Sunset is still my favourite Colour!!


There is a poem towards the back of The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss called the Slow Dance written by child psychologist David L. Weatherford, it goes like this:

The Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight? Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down, Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short. The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly?

When you ask: How are you? Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in bed

With the next hundred chores running through your head?

You’d better slow down. Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short. The music won’t last.

Ever told your child, We’ll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste, not seen their sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time to call and say, “Hi”?

You’d better slow down. Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short. The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere, You miss half the fun of getting there

When you worry and hurry through your day, It is like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life is not a race. Do take it slower.

Hear the music Before the song is over.

Timothy talks about busyness being one of the major causes of stress and the enemy of the new rich, the four hour week workers whose lives are about living for fulfilling their dreams, dancing through life. So I have chosen some dancing quotes to look at hearing the music before the song is over:

dances1

1. I hear their reply when I ask, How are you because my heart is open from the dance of life.

dances2

2. Don’t let those hundred chores that need to be done in your head forget how much you and your friends would dance to the music and the not music when you were little: Safety Dance.

dances3

3. We have all met that person who makes us break our rules, often more than one on our lifetimes.

dances4

4. Not sure what the difference is, they say perfectionism is its own worst enemy: Let’s Dance.

dances5

5. I like doing it with another soul so all that exists are our two hearts beating as one.

dances6

6. I love this image of the dog leaping in pure ecstasy, who gives a fuck how it looks if it fully expressed: Dancing Fool.

dances7

7. Always remember what had you take up the dance in the first place, the joy and freedom.

dances9

8. Before enlightenment, take one step then another.  After enlightenment and success, take one step and then another: How Far I’ll Go.

dances10

9. To me, dancing is about the expressive bits, not the steps that make it up.

dances11

10. My 90 year old mother said to me she would like me to lose some weight. I am 63 and over 100 kg again, and yes, I am a dancer: Better when I am Dancing.

dances12

11. I just took part in Dancing Freedom’s 21 day dancing challenge. You got sent 10 to 20 minutes music to dance to everyday. The  only space I really have in my flat is the kitchen and the back yard.

dances13

12. I dance on dance floors where speech is not optional, we are there to dance, we are all quiet: Can’t stop this Feeling.

dances14

13. Not the slow dance, these times are special.

dances15

14. Don’t mess with a dancer, we are tough as nails and sweet and kind all in one: Shake It Off.

dances16

15. And this is what the poem is about, the Heart.

Doing the slow dance is like turning off the noise. Surprisingly the world doesn’t end and you end up being liberated in a way few people ever know. During this time follow the koan – If you don’t have attention, you don’t have time.

Namaste until next time my dear friends:

namaste prayer

A Hero’s Guidepost – Stay Open to Mystery!!


Some more brilliant words from Lissa Rankin as I work my way through her excellent book the Anatomy of A Calling: The Website.

Its easy to think we can understand the world and how it works. But then if things happen that we can’t explain, it can lead to discomfort, disorientation and even denial. When something happens that disrupts your story of how the world works, be curious. Don’t worry too much about explaining your experience. The need to know arises from the mind, which can’t begin to fathom what your heart knows is possible. What if “How”and “Why” were not the most important questions, the ones that actually help us live?. When you’re willing to stop being an expert on life, you open yourself to magic. You let life be the teacher and humble yourself as the perpetual student. That’s when the real fun begins.”

So those signs you receive in your life, do you take notice of them or do you know that it just wouldn’t work out. Lets look at some signs sayings, there are some great ones:

signs1

1. The best job I ever had in my career as editor of a national Community Development journal called Community Quarterly would have never happened if I had ignored the poorly handwritten flier – volunteers wanted in St Kilda that day in the library.

signs2

2. This is why The Universe has your Back by Gabby Bernstein is another of my favourite books, great training in listening for the signs, she also does a quote card pack: Manifesto.

signs3

3. A place definitely not to look is in your head, when you feel that energy flowing through your body, follow it to its source.

signs4

4. The cat is about to head off and find Aladdin’s Caves: Follow the Sun.

signs5

5. You don’t only get one on life. My friend Thea writes a daily, 365 days a year book. Don’t hold on when you are meant to let go.

signs6

6. We have all heard the classic joke about the man ignoring God’s messages. It may not always make sense, but we all know when our intuition is speaking to us loud and clear. Stop ignoring it: Intuition.

