How to pause to find peace, now

December, 2016
HOW TO PAUSE TO FIND PEACE, NOW.
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For this holiday rush about season, I am finding time to find peace. My following tips on finding peace begin with taking time to pause.

With our device driven world it seems our lives are on 24/7 full speed ahead full tilt motion. Our schedules are overloaded, no time for friends, family, or even ourselves.

CAN you pause, can you find peace? YES! You make peace with pausing, being in the present moment…that is where real peace is.

How to pause:
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Put down your phone, i-pad, shut off your computer. Be committed to be “device” and distraction free for the next10 minutes or so. Commit to it! Do this at least one time a day, then try a couple of times a day…learn how to break free “to be”.
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Take THREE deep belly breaths in and exhale slowly…settle in, release any muscle tension you can feel in your body.
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Now you are set to “be”…focus on ONE thing that is close by…could be a tree, flower, briefcase, auto. Point is to just LOOK at one thing…keep looking at it. Really SEE that object, its color, its form, its position, feel it and see it so strong that you can close your eyes and bring it to your vision so you could almost touch it.
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Then…listen for a singular pleasant “noise”…could be a bird chirping, a song, or you just beginning to hum.
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When you have your visual object in your mind, reach out and touch it or something else that is near. Can be your ring, an object next to you, a chair, a flower on the table, NOT YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE. Notice how that object is made, is it soft, hard, fragile, cold, warm…explore that object and note how it feels.
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After feeling an object, looking and seeing an object, hearing a pleasant noise…say out loud a single object that you KNOW YOU LOVE. For me, my go to belief is “I LOVE HAWAII!”. Speak it softly or loudly, just speak it…make it real!
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Take a mental listing of anything that is bugging you; making you tense, look at it in this state and really see it, make peace with it, see all sides to what you need to do to make it work (or not). Make your decisions from this place of being present…this is your intuition, without resisting, let it bring you what you need!
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Notice how you now feel. Are you more relaxed, in the moment and not ruminating on what you need to do next…what does “being in the present” feel like to you? Take note…remember this the next time you need to zip into pause mode.

The above is a quick lesson in what some folks call “grounding” or what I call “being in the present”. The steps are based on the healing art of Huna, which is the ancient esoteric philosophy of Hawaii of which I love and know works.

What is the value of being in “pause mode”?
First of all, you get the benefits of just looking happier, and actually you feel best when your muscles (esp. the brain!) are relaxed. You also have the HUGE advantage of seeing things, of making choices from a much more settled and non-rushed point of view. Being “in the moment” lets you see all sides to things, brings you to pro-active rather than re-active. 

It’s the gap between your breaths that creates the pause for innovation, brilliance, real knowing, great decisions. Being in the present gives your body, brain, and heart time to talk with each other and realize “YES”.

Break free, turn off the buzz, be in the moment with YOU…and you will then find the right stuff to find quality time with friends, partners, family, pets, community and your environment. That is GOOD, that is PEACE.

Wishing you all a happy holiday season filled with pause, with peace, with joy. This is the time of year we all seem to pause from strife, from judgment, from “pushing”. If we can do it for this one beautiful day then…yes, there can be Peace on Earth…give it a chance, pause.

I’m Paula Brown, Graphic Facilitator / Purpose Discovery Guide / Author. I am a visual storyteller and “purpose guide” showing you many possibilities to IGNITE YOUR STORY, YOUR ENERGY, YOUR WELL-BEING for business and life. My site is: www.chilightful.com and www.picturestorming.com Connect on: LinkedIn, Twitter. and you can “like” my facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ChiLightful 

 

 

 

October, 2016
CONNECT WITH THE WHY OF “WHY YOU ARE HERE”
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Why ARE you “here”? Each one of us has a unique purpose, creative expression, and a definite contribution to share on this spinning blue earth ball. It has to do with making the world, (you and all around you) a much better place. You are here to make the world a better place!!! (…more)

October, 2016
CONNECT WITH THE WHY OF “WHY YOU ARE HERE”
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Why ARE you “here”? Each one of us has a unique purpose, creative expression, and a definite contribution to share on this spinning blue earth ball. It has to do with making the world, (you and all around you) a much better place. You are here to make the world a better place!!!

How can I make the world a better place (some help from Huna)?

Connecting to the heart of who you are, the heart of others, the heart or essence of your environment is key to creating positive effect or change. Making connections that come from both your mind and heart / emotional center based on making positive and responsible choices every single day create a better life.

