Sunday, October 26, 2008

Welcoming Challenges

Welcoming Challenges

If you want to transform your karma to a more desirable experience, look for the seed of opportunity within every adversity, and tie that seed of opportunity to your dharma or purpose in life. This will enable you to convert the adversity into a benefit, and transform the karma into a new expression.

Begin by asking yourself, "What message is the universe giving me? What can I learn from this experience, and how can I make it useful to my fellow human beings? Deepak Chopra The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

Which Level of Change are you Operating From?

7 Levels of Change from Rolf Smith’s The 7 Levels of Change

Level 1: Do the Right Things
• Set priorities
• Focus
• Do what’s important first
• Become more effective

Level 2: Do Things right
• Follow procedures
• Understand standards
• Clean up your mess
• Become more efficient

Level 3: Do Things Better
• Think about what you’re doing
• Find ways to improve things
• Listen to suggestions
• Help, coach, and mentor others

Level 4: Do Away With Things
• Ask “Why?”
• Use the 80:20 rule – Simplify
• Stop doing what doesn’t count
• Refocus continuously

Level 5: Do Things Other People Are Doing
• Notice and observe more
• Read about best practices
• Think before you think
• Copy!

Level 6: Do Things That Haven’t Been Done
• Think about Thinking
• Ask “Why not?”
• Combine new technologies
• Focus on different, not similar

Level 7: Do Things that Can’t be Done
• Question assumptions
• Defocus: Get a little crazy
• Break the rules!
• What’s impossible today, but …?
• Wouldn’t it be amazing if…”
• Where will it take pure magic?


We exist within and are comprised of dynamical systems which are guided by ancient, innate, and collective wisdom that is expressed through self organization. Our job, to allow what WANTS to happen to be expressed through gentle action.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Transitions and Transition Management

Worksheet on Transitions

Three stages of Transitions.

Stage 1 – An ending.
Stage 2 – The neutral zone.
Stage 3 – A new beginning.

Elements of Endings:
disengagement – external
dismantling – either external or internal
disidentification – internal
disenchantment – internal
disorientation - internal

Questions to ask
• What is ending?
• What is being lost – by who?
• What can be done to acknowledge the loss?
• What can be done to add something that will make a difference in the coping of the loss?
• What will be ending?
• What can be done to normalize?
• What do you need to let go of?

Elements of the Neutral Zone:
Not knowing

• Accept your need for time in the neutral zone.
• Take the opportunity to discover what you want.

Questions to ask
• What behaviors, observations of self and others, would lead you to believe you and/or your organization is in the neutral zone in dealing with transition and ending?
• What temporary support structures are in place?
• What one thing could you do today to add a temporary support structure – that would make the biggest impact?
• What are you doing or could you do to optimize creativity?
• What changes can you hold off on?

A checklist for people in the neutral zone:
• Take your time
• Arrange temporary structures
• Don’t act for the sake of action
• Take care of yourself in little ways
• Explore the other side of change
• Find someone to talk to
• Think of transition as a process of leaving the status quo, living awhile in the a fertile “time out”, and then coming back with an answer.

New Beginnings
• What would it look and feel like if you were entering the new beginning?
• How would you know?
• Are there temporary support structures that need to be dropped?

Reference: Transitions by William Bridges

Ten Thoughts TO GO

When you believe in an abundant universe, your world feels more plentiful.

A healthy diet is about how you prepare, not just choose, your food.

Walk, run, dance, and jump a little every day.

Explore your inner adventurer. Try things that excite you.

Sustainable living goes beyond a single action; it requires a shift in philosophy.

Your limitations aren’t flaws. They’re opportunities to cultivate self-kindness.

Think of smarter, greener ways to keep warm and dry this winter.

The most motivating thoughts spring from gratitude.

Becoming aware of what you’re eating – and why.

A resolution isn’t what you “should” do: it’s a chance to move your life forward.

From body + soul, January + February 2008

Thanks to Lynne of Bella Vita Wellness for passing this on.
Lynne Jenrow
Bella Vita Wellness
Coaching, Dancing Chi...Nia, Spa Retreats and Workshops


Friday, October 10, 2008

Article on Vibrational Tips for Being Calm During Economic & Political Winds

this article is by Christina Merkley, "The SHIFT-IT Coach" and creator of the SHIFT-IT Method® is a Visioning and Strategic Planning Expert specializing in Graphic Facilitation and Law of Attraction techniques. Based in charming Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, she works deeply with individuals, partners and groups in defining and getting what they really, really want. For more information visit:


It’s been a windy time of late with the economic and political happenings in the U.S. and abroad whipping up an emotional and physical storm. And a hugely important time from a vibrational standpoint – because, how we focus now will determine what kind of future we create individually and collectively.