signs7

7. A life without borders, what level of trust would that take where we could follow each and every sign.

signs8

8. I have a friend who when she travels chooses to go the road less travelled, to follow the crooked roads. She sometimes gets lost, but  her adventures are of legend: True Colours.

signs10

9. This is one sign we do not want in our relationships, practice telling your disempowered and empowered sacred love stories to each other.

signs11

10. Replace tequila with your favourite drink, mines water: Tequila.

signs12

11. I think this signs for me.

signs13

12. I think the message here is to not give the wrong signs and actions out: Hit the Road Jack.

signs14

13. Words do not get results, words with actions that follow do.

signs16

14. And don’t forget to listen to the ones of Self-Love: That’s why You’re beautiful.

signs15

15. And these are probably the most powerful signs we receive. I call it the person you would most like to ravish in your life. Thats my sacred love story about these signs in our life.

What mysteries have happened in your life, those people you thought about who SMS’d you a minute later. That dream you had years ago about the place you are now in and you  know that you have been there before, these are your signs to listen too and follow.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends.

namaste prayer

A Happy Heart makes the face Free!!


Danielle LaPorte says that when you are living from your joy and working for meaningfulness, you are:

A. WAY more healthy and effective

B. SO much more fun to be around (Hello love and magnetism)

C. MUCH more able to make a contribution to the world around you.

You can look at it this way, in epic proportions: The planet needs you to be working from your joy, Humanity depends on you doing what’s meaningful to you. The future of civilization is counting on your fulfilling. No pressure. Here’s the micro perspective: You deserve to be lit up by what you do in the world. it’s your life.

There has been much said about being free and clear in our lives, here’s my selection:

f&c1

1. Pharrell Williams sings of the right to be happy in our lives, here is his suggestion how to achieve that state.

f&c2

2. Which definition of free calls to you: Hello.

f&c3

3. I am designing a workshop called Sacred Love Stories that increases peoples abilities to tell those stories that we think of people  knew about us they would never talk to us again. 

f&c4

4. Ah, The French, they do great quotes and philosophy as well as movies in my humble opinion: Clear Conscience.

f&c6

5. Show the world what lives in your heart, you are worth it!!

f&c5

6. From the great bard Anonymous another beautiful ode to being free and clear: Temporary Life.

f&c7

7. Another favourite depiction of what Danielle is talking about!!

f&c8

8. Loved that film it’s a Beautiful Life: Beautiful Life.

f&c9

9. Do not get caught up in their maze of madness. Live in your own story – Beautiful Words.

f&c10

10. I am excited about Today, Yay: Friday.

f&c11

11. If you make no mistakes, are you officially alive?

f&c12

12. Try a little ….., not why me: Try Me.

f&c13

13. What is calling you, for me it is Love and Respect for All: Everyone Included.

f&c14

14. Uncle Jim gets to the point immediately, how do you get lit up in the world and is it a happening thing at the moment: Riptide.

f&c15

15. Not sure why I chose this one. We are all students and teachers, get out there and fulfill life.

So Danielle finishes with the idea here is to see what lights you up,  so that you can plan to fell-have-do and experience more of that in your  life, Ready, Steady, Go.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends around the world from Melbourne, Australia

namaste prayer

 

You can Play a Shoestring if you’re Sincere!!


I’m reading s great book called The Big Little Book of Resilience by Matthew Johnstone at the moment. Matthew wrote and illustrated it. It is subtitled How to Bounce back from adversity and lead a fulfilling Life. Each page has a little bit of wisdom with a supportive image.

Accepting what we can and cannot change is one of the most important aspects of understanding resilience. it’s learning to work with and grow what’s right in our lives while accepting, but not putting all our energy into , what’s not.