CONNECT BY:
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Be aware of lifting you and others UP! THINK BIG.
In the Huna philosophy (ancient Hawaiian “way of life”) there are 7 principles that are foundational. The first principle is “Ike” (eekay) which means, “The world is what you think it is”. Think about it…your thoughts attract what you receive. As you judge, so will you be judged. Catch yourself as you “judge” rather than decide to connect or not connect with others. Are you looking at fear-based thinking or love-based choices. Love does lift everything up in the forms of respect, encouragement, enthusiasm, hope, faith…those are all BIG THOUGHTS!

2. Honor your time, your integrity, your unique focus.
What did Michael Jackson’s song “Man in the Mirror” ask you to do? Look to yourself, your choices, and your actions first and then make that change to create better for yourself and others. The principle called Makia (MA-keeahh) speaks to healing the focus of your activities and thoughts. Energy flows where attention goes! Focus first on what your strengths are, what your goals and talents need to find and clarify your process and priorities. As you sharpen your positive focus, what your gut is telling you, As you sharpen your positive focus, hear what your gut is telling you, (and not do what others are “telling you” to do) you may just find that your productivity, contributions, and harmony increase. Let go of all the mental sidebars and be aware of patterns of “shoulds” and rather broadcast your focus on “can”.

4. Be “happy with” your connections.
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The third Huna tip is based on Aloha. Aloha holds the “breath of life” for the Hawaiian culture. Aloha’s basis is love…meaning “love is to be happy with”. Love for you, what you do, respecting others, seeing the essence of heart and beauty of all around you. It is a greeting to appreciate, love, find joy with all you connect. It is the greeting that makes all to its best, making better through expressing the truths of love.

Some points to feel, share, and be aware of during your day, making your decisions based on expectation of making this world a better place.

Thank you for creating my world a better place with expressing, sharing, and believing in your heart’s expression of its positive passion.

Would love to hear about your “purpose” here and how that makes the world a better place. Aloha!

 I’m Paula Brown, Graphic Facilitator / Purpose Discovery Guide / Author. I am a visual storyteller and “purpose guide” showing you many possibilities to IGNITE YOUR STORY, YOUR ENERGY, YOUR WELL-BEING for business and life. My site is: www.chilightful.com and www.picturestorming.com Connect on: LinkedIn, Twitter. and you can “like” my facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ChiLightful 

 

September, 2016
TRUST = RESPECT. MAKE CONNECTIONS REAL!
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Trust is your and your business’ most valuable and number one commodity. When you connect your head and your heart to show who you are and how you give value, REAL support and connect with others… you are creating your trust “container”. Inside this safe container you create respect, build loyal and sincere partnerships, repeat sales and interactions with your audience, team, and with yourself. “Trust is like a glass, once broken it will never be the same again.” Anon (…more)

September, 2016
TRUST = RESPECT. MAKE CONNECTIONS REAL!
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Trust is your and your business’ most valuable and number one commodity. When you connect your head and your heart to show who you are and how you give value, REAL support and connect with others… you are creating your trust “container”. Inside this safe container you create respect, build loyal and sincere partnerships, repeat sales and interactions with your audience, team, and with yourself. “Trust is like a glass, once broken it will never be the same again.” Anon

Imagine the glass is made of respect…once you shatter respect, loose respect, don’t give respect you have no trust. A connection where trust is “broken” is a connection that rarely can be made strong again.

Your trusted advisors, your trusted friends, your helpful people, suppliers, your actions are all part of your foundation you build that makes folks and you trust in what you do and who you are.  All you do and say connects with everything all around you and surely is a fragile container to guard and keep strong.

Faith, Hope, Charity…Connecting with trust.
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Faith, hope, and charity all find home in the definition of trust. Bottom line, trust is defined by the integrity of your word, your beliefs, your support for relationship and community…and it is the key to all your connections in your life and business…your most cherished and precious asset.

Trust connections = Faith
There is huge comfort in the saying “I have your back”. That means that no matter what occurs, another person depends on YOU…or perhaps you are depending on their support. Trust: priority #1 in the faith others have in you, your service, product or advice. Strong, reliable, good by one’s “word” is the container you create and hold as priceless. Faith is cornerstone of being a trusted source.

Trust connections = Hope
Your actions, words, showing what honors you and how you honor others broadcasts what you stand for, inspires, defines integrity, and ignites huge hope in all your connections.

The “I Can” connections based on trust show caring and create hope! Actions, words, follow through with what you say you are going to do shows “can do” and respect. It is what makes trust so powerful. A trusted individual, trusted brand always comes through, walks its talk…period. AND, showing you can and are trusted by others ignites hope, “how to do it” to those you touch. Keeping hope afloat: if something goes in an incorrect manner…a trusted source steps in and corrects the situation immediately, personally, with great care.

