Being Bold

I love this being game!  We love it so much that we plan on playing it all year long as our theme for 2014.  To me, being bold is about living outside the lines.  It’s about being unreasonable.  With all of these tools we’ve got, why not make bold requests, make bold apologies, make bold affirmations, and act boldly? What stops me from being bold is typically doubt, and I learned something really amazing about doubt at our Get That You Matter workshop over the last weekend.  I found that hearing my ego express “doubt” means that I must have hit a nerve. If I hear “you can’t accomplish that” or “that won’t work”, it likely means that there’s something radical behind that wall, that to accomplish beyond the doubt would shatter the ego’s stronghold, and unveil a whole new vision of myself I had not known was there.  I like to think of doubt as my invitation to follow the unknown, to follow the fear, to challenge its truth.

Going in the direction of certainty (to take a polar opposite approach to living boldly, or moving against doubt), is business as usual.  Nothing changes with a school of fish riding a current together.  Being frozen in fear and doubt is business as usual (whether the fish swims or not, the current will continue to sweep them in the direction of business as usual).  Being bold means getting uncomfortable, and seeing doubt as a challenge, a game.

This year I invite you to live boldly, to boldly go where you have not been before.  If you’re feeling uncertain, it means that you’re moving something.  If you’re feeling scared, it means that something incredible awaits you on the other side.  The world can’t wait for you to be ready for when all of the circumstances are lined up.  Paradigms don’t switch without it, you need to get bold.

Being Connected

being connectedI love this time of the year.  As temperatures drop, and the weather surges outside in many parts of the country, people are moving inward.  We tend to move a little more slowly, and treat ourselves with long showers, lingering conversations, and hot meals.  This time of the year holds many important holidays that reconnect us with our friends and family, that draws us to travel great distances just to be with the ones we love.  This is a time of connection and a time for closeness.It is in our connection to those around us that we can see the most immediate impact that we have on the world.  The people that look up to you, the people that you listen to, the stories that we share… we are all so infinitely connected, making waves of impact on those we love.  This holiday season I invite you to tend to your connections and family circles, whatever “family” means to you.  It is in these places where we have some of the strongest and most potent impact.  Where can you be love triumphing against fear in your family?  What can you clean up with your loved ones?  What can you take responsibility for? Who can you acknowledge?

Being Grateful

This month we are taking on being grateful.  Consider that there are always endless things to be grateful for.  No matter your circumstances and no matter your personal environment, the universe is working on your behalf and ensuring your livelihood. This planet, with all of its diversity, resilience, and abundance is supporting us in every micro second of our lives.  Just think of the miracle of our personal lives, and the unlikely combination of genes that became each of us, the miracle of you being you.  Remember the billions of cells that make up our bodies that are pumping, moving, healing, and cleaning your body.  Organisms  big and small are working in the soil, in the waters, cleaning the air and balancing the ecosystems after our oil spills and diesel fumes. People all over the world are spending their entire days in service to the whole, processing landfills, finding new ways to harness renewal energy, and curing chronic pain.  Someone that you have never met is wrapping your package, someone else is delivering it to your door. Someone is writing your next favorite song.  Someone is clearing the trees from the phone lines; someone is installing the cable wires for your internet connection for you to read this.  People in your community are helping you manage your money, are making your favorite foods, are creating art that moves you. Even someone that you’ve been challenged by, that you’ve been avoiding lately is teaching you something about yourself. You see, the beautiful thing about gratitude, is that you only need to open your eyes to it. The world is already working on your behalf. No matter the challenges, the pain, the loneliness, the fear that you feel, it is always within a container of a world already working towards healing, it is a small piece of an entire organism that is working so well, and serving you so consistently, that we take it for granted.

You see, we are encouraged to suffer, to complain, to assume the position of the victim. It is far easier for the ego to get to be “right” about how unfair the world is, that we are only surviving against all odds.  Industry encourages us to stay in a perpetual state of lack and wanting, because it is good for business. A view of scarcity assumes dependency on something/one “out there” to help, to relieve us.  In this world, it is revolutionary to be grateful.  Gratitude is what moves us from scarcity and fear to abundance and fulfillment, and the miracle is- that it never lives “out there”.  Gratitude is a state of mind that you create by waking up to the abundance already around you.  To the clothes you wear, to the air you breathe, to the world that is 24 hours a day working to serve you…. gratitude is a state of mind that you create by just being aware.

