Posts Tagged ‘Spirit


Find the Real World ~ Rumi

Find the real world, give it endlessly away
Grow rich, fling gold to all who ask
Live at the empty heart of Paradox
I’ll dance there with you, cheek to cheek
Your Dawn in me I’m drunk, stammering
A thousand thousand words go dark
Lightnings are dark to us to this:
Identity’s boundless worlds-wide blaze.

– Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
(Translated by Andrew Harvey from
A Year of Rumi)

The pic is a photograph of a sculpture by Bexar Oliver made out of recycled electronic parts.  My husband and I have commissioned Bexar to do a small sculpture for us — we choose what old electronics to give him and he creates an integrated piece  – cool!

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Encouraging Shoulds


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Take a moment and think about two people you are infatuated with –people you adore and who you also consider to be champions of your highest desires. These are people who wish you well AND don’t let you off the hook when you are being a ninny. These are NOT the people you call when you know what you want to hear. You may enjoy the people who tell you exactly what you want to hear, but you are not infatuated with them –I promise you. You may not even know your champions personally, but when you think about them, or read something about them, “truth” resonates.

My current champions are my Yoga Teacher, Guruatma Khalsa, and Yogi Bhajan. Guruatma, received direct instruction in the Science of Kundalini Yoga from Yogi Bhajan, the modern proponent of this ancient technology.  This yoga gives me what I want by allowing me to feel like I am improving myself physically. The teachings behind the practice frequently shock me with brutal honesty. I can count on Guruatma to deliver the science in a way that supports what I want, while at the same time keeping me on track with what I “should” be doing. This makes her pricelessly infatuating.

Now, consider your two favorite customers (past, current, or future).  Is there something you are offering or could offer that inspires infatuation? You might consider helping customers with their “should’s”?  Several months ago, Made to Stick authors Dan & Chip Heath wrote an interesting article on the subject for Fast Company. Reading it might give you the inspiration for a product or service that links wants (a fix) and shoulds (fulfillment) for your customers: Sell Handcuffs – Why Customers Will Pay You to Restrain Them.

Several years ago I worked with an HR Director that I adored.  I supported her in what she wanted –getting on Forbes Best-Companies-to-Work-for-List (2 years in a row). Her “want” was in the recognition –her company was absolutely a fabulous place to work. The “should” came from me –the company should have some metrics to demonstrate the bottom-line effectiveness of being a great place to work. At the time, an HR Director implementing metrics was not the norm, but we both knew it was a worthwhile endeavor and an edge. It was my job to support not only her need, but the metric design “should” prior to submitting the Best Company Application.

Might the future of business lie in encouraging “shoulds,” things customers know are good for them, rather than indulging “wants,” things craved in the moment? It’s a compelling idea.

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We Are the Sun ~ Rumi

We are a warm spell that comes in a relentless winter.

We are the sun with all the different kinds of light.  We are wind.

Doves, when they all coo, where, are looking for us.

Nightingales and parrots change their perches hoping to be nearer to us.

Word of us reached the fish. They swerved and leapt.

Waves from that stirring keep coming in.

The soul has been given its own ears to hear things mind does not understand.

We have come out of slavery with bales of sugarcane.

The sweetness of how we talk together is what we crush and bring the world.

Soulness ~ Courtesy Bexar Olivier

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Unfold Your Own Myth ~ Rumi

An oyster opens his mouth to swallow one drop.
Now there’s a pearl.

A vagrant wanders empty ruins
Suddenly he’s wealthy.

But don’t be satisfied with stories,
how things have gone with others.

Unfold your own myth,
without complicated explanation,
so everyone will understand the passage,
We have opened you.

Why Rumi? Myth: Business is a Dirty Word


Seemingly Balanced – Work & Life


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Old school, hard-core balance is about finding an optimal-point between two opposite forces; balancing the scale. Remember the term “work/life balance”? First of all it is, of course, bizarre that work and life would be considered opposing forces. Second, it is fundamentally unbalanced to consider work as one side of a scale, while the other side is LIFE where everything that is not work fits – exercise and family and friends and romance and spirituality and all the other ands. Logically, you would have to take stuff off the life side of the scale to have it “balance.” That sucks and is simply frustrating. We are becoming more and more aware that what we are really “working” towards is a seamless life with absolutely no seemingly opposing forces.

My husband sent me this excerpt from Sacred Hoop Magazine that describes Q’ero Inca Shaman principles of, what I would call, seamlessness…I like it because it initiates with the importance of action. Also, the term “balance” is used in relation to inner and outer work only…  “The way of action is called llank’ay in Quechua (pronounced ‘yan-kay’). The literal translation means ‘to work.’ The spirit of llank’ay, however, goes beyond physical labour and includes mental and creative work, as well as performing ceremonies and healing. Ceremonial life imbues work with meaning and, to the Q’ero, balancing outer activity with inner work is the key to survival.  Ceremonial work is not isolated from physical work. The planted field is holy ground just like the mountains. Love and beauty, munay, make daily life pleasing and soften the hard edges of difficulty; but without initiating right action, llank’ay, nothing gets done and things stagnate.  Action for its own sake can lead to conflict, however. The best outcome of actions proceeds from knowledge, yachay. Munay becomes impersonal love that embraces all things.  Yachay becomes the superior consciousness one arrives at through the proper cultivation of love and work, and llank’ay becomes right livelihood.  A way of living that is ecologically sound, promotes the welfare of others, and encourages service performed in the spirit of lovingkindness, is central to the higher form of llank’ay.”

This is a truly seamless life.

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Ocean Light ~ Rumi

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The moon at dawn stooped like a hawk
and took me and flew across the sky

Traveling inside that light, so close,
my body turned to spirit.

I saw nothing but light.
The secret of revelation came clear
with my ship submerged in that.

As it moved, consciousness rose into being,
and the voice of consciousness made every foam fleck a new bodying.

Matter receives a signal
from the sea it floats in.

But without the sun,
without the majesty of Shams,
no one would see the moon
or ever dissolve in ocean light.

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Courageous Dreaming


We are what we think.
Everything we are arises from our thoughts.
With our thinking we create the world.


If the world is what we think it is, then we all have the power to dream our world into being.  As Alberto Vill0ldo writes in his book Courageous Dreaming – How Shaman’s Dream the World into Being, “…when…you awaken to your power to dream, you begin to flex the muscles of your courage. Then you can dream bravely: letting go of your limiting beliefs and pushing past your fears. You can begin to create truly original dreams that germinate in your soul and bear fruit in your life.”   OK great..this is very inspiring and spiritual AND as Raain Wilson says, “I am sick of spirituality being airy-fairy, hippy-dippy, and precious.”  I personally like some of the airy-fairy, hippy-dip stuff…but my job is to take spiritual principles and express them in the linear form of business.

In business there are usually some goals and some type of plan.  It may all be in your head, or you may have an elaborate plan with detailed goals on special software on your business computer, but there is an end-point, a vision of the future..a DREAM you are bringing into being.  Ready? Now, assume that your initial plan is NOT your Courageous Dream (CD)…..this is the seed of your CD, but not your CD.  Your CD germinates in your soul when you get into action and get slammed a few times, when you review your motives, when you have exposed every (OK probably not every) excruciating limiting belief and fear that you have. The key is to adjust your plan as you go….flow with the go…it will be ready to bear fruit much quicker that way.  How precious.

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