Friday, July 28, 2017

A Calm and Orderly Pattern

Even in the wildest creativity, there is a pattern.

Certain repetitions appear, certain augmentations and diminutions.

Creative contrasts highlight consistencies and inconsistencies.

And so the pattern evolves.

I love to feel the excitement overlaying the underlying calm of creativity.

It is a direct “feed” for me, and I write or draw, or compose as fast as I can write things down, but with the certainty of the underlying calm and order of it all.

The certainty is new because I have gotten used to the phenomenon of ideas pouring forth all day and night any time I want to tune in.

I have a consistent practice of listening for ideas from within which has been developed over several years.

I didn’t know how it worked at the beginning, of course.

But now, I understand that the creative ideas are always there for whoever wants to tune into them.

They take shape in individual lives according to that person’s life focus.

Once you accept the presence of ideas and learn how to employ your intuition by listening, the flow of ideas becomes a natural and orderly event.

You can let your entire life be shaped by this orderly flow of creativity and let it employ you in the most satisfying ways.

I know I am glad to have learned how.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Love Yourself to Do What You Love

The ideas you love will keep coming to you.

When you are moved to create them, you are giving yourself recognition.

You are trusting the presence of the creative ideas in your life and in your mind.

How can you manifest them?

Simply by listening and nurturing them, as as you feel it, taking the first tiny step.

We are filled with the noise of many ideas which are pushed on us and everyone else.

But there are ideas of our own, and they are wonderful.

To be validated, love these ideas, the ones that come to you.

Let them grow in your heart and soul and mind.

And, as you enjoy them, you may want to share them.

You will feel the guidance for every step, tiny ones at first usually.

Develop your consistency and strength by following them up.

Take a step, and then listen.

Love what you are doing with each step.

Wait until you feel the gentle, persistent presence, and then take the next step.

This way, the idea that you love will grow and gain strength.

When it is complete and strong enough, you will be able to share it and show what you love so much.

It will be a process of love and recognition and appreciation all the way.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Friday, July 21, 2017

Access for Anyone

When you take a deep breath to establish peace within you, you take the first step for listening within.

Each calming breath leads you closer to the access point of peace.

We all breathe and we all have access.

Our desire to reconcile our feelings within with how we live without is a wonderful thing.

It is the direction we are meant to go.

It creates peace in our lives.

We may convince ourselves for a while that it is OK to go in a particular direction, but eventually we will acknowledge the little feeling that keeps nudging us in a different direction.

This brings another element of peace into our lives.

It is wonderful to be a part of good things.

It is also vital to take the time to listen within and to hear the special and unique direction that is there for us.

Building in the time to listen and to build peace within is vital.

It creates access to peace in a new way.

There is always peace for us, and when we listen within we can feel it.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Getting Things Done

There is such peace in actually getting things done.

I am learning not to fret, but to get things done when I can.

Sometimes I start moving the things I need into place.

Later, I start the process with one tiny step.

In a more or less timely manner, the thing gets done.

It is getting easier with this method of not fretting.

I am connecting the threads a new way.

I feel much more peaceful and supported as I take the time I need.

I am asking for and getting the help I need all along the way.

My beginning steps are laying the foundation for the things I have always wanted to do.

My patience and compassion for myself are allowing me to proceed with a new feeling of appreciation and empowerment.

It is a good way to get things done.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Friday, July 14, 2017

Patience With My Fears

Growing up in a perfectionist household, I was scared to make a mistake.

I learned to be very careful about doing or expressing anything on my own.

As an adult, I am learning that my version of life is OK.

I am taking many tiny steps doing the things that are important to me.

One of the ways that I accomplish this is to set up portions of projects way in advance.

Each tiny step contributes to the moment when I can carry out the project.

At first, I was frustrated and impatient with myself for having to operate this way.

I began telling myself that it was entirely reasonable, considering what I had had to face, to operate in a careful, piecemeal kind of way.

The more compassion I give myself, the more I heal and am able to carry out the things I want to do.

An example is baking banana bread.

First, I made sure which recipe I wanted to use.

I chose the one from “Feed Me, I’m Yours”, the 1977 edition.  I love the picture of the baby before and after feeding.

The I collected the dry ingredients.  Then, a few days later, I measured them and put them in the mixing bowl.

Later, I collected the wet ingredients.  Then measured and mixed them.

I lined the loaf pan and oiled it, poured the batter in, and baked it.

It has turned out absolutely perfect!

In addition to loving eating it hot with butter, I am so relieved that I didn’t beat myself up about my need to do things in tiny steps.

That took so much pressure off me.