Salvaged from the old Cafe Gratitude blog that I used to manage, I wanted to share a snippet from this great blog post by Karin Winter on gratitude to get a peak into what gratitude can shift in daily use:

Gratitude is a powerful tool, a way of moving our attention and refocusing our worldview.  A lot of days, I find that I get easily distracted by what I don’t have, what is not working, what is not good enough, and what I don’t have time or money for.  When I notice that my attention is going down that road, I take the opportunity to remember what I am grateful for.

Matthew Engelhart, one of the owners of Café Gratitude, often tells a story about an epiphany he had while eating a tuna sandwich.  He was in a bit of a rush, anxious to get his food and eat, and right before taking a bite he realized how grateful he was for the fish that gave its life so that he could eat. Once he realized that, he also became grateful for the fisherman that caught that fish for him, and the farmer that grew the wheat for his bread, as well as the soil that the wheat grew in, and the microbes that live in that soil… his vision exploded to include bakers and bankers, truckers and diesel mechanics, grain elevator operators and net makers, hook makers and all of their families, as well as the great and mighty food chain of the ocean. All of this amazing mechanism of creation, working 24/7, was placed before him for $4.50. “How amazing,” he thought, “that I don’t have to manage a thing!  I don’t even have to remind them to bring the hooks!”

When we shift our attention to gratitude, it creates an experience of expansion, and of profound oneness.  There are plenty of days that I might think, “4.50, for a sandwich? Really?”  It’s a completely different experience when you realize the millions of humans, and billions of living beings that came together to make your (not-so) simple tuna sandwich happen. By being grateful, we get to have the experience of being cared for by all of them.  Something as simple as a meal, with an attitude of gratitude, can make us all feel very rich indeed.

For November, we are deeply taking on the game of being grateful.  What better time than now, to release our ego’s attachment to being in scarcity, and embrace the world already working on our behalf.  Gratitude is the doorway out of fear and into trust, and the bridge to the new paradigm.  Imagine communities that acknowledged and thank without hesitation, imagine being seen and seeing others for our/their contributions.

Here are some recommendations for awakening to the abundance of life, and crafting an attitude of gratitude:

  1. Keep a gratitude journal.  Simply spend the beginning of your days by writing a quick list of everything that you are grateful for.  If you are looking for a good app to keep this virtually, I recommend the gratitude journal, see here.
  2. Check out the Abounding River with Cafe Gratitude!  Owners Terces and Matthew created a logbookthat you can complete with a friend, a board game to play with 2 or more people, and a workshop (see their whole line up here), all of which we highly recommend for achievable deep steps into true gratitude.

Being Courageous

I don’t know about you, but this being game experiment that we’ve been taking on has been sweeping me off my feet!  Every month we’ve been playing full out on a way of being, and I can report that October’s game of BEing Courageous has unmistakably shaken up my world. Being courageousConsider that courageousness does not need to be about performance, toughing it out, or generating fearlessness.  Being courageous is about feeling the fear and acting anyway.  Unlike courageousness, fearlessness is about disregarding fear, or refusing its existence.  It’s ensuring ignorance in order to make a daring move. It’s closing your eyes to jump off the edge of a cliff, or reminding yourself that monsters don’t exist, so why be scared of them.  Fearlessness is battling the fear and doubt, and trying to reason your way around it.  Courageousness is looking directly at the cliffside.  Courageousness is stepping up and talking to the monster. Instead of asking a friend to push you into jumping, it’s counting down and keeping your promise to jump on three.  This month we are honoring courageousness, and I am personally ensuring that courageousness comes with transparency and authenticity in my life.  Faking it till I make it is not at the heart of courage.

This month we are taking on being courageous. Where in your life are you letting fear get in the way?  Have you been avoiding it or trying to trick yourself out from under it?  I invite you to see fear an an invitation to something bigger.  Fear is telling you that there is an opportunity on the other side of that wall- some other world that you’ve been too terrified to break through. Fear invites you to step outside of your own skin, to imagine what other reality is possible, and invites you to be bigger than you ever thought you could be.

What awaits you on the other side of fear?

Being Trusting

Family Times: Learning and Leaning into Trust My sister and favorite person in the world invited me on a road trip this fall and I now find myself right in the middle of it and having a ball- not unexpected at all. The trip is basically a big circle of the upper midwest to northeast to visit several graduate schools that my sister is looking to attend for a masters in Arts Administration. If you knew anything about my sister, you would know that she is the kind of person you would want on pretty much ANY important project, event, or endeavor. She is cool under pressure, extremely methodical, organized in a way that is accessible to others (her systems are rooted in common sense), and she is firm but kind when it comes to explaining and implementing her ideas. So naturally, that when I heard she was considering grad school, I was ecstatic and immediately had no doubt in my mind that she would find a great program and succeed. Yes, I am a very proud big sister.

