O, YES, YOU CAN

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Coleen's Blog | 1 comment

As usual, I am reading a few books at the same time – and a particular  theme is speaking to me – O, Yes, You Can!  The Bhagavad Gita contains a richness beyond imagining … “Better is one’s own dharma though imperfectly carried out than the dharma of another carried out perfectly.”  This resonates deeply with me. As  an almost, reformed perfectionist  I am embodying a larger version of myself… to advance fully into life, not retreating… to expand, without attachment  to the outcome.

Specifically, I have decided  to  engage more deeply in my commitment through delivering creativity workshops and showing my art work on-line and in public spaces. My dharma is to light the flame of creativity in others. We are all inherently creative.  How we live through the many moments of each day, presents us with numerous opportunities to be creative… how we make the bed, embrace our loved ones, prepare a meal, practice our yoga, engage with our work.

A few folks have recently said to me, “Well I am not an artist, this is not something I could do” {referring to attending a Yoga & Art workshop using simple collage} What might really be going on behind that statement? {and I am only surmising} Could it be fear? Fear of unfamiliar territory? Fear of leaning too close the edge of your comfort zone? The answer is different for everyone.

I invite to stay open, to be curious  when an unfamiliar opportunity presents itself  – no matter what it is. Your ability to stay open to possibilities with “beginners mind” may just surprise and delight you. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna, says to Arjuna {and I am paraphrasing} “do not allow yourself to be ruled by fear”.

I invite you to risk embodying a larger version of yourself in 2013. What is one thing your soul is longing to do? … so you can say to yourself O, yes I can! & O Yes I did!

Currently in the reading pile… Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life by James Hollis, The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope, Taking the Leap by Pema Chödrön and The Soul of Rumi by Coleman Barks.

One Comment

  1. I love this image! January is a wonderful time for re-envisioning and I’ve been enjoying the quiet winter days and dreaming a little bit more every day about what could be. “O yes I can” is a perfect mantra for this time of year and inspires me to think about what I am not allowing into my life right now.

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