Reboot: Reinvention requires a pause

Reinvention requires a pause. Renewal too.

Every good day has a pause in it. If not several. Every good project too. 

The best pauses are for reflection. (And frolic.)

I’ll be away on a short sabbatical, tightening up my book Bohemia in Suburbia before it goes to my editor.

When I return there’s going to be a whole new focus on the creative-spiritual continuum. With lots of whee thrown in.

If you aren’t on the email subscriber list, sign up here for the newsletter to receive the reboot announcement.

It will be worth your while. 

We’ll be focusing on creativity as a spiritual path.

We’ll talk about how spirit creatives rock their projects.

Connection and creativity. 

We’ll explore these two strands of our essential humanity and why they are at the core of all successful living.

You will meet creators who are living it. 

You’ll meet everyday people who expressify. 

You’ll find out why solitude and a little chaos are what you need to bring out your best.

You’ll get tips on how to bring your own soul project to light.

The World Is Freaky Beautiful is re-orienting. 

It’s tunneling deeper. 

And it will be bringing you more that will help propel you into the spirited being of light magic you know you’re here to be.

Click here to be alerted of the reboot. You’ll be glad you did.

For you 

Evan Griffith
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The Joy Worker Manifesto

Joy workers look like this but have more clothes on

Are you kidding?! Joy workers don’t do manifestos! Too cumbersome. 

Luckily for you they will do bullet points:

  • Find joy in your work (or don’t do it)
  • Your experience is now, mine it for the richness there is in this alive freaking minute
  • Joy workers don’t commiserate, they expressify (their higher vibration lifts you up)

You know a joy worker by the way you feel around them. You feel good. It’s the only metric. 

Some are out loud grooving to their thing. Others are subtly sublimely transcendentally quiet.

In a post a few years ago I outed joy worker Paul Kraemer:

And finally, Paul Kraemer, who is one happy beast when he’s at work — or play — or in conversation. 

Paul believes in you like your parents did when you were two. 

It’s infectious. You walk away muttering, damn, I am just the coolest cat, aren’t I?! . . . . That’s a gift, Paul, to all of us you splash your enthusiasm upon.

Joy workers can inhabit any position at any level. Ambition doesn’t drive a joy worker — delight does. 

Goals often feel like a slog to joy workers, they are living that much in the moment.

Mirth and wonder and humor move joy workers more than goals.

Go to Mollie Player’s Suddenly Awesome blog and read only the short posts. That’s some joy working going on there.

There’s only one way to bring the joy worker mentality into your own work: Enjoy the hell out of it no matter what.

Whatever is before you, enjoy it.

Whoever is in front of you, relish them.

The moment you’re in, enliven it.

. . . . . .  

Advanced reading: Bug, a Joy Worker

For you 

Evan Griffith
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5 differences between spirit creatives and creative spirits

We all know creative spirits.

They’re a little footloose. They’re sparking creatively in one form or another often.

You walk into their homes and there’s stuff they made. On the walls, in the living space — maybe even in the yard. 

Creative spirits leave evidence everywhere, including their conversations. 

Creative spirits are:

Artists
Designers
Hippies
Rainbows
Musicians
Cat Video Makers
Composers
Chefs
Writers
Hobbyists
Tinkerers
Entrepreneurs
Choreographers
Actors
Those with personal flair
Those who are playful
Those who improvise
Innovators
Comedians
Dolphins
Event Planners
Strategists
Coders
Cartoonists
Speakers
Motivators
Doodlers
Body Piercers
Thinkers
Synthesizers
Preachers
Teachers
Overreachers
Kids and Puppies and Kittens

And more . . . 

Spirit creatives can be all these things . . . there is great intersection here. Yet there are significant differences as well.

Before we talk about the differences, I’d like to share a supreme commonality.

1 commonality spirit creatives share with creative spirits

1) They try things

Because creativity is trying things

Expression always involves a creative act and each creative act is an improvisation. 

Creativity is finding newness in the moment.

The 5 differences between spirit creatives and creative spirits

1) Connection is paramount

Spirit creatives connect meaningfully with their Source. It’s important for them as part of their creative journey. 

Where a creative spirit might care nothing for reverence, for a spirit creative every act is one of reverence.

Being grounded spiritually — being connected — is the highest form of expression. From it all good things flow.

2) Creativity is a practice

Spirit creatives know their creative outlet is something to be nurtured. Often, daily. To a spirit creative creativity is spirituality.

Though a spirit creative doesn’t think in terms of sin . . . it feels almost sinful to not be creatively engaging one’s utmost highest self. 

In fact, it feels wasteful. Wasteful of this gift of existence the spirit creative is taking part in.

Hence a spirit creative honors the creative impulse with the discipline of practice.

3) Creativity as an expression of the divine within

Spirit creatives feel the pull of something inexplicably greater flowing through them. 

What is created is an expression of the Spirit within expressing through them. 

The creative spark is a divine one. It’s the flame one must tend if one is to live fully.

4) The creation is not theirs

All those who are creatively engaged in their lives must ultimately come to terms with release. Something is created and then released into the world. 

Spirit creatives understand the creation is not theirs. 

Every act of creation — a kindness given, a smile offered, an origami flower left behind on a table, an opus, a documentary, a work project, a life, a child — every act of creation is for participation. Not to own. 

Every creative act is part of the flow expression of Life seeking to form something new. Once it is out there it no longer belongs to the one who created it. 

The creation now belongs to the All. 

What happens from there is serendipity.

5) There’s always moreness

Spirit Energy is inexhaustible. There’s always more. Spirit creatives know that creativity never stops

True spiritual engagement means to be creatively alive in every moment. Regardless of the activity. 

Spirit creatives bask in the moreness of every moment. Whether they are engaged in their particular creative calling or not. 

Washing the dishes is as much a spiritual act as is making love. As is nurturing your child. As is gardening. As is bookkeeping. As is cleaning up. As is laughter and blogging and donating and befriending and pranking.

Moreness is the Mystery essence overspilling every experience. 

There’s always so freaking much more than we can articulate or even sense! 

This moreness is tangible and alive and outflowing every event in our lives. 

Spirit creatives get that. Even if it blows their little minds.

Spirit creatives steep in the ever moreness. It’s the moreness that matters more than the creation itself. 

For you 

Evan Griffith
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Spiritual is sexy

This is yoga sensei Holly Briscoe,
who made yoginis out of my wife and I 

A common image meme in today’s media is a woman in a yoga pose. 

You see it everywhere, from social media to advertising. I for one am thankful. When you live in the land of the yoga pants there can never be too much of a good thing.

This yoga woman, she’s youthful regardless of age. She’s fit. She’s flexible. There’s a lovely quality to her. She’s sensuous.

She also owns her realm. She’s capable and connected. She’s not a girl at a bar downing shots. 

Some think this beautiful body/yoga thing has been taken too far. That it cheapens yoga. That it takes away from the seriousness of the discipline.

Not me. To me it’s heartening. 

When spiritual becomes sexy the culture is evolving.

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