In between school scoping, we took some nostalgic detours including a expedition to Bear Mountain State Park (in New York state)- a favorite childhood day trip for sledding, skating, walking on the frozen lake, swimming, fishing, and picnicking. My sister and I remember her getting lost there as a little girl and finding her way back to the picnic area w/the assistance of a friendly park ranger; she was resourceful and smart even as a little child. The park was beautiful-- the beginning of autumn was slightly showing itself in small clusters of colored leaves here and there, treasures to be captured by the eye, in the park and a delightful cool dampness in the air after a hard rain that seemed to announce summer was giving way- a familiar but ancient kinesthetic sensation to us having lived in places with 2 seasons the past 10-20 years.We began our trip by meeting in Chicago to take in the beauty and blues and to celebrate her 30th birthday- it was super fun and we found that we didn't even want to leave. A couple days later we drove to Bloomington to check out Indiana University (A “big ten” school). We moved on to Ohio, and the University of Akron and rounded off the school tour in Winston-Salem to explore University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). The purpose of visiting these schools in-person was not only to meet some of the faculty and students and to check out the grounds and the feel of the school but also to feel out the towns they were nestled in to determine if they were areas she could see herself being comfortable living and working in. So along with touring each campus we also drove around the downtown areas, went out on the town in the evenings, chatted with the locals, and scoped out the local art and theater scene.

We also visited my sister's friend in Brooklyn and I was reminded of my sister's “New Yorker” origins as her gruff but playful attitude toward drivers and the hustle and bustle of pedestrian, bicycle, and auto traffic proved a constant surprise that kept me on the edge of my seat like watching an action-packed film. This is real life in New York. While in Brooklyn one evening, I reconnected with my first best friend in elementary, Dagna, whom I realized I hadn't seen in 24 years! It was amazing to reconnect and also to get how much of an impression we can make on each other even at such a young age. Dagna and I were 7 when I left Manhattan with my family. I was embarrassed to discover that she thought about me for years afterwards when I had moved on so quickly. My siblings and I attended 13 different schools by the time we graduated high school. We learned to adapt, accept change, make new friends and allies quickly, and not to mourn but to forget the friends we left behind because that is all we could do to move on....

There were many other adventures including our short dip into the National Mall and a few of its more famous and intriguing memorials and museums: the Lincoln Memorial, the Botanical and Sculpture Gardens, and my favorite DC memory from childhood ever: the National Air and Space Museum. We deemed this our “speedy DC” trip, walked fast, gazed mystically, and laughed heartily at the nearly head spinning pace with which we were taking in such a large, and densely academic historical landmark.

My sister and I love each other enormously and, probably because we trust each other so much, we often clash and end up having at least a fight or two as we get accustomed to being in each others worlds again after years apart. During this trip, we have had many opportunities to regain trust and love for each other. Our family has been through some really tough times together. Being together, although often awesome, also usually entails some form of healing and regaining of trust. This commonly occurs through how we communicate with each other and ourselves as wounds come up to be healed and lack of trust is revealed in our actions, attitudes, or words. I'll give you an example. Being the elder sister, I often not only want to but also feel it is my obligation to take care of her, my younger sister. However, after years of me often imposing this care on her whether she wanted it or not (my way of showing I care), she has naturally developed a tendency not to trust me to know that she can take care of herself. And so, the healing of that trust entails me being more hands-off with her when we are together. It takes me taking a breath and noticing when I am acting from that motivation wanting to prove my love by doing things to “take care” of her. It means doing the work of reminding myself of how awesome it is to have a sister who is so self-reliant. For her, I imagine the journey of regaining trust with me is also to be aware and remember that I really do know she can take care of herself and then to choose to trust that I will treat her like an self-reliant adult most of time even when I don't- and speaking up when she needs to. It's up to me to listen when she speaks up and respect her request. When I can get to this place, it can be quite freeing because all there is to do is enjoy her company and not have to worry about whether or not I am being a “good sister”. She feels empowered and we both enjoy ourselves and being around each other the more for it.

