Archive for April, 2007

NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Once a month on Monday nites I get together with a group of men and we reflect on our lifes and life in general. This Mon nite we changed the routine. We had a drumming circle…I was able to get out of my head..to feel… to let go. It reminded me of the freedom that music and rhythm has to get you into the moment.

Whenever I play music I feel that freedom to express myself nonverbally… The challenge is to trust your intuition as much as your analytical mind….Most people don’t do this in Western culture…they’re trying to figure it out in their head…but in some cultures intuitions are trusted and seen as more real than conclusions based on analytical thinking. We can learn a great deal from incorporating this way into our own life.

What are five things you can do in the next week to honor this feeling. Let me make a suggestion? Spend some time in nature….start the day with 15-20 minutes of quiet time …visualize what your highlite of the day is going to be…..do something creative…..spend some time with uplifting people…..You can add to the list. If you have time in the Leadership Development section on my site there is an article entitled…Start your Day on Your Terms that talks about the importance of starting the day with intention.

Journey On

Mark

JOURNEY ON is a blog dedicated to personal and professional development. Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. His articles reflect this journey in an inspirational and motivational way. http://www.inspirepossibility.com

WHAT IS A LIE

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Every once in a while there is a movie that you see and it’s got you thinking and talking about it. Last night I had the privilege of watching one of those rare films,a German film, Good By Lenin. Right around the time of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the idealistic mother of a small family has a heart attack and is in a coma for 8 months. When she wakes up things are different… The Berlin Wall is down and East Germany is westernized.

When she comes home her family concerned that any excitement will be detrimental to her health, turns back the clock and pretends as if things are the way they were prior to the tearing down of the wall. Her son enrolls several people in this fabrication which had me cracking up.

But the moral question that it left me with is when is it ok to lie? And when do you say enough already? I loved the film but for a while got caught up in their drama and their fabrication. Here are a few things to think about. In the name of family love… Do you ever lie? How do you justify it? How do you get out of it? When was the last time you said or didn’t say what most people might call a lie? What about exaggeration? Is that lying? See the film if you get a chance.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

JOURNEY ON is a blog dedicated to personal and professional development. Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. His articles reflect this journey in an inspirational and motivational way. http://www.inspirepossibility.com

BUREAUCRAT DAY

Friday, April 27th, 2007

It was one of those days….I needed to get a copy of my birth certificate….so I made the trek to the city…got there early and had to wait in line ….not too long. I asked the guy in front of me if I could look at his paper ane he said no. That hasn’t happened for a long time. And then he continued to almost secretly read it….

I got it within a half hour and now I needed to go to DMV to get a new license plate. Again I didn’t have to wait too long….by 9:45 I was done and time to reward myself. Breakfast at the Half Day,my favorite place…..Now I’m home .. checked my email….and catching up on my writing. Later on I plan to take a bike ride up on the mountain. No coaching today….taking a break. I’m into this writing thing…..

I’m listening to a compilation of Instrumental Inspirations and I can feel a rhythm to my thinking and my typing. I can feel my body moving to the chord changes and the rhythm. The melodies have a way of taking over my spirit. Yea! As I allow the music to envelop me I have access to a whole new range of sensations and feelings. That’s what music does at times is help us tune into forgotten aspects of our being. This CD is all new and so far I like all of it. That’s about it for now.

Journey On

Mark

JOURNEY ON is a blog dedicated to personal and professional development. Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. His articles reflect this journey in an inspirational and motivational way. http://www.inspirepossibility.com

STILLNESS

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

I feel inspired by all the beauty surrounding me….but the challenge is to balance the beauty and the grace with the rest of my life which includes making a living….raising a family…..and the day to day responsibilities of being a concerned human being.

At times this challenge seems daunting. As far as I can remember there has always been something to be concerned about and to worry about if I focus on it. The antidote is to develop the ability to be in the moment . I have said numerous times that there’s a direct correlation with how you start your day and the quality of your life. See my article Start Your Day on YOur Terms. When we start our day with focus and take time for silence we develop our ability to become silent during the day and to experience a stillness which is the experience of the now.

In the morning as we start to develop our experience of the now our whole day will be positively effected. Tomorrow take some time for you and your experience of silence. The world and all its concerns and problems can wait for you be be a more focused and present you…..these problems have existed long before you became aware of them and will be there in some form long afterwards.but at least for this time in the morning you can be free of these concerns.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

JOURNEY ON is a blog dedicated to personal and professional development. Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. His articles reflect this journey in an inspirational and motivational way. http://www.inspirepossibility.com

HULA EMBODIED

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

HULA EMBODIED: So much of our life is controlled by appointment books and calendars. There are very few people I know who do not have a few watches. How many watches or clocks do you own?

Last night I went to a Hula Concert and left with an expanded sense of what Hula is. I used to think that hula was just an exotic dance, but realize that it is an embodiment and essence of a culture that is totally in touch with the environment that it is part of including the ocean, the flowers, the fish and even the patterns in the weather including the ocean breeze. Hula embodies all of nature in its everchanging environment and the dance reflects this life energy.

But it’s much more than a dance and the chants that you hear are also an embodiment of this energy. I experienced a rhythm and soulfulness that was hypnotic along with a deep feeling of love and beauty. When I left my heart was open and I longed for that aloha spirit. When we slow down and take time to enjoy nature, our soul is nourished and our spirit rejuvenated. When the weather changes embrace the change and notice what is different for you. See the beauty in the changes. Notice the blossoms and the buds become fruit. Enjoy and embody nature and her changes.

Journey On

Mark

JOURNEY ON is a blog dedicated to personal and professional development. Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. His articles reflect this journey in an inspirational and motivational way. http://www.inspirepossibility.com

IT’S ABOUT SUPPORT

Friday, April 20th, 2007

I’ve been talking about love lately. My very first poem was about love and relationships. I didn’t know if it was any good because it was my first one. I was afraid to share it with anyone. One day I showed it to a friend and she showed it to her 16 year old daughter who was half my age and she totaly related to it. But I still hadn’t receive strokes from an adult.

After a while I started sharing it when I met someone who was confused about their relationship and my confidence started to build. Now I have shared it at many poetry readings and with hundreds of different people throughout the years. I also used it as an inspiration for February’s Letters on Life, Come from Love, publication.

I have received much positive feedback throughout the years for this poem and many people have wanted a copy… and just think if my friend’s daughter didn’t give me such positive feedback I might not have shared it with anybody and just stored it away…might have even thrown it away. So we never know when we have a positive influence on someone and in what ways we can be supported.

Journey On

Mark

JOURNEY ON is a blog dedicated to personal and professional development. Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. His articles reflect this journey in an inspirational and motivational way. http://www.inspirepossibility.com

MORE ABOUT LOVE

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

You meet someone ….you can’t get them out of your mind….you want to be with them… And then sometime later..perhaps a month or 3 months or a year you don’t feel the same way. Was it love or infatuation or something else you might want to call it. Is there a period of time that must go by before you call it love?

There is no doubt it was a real moving experience. Did you tell them you loved them? If so, why, and if not, why not. I’ve often wondered when do you tell someone you love them. What if you are feeling extremely happy and loving and are able to see the light in another human being? Is that love? Do you say I love you?

In yoga when you connect with the deepest part of another being you say “namaste.” I love you is not part of my everyday vocabularly and whenever I say it I almost have to think about saying it… and I have a family… yet I say it. Aren’t the words I love you, magic words…and those magic words can make life more magical. Those words have a power unlike other words in your vocabulary.

I also find that saying I love to be in nature is very natural. It might be that there is a particular hobby you love to do. For the next week or so notice how many times you say or write the word love. Do you sign a letter.. Love… Notice what you’re thinking and feeling when you do say or write it.

Journey On

Mark

JOURNEY ON is a blog dedicated to personal and professional development. Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. His articles reflect this journey in an inspirational and motivational way. http://www.inspirepossibility.com

WHAT IS LOVE

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

The other night I spent the evening with three close friends. We agreed beforehand that the topic of our evening would be love. Love has been written about more often than most subjects and certainly is a hot topic of conversation. The next series of blogs were inspired by that evening and will be an exploration of how love shows up in our lives.

What are the different types of love, where is it in our lives? So here it goes. The love you have for your partner is certainly different than the type of love you have for your children. I was thinking about how the love I have for my children stretches me…..If I want to stay connected to them, I have to change and since they change so rapidly I change much quicker than I would have without them. I am definitely more flexible.

They stretch my limits more than any other relationship I have been involved in. I have learned about unconditional love. There is no divorce…I can’t think about leaving the relationship. Your love for your children makes you so vulnerable at times you can’t stand it and yet I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

As I said this is going to be a series and more will be written next time. After all, aren’t relationships are favorite subject?

Journey On

Mark

JOURNEY ON is a blog dedicated to personal and professional development. Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. His articles reflect this journey in an inspirational and motivational way. http://www.inspirepossibility.com

YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS A GIFT

Friday, April 13th, 2007

New music …new ideas. What to talk about. Do you ever get the feeling that you should be saying something significant but you can’t think of anything that seems profound. You feel that whatever you say has been said a hundred times…it’s trivial… So you keep your thought to yourself…your secret…You don’t communicate that beautiful thought that is buried deep in chatter and never give it an opportunity to come to the surface. And so it goes. After a while you find that you seem isolated. You feel like you don’t have any good friends. And with the friends you do have you are questioning the value of the friendship.

You can easily change this. It’s easier than you think. Out of your willingness to communicate, the fog lifts and that pearl of wisdom floats from the source of pure thought to your conscious mind and has expression communicated in some form….You make your contribution to the world in this way. Your being present has significance and is a gift. Thanks for contributing..you being you. There are more people waiting for you than you realize.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

JOURNEY ON is a blog dedicated to personal and professional development. Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. His articles reflect this journey in an inspirational and motivational way. http://www.inspirepossibility.com

BREAKING THE PATTERN

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

When I awoke this morning, I noticed our power was out. I started thinking about the phone calls I had to make, email that had to be checked. How dependent I’ve become. I found an old phone that didn’t need power and found a candle. Then I went downstairs and did some yoga and felt in a centered place. By the time I was done with my practice, the power came back on….but it’s still raining pretty good. Unusual for this time of year.

We are such creatures of habit. A few times a year I like to break my patterns so I cleanse using Stanley Burroughs master cleanse. I alway after a few days feel fabulous. I just ended it yesterday and am easing back to my normal diet.

What can you do to break your normal habits and patterns? Try something new in the morning. Perhaps brushing your teeth with your other hand. Don’t listen to the news or read the paper for the day. Don’t turn on your computer. Try taking a different route to work…letting the phone ring and not answering it…doing something special for someone..using different words and seeing how it feels…make this day dedicated to breaking your pattern. How about this one? Do not use the phone for the entire day.

JOURNEY ON

MARK

JOURNEY ON is a blog dedicated to personal and professional development. Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach, inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He also publishes, Letters on Life, an inspirational ezine. His articles reflect this journey in an inspirational and motivational way. http://www.inspirepossibility.com


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