Probably the single most damaging undertaking is the practice of judging ourselves. We judge ourselves, we project how others might judge us as well we judge others in relation to our own self-judgments. You can imagine how much energy this takes moving throughout the day.
In my previous writing I shared how you have set intentions about how your day will unfold before youíve opened your eyes. Thatís because you have set judgments about yourself, life, jobs, money Ö youíve set judgments about everything and anything.
These judgments take the form of assessments, assumptions, expectations, beliefs and interpretations, and before your feet hit the floor you are operating based on what youíve already decided will be happening for the rest of the day and how that influences the rest of your life.
In your work environment, suspending judgments begins by flexing muscles that cultivate conscious choice-making regarding who you be and how you be in whatever role you play.
A client of mine, Chuck, works in the marketing department of a Fortune 100 company. At 47 years of age, heís at a point in his career where he is rethinking what
Updated 12-08-2013 at 10:13 AM by RosieKuhn
Transformation is not a one-stop shop. Thereís so many ways to transform and so many things to learn along the path. Hereís what Iíve learned to be true, at least for myself over the past few years:
1. There is only one source of currency / income. It may appear to come from your job, a personal or bank loan, inheritance or from your credit cards; but without the Universal Source of all that is, the currency would not be flowing from those sources. If the currency you are needing is not forthcoming in the form you think is required, itís because you donít need it. What you may be needing is an opportunity to receive from the bounty of lessons that are continually being bestowed upon you. Itís a clever disguise for getting creative and curious about what you are doing and who you are being in your life. Itís also an opportunity to list some of the countless ways currency is flowing in your life, in this moment.
2. There is only one source of Love. It may appear to come, or not come, from parents, children, partners, community, but without the
By the time youíve opened your little peepers in the morning youíve most likely set your intentions for the day. This happens automatically for most of us. There are the normal patterns that we engage in to prepare for the day ahead, then follow through until tucked back in bed ready for a good nightís rest. What would shift if we became intentional about creating our day? What would we intend to happen? How would we intend to be that would allow our day to unfold?
People make extraordinary leaps of faith, creating because they were inspired to do so. Inspiration leads to intentions, which leads to acting with integrity. All three are essential yet it is integrity that gets the job done.
You are a rare individual who considers the possibility of creating a paradigm shift in the work place; one that would allow kindness, compassion and true collaboration to inundate the ranks of the stressed, overwhelmed and unfulfilled. What arouses such an undertaking in you? In my mind it has to involve inspiration.
That quality of being inspired - we know all know what it feels like, and we spend thousands of dollars for motivational speakers
Updated 12-05-2013 at 10:39 AM by RosieKuhn
ďIf God is such a loving God, how can he allow war, poverty and disease?Ē
I hear this question a lot, and it inspired me to sit and write down my perspective, since I, too, wonder why things are the way they are, especially for me, on a personal level.
Bad things happen to all of us, personally, professionally, to our communities, countries and on a global scale. Whoís responsible for it all? Whoís to blame? Is the right response to be angry, hateful and shaming? Is the right response to get even Ė you know, an eye for an eye? Who do we point our finger at? Well, More often than not, we point the finger at God as the perpetrator of our challenges. Heís the one thatís responsible for the way it all is, isnít he?
I believe many of us do use God as a scapegoat. A scapegoat is someone or something upon which we project our worst qualities. That way, we can remain in denial that they exist within us. Interestingly, we also scapegoat others with positive qualities that, again, we feel we need to deny exist within us (More about that soon). Through this amazingly sophisticated practice of denial we remain unconscious of our individual contributions
Updated 12-04-2013 at 12:59 PM by RosieKuhn
Many years ago, before I had any sense of spirituality, a friend of mine, a practicing Buddhist shared with me that most of us are constantly immersed in thoughts that are driven by hopes and fears. Think about that for a moment Ö My thoughts coalesced around either fear-based monologs or Iím hoping for good stuff and not bad stuff. There is a lot of energy going in that direction, eh?
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, 70% of the time we are thinking negative thoughts. When Iím being fearful or being hopeful Iím not open to being here, in this moment. Iím not allowing new opportunities and ideas to emerge with which to engage. Iím not being with what is, Iím being with what could be thatís either going to turn out the way I hope or the way I fear it to be. What is unavailable while consumed in these unending internal conversations?
Our current paradigm has us feel as though we are trapped and victims to our current circumstances. This is absolute HOGWASH!
If and when we get totally honest with ourselves we come to discover how incredibly powerful we are to manifest limitations beyond our wildest dreams. Yes, you read that correctly.
