I thought it would be easy coming back.
I never counted on resistance showing up to thwart every action I took.
When I am stumped, I go back to the Morning Pages from Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way.
This is a practice of writing three stream-of-consciousness pages with no going back, editing, or judging the writing. It just gets thoughts out on paper. It is a surprisingly magical practice. Ideas show up that you never knew you had in your head. Your creativity expands.
It’s true. And it was there I found some answers to my resistance.
I never realized that it centers around the change I am making – moving into growing The Encouragement Project
(http://theencouragementproject.com) and the community.
Would You Agree that the World Could Use Encouragement?
It is clearer to me than ever that this world needs encouragement to keep the good juju moving. Most of us yearn to reduce the rudeness, the bitterness, the terrible behavior – you know what I’m talking about.
I realize that shifting gears is a big risk, although I have taken these before and come out the other side better for the experience.
Learning to Be Vulnerable
I decided that allowing myself to be vulnerable as I step onto this new road might be just the ticket.
It’s hard for me to share these things. But, it’s the vulnerability that makes the journey worthwhile.
I saw this quote from Richard Branson this morning that describes it pretty well:
“The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.”
I invite you to walk with me and talk with me about encouragement or the skills that make up the best of it. There are so many: awareness, listening, kindness, laughter, playfulness, lack of judgment, curiosity, etc. Please go to the website and sign up for more – I promise not to bore you. And I will add practices that will be fun to try – and hopefully crack some light on just how powerful encouragement is.
I will be shifting over to my Encouragement Project page on FB – so you can find updates there.
The path can be dark and hidden sometimes, and with companions, it’s a lot less scary.
I will write about the people I meet and the things I learn, and I would love to hear what you have to say too.
BTW –stay tuned for some fun tiny experiments, laughter, and the community that will grow over time.