Work as Play

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Work as Play - The Heart and Spirit of Business

work as play christine miller It seems that increasing numbers of us are looking for different ways to live in a more balanced and fulfilling way, so that we feel connected with our work.

At the heart of this is the growing desire to have a sense of purpose and a yearning for meaning in how we spend our time and make our living. We want to feel the spirit of what we do – to be inspired.


People who have been working in organisations for many years are now being asked to re-apply for their jobs, unable to take them for granted any more and having to market themselves as the best candidates. This means they are in effect becoming more entrepreneurial in their approach to their positions. And those entering or rejoining the job market need to be very clear and precise about what they offer and how they fit with prospective employers, both for their own sake in finding satisfying work, and in order to attract a suitable opportunity. (See:
The ReSourceful Candidate)

Entrepreneurs, the self-employed, creatives and small business owners already know the importance of  this, but sometimes, running a business or being a freelance feels more like a job that ties you down than an uplifting experience of creativity, wealth and fulfillment. And the dream you started out with becomes a drudgery that leaves you working longer and longer hours just to stand still.
 
I had my most recent experience as an employee in the corporate world over 11 years ago now, and friends and colleagues who’ve known me for years (and even some who haven’t known me for long!) comment on the way I’ve crafted what is essentially the perfect job for me – meeting people and asking them about their current thinking and passions, guiding, coaching and mentoring executives, leaders and business people into the best options for them so that they LOVE what they do, writing, being creative, being playful – and having lots of fun.
 
Most of the time, I can’t distinguish whether I’m working or playing, so that my work becomes play for me…that’s a great joy. It didn’t happen by accident – I did actually deliberately create and craft the ‘playground’ (otherwise known as workspaces!)  in which I operate, and it is a highly productive space. And it evolves all the time, as I develop and learn and share with clients in workshops and individual sessions.
 
Find out more about loving work at www.loveworks.co 

Soul Poet

Christine Miller

Poetry is a means of expressing our inner thoughts and feelings, our inspirations, insights and intimate experiences.  Life is poetry – and poetry occurs all around us, in us and through us all the time.


Poetry can be harsh and demanding, soft and yielding, delicate and dreamlike – and filled with stark realism. It doesn’t have to rhyme, it doesn’t have to make sense to anyone other than the poet, and it can blissfully, wilfully ignore the rules of grammar and presentation.

And – poetry can be prose, images, short, long, scribbled on the back of an envelope or inscribed in elaborate hand on expensive paper. In essence, poetry is essence, yours, mine, ours, and it is personal yet universal, even cosmic, at the same time.

These poems are an invitation to journey through the Secret Garden of a Soul, a soul in the process of re-membering its essence and reconnecting to its authentic, joyful self.

My intention is that in reading the poems, you will find a meaning unique to your life, and that you, too, may be led to a place of inner peace and joy, a private place where your soul can dwell unfettered by mundane concerns.

Christine Miller

More here: www.soulpoet.org

Four principles of living spiritually

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A friend sent me this today, and its simplicity resonated with me deeply – no new revelations, just reaffirmation of important things we can easily forget. 

 

Four Principles of Spiritual Living


The First Principle states:

“Whomsoever you encounter is the right one”

This means that no one comes into our life by chance. Everyone who is around us, anyone with whom we interact, represents something, whether to teach us something or to help us improve a current situation.

 The Second Principle states:

“Whatever happened is the only thing that could have happened”

Nothing, absolutely nothing of that which we experienced could have been any other way. Not even in the least important detail. There is no “If only I had done that differently…, then it would have been different…”. No. What happened is the only thing that could have taken place and must have taken place for us to learn our lesson in order to move forward. Every single situation in life which we encounter is absolutely perfect, even when it defies our understanding and our ego.

 The Third Principle states:

“Each moment in which something begins is the right moment.”

Everything begins at exactly the right moment, neither earlier nor later. When we are ready for it, for that something new in our life, it is there, ready to begin.

 The Fourth Principle states:

“What is over, is over.”

It is that simple. When something in our life ends, it helps our evolution. That is why, enriched by the recent experience, it is better to let go and move on.

Think it is no coincidence that you’re here reading this.

If these words strike a chord, it’s because you meet the requirements and understand that not one single snowflake falls accidentally in the wrong place!

Be good to yourself.