It is OK for me to heal in the way that makes sense to me, and for now, tiny steps with patience and compassion are the answer.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Release the Lies

What you know to be true about yourself is that you are good, intelligent, have a sense of humor, and that you enjoy certain things.

It is possible that you were told lies about yourself when you were little or while on the job.

You can tell the difference.

You know what is true about yourself and what is false.

The quickest way to improve your life is to not feel outrage, but forgive the misunderstanding and to move on.

Usually, I react and then have to go through the steps to release myself from a harmful emotional state and to reinstate my peace of mind.

Quick release of a lie does not give it any weight in your thought or emotions.

Instead, you have a sense of fulfilling peace and calm and appreciation for who you really are.

This is the best approach.

Otherwise, the steps to release are the next most valuable.

Utilize your power of evaluation to recognize who you are.

Recognize that the person telling you a lie is not acting in their best interest, and simply note that fact without judging the person.

Do not respond to the lie.

Respond by being true to yourself and how you best express yourself.

You may say something impersonal like, “Thank you for telling me.”

That acknowledges that you heard the person, but does not accept the validity of the statement.

Then go about your business.

There is nothing for rage and anger to latch onto in a calm mind and demeanor.

You know that you are good and true.

Release the lie and continue being who you are.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Peace of Realignment

Realigning personal and individual priorities can give a deep sense of peace.

Where it was important at one time to take care of other things first, there is great peace in being able to devote oneself to one’s own deepest priorities.

At first, there may be a sense of guilt that one’s own priorities keep arising.

But, when you realize that is why you are here, that this life, or this design, or the solution to a particular problem, is your purpose, then you can proceed freely.

No demands can be placed on you without your permission.

How you meet those demands is also your choice.

You may meet them with a sense of responsibility, creativity, or love, or a combination.

All of those approaches help you to grow.

When you are free to deal with your own priorities, you can utilize all of that growth and development.

All your energies can be devoted to one thing.

You are no longer divided, apportioning some of your energy and attention to other things, and a little bit to your priority.

All your efforts and attention, your responsibility, creativity and love can go in one direction.

Having settled all the other issues, this creates great peace in your life.

Take the time to resolve and correct what you can.

Then move peacefully, confidently and devotedly into living your priorities.

© Kathryn Hardage

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Regaining My Balance

Despite being thrown off balance for most of my life, I am regaining the poise and prosperity that were originally intended for me.

It was necessary to gain control over factors which were beyond my control at the time.

Gaining resources, awareness, techniques, and wisdom allows my progress to continue.

This new feeling of balance is a curious, but welcome, one.

With it, I can take orderly, though tentative, steps as I establish connections of my own for the first time.

Practicing my priorities, carrying out my desires, is like taking my first steps learning to walk.

It is that new, and that precious.

I am allowing myself to direct my own course and to regain what was lost to me.

I am establishing the balance in my life by becoming what I was meant to be.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Creating a Culture of Peace

Surrounding myself with peace is the most important step I have ever taken.

I establish my peace every morning before I do anything else.

I think my way through meditations.

I make sure I am  creating a relaxing start to my day.

As soon as I can, I begin my spiritual study.

I make sure that I share the results of that study through inspirational posts before I read any of the day’s news.

This creates a culture of peace for myself.

I refer back to it and add more inspiration to share throughout the day.

I want to make sure that what I respond to is not the fear generated by the media, but the peace I am creating for myself.

Every time we share inspiration with others by reading it or thinking about it, we expand the influence of peace in our communities.

Since peace is the natural tendency of mankind, to live in beauty and to share abundance, it is a powerful antidote to the dissatisfaction and fear and suspicion we are confronted with, all lies, through the media.

What we love is getting along with everyone.

What we love is a calm and delightful afternoon among friends.

Creating a culture of peace lets us expand our friendship to include more diverse peoples and to create more calm and delightful experiences for all members of our communities.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Calm and Certain Steps

Sometimes, I get such fun and interesting ideas, I want to do them all at once.

I know that if I jump out and try to start them all, I will get exhausted and get nowhere.

Now, when I want to do something, I listen for the deep peace.

When I release all the distractions and feel the deep peace within me, I am ready.

I will feel the quiet, the calm, and the peace.

Then I know what to do.

It simply comes to me.

I do not hurry.

I take my steps calmly, and gently with a deep sense of peace all the way.

When I lose that sense momentarily, I stop and take the time to regain it.

Then I move securely once again.

I am grateful for the opportunity to learn how this works and to be able to move serenely toward my goals.

Even though they are the same goals I have in my excitement, I do not collect and then have to release a lot of the emotional debris.

I can move with poise as I listen for the joy of the ideas that come to me, and then I can take the steps to accomplish them serenely and with joy.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage