creativity

July: Connecting to Creativity

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | June 21st, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: animated, Coda, connection, creativity, documentaries, DVD club, Emmy Award, feature, films, Four Chambers, humanity, Journey of the Universe, Macropolis, movies, music, personal development, Personal Growth, self help, Spiritual Cinema Circle

Some of our favorite films from Spiritual Cinema Circle are those that connect us to our creativity and humanity.

This month’s feature film is the Emmy Award-winning documentary Journey of the Universe. Narrated by Brian Thomas Swimme, the film takes us on a journey through history and our connection with all of humanity.

8 Ways to Up Your Emotional Energy Level

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | March 27th, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: accessing higher energy levels, anything is possible, at-home facial, be of service, be there for someone else, being tired, being triggered, celebrate life, cook, creativity, do something you are great at, doubt, emotionally charged, emotionally tender, energetic downers, energy boost, energy level, exercise, feel alive, feel connected, feel fantastic, feeling sorry for yourself, freak out, friends, get present, get quiet, good deeds, groovy feelings, inner voice, laugh, let good grow, life detours, look for the good, opinions, personal development, personal frequency, physical energy, regret, roller skating, showing up in the world, sick, sing, singing, stamina, stop fighting it, strength, stressed, stuck, talents, tell the truth, truth telling, truth will set you free, unexpressed emotions, upward energetic trajectory

Stuck. Stymied. Spun out. Stressed. Sick. Silently (or perhaps not so silently) freaking out. We’ve all been there, we’ll all be there again. Because, sadly, personal development isn’t a tidy, linear, upward-moving arrow. It’s a curlicue, a doodle. At times it loops back on itself and shoots you somewhere you never expected to be.

This is an incomplete list of what to do in those moments when you need an energy boost, stat. And you can probably already tell I’m not talking about the energy that means physical stamina or strength, or how tired you are or aren’t. I’m talking about how you view, interact with, and show up in the world. It’s your own personal frequency, and when you learn how to access the higher energy levels, that’s when the inevitable detours stop feeling so hard and avoid becoming cul de sacs.

Here’s how to access those groovy-feeling higher energy states when you find yourself bogged down in feeling sorry for yourself, ticked off at someone else, or replaying events over and over in your mind:

Cultivating a Dreamer

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | May 4th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: attention span, children, creativity, daydreams, dreamer, focus, future, grades, HOPE, imagination, kids, parenting, school, teachers

Daydreaming boyMy son is a dreamer. An absent-minded sort of kid who responds to every question with silence. Who’s always looking intently off in the distance or up at the ceiling. Then, when the question is repeated, he’ll look as if he’s just noticed you’re there and say, “Wha?”

It’s a trait that, not surprisingly, drives some of his teachers mad.

Experiencing “Yoga Block”? How to Get Out of That Pose Rut

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | June 29th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: asana, barbara benagh, boredom, change, creativity, cross-training, exercise, Fitness, gabriella giubilaro, imagination, Jill Miller, Kathryn Budig, muscles, plateau, repetitive, repitition, rodney yee, routine, sequence, Triangle Pose, willy wonka, workout, Yoga, yoga block, yoga DVDs, yoga poses, yoga rut, Yoga Tune Up, Yoga Tune Up®, yoga videos, yoga-practice

Yoga block

Is your yoga practice getting a little stale? Maybe you’ve been going to the same class at the same time each week for the past year. Or perhaps you use a video — the same video — every day. If you’re finding yourself a tad uninspired to get on your mat, you might be suffering from yoga block. And I don’t mean a yoga block “prop,” although if you’re really in a rut then your practice may need a little propping up!

The Responsibility Factor

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | June 15th, 2011 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: accountability, affirmations, belief, best life, blame, bliss, challenge, creativity, Cynthia James, doubt, empowered, empowerment, fear, growth, inner peace, intention, joy, life, mental, mind, opportunities, Oprah Winfrey, power, responsibility, self confidence, self-esteem, self-love, self-pity, thoughts, transformation, victim, victimization

ResponsibilityOn Oprah Winfrey’s last show she spoke about the many lessons that she has learned over the past 25 years. One thing she said really stuck in my mind. She said, “You are responsible for your life.” Now, I know that we all know that on some level, but do we really understand what that means?

I have practiced what I call “The Responsibility Factor” for many years, and I want to share with you my process. The moment anything happens in my life that is significant, good or challenging, I pause and ask, “What did I do to create this opportunity to grow”? Usually, when I ask that question, the answer comes quickly and easily. When it doesn’t, I sit down and “stream of consciousness” journal. I put down my fears, doubts, concerns, excitement and enthusiasm. What comes out always makes my heart smile, even if I see that I am on the “pity pot.”

Empower Yourself With Exercise!

Mari Winsor by Mari Winsor | March 10th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Healthy Aging, Pilates, Weight Loss | tags: cardio, creativity, empower, empowering, exercise, Fitness, Healthy Aging, holiday weight gain, lose-weight, Mari Winsor, pilates, quality time, self confidence, self-esteem, toning, weight-loss

Woman Working With Weights In GymI don’t know about you, but it seems the older I get, the harder it is to rebound from holiday excess back to my summer weight. But lucky for me, I have a proven way to get my weight and my body back to where I am most comfortable and looking my best.

My thought has always been that when you have no control of anything else in the world, you can get control of yourself. It will make you feel more powerful, healthier, clearer and creative. How you look is directly related to how you feel, and how others relate to you. Better posture, a little toning and firming, a longer neck, and a flatter tummy are all directly related to your self-esteem.

Limitless Possibilities

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | March 10th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, Centers for Spiritual Living, creativity, discomfort, fear, miracles, oneness, Personal Growth, possibilities, potential, Religious Science, self help, taking risks, universe

Limitless Possibilities

There is a lot of conversation on the planet about the fact that we are living in a field of infinite possibilities. Some of the successful authors and teachers tell us that we are called to remember that we have access to the creative power of the universe that is unlimited. The question then becomes, do we really believe that is true and can we operate from this place in all circumstances?

Stepping Out: Pursue Your Dreams

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | July 15th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, change, comfort-zone, creativity, dreams, fear, flexible thinking, inspiration, intention, passion, risk, Spirit Media Network, success, taking risks, transformation

Man standing on a mountain with arms outstretched

Success requires risk. It demands that we step out of our comfort zones and move into unknown territory. We all know that, but doing it is another thing. There are lots of people walking around talking about their dreams, but many are completely immobilized. The thought of taking action to manifest the dream is so frightening that they do nothing.

The Flip Side: Confronting the Negative to Find the Positive

by guest | June 14th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: accidents, anger, assets, creativity, emotions, grief, liabilities, Nietzsche, personality traits, Relationships, self-reflection, strengths, tragedies, transformation, weaknesses

Person tossing a coin By Katherine Robertson-Pilling

I met Sandrine a year after she had been injured in a terrible car accident; she had spent months in the hospital, and still had very limited use of her arm. “You can’t sit around waiting,” she announced, “You have to get back to life.” Today she is stronger than ever and training for a bicycle race in Paris.

What I Learned from a Monkey

Jessie Lucier by Jessie Lucier | May 19th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: creativity, Curious George, education, explore, generosity, happiness, inspiration, monkey, persevere, problem solving, silliness

monkey and woman

It was nearly noon on a Wednesday a few months back when a welcomed Colorado blizzard closed schools and offices. My 4-year-old son and I were still in our cozies, enjoying lunch while we worked on his favorite puzzle. A PBS cartoon played in the background, but neither of us paid much attention to the TV until we heard the familiar theme song for Curious George.