Love with your whole being.

Keep your heart aflame…

An Audience with HH the Dalai Lama

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An Audience with HH the Dalai Lama

dalai2His Holiness The Dalai Lama -
The Embodiment of Compassion

I was fortunate and honoured to be part of the Press group with the Dalai Lama when he visited the UK in 2008, there’s a full conversation with him on the Your Ultimate Resource site, this is a summary of his message.

Listening to the Dalai Lama sharing His experiences and thoughts, one of the aspects which most impressed me was the amount of laughter – both from himself and from His audience.There is warm heartedness, humility and a lightness of spirit which is very apparent in His way of speaking, and His words are aimed directly at the hearts of His listeners. His message of compassion and loving kindness is based on common sense and practical living, and he is clear in asserting His belief that:

“The purpose of life is for happiness, to survive happily”

 

One of His central teachings about the development of compassion is based on the importance of childhood influences, particularly the effects of parenting. He reflects on His own childhood, and says he believes that mothers are the starting point of loving kindness. He describes His own mother’s simplicity, an uneducated village woman from a farming background, and immensely warm hearted. Contrasting her love and gentleness with the more disciplinarian approach of His father, he concludes that had he spent more time in His early years with His father he would probably not have been the same person.

“I believe that my altruistic mind and my compassion – the very seeds of that mind I got from my birth and the next few months and years with my mother – that was the real starting point to raise my model of loving kindness.”

He goes on to say to parents:

“What I say is this – give maximum affection to your children.
That is very essential to bring us a happier humanity.
The main hope for humanity relies on our future generations.
So families with children have a special role –
to give maximum affection to your children.
And parents – particularly mothers – spend more time with your children.”


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Expanding Awareness: True Potential with Gaetano Vivo

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Expanding Awareness: True Potential with Gaetano Vivo

Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 1 of the Virtual Blog Tour of author Gaetano Vivo whose book ‘Messages from the Angels of Transparency: Powerful Words from Gentle Souls’ launches on Amazon on Tuesday March 20, 2012.

Italian born, Gaetano Vivo is one of Europe’s most experienced and sought-after Reiki Masters, practicing in the UK, the US and Italy.

He is a member of the Complementary Medical Association of Great Britain, the International Council of Holistic Therapies, the International Association of Reiki Professionals and the Noetic Association of America. From a young age he has experienced the ‘calling’ of ‘others’ who wish to pass on teachings and wisdoms in order we may make lighter work of our time here on Earth.

Although, due to being brought up in a strict Catholic community, he was forced to ignore this information, he never forgot what he had received. For decades, Gaetano has been treating clients from all walks of life, regardless of faith or creed, believing that the healing power of love is open to all of us. When not touring he divides time between his homes in England and Italy and takes great delight in his garden.

Gaetano’s new book ‘Messages from the Angels of Transparency: Powerful Words from Gentle Souls’ addresses the questions:
“Could wise and wonderful beings contact us from beyond this world and unveil our true potential?

messages_from_the_angels_of_transparency2-300x300  Would knowing that we really mattered enable us to uncover the truth behind our reason for living?”

This fascinating book offers answers, spiritual practices and comprehensive meditations by teacher, healer and author, Gaetano Vivo, which have the potential to strengthen, heal and transform lives and bring hope and inspiration. It also clarifies the true nature of Reiki as a simple, yet profound tool for accessing and accepting the power of universal energy—what we might call ‘love’ or ‘God’—and touches on our fundamental dilemma: Who are we and why do we exist?

More than 20,000 people have already enjoyed Gaetano’s earlier offerings in both English and Italian. This book offers the reader a chance to digest messages from ‘higher beings’ for greater understanding of our own personal evolution. Anyone seeking to live a happier, better life, and has felt the desire to undertake life with greater confidence and self-worth, will relish this book.


Today, I’d like to share with you a recent interview I had with Gaetano when I got to ask him some questions on life story, love/forgiveness and raising your awareness.
I hope you enjoy it.


Christine Miller: Gaetano, tell me what inspired the messages in your book, and what happened in your life that prompted you to write the Angels of Transparency?

Gaetano Vivo: A few years ago I was going through a personal crisis.  I was teaching a Reiki III class in Naples and during a meditation a big group of Angels appeared before me. They called themselves the Angels of Transparency. It was a big group and the ones that I could clearly see were a group of children angels that were prompting me to stop, stay still and work on myself. They told me how important it was for me to address some issues with my inner child and that was going to be the most important thing for me to do at that time in my life. During this work with my inner child I learned to cherish, nurture and feed him with great love and through this journey of self-discovery I gathered the inspiration to write “Messages from the Angels of Transparency”.

Christine Miller: How important are Love and Forgiveness in expanding our awareness and creating a more peaceful world for ourselves and for the human race?

Gaetano Vivo: Love is the most important thing we have. Receiving and giving love is the most beautiful thing that an individual can experience in his life. Love is the tool that allows us to expand awareness and create a peaceful world around us. It is so important to reach love for ourselves, like healing the inner child, so that we are able to use the power of love to heal others around us. We have to go through a great journey of forgiveness and self-love. Once we have healed ourselves we can move forward into our next step of healing others.

Christine Miller: What stories and meditations would you like to share about working with the archangels which our readers can use now to raise their awareness?

Gaetano Vivo: There are several stories that I could talk about that happened during the writing of my book. The one that has helped me the most is working with my inner child. Realizing that we have a little angel that lives in our heart it is the most important thing, in my opinion, that can happen to us. Working with the inner child and coming to terms with certain things that have happened to you in the past and healing them there is one of the most important parts of this process. So call upon Archangel Raphael who appears with the Angels of Transparency to help you heal your inner child. Working with him you will see how important it is to cherish, nurture and feed him with this great love that both of you need.


I hope you enjoyed this interview with Gaetano Vivo and that you’ll check out his book ‘Messages from the Angels of Transparency: Powerful Words from Gentle Souls’ at http://www.gaetanovivoblog.com/book-launch/pages/pre-launch.html

Here’s why:

Accessing Higher Dimensions Telesummit

11 Higher Dimensional Mentors Share Their Wisdom

FR*EE 3-Day Online Event

March 13th, 14th & 15th, 2012

12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern/8pm UK

Here’s Gaetano’s wonderful guest line-up:

  • Gaetano Vivo – Reiki Master, channeler, author of Messages from the Angels of Transparency: Powerful Words from Gentle Souls
  • Lynn Serafinn – Coach; marketer; author of The 7 Graces of Marketing and The Garden of the Soul
  • Wayne Kealohi Powell - holistic health educator, speaker, minister, author
  • Dr Jude Currivan - cosmologist, planetary healer, author, futurist
  • Asia Voight – intuitive counsellor, animal communicator, teacher, author
  • Barbara Meiklejohn-Free – shaman, author, custodian of ancestral wisdoms
  • Lorraine Recchia - angel communicator, angel reader, television host
  • Eva-Maria Mora - medical intuitive, author, founder Quantum Angel Healing
  • Susie Anthony - spiritual mentor, super-luminal guide channeler
  • E.Dee Conrad – channeler, bestselling author of A New Dawn Awaits
  • Celia Fenn – Channel for Archangel Michael, spiritual facilitator, writer, speaker

This special 3-Day telesummit is Gaetano’s FR*EE gift to you,

to celebrate the launch of his book, which is coming

Tuesday March 20, 2012.

FREE GIFTS TOO!

When you buy Gaetano’s book on Tuesday March 20, 2012, Gaetano would like to give you the MP3 downloads from the “Accessing Higher Dimensions Telesummit” PLUS an invitation to attend a special 1-hour “Inner Child Meditation” led by Gaetano in April.

AND… you’ll also receive a complete library of beautiful personal development gifts from authors, speakers, coaches and other enlightened professionals from around the globe including one from me:

‘Secret Garden of the Soul’
A Selection of Poems
To Move Hearts, Minds and Souls

To claim your FREE pass to the

Accessing Higher Dimensions Telesummit

and read about the fre*e gifts, go to:

http://www.gaetanovivoblog.com/book-launch/pages/pre-launch.html

Thanks for reading! As usual, please feel free to share your comments and thoughts below. I love reading your feedback.

AND… be sure to follow Gaetano tomorrow when the next stop on the Virtual Blog Tour is Kate Beddow, who will be interviewing Gaetano on his inspiration, working with your inner child and reiki. To visit that “stop” on the tour, go to Kate Beddow’s Growing Spirit.

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