choice instead of a challenge.  And then play and have fun with it.  Change will never be the same spooky and intimidating experience ever again.

Getting Up

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What to do after you’ve fallen and gotten up again?  You could stand up straight, dust yourself off and go on with your life just like you’re accustomed living it.  That’s what I always did before I learned this:

Life does not happen to you, it happens for you! 

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Or you could understand the implications of this quote by Jim Carrey.  What it means is that what happens to you is not just happenstance.  It isn’t some unrelated event thrust upon you.  It is a reflection of what you’ve been thinking, fearing, and focusing on.  It isn’t something meant to punish.  It’s something for you to ponder and to dig deeper and to realize what you’re ready to change about yourself.

Since I’ve been going through a lot of this myself lately, falling or failing, I’ve come to realize these dips as a gift.  Every time I take an action to find out what it is that I need to reflect on, to find out why whatever happened is occurring, I am rewarded with synchronicities which lead me to know exactly what I need to change.  Just like in Goethe’s famous quote where he says:

“…the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

I take one inspired action that leads me to the knowledge of what steps I need to take to begin to Be the person I really want to BE.  These are usually baby steps that lead to BIG changes.

The painting above is one I did several years ago during a dip in my painting.  I’m referring to a time I felt unable to “play” while I painted.  I felt stuck.  My work was uninspired  and uninteresting.  So, I took a step and looked for painting workshops where I could loosen up and “play” again.  Other opportunities came which helped on top of the workshop, and, once again, I began to feel passionate about the work I was doing.  I was getting many new ideas and more inspirations as I painted.  I began to have fun again.

I didn’t settle when I became uninspired.  I’ve done that before and sometimes didn’t paint again for years at a time.  Now that I know that life brings us these dips so that we begin to take action to overcome them, I’ve recognized that those dips actually bring us to a more energetic state than before the fall, the dip, the occurrence.  I’ve learned that I become more after confronting the truth of what I’ve been fearing, thinking, and focusing on.  Only then can you take advantage of what truly you are wanting for yourself.

More about this in my next blog.  I’d appreciate questions and comments so that I can know for myself what this blog brought up for you in your life.  A dialogue would help you and also me to know how and what to share.  Thank you for visiting.

 

 

 

 

When You’re Down, Get Up!

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The reason I haven’t written is because I’ve been busy dealing with unexpected circumstances.  I had two operations in one month, in June, and then July.  The first one was on one of my eyes to alleviate the dryness.  The second was to operate on one of the arteries in my right leg to increase the blood flow to my foot.  Both of the operations went well, but, since then, there have been complications.

After all that, after having to stay in bed recuperating, I had an accident that totaled my car.  I wasn’t hurt and no one in the bus that hit me was hurt either.  When it happened, my daughter informed me that bad stuff happens in threes, so I’m hoping to turn my misfortune around now.  Whoever heard of someone dealing with a fourth, or (God forbid!) fifth event happening that compromised their lives?  Right?  When You’re Down, You Get Up.  

I’m not going anywhere.  I Am determined, dedicated, and delightfully planning to rise above all that’s happened and to forge the opening of new roads to succeed at this blog and my writing and painting.  A side note:  These happenstances I experienced, one right after another, got me in touch with how much I’ve been procrastinating, how valuable my time is, and how much I want to do all I can now.  To that end,  I’ve made a commitment to myself to come back better than ever.

The painting above is the last painting I finished.  It’s a Ketuba, a Jewish marriage contract that a couple about to be married commissioned me to do.  It depicts spring into summer, a time when plants and flowers burst forth in their glory, and, in the center of all that is my conviction to make this blog, my writing and art, the focus of a relationship that grows and expands, just like in a marriage.  After the fall, the getting up is making a big, huge difference in how I perceive my life.