So bringing sincerity into our lives allows us to see what are our rights and what will empower us. Lets have a look at what people have said about rights over the years:

right1

1. Standing up for your rights means that you do not have to offend or please others all the time, It gives you time to consider them.

right2

2. This brave young woman has raised the voices of half the world’s population: Roar.

right3

3. You have the right to…. it’s up to you, whatever you listen to in your mind takes hold.

right4

4. I have difficulty with one of these, guess which one: Same Love.

right5

5. Our voices are given to us for a reason, It’s you time to use it.

right6

6. I say this to you all, you can do it, you rock: I will Survive.

right7

7. As a race, we have a fair way to go with this one.

right8

8. This year, I became a tutor to three Chinese mothers. Before I did this I didn’t realize who little I know about other cultures on the planet and how much my group of friends is from the one culture: Where is The Love.

right9

9. Mainstream media, Whilst in the hospital with my mum I unfortunately had to view it. The word puerile and the meaning of this question come to mind.

right10

10. As it say above, be a voice. This period of time in raising your your children cannot be taken back without some serious therapy bills if you stuff it up: Teach Your Children Well. 

right11

11. How do millions of people turn into killers during the time of war. Often they were neighbors who had lived next to each other peacefully for years and years. The above sentence speaks very loudly.

right12

12. The federal government in my home country, Australia seem to have forgotten this, they are about to implement a national Grade 1 grammar test: Better Place.

right13

13. This haunting image could not let me not include it.

right14

14. I spent many months contemplating this during my dark times. It was not Erin but Ruth and Jann and Hugo who said this to me, not in such dramatic style, but I heard it: Stay.

right15

15. Perhaps best known for the remark in a letter to an Anglican bishop, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men. Donald Trump, or Nelson Mandela who will be remembered in the year 3030?

So I am imploring you to realize that you have rights and you have a voice. It’s our time, Its up to Us, Because we Can.

Namaste, until next time, my dear friends.

namaste prayer

Your Flaws are Perfect!!


“Through Prayer and Meditation I create a ripple effect of peace in the world” – Gabby Bernstein.

I remember what fun it was to skip stones in country dams when I was young. The ripple effect they made was amazing, it gave me and my friends much joy at the time. What actions do you take that create a ripple effect in the world? Remember, whatever action you take makes a ripple effect, so let’s make them great ones. I was surprised by how many different quotes there are on the effect, lets see what they are:

ripple1

1. His Holiness’s ripple effect is possibly the largest in the world. Loved by so many across the planet, when he speaks, billions listen and act.

ripple2

2. We need to realise that the casting of that stone do not just affect you, it causes many ripples in many lives: If You’re out there.

ripple3

3. Whatever version of God you subscribe to, they know you are part of the plan and are waiting for you to cast a stone and create your ripple effect.

ripple4

4. Martial Arts are based on this premise , very similar to the effect caused by your stone skipping across the lake of your life: Kung Fu Fighting.

ripple5

5. And it would be superb if all of our ripples where as beautiful as this image.

ripple6

6. In fact, every action does this. I think we forget sometimes: Actions speak louder than Words.

ripple7

7. Great set of ripples in my opinion.

ripple8

8. From little things big things grow, that’s what the ripples are about: From Little Things.

ripple9

9. What new idea will you drop in the pond of our Universe today?

ripple10

10. Not sure if this is Billy Cox, bassist in the Jimi Hendrix Experience or the motivational speaker with 15 million followers but I like spreading the ripple effect of kindness through the Universe: Lean on Me.

ripple11.jpeg

11. Thats right, a lasting effect.

ripple12

12. And learn how to fly on the way down: Confident.

ripple13

13. Don’t cast it if you aren’t willing to back it up.

ripple14

14. And this answers what we should listen too when we are about to cause the ripples of our life: Try Everything.

ripple15

15. And the final comment by one of the largest ripple makers of this century, Elon Musk, Dream that your ripples to make a difference.

Writing these blogs is one of my stones cast in the water, from the statistics they make ripples all around the world.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends

namaste prayer

 

Change always comes bearing Gifts!!


”  People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives: J. Michael Straczynski

Wayne Dyer said all excuses are misalignment. Words like “difficult,” “risky,” “can’t,” “too weak,” “too dumb” and “too complicated” do not apply to the divine mind. I  urge you to reharmonize with energy that can do anything and everything, for this is your original nature. The title I chose is based on my mentor’s statement that everything is a gift, that we just choose which one to assess as positive versus negative. Yet everything that happens to us gives us an opportunity to look at our dreams and how it affects them and what are we meant to learn from it on the path to them.

