the creative process and feeling good…

the creative process and feeling good

how do you want to show up in the world?

Hello friends…

I’ve been thinking about the creative process and what it feels like to feel good

A few months back I took a retreat for myself and my writing, and it was sublime. An awesome thing for me to do for myself, and I needed time to check in with my creativity and where my writing was taking me. Some of you who have been around this blog and me for while (so much gratitude that you are here!) know that I write my blog (for a zillion years), write magazine articles, write several online courses, while teaching dance and writing, creative renewal and fulfillment, and have written and published 2 books and 2 Anthologies (with contributions from many of you–so freakin’ cool), along with a Tribal based ‘zine that I published in a physical format for years. Along with bits of poetry that I have shared with you, and I keep journals like a mad woman! And you KNOW how I am always trying to get you to write, journal, and share your thoughts and stories!

So two things I want to share with you today…one is the full realization that I AM a poet! Sounds funny, but I have written these bits for years, songs snippets and poetry, but never thought too much of doing it. I just did it. But when I was at my retreat, the words flowed out me like lava, heat waves pouring through my fingers from my heart and soul, without me stopping to pause about what I was writing. And it hit me, that, YES, I was, in fact, a poet. Lyrical prose, if you will. And now I can sure call myself that… and acknowledge that…and how cool it was to stare at my words and say, wow… this is what I write, what I see and hear and share…this ‘type’ of writing. And it was liberating, and full of freedom and soul, and ME! And how fun to say it out loud.

And so I write my poems and allow the connection with my soul, my angels, my guides, the powers that be, to ALLOW the words to flow freely, with deepness, and meaning, and intention, and from a source deep within. And to allow it to be.

I attribute my connection, my showing up, this deeper awareness, to my feeling good, my whole being and well being and taking good care of myself so that my highest self, my creative self can shine through, in all I do, not just my poetry, or my writing, or my dance, or my teaching, or my loving, or my friendships…ALL of what I do…

Because if I don’t feel good, none of that will happen, not with a trueness, an authentic-ness, a richness, a me-ness! And I soooo want that…

body as templeYou’ve read about my self-care rituals, daily practices, and how I feel about taking care of my temple, my body, so that I can dance, I can run, I can write, I can teach, I can love fully. I always want to share with you what I know and find to be useful, years of my lessons, so you too, my students, friends, and coaching clients, can live up to your fullest potential too. I want to take care of my self in the simplest way possible, with ease, so I have time and space to create and do what I need and want to do.

The past few months I have been on a new self-care regime, not entirely different from what I’ve done in the past, but just stepping it up even more, so I can reach my fullest living experiences. A healthy intake of nutrition is key here, peeps… To find your energy and true self, to allow your body to thrive and blossom with vibrancy, clarity, and beauty…and I want to share that with you!

I just ran a Cleansing Challenge with some folks who wanted to step up their game, and the results have been great, from weight loss to mental clarity and more physical energy. I myself, am toner and leaner and meaner (ah, no just kidding!) Not meaner, nicer actually, as my mental attitude is clearer! But I wanted to get leaner in my body, and rid myself of that aging body fat, and really allow my body to work with me, dancing and otherwise. My arthritis is a non-show. My joints feel primed. My body moves how I want it to move. This has been a simple process of taking 3 core nutritional supplements daily! (Plus there is a 10 day Cleanse if you love it and want to go deeper, and even an Athletic Cleanse if you are super into fitness!) I love this stuff! Which is now why I sell it and offer it to you, because I believe in it! Superfoods. Transforming how and what we eat, and allowing ourselves to shine. So easy. Ethical. Profound.

Feeling good in my body gives me creative freedom! And energy and clarity! I could not do what I do, accomplish what I do, create what I do, if I did not feel good and my body did not allow me pleasure and freedom of movement!

How are YOU showing up these days? Do you need clarity and feeling good? You are the one who knows, really knows, what you need and want. Listen to your body and give it what it asks for.

So if this sounds like something you have been looking for, are wanting and needing and desiring…I am here to get you going on this journey…it is soooo simple, my friends, and the pricing is equivalent to so many other products out there that I was surprised. It’s like almost what I do already, but better and easier and organic and ready for me! (plus I have big savings in coupons for you!) Anyway… I just want you to step up, with your creativity, your dance, and your well-being so you can feel great and do what you are here to do, and we can cruise through this fabulous life together.

“Sister, open your heart, fling your hopes high

and set your dreams aloft.

I am here to hold your hand.”

Maya Angelou

All you need to do is email me at dance@gypsycaravan.us and I help you get set up. Because I feel great, and you can too!


Now about that creativity!

Julia Cameron, one of my heroes, writes in one of my fav books, The Artist’s Way, about creative spirituality! I recommend this to all my students and clients. Here is a brief excerpt for you to dive into!

She writes:

“The following spiritual principles are the bedrock on which creative recovery and discovery can be built. Read them through once a day, and keep an inner ear cocked for any shifts in attitudes or beliefs.

Basic Principles:

  1. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.
  1. There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life — including ourselves.
  1. When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator’s creativity within us and our lives.
  1. We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.
  1. Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.
  1. The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature. 
  1. When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to God: good orderly direction.
  1. As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected.
  1. It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity.
  1. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.”

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Fabulous… “There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life — including ourselves.”–speaks to my soul…how about you?

And thanks for being here…I’ll share some of my poems with you soon… let me know if you want more information on these great products to get your body and life into gear, or if I can guide you with some Movement, Momentum, and Magic Life Coaching…

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And enjoy your days and nights, may your creativity flourish!

Paulette


Updates:

**Today is the last day to register for the July certifications:

Portland and Columbus Tribal Grooves Teacher Training: ………..

** TWO NEW Online Classes coming to you this week….

#14–Egyptian and Turkish Shimmy Variation, and #15 –Rib and Hip Variations–so good for your dance workout training!

**Collective Soul Level One, Online with Paulette starts in October…and then GCTB Teacher Training follows! woo hoo…

**Portland area folks, mark your calendar for new classes in October!!! So excited… Tribal Grooves and Dance and Desire, back to back on Monday nights, 7-9 pm… more info to come, but save your Mondays! TBA

**Join our private online Dance and Desire group, ladies… and get some daily inspirations and more! Love to have you join us!

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**And I’ll be in OHIO in a few short weeks... with Tribal Grooves Certification and 2 fabulous Gypsy Caravan Dance workshops in Chillicothe! Contact Allie here…

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