Monthly Archives: September 2010

War of Art

War-of-ArtNathalie puts some of the best posts on Facebook. Especially when her Mojo has gone missing. She’ll write something like, “Mojo where are you today. Won’t you come and play with me?”

According Steven Pressfield, in his book The War of Art, when you can’t get that project started, you have writers block, your Mojo has gone missing, it’s Resistance.

“Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard, or smelled. But it can be felt. We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. It’s aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.”

I’ve had many run ins with Resistance. Today it came in form of a dry throat. As I sat down to write this, all of the sudden I was thirsty. So downstairs I went. On the way I had to play with a few cats, check the pile of mail, put a few dishes away since I was going to get a glass anyway. When I started pouring my ice tea, I remembered what I was doing. I made a deadline with myself that today I would get this SOUL Reader blog post done. With my drink in hand I marched back to my computer without even stopping to see if my new coat came in the mail yet (oh and I so wanted to peek out the door).

What I did is what Mr. Pressfield says defeats Resistance. Being a professional.

As the book describes, the professional makes the commitment, shows up and does her work. The professional shares their art, not just with their Mom or their best friend. The pro puts their work out there for people even to criticize. But there’s a big advantage of turning pro that Mr. Pressfield shares:

“…when we sit down day after day and keep grinding, something mysterious starts to happen. A process is set in motion by which, inevitably and infallibly, heaven comes to our aid. Unseen forces enlist in our cause; serendipity reinforces our purpose.”

These unseen forces are the Muses, Angels, your Mojo.

I turned pro when I launched my Facebook page for SOUL. Since then I have set a schedule for myself every week and show up to get it done. Sometimes I am amazed where the words come from. On those days I thank the Muses, my Angels in all their forms and ask them to come play again with me tomorrow. And today I formally thank Steven Pressfield for his great book.

Nathalie Kalbach

Using old pictures from her great Aunt Margot is one of Nathalie’s favorite things to do. Nathalie pours her heart into these layouts and loves to capture the story behind the picture.

With one particular layout Nathalie decided to use safety pins as arrows to indicate where her Aunt Margot was in the picture. Cool, creative idea, right?

Well, on one message board, someone thought it was the worst idea ever and those safety pins ruined the layout. Nathalie was devastated. She so loved this layout and thought how could someone hate it so much? The harsh words and negative opinion really upset Nathalie. But soon Nathalie came to learn that was one persons opinion.. In August, 2007, Somerset Memories published the layout. Check it out here on Nathalie’s blog.

We’ve all had our own safety pin moments, but what have you done? Have you stopped singing because your second grade music teacher said you couldn’t sing? Do you think your hair is ugly because your high school crush said so? Have you stopped chasing your dream because someone told you that you’d never catch it? Are the opinions of others stopping you from using your safety pins? I say embrace your safety pins!

I Got A Feeling – Black Eyed Peas

Oprah Winfrey kicked off her final season this week and it made me think about how last season started with flash mob dance of the Black Eyed Peas, “I Got a Feeling.”

Here’s a link to the video for those of you who may have missed it.

This is such a fun song. You may just think it’s a song about going out and partying, but I think it’s more than that. I think it’s a song of hope:

I know that we’ll have a ball
if we get down and go out and just lose it all
I feel stressed out
I wanna let it go
Lets go way out spaced out and losing all control

Sometimes all you need is a good feeling for things to go your way. Send out those positive vibes to your friends, your family, the universe.

Tonight’s gonna be a good night.

The Shift

The-ShiftThis month I’m featuring a film that’s not your typical movie studio release. This movie was released by the self-help publishing giant Hay House.

The movie is called The Shift and features Dr. Wayne Dyer and his teaching. Specifically what Dr. Dyer describes as making the shift from living your life from a place of ambition to a place of meaning. Not living for the external, the ego place of pushing. To shift to a place where your life has meaning. You live for something that feels bigger than you. Your thoughts focus on what gifts am I here to share and how can I serve.

Those are some big concepts to absorb, but through the movie we see people dealing with these very issues. They are at the tipping point, ready to make the shift. The stories and the people that are in the film help bring home Dr. Dyer’s teaching in a very unique way.

Here’s the link to the official website for The Shift. There you can watch the movie trailer, check out the cast (Portia De Rossi is in it), stream the movie, etc.

Oh and if you want to see why I am a few days late with getting this post up, go check out my Facebook page for SOUL. I post a bunch of stuff there that I don’t post here, so “like” the page and we can stay even better connected.