So why does society love making excuses, what does it say about this maligned practice that  holds us back, let’s take a journey:

excuse1

1. My friend Emeli runs workshops to get people to discover their Why in life, she says that until you have discovered this that your what you do will never truly satisfy you.

excuses2

2. Which side of the coin do you live by?: Come and get It.

excuse3

3. Choose the coloured path, It’s where your dreams live.

excuse4

4. Get that crayon out and cross those excuses off your list of thoughts for the day, let’s go: I’ve got no Excuses.

excuse5

5. A prime example of when there is a cost when excuses take over from the original intent.

excuse6

6. Actions deliver,  words do not. They quickly become excuses and lies if the actions do not match them: Bring me to Life.

excuse7

7. It’s time to stop saying I would if…….

excuse8

8. Miraculously every person has the same 24 hours in a day, what you get done totally goes down to what matters to you and how hard you are willing to fight for it: No Matter What.

excuse9

9. Another way of saying it is, Fake it until you make It.

excuse10

10. Dreams have a beginning , a journey , and a completion. We should not assume that it is going to be a smooth journey the whole way: Ain’t no mountain high Enough.

excuse11

11. They are called your dreams, that’s why they live in your heart.

excuse12

12. Remove these excuses from your vocabulary and your dreams will have a chance: Get Up, Stand Up.

excuse13

13. The world’s greatest philosopher, Unknown reminds us to return to the source when the doubts creep in.

excuse14

14. The longer you keep saying it and not delivering with your actions, the greater the chance of this happening becomes: Little Lies.

excuse15

15. Earl Nightingale  was an American radio speaker and author, dealing mostly with the subjects of human character development, motivation, excellence and meaningful existence. Nightingale was the author of The Strangest Secret, which economist Terry Savage has termed “…one of the great motivational books of all time“.

So how will you pass your time, going for your dreams, or listening to the reasons why not? It’s your choice in the end.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends.

namaste prayer

Opportunity beckons in a five star Location.


I forgot to bring a book today to take my subject from. No Gabby Bernstein, No Danielle LaPorte, no Marc and Angel Chernoff. What to do, I know, read the local paper, the Preston Leader. And there it was on the back page in the real estate section, the perfect subject, opportunity, not as the ad for the investment property suggested but where we hold opportunity to be in our lives.

Our self development company, Collective Potential used to work out of a co-working space that had a mural of a bird leaping off a cliff with the words, jump, and learn how to fly on the way down. It always stuck in my heart as to what opportunity offered oneself. So lets jump off that cliff and have a look at what people have said about it over time:

oppt1

Marie Forleo, creator of the B-School operates her multi million dollar business from her laptop mainly. Taking that opportunity has transformed thousands of peoples lives. What simple thing could transform your life?

oppt2

2. Only one song can go here: Morning has Broken.

oppt3

3. This is your opportunity in life, blow them away!!

oppt4

4. When is stops working for you, breathe in and start all over again, remembering what that mistake taught you: Begin Again.

oppt5

5. Yes is the correct answer, then learn the rest as you go on an amazing journey.

oppt6

6. I was gifted one of the great questions by a Landmark Education Forum leader. When I used to say I don’t know, he would say, then who should I ask. This gave me the opportunity to face that which I was unwilling by saying I don’t know: All to Well.

oppt7

7. But what if?, I know I can’t do that, It’s all too hard, It won’t work out, add your favourites.

oppt8

8. Pivot to the left, pivot to the right: learn what you need to and get on with it: There’s nothing holding me back.

oppt9

9. Carpe Diem, that’s all.

oppt10

10. To me this is showing gratitude to what you have in life. I write what I am grateful each day in my Desire map planner. it amazes me what materialises because of this: Endless Possibilities.

oppt11

11. The author of one of the most read books in the world, The Fountainhead. Ayn Rand points to how much easier it is to climb if you take the opportunities offered to you.

oppt12

 

12. That looks like hard work, not for me. Bang, there goes another of the opportunities offered to you by the universe. Life is not always meant to be easy: Work.

oppt14

 

13. Helen Keller proved to the world that deaf people could all learn to communicate and that they could survive in the hearing world. She also taught that deaf people are capable of doing things that hearing people can do. One of the most famous deaf people in history, she is an idol to many deaf people in the world.

oppt15

14. Holding that parts of your life are separate from other parts is silly, you are always there whatever you call the day: Dreadlock Holiday.

oppt16

15. I dance on the conscious dance floors of 5RHythms, Dancing Freedom and Mojo Dance. Where do you seize the opportunities in your life?

So the opportunity I would like ot take as I sign off is that I would love Oprah to read this and fall in love with my blogs.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends.

namastebutterfly