Monthly Newsletter for March 2011
"Come to the edge, "he said.
They said, "We are afraid."
"Come to the edge," he said.  They came.
He pushed them...and they flew
.~~Guillaume Apollinaire

This month's edition discusses:

  • Discover the Creativity Within
  • Step 3 of the 12 Step Program to Recover Your Creative Self 
  • Creative in the Kitchen
  • Suggestions to Help Recover Your Inner Creativity 
  • Creative Activities for March 
  • Upcoming Events

Welcome to March!


Discover the Creativity Within

Spring has an eternal energy that it stores within ready to leap forth, and blossom.  When we live with determination, we will spring forth and find the light.  Remember the message of spring and the seed of life are contained in each of us.  March is the go-between month.  Change your mind about change.  Let mother nature nurture.  Find the insensitive and make a clean sweep.  Weed your closet.  Take a deep breath, have a good cry, puddle jump over problems.  Most important: stand still so you can spring forward.


The 12 Steps to Recovering Your Creative Self

This month you might find yourself dealing with unaccustomed bursts of energy and sharp peaks of fear, joy and grief.  You are coming into your power as the illusory hold of your previously accepted limits is shaken.

Step 3: Recovering a Sense of Power

It is important to be able to sort useful criticism from the other kind.  Often we need to sort it out for ourselves, without the benefit of a public vindication.  As creative people, we are far more able to do this sorting than people expect.  Pointed criticism, if accurate, often gives the creative person an inner sense of relief.  Useful criticism ultimately leaves us with one more puzzle piece for our work.

There are certain rules to follow when dealing with any form of criticism:

1. Receive the criticism all the way through and get it over with.
2. Jot down notes to yourself on what concepts or phrases bother you.
3. Jot down notes on what concepts or phrases seem useful.
4. Look at the criticism again.  Does it remind you of any criticism from your past - particularly shaming childhood criticism?  Acknowledge that the criticism is triggering grief over a long-standing wound.
5. Get back on the horse.  Make an immediate commitment to do something creative.
6. Do it.  Creativity is the only cure for criticism.

To begin Step 3, evaluate and deal with criticism in a positive manner.


Step 3:  To begin recovering a sense of power, I will:




Suggestions to Help You Recover Your Inner Creativity

Many blocked people are actually very powerful and creative personalities, who have been made to feel guilty about their own strengths and gifts.  A little detective work is in order to restore the person we have abandoned - ourselves.  Complete the following phrases, and you may find yourself feeling strong emotion as you retrieve memories and misplaced fragments of yourself.  Allow yourself to free-associate for a sentence or so with each phrase:
1. My favourite childhood toy was...                             6. If it weren't too late, I'd...
2. My favourite childhood game was...                          7. Taking time out for myself is a...
3. The best movie I ever saw as a kid was...                   8. Learning to trust myself is probably...
4. I don't do it much but I enjoy...                               9. My most cheer-me-up music is...
5. If I could lighten up a little, I'd let myself...               10. My favourite way to dress is...

Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back.  Creative recovery is a healing process, so remember to be very gentle with yourself.  You are capable of great things on Tuesday, but on Wednesday you may slide backward.  This is normal because growth occurs in spurts.  Do not be discouraged.  You can do it.


Creative Activities for March

• Make a list of friends who nurture you, and call a friend who treats you really well.
• Take an hour to follow your inner compass with a little painting, driving, walking, cleaning or shopping.
• Experiment with solitude.  Several times a day, just take a beat, and ask yourself how you are feeling.
• Are you feeding yourself nicely?  Do you have socks?  What about an extra set of sheets?  What about a new house plant or new thermos for the long drive to work?  Allow yourself to pitch out some of your old ragged clothes.
• Do you have a habit of watching TV you don't like?  Do you often eat junk food before bed?  Take a look at your habits and see which ones you have the power to change. 


A Little Inspiration

When you find yourself confronted with obstacles, let the wisdom within guide you to the light.  Remember, like the song says, under the bitter snow is the seed that becomes a rose.

Upcoming Events

March 2011:  Susan's Transformational Workshop!

Because of your feedback, we have changed the format of this incredible workshop.  It is now offered in a one-day workshop!

This workshop is designed to help you live a truly healthy lifestyle - mentally and physically.  Expert Susan Holm will guide you through the challenges and stresses of everyday life, and will provide realistic tools for taking charge and making a change.

The 12 Steps to Stress Less workshop is only $250.00! It runs for one day only and includes a nutritious lunch, two healthy snacks and all course materials and resources.  No other workshop gives as much value for the cost! 

The details of the workshop are as follows:

Dates:  Friday, March 25, Friday, April 29 and again on May 27, 2011
Time:  9:00am to 4pm (Registration at 8:30am)

Choose the date that works best for you and register today!  Seats are filling up fast!  Contact Susan Holm at 519.886.3000.


Until Next Time...

Stay tuned for the April instalment of my newsletter, where we'll explore more great tips and tricks for creative recovering, including Step 4 for recovering your inner creativity.

Until then, I remain yours in good health,

Susan Holm

Natural Health Care Centre
52 Bridgeport Road E. Waterloo, ON  N2J 2J6

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