Bloom into Your Fertile Edge
Spring has sprung here in the Northeast and here at the Rejuvenation Grange new ideas are blooming and coming alive!
We are working to push to the fertile edge, and bring inspired programs and events to you that are boldly playful, create unconventional connections and spice things up so you can explore, experiment and create from the inside out so that you can grow the life you want with clarity and ease.
This winter was a season of introspection, connecting with my desires and playing with my inner child.
What did I discover from giving myself space to do this?
That my soul needs to create and boldly play.
As a business owner this is not always easy to do but what I found is when I pushed to my fertile edge (that place where your curiosity lies, that place where you can’t see what is beyond the horizon, that place just outside your comfort zone) I was able to make radical shifts in how I was creating, what I was creating and how to make the space for my business to grow without getting overwhelmed.
One thing I have been struggling with, is doing THIS: writing newsletters.
I was not inspired and sitting down to type was the last thing I wanted to do but I knew that I wanted to connect to you all and I wanted it to be fun, creative and authentic.
So during a conversation with a colleague I mentioned the resistance I was having and what she said was so simple but shifted everything for me.
She said if you are doing something and it is not working for you DO IT DIFFERENTLY!
I took it a step further and made it radically different for myself.
I made sacred time three times a week for my creative practice.
Sometimes this involved painting, doing cartwheels and dancing, or skipping through a field. The way I connect to my creative spirit is through moving my body but doing this outside in plain site of anyone passing by was unforgettable for me.
For you, what is radically different may look totally different.
The key is push yourself to do something you rarely or never have done. At the end of my practice I would sit down and create a mandala and journal using notes inside of it.
Here is mine from today:
I started using this method to write my programs, copy and this newsletter. For me it allows my concrete brain to take a back seat so my creative side can flow with ease.
Another tool I discovered when I was feeling a need to connect with my inner desires about my work and how to move it forward with alignment to my essence was Ikigai.
Ikigai is a Japanese word whose meaning translates roughly to a reason for being, encompassing joy, a sense of purpose and meaning and a feeling of well-being.
The word derives from iki, meaning life and kai, meaning the realization of hopes and expectations.
The key questions to discover this are:
What do you love?
What are you good at?
What can you be paid for?
What does the world need?
And where they all meet is the sweetspot for you in this moment. It is your Ikagai.
There are Venn Diagrams out there that can help you put this into a visual form but I found it was super helpful to have someone guide me through the process and ask other key questions that pushed me to my Fertile Edge.
It helped me get crystal clear on how to Bloom and make forward movement, how step into my power and connect with my true brilliance.
It was so powerful for me that I want to share this method with you.
Join me on June 1st at 12:00 pm EST for a virtual Ikigai workshop where I will lead you through this process and take you deeper into how to put your Ikigai into aligned action.
You can sign up here.
If you are feeling stuck in your creative muck, if you are wanting to get inspired and connect to creative collective Join me here and the other Soulful Innovators in our Facebook group The Soulful Innovators Collective
Posted by AndreaParker
The Rejuvenation Grange