Trust connections = Charity
Your “track record” of positive connections, of doing what is good, correct, excellent is what raises the tide for not only your boat, but also all the boats in the harbor!

In the philosophy of Ancient Hawaii known as Huna, trust is present in all 7 guiding principles and especially in one called “pono”: effectiveness is the measure of truth. When one has a “pono” foundation, one is working in a truthful manner (no “right or wrong” judgments), and this correct manner is characterized by deep trust of walking one’s talk, keeping actions and thoughts at high integrity levels.  Cause and effect; do the correct thing, get the correct result. Community boundaries are set with trust, group goals, personal needs met, all in safe kinship of truthful “pono” connections. Huna teachings emphasize being in the present moment, using both your reason and your emotional bodies to act and stand in your own wisdom. What does your gut tell you is “true” to trust…trust your intuiton!

Connecting with NO trust.
Without trust, there are no REAL connections. Most likely, relationships are based on taking rather than sharing and mutual giving. You cannot maintain success in business without trust. Trust is the “glass” that holds your reputation, community, network together. Word of mouth leads are all based on respect, integrity, real trust.

Trust your gut to uncover “no trust” situations. Follow your gut, and do your research too. We all have a strong interior compass that gives us red flag warnings of when not to trust. Would you put your money into a financial professional’s hands if the firm or individual were not trusted, weak reputation? If something sounds good, but does not feel good…trust your gut! As most ponzi schemes can attest…they start with promises (and big hopes!) without clear record of performance, false trust, and end with heart breaking consequences.   

Trust = Respect
Simple, trust is built on respect. It is given to those who give honest respect to what they do, how they do it and why they do it…in whatever form the connection is made. Trust comes from and grows respect. Respect is reciprocal and defines the best connections to all around you.

Trust is a fragile (at the same time strong) and precious container made of faith, hope, and charity. It’s what makes a connection “real”.

When trust is broken, connections are shattered and can never be the same again.

Respectfully yours, and thanks for sharing and building on REAL connections!

I’m Paula Brown, Visual Scribe / Purpose Discovery Guide / Author. I am a visual storyteller and “purpose guide” showing you many possibilities to IGNITE YOUR STORY, YOUR ENERGY, YOUR WELL-BEING for business and life. My site is: www.chilightful.com Connect on: LinkedIn, Twitter. and you can “like” my facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ChiLightful 

August, 2016
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WORKING FROM THE “YOU” VS “ME”?
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In these times where current societal system and millennial generation discussion is marked with words such as entitlement, lack of accountability, disposable, and “it’s all about me”…is there a way to connect with value, being valued, by expressing our unique self, personality, our purpose? (…more)

August, 2016
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WORKING FROM THE “YOU” VS “ME”?
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In these times where current societal system and millennial generation discussion is marked with words such as entitlement, lack of accountability, disposable, and “it’s all about me”…is there a way to connect with value, being valued, by expressing our unique self, personality, our purpose?

Yes! Finding and offering “you” vs. “me” is the solution. We are all connected to each other in a natural and very aware manner, and that is the pure “you” for each and every one of us. That is THE connection that honors our connection to everything; our unique purpose. Relating and communicating via the essence of our purpose, connection becomes selfless and not selfish!

What connects with “me”?
In the popular expression “It’s all about me”…we are not in connection with what we are here to actually express! The “me” becomes an island of one way text communication, expecting all our desires to manifest from others’ efforts as one climbs to gain from taking, and not giving our very best to anyone, even to ourselves. The “me” gains outside recognition, acts from a position of force…eventually the gains tumble, and there is “me” all alone and not at all connected to much of anything.

What connects with this type of “me” are things outside of the inside real you. The connections could be based on fear and force that cannot sustain. “Me” typically defines itself as standing alone, of having something yet feeling separated from others, source. Always asking for “more”, a self centered “feed me” has little to do with growing and knowing connections with either oneself or others, and leads to a hollowness…which requires infinite more.

“No amount of riches can compensate for an inner feeling of poverty.”
― David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
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What connects with “you”?

“You” has an intrinsic double meaning. The “you” of yourself as well as the “you” of others. This now has the purpose of communication. So, there is a collective “you” and a deep personal aware of you “you”. This “you” attracts the values of others, shares itself, gives and receives, and knows the true meaning of personal and leadership power. 

The expression of “you” is your unique value, your meant to be doing, your genius, your connection and communication from your purpose. YOU is plural, you is caring, and the courage to express your connection to just WHY you are here.

