Masterpiece: When Love And Skill Work Together

Create Your Masterpiece: It is time to re-evaluate progress and direction for the rest of the year. To create a conscious life, John Ruskin reminds us,

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”

Are you experiencing a masterpiece in your work and life?

When we started the year, we made some goals, defined where we want to be on December 31st, identified experiences we wanted to have. Then LIFE happened. As Dr. Phil would ask, “How’s that working for you?”

If while traveling your road you’ve hit some obstacles, perhaps it’s time to pause and take stock, to ask yourself if you’re still loving what you’re doing with your time and resources.

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John_Ruskin_1863 (b.1829-d.1915)

John_Ruskin_1863 (b.1829-d.1915)

John Ruskin lived in the Victorian era, and was a leading English art critic, art patron, watercolorist, and a prominent social thinker and philanthropist, whose ideas laid the groundwork for environmentalism and sustainability. Per Wikipedia, “He wrote on subjects as varied as geology, architecture, myth, ornithology, literature, education, botany and political economy… In all of his writing, he emphasised the connections between nature, art and society. …Today, his ideas and concerns are widely recognised as having anticipated interest in environmentalism, sustainability and craft.”

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Time to Evaluate

If you’re not loving what you’re doing, it’s time to figure out ways to adjust or to reset so your actions put you on the trajectory you need to be on in order to arrive where you want to go.

Start by asking yourself:

  • What do I love to do?
  • What am I really good at doing?
  • How could I do what I love combined with doing what I’m really good at?
  • Why do I want to do this?
  • What feels right in my life?
  • What doesn’t feel right in my life or work?
  • What am I willing to do to change it?

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Time To Stop Working So Hard and Create Your Masterpiece

When we are doing what we love, the effort (if there is any) needed to accomplish something seems infinitely less than when we are doing what we “like” or what we have “become good at.”

Instead, figure out how to do what you love with the gifts that you have, with your many ways of brilliance. Get clear on Why you want to do it, so you can wake up every morning with that knowledge and clarity motivating your every movement.

When you offer the world this combination, that is when you experience MIRACLES.

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Masterpiece Living: A Beautiful Place to Rest 02303 by Baylan Megino

Masterpiece Living: A Beautiful Place to Rest 02303 by Baylan Megino

Get clarity and create your own path at the next Dream Maker Retreat.

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From our Daily Boost: When Love and Skill Work Together, Expect A Masterpiece

“When Love and Skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” – John Ruskin

post by Baylan Megino

 

What do you love to do? What are you really good at doing? How could you marry these two?

When we are doing what we love, the effort (if there is any) needed to accomplish something seems infinitely less than when we are doing what we “like” or what we have “become good at.”

Instead, figure out how you can do what you love with the gifts that you have, with your many ways of brilliance.

That is when you experience MIRACLES.

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Connection with the Motherland (repeated)

Messages from the past have new meaning each time we revisit them. This was first posted in July 2011 in my old blog.  I think it can provide meaning as we embark on our journey of self-discovery, so I’d like to share it again today:

Summer Solstice this year (2011) was special. On this day I met and spent time with Max Dashu, the creator and keeper of the archives of The Suppressed Histories Archives, where she is “restoring women to cultural memory.” For several decades she has pioneered education about women’s spiritual roles through history, and has gathered a remarkable archive that is the basis for her project “Woman Shaman: The Ancients.”

We traveled to the Pinole Shoreline Park, situated along the northern section of the San Francisco East Bay. Walking across the hill and through the fields toward the shore, I felt the spirits of those who had walked the land before me. As the waves gently lapped the shore’s edge, we separated and spent time in silence.

Summer Solstice 2011 Pinole Shores Pinecone 2 by Baylan Megino

Summer Solstice 2011 Pinole Shores Pinecone 2 by Baylan Megino

Pebbles and shell fragments littered the beach. Then a pine cone glistened in the sunlight as the seafoam nudged it ashore.

A log jutting out from the hillside was the perfect place to stop and deposit my treasures. As I placed them, I became aware of being on one shore, here in California, and my family’s motherland far away in the Philippines, another shore, one to which I will always be tied.

At that moment, the clamshell broke in two, each half an individual piece of the whole that cradles me. I had a strong sense that we have traveled a long distance — from home, to home. We have landed on new shores, and found our way in a new land. We have brought our music, our dance, our culture, our food, our values, our very beings to these new shores. We have mixed with the prevalent culture, yet have never lost our ties, have never lost our Filipino soul.

The warm sun invited me to stretch out, to feel the sand beneath my feet. And then I began to move. Slowly at first, tracing patterns with my toes. Then the rhythm took over, and I danced. Here I share what I experienced and heard.

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Summer Solstice 2011 Pinole Shores Offering 1 by Baylan Megino

Summer Solstice 2011 Pinole Shores Offering 1 by Baylan Megino

Here at Pinole Shores, where so many Filipinos live, I feel the pooled connections, the tides that continue to ebb and flow, unceasingly moving the flow, reshaping the rocks and the land, the ocean floor, the soul.