Updated 11-30-2013 at 01:29 PM by RosieKuhn
I tell you, truthfully, that if all of us self-help enthusiasts would put into practice all the beautiful, inspirational advice we see on Twitter, in books and blogs, weíd put therapists, psychologist, and a lot of medical doctors out of business. I believe itís possible that we are beginning to outsmart most mental health professionals. And as we do that, our physical well-being increases and dis-ease decreases. The dilemma is that as much as we want to have sweeter and easier lives, we are afraid of change. And, as much as we know, we arenít using our intelligence much at all. So we hire others who support us in these struggles and challenges. This is a good thing!
I have no doubt that all of us will get tired of the fear-based platform of our choosing to choose what we choose. Sooner or later each of us will take those incrementally small steps towards the life we say we want.
So, in service to this one small, incremental step towards fulfillment of our human spirit, I began practicing a very simple exercise. Maybe youíll try it too. And, yes. It is easy. Well,
Updated 11-28-2013 at 01:33 PM by RosieKuhn
I actually started writing this piece a year ago but found I hadnít enough experience with my subject to write about it. So, these past twelve months, Iíve been playing with the experience of generosity. What it is; what it feels like in my body; what allows me to act generously or withhold it. Itís been a fun exercise and the outcome is Iím far more generous than I ever imagined. Who would have guessed that being generous could create such an awakening to some new sensations or qualities of being me? Iím not a philanthropist by any means, but perhaps I am Ė not with money but with my heart.
This muscle called generosity has always been with me. It just hasnít had a whole lot of intentional exercise. With this new workout comes an entirely new level of kindness and sharing that goes beyond my history.
I grew up in a Catholic home where we were to act charitably toward one another. Charity and generosity are very different entities. What that looked like in my family felt more like sacrifice and forfeiture, not generosity. I looked to my mom to model what charity was
Remember, for some of us, when we couldnít imagine why anyone would need a microwave oven, an email address, laptop computer or a smart phone? Now, we canít imagine living without them.
As a person in business for myself, Iíve attempted for years to do things by myself, because I believed I couldnít afford to hire people to do it for me. Now, I canít afford not to hire people to do it for me.
You probably think that I now have money that I didnít have before, and thatís how I can afford to hire support. Thatís not it at all. It's more of a shift in priorities, commitments and desired outcome: If I want people to buy my books, hire me as a coach, or bring me to their events as a key-note speaker, I have to really be dedicated to making that happen in order to really make it happen. When my dedication and commitment is truly in line with my desired outcome, Bazinga! Ė the money appears.
Here are the 4 people who make a huge difference in my success:
A Coach: One of my clients said to me the other day ďYou believe in me more
Life is moving very fast for me these days. Lately Iíve been using the metaphor of reaching cruising altitude, pulling the throttle back just a bit and just enjoying the ride. As I fly back and forth from Seattle to San Jose, the jet Iím on usually flies at about 39,000 ft. Now, thatís high! Youíve got to be big and powerful to fly at that altitude.
It wasnít long ago that my own sense of bigness and sense of power hardly got me off the ground. It was twenty years ago that a friend of mine gave me a little porcelain figurine of a baby bluebird, with his wings outstretched ready for takeoff. That was me then Ė a fledgling with no sense of actually getting off the ground, but loving the image of the possibilities that may come my way.
I was living in Nova Scotia, Canada at the time. I loved my life! It was peaceful and full of beauty. I owned a wonderful 100-year-old home on the La Have River. I swore I would never leave, as life couldnít possibly get any better Ė ever!
Well, of course, as is always the way, as soon as I declared I would never leave Nova Scotia, I was promptly given an opportunity to fly from my lovely safe nest. You know
Every organization, whether it be for profit or non-profit, are in their line of business in order to gain something - itís most likely in their vision statement. My vision statement, for example is - the fulfillment of the human spirit through the empowerment of every individual on the planet. This vision requires an acquisition of fulfillment and personal empowerment.
Whether to gain access to clean water, acquire political power, or to expand oneís capacity to lead effectively, we are all out to gain.
With the economic turn, the way itís going, businesses are facing major dilemmas. On the one hand they - the choice-makers are facing potential loss of everything theyíve gained. Too often this drives them to act in ways that will hopefully allow them to not lose anything. Fear too often drives them to act in haste, making choices that may not be in alignment with their original vision. They are afraid. People make interesting choices when they are afraid.
We like to think of ourselves as gainfully employed or engaged, yet few of us want to associate ourselves with words such greed. However too often we are unconscious of when and how
Updated 11-16-2013 at 01:20 PM by RosieKuhn
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