Succeed the “you”; time to leave the “me” behind.
What makes connection to your deep love for who you are is recognition or discovery of your purpose.  The want to be all you can and are meant to be is so much bigger than the “me” talk of ego and other’s fears.

Pick a time and ask yourself “What makes me feel joy”? Can be anything that makes you smile, want to share, be in your natural flow. What is it that you plunge into for hours on end, that thing that is pure “you” that others find just irresistible?

Those are big questions beginning your journey to your real “you”. Be compassionate and kind to yourself on your journey, and you will see how you are already connecting and affecting everything inside and outside of “you”.

I’m sure you have been deeply inspired by others who have spoken their purpose with passion. Think about what connects you with their “you”.

One of my favorite expressions of “you” is the Dalai Lama who expresses who he is with his words “Kindness is my religion.”

Be kind to you and all the other “you”s out there, make a positive difference, connect with and share your real “you”.

I’m Paula Brown, Visual Scribe / Purpose Discovery Guide / Author. I am a visual storyteller and “purpose guide” showing you many possibilities to IGNITE YOUR STORY, YOUR ENERGY, YOUR WELL-BEING for business and life. My site is: www.chilightful.com Connect on: LinkedIn, Twitter. and you can “like” my facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ChiLightful 

July, 2016
THE ART OF YOU!
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YOU are a work of art; your imagination connects you to the expression of the art you have come to accomplish right here and now. Imagine that, you are a pure work of art, a true artist. All of us are artists, we just have different ways of creating, expressing, thinking, feeling and innovating. (…more)

July, 2016
THE ART OF YOU!
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YOU are a work of art; your imagination connects you to the expression of the art you have come to accomplish right here and now. Imagine that, you are a pure work of art, a true artist. All of us are artists, we just have different ways of creating, expressing, thinking, feeling and innovating.

The art of being your “why” is what makes you a true artist. And, yes, that is my “art” in the main visual…my Heart Art expresses its joy by translating “essence” into painting form…I shine by showing what shines in what is all around me (people’s hearts too!).

The authentic gem that is your unique truth (your purpose) is what shines your artistry. You may not be the type of artist that draws, sculpts, paints, sings, writes, dances, or creates music, your art may be that of negotiation, healing, coding, inventing, building community, creating financial wealth, seeing new ways to make life better!

The muse of you.
Many artists claim their success to having inspiration from a special muse. That could be a place, an invisible or visible being, an animal, part of nature, etc. The REAL muse is your true YOU. Yes, you are the one that connects to all around you. You are the one who formulates all your thoughts. You are the one that decides to come or to go. If it is not coming from YOU, then it just isn’t the art of you, the true you.

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Your “art” is based on the things you say a deep down “yes” to. This “art of you” actually defines your unique purpose.  You can hone that art by asking a couple of simple questions when making decisions.
Q: What do I desire to say a big “yes” to (can be physical tasks to values)?…write it down.
Q: What do I desire to say a big “no” to (can be physical tasks to values)?…write these down.

The YES list comes from your strengths, the NO list creates your boundaries and are what others call your weakness’. This is the list your “you muse” will not flow or want to go. There are many folks out there that have strengths in your NO list…partner with them, rather than spend time “fixing” your weakness points. Concentrate on your strengths! Some of these “nos” could also be fears or non growth patterns that need your attention, that keep you “stuck” from doing your “yes” desires…so it is a challenge you may wish to get some outside help with, guidance, coaching in order to break free of a limiting “no”.

Do more of your YES and less of your NO to become the true artist of your purpose.
Artists are very focused…for example, Einstein was an artist of going outside the norm of things to translate and inspire understanding of complex things and process. His artistry or purpose was to look at things differently, to create meaning and explanation to how this world of ours “ticks”. He failed in the educational “structure” which praises NOT going outside the norm. He said YES to be his full “you”, his purpose, what he was here to be…his quote sums it all up each one being unique: “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.”

Albert Einstein

Acting on your “yes” list can make your life and others flow into greater harmony, happiness, success. Since we are all connected to each other, our environment, as we connect with our YES (our purpose!), we help others do the same and indeed make this place a better place to be and live.

Go ahead, show what you know…show the art of YOU!

I’m Paula Brown, Visual Scribe / Purpose Discovery Coach / Author. I am a visual storyteller and “purpose guide” showing you many possibilities to IGNITE YOUR STORY, YOUR ENERGY, YOUR WELL-BEING for business and life. My site is: www.chilightful.com Connect on: LinkedIn, Twitter. and you can “like” my facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ChiLightful