When this wound of lack of trust comes up, our conversation might look something like this:

Sister: scowling with her arms crossed in the passenger seat

Me: How ya doing over there?

Sister: Fine. I don't want to talk about it.!

Me: All right, I understand that. Can you tell me what you don't want to talk about so that I can try to steer clear of those topics when we are in a conversation?

Sister: Why do you we have to keep having this conversation? Why do you always have to make such a big deal/thing about it when I don't want to talk about stuff? It's so frustrating.

Me: Okay, I'm just trying to support you in the way I know how. But if you don't want my help then fine, keep doing what you're doing because I can see it's really working for you and you seem really happy (passive aggressive sarcasm).

Does this scenario sound familiar? Perhaps some of you parents go through this same game of trust. It can be so difficult but SO rich to be with and then see our way through these dynamics and conflicts.

Being Game - Trusting

For most of us, wounds (issues we haven't quite gotten over and are still working with/on) can often come up when spending chunks of time with the family members we don't often spend time with. At least, this is the case when it comes to me and mine. For most of us, our families are our relationships of origin that contain the people we've learned the game of trust with and from. For some, we learned how not to trust as we grew up. For others, we've learned how to trust ourselves and then how to trust others. Many of us learned to trust our parents first. And some of us even got the lesson on how to regain/rebuild trust. Many of us learned all of those lessons and more with and from the families we grew up with. What I've learned about trust is that it can always be regained (either within myself or with another) if I am willing to be open minded and communicate. Here's how I do it:

  1. I look at the situation/relationship in which I've either lost trust or experience a loss of trust. I determine what I've learned in the process of this interaction w/out making up anything that demonizes or diminishes myself or the other person the process.
  2. I take a hard look at what I may be assuming about myself and others. In the example with my sister, I assumed that she needed a certain kind of care to feel loved and that I would not be a good sister if I didn't try to take care of her in certain ways. Where did those assumptions come from? For the most part, I made them up based on a few isolated past experiences and then started collecting evidence to prove to myself and probably my sister that those assumptions were true. In truth however, I mostly made those assumptions up!
  3. Next, I lean into the discomfort of what it would look like through my actions, speech, and attitude to trust myself and the other person/situation. In the example with my sister, it simply looked like being accepting of who she really was as well as myself, releasing the need to control our relationship or being attached to it looking any certain way, and the being present with whatever occurred between us when we were together.
  4. This may result in some direct communication with my sister in the form of an apology.For example, I might say something like: “Hey, I realize I've been making up that you need to be taken care of in a certain way in order to know that I love you. I realize this has not actually been what you want and I apologize for this and for the frustration I may have caused in acting from this assumption. I'm not committed to treating you in a way that leaves you feeling unseen or respected. You can count on me to remember that you are perfectly capable of taking care of yourself and that you will reach out to me if you need help. Do you have any requests of me?”
  5. Going forward, I continue to pay attention and notice what my thoughts, speech, and actions are when I'm experiencing a lack of trust with myself or others. In the case with my sister, I continue to do this and it gets easier to do as I begin to see that it works- which it does so well!
  6. Finally, and most importantly, I stay with the experience without acting out and allow myself the space to go through numbers 1- 3 on this list as many times as I need to before I decide to take an action or say something to restore the trust.
  7. Meanwhile, I remind myself to be patient and kind to myself throughout this process remembering that (especially in family dynamics) it took me a long time to learn not to trust myself and others so it's probably going to take some time to reconnect and restore love and trust.

 

So, here's how the new conversation with the sisters might go:

 

Sister: sulking in the passenger seat with her arms crossed

Me: how're you doing over there?

Sister: Fine. Just really don't want to talk about it.

Me: Okay. I understand you don't want to talk about it. What do you need right now?

Sister: Nothing. I just need for us not to talk right now at all.

Me: Okay. No problem. I've got some work to do anyway and you know I'm here if you need me. I'm going to turn the radio on, okay?

Sister: Yeah. Can you tune it to NPR? Thanks. Smiles.

Me: I smile.

 

How do you deal with trust in your family dynamic? What are you learning about yourself and others? What ways of communicating are working for you and what ways aren't? I couldn't imagine a better person to learn these lessons with than my sister. Who in your family is your greatest teacher? Have you considered thanking them for all they've helped you learn about yourself and how to relate to others?

 

Ella and Yeb in Brooklyn

 

Being Committed

Being CommittedThis month, the Get That You Matter team is taking on BEing Committed. Last month’s game of BEing Transparent allowed us the space to be