A Stew of Vibrations:

Those of you who have been reading my zine for a while, know I’m a champion of good Law of Attraction principles. I’m a firm believer that ours is an energetic universe. Everything first gets created on the thought and emotional level before it manifests into physical form. Right now, we’re seeing a battle of vibrations going on, in the so-called civilized world. How we choose to think and feel now will have ramifications for our future. And, every vibrational vote counts as the probabilities are still lining up (cause we are all creating this together).

Are You Focusing on What You Truly Want?

It’s easy with the swirling frenzy going on right now to be knocked off of your vibrational game. You might usually be an easy going, optimistic and positive person, but after a steady barrage of mainstream media and rattled friends and family you too find yourself a little shaken and stirred.

Its ok, don’t knock yourself for getting pulled off. That’s normal. But what isn’t normal is getting back on the horse again and focusing on what you truly do want – instead of just staying mired in the contrast and negativity.

Nobody can vibrate for you – but they sure as heck can influence you to make a vibrational choice. What I want to do is influence you to make a vibrational choice that actually serves you (and all of us) rather than have you influenced by the ‘dark side’.

Find & Tell Yourself Thoughts That Feel Better

The blogosphere and twitosphere is awash in diverse ideas and perceptions about what is currently going on. I invite you to pay attention to your reaction to all of this material. Notice which of it makes you feel good and which doesn’t. It’s imperative that you start turning off that which doesn’t make you feel good and primarily focus on that which does. Because how you feel is everything – how you feel is your ‘vibration’... and that is what is contributing to the energetic soup that we are all swimming in.

Let me reassure you that it is NOT selfish to feel good; in fact, it can be the most SELFLESS act going because of how your energy contributes to all of us. The more happy, secure and optimistic people we have plugged in, the better it is for the collective overall. Its not ‘Pollyanna’, ‘being in denial’ or ‘childish’ to think this way --- its progressive, cutting edge and truly mature and collaborative.

FLIP IT, Flip It Good

A simple vibrational exercise to take your focus off of what you don’t want and onto what you do... is my FLIP IT, Flip It Good map. You write down all the blah, blah, blah that is going on your head about this economic and political stuff and do the discipline of ‘flipping it’ into better feeling thoughts. The trick is, that you MUST poke around and find thoughts that truly make you FEEL better – that bring at least a little itty bitty bit of relief to your stressed out system. That is the way out of this crazy making stuff.

My Gift to You – The FLIP-IT Good e-Book:

If you are caught in the negative riptide about the economy and politics right now – I invite you to do a FLIP IT Good map. I’m gifting you the whole instructional booklet which I usually se-ll. Simply click here to download your own fr-ee copy and I invite you to share it with as many people as you like. The more people doing their FLIPs the better for all of us!

Send In Your FLIP IT Maps:

I’ve posted my own FLIP IT Map on my blog... to give you a further example of how this is done (and to offer you some different ways of thinking about the current so-called ‘crisis’). If you feel pulled to, go ahead and send me your own maps and we’ll post them up on the blog too. Just scan in and/or photo your completed maps and send jpg files to or fax us at (815) 572-5154 and we’ll convert them for you.

If this topic continues to swirl, I’m thinking of doing a fr-ee virtual seminar on it next week --- host a general discussion and faciliate some folks thru the creation of their FLIP IT good maps. And/or if you have a list of folks, bring me in to do a fr-ee tele-seminar to share this valuable tool and information with your group.

Be a (Wo)man and Not a Mouse:

I implore you to be a (wo)man about this and not a mouse! Now is not the time to default to what everyone else thinks. Now is the time to be a strong individual and start thinking like your best and true self thinks. Its time to be a vibrational warrior if you will – to get your focus and vibrational act together... not just for yourself, but for all of us. With enough people focusing and vibrating in a calm and assertive manner we can manifest a probable reality that feels much better for everyone!

© 2008 Christina L. Merkley

Here is the link to the full FLIP IT Good e-booklet... so you
have all the directions to do a FLIP IT map on whatever is
interfering with your vibration, be it the economy, etc.