We come to the water and remember… we are a seafaring people, a land-based people, separated by land and water and experiences in life.

I don’t wish to focus on struggle. I wish to focus on triumph over them. Ancestors, please help me to properly honor those who have paved the way to today.

 

Summer Solstice Pinole Shores 2011 by Baylan Megino

Summer Solstice Pinole Shores by Baylan Megino

… And the ocean’s swells as we journeyed to another land, a new home, were like the feelings that welled up and rolled through unceasingly, without relenting, tears of pain and sorrow, loss and longing… when will I return to my land? My loved ones? All that has been so dear in my heart? My people, my food, my dances, my music — the smiles, oh, the gentle smiles so quick to appear. My mother, my father, oh brothers and sisters — I go so far away, yet my heart is still with you, will always be with you… as I remember your voices, the laughter, the warm embrace of home…

 I am so far away, yet I hear your whispers on the water. I see your arms reaching across the waves.

We come to you, you whisper.

We love you.

We have never forgotten you.

Come home and taste the sea air,

Feel the sun on your skin,

Hear the sellers in the market.

Bagoong and bangus, lechon and pinakbet,

Sinigang and kutsinta, bulalo and

Sampalok, pusit and paksiw… we

call you… to nourish you.. body and

soul sewn together.

 

The water laps the shore unceasingly, over and over softening the hard edges, moving across the vast ocean. Through time, through space, across generations, the movement continues, traveling back and forth along ancient lines that tie and bind heart and soul.

 

Masterpieces: Our Stories Are Our Treasures

Our stories are our treasures, our masterpieces. “Ourstorian” is a new word I am hearing used. It suggests that the person focuses on our stories as history. In the process of defining ourselves, we look at the many places that comprise where we come from – our families, our environments, our cultures, our archetypal patterns.  Mind you, even your experience of the last minute when you have been reading this is now part of your history.

One thing I’ve come to really appreciate about the here and now is that we are the sum total of all we have brought forth from our understanding of the past – our beliefs, our thoughts, our actions, our experiences, our relationships, our connections.

Once I really understood that, I had to learn to be forgiving of myself, forgiving of others who were part of the difficult experiences, and to appreciate every experience I have ever had! I could have remained angry, and become bitter from the difficult lessons. I’ll confess that Denial has been a good friend for periods in my life. I could have blamed everyone else for the pain I went through.

Instead, I chose to learn from each experience by asking, “What did I learn about myself ?” Then followed it up with, “What did I learn that will help me as I choose to navigate in the world?” I took those lessons and continue to move forward in my world with growing wisdom.

That is the power of our stories. When we examine all parts of the story – internal, external, interactions, relationships, expectations, results – we are able to interpret and find our own reason why it happened. We uncover the lesson to be learned. There may be more than one. We each get to choose the lessons learned.

My mother is a chronicler. For as long as I can remember she has recorded the world’s happenings around her. Every family gathering, every community meeting, every conference has been the subject of her camera and recorders. She has boxes and boxes of photo albums, slides, super 8 film reels, audiocassettes, and videocassettes of where she has been and what has happened around her. SOON she will move into the digital world, and there will be infinitely less bulk involved.

When she has time, she goes back to organize. It can be real treasure time when she explains the who, what, and why of a gathering. She’ll share context and even tidbits about some of the people. It’s not unusual to realize, “So THAT’s why this happened this way!” or “I didn’t know that s/he did that!”

The vast majority of our stories are left untold, however. I’ve come to truly appreciate the value of sharing the wisdom gathered. One doesn’t have to be an elder to have wisdom to share. Some of the clearest wisdom comes from our young people. Some of the richest wisdom comes from our elders. And it is all wisdom that the world would benefit from knowing.

Our stories are our treasures. Our stories are our gifts to the world today. Our stories are the ground for the future. I remember having an assignment that required writing my own eulogy. Today, what would I write about my life that I want to pass on to the world? What would I share of the masterpiece of a rich tapestry that is my life? What jewels from my garden would I focus on?

Look at your life and find your stories. Share them, or share the lessons learned. If you had a grandchild just about to step out into the world on their own, what part of your story would you share? Share the wisdom. We are all richer for it.

 

Daily Boost: How to Create a Masterpiece

We are each able to create a masterpiece in our lives, whether it’s an object, a project, or a lifework. What is the masterpiece you are creating now?

What do you love to do? What are you really good at doing? How could you marry these two?

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” – John Ruskin

When we are doing what we love, the effort needed (if there is any) to accomplish something seems infinitely less than when we are doing what we “like” or what we have “become good at.”

Instead, find how you can do what you love with the gifts you have.

There are many ways of brilliance. Intellect is only one. Ability in relationships in another. Making sound or music is another. Creating environment is another. There are many, and you can possess brilliance in more than one — what are yours?

When you do what you love with the gifts and brilliance you have, That is when you experience MIRACLES.

 

Peace and Light to You,

 

Baylan