In the end, my work on learning to engage ourselves creatively and mindfully is focused on teaching people what I have learned about happiness. For years I would wonder why people didn’t just "do it," why they didn’t avail themselves of the opportunities around them and the talents they clearly possessed. My work has led me to conclude that the loneliness, boredom, and feelings of inadequacy people experience are usually the results of a lack of connection with themselves …
[but, here's where it gets good because Ellen explains what I've always known and struggled to articulate -- self connection is not self-centered "Aha!"]
Unhappiness and self-centeredness go hand in hand. Ironically, a self that is absorbed in itself may be a self that is cut off from itself. When we stop experiencing ourselves, we end up treating ourselves as objects of evaluation. And, inevitably, that is a negative experience. To truly be mindful, it would behoove us to engage or experience something outside or other than ourselves.
And that is the essence of personal renaissance, to learn to act and engage with ourselves mindfully, creatively, actively and happily.
read it again (and again) until you get it.
When it clicked for me, I knew, instantly and completely that renaissance is my word.
there are three reasons:
Absolutely love the definition and what it means for me right now:
renaissance: the reemergence or rebirth of culture, skills, or learning forgotten or previously ignored (hmm …)
I can use my word to create a list of other words that will inspire and direct my choices and actions this year
I "I" statements
I’ve always wanted to be able to spell renaissance without looking it up. I’m thinking this year-long focus may do it for me.
know this, that authentic, mindful connection with yourself and the
creative expression that flows from it, is ultimately the most
unselfish thing you can do.
quote me and come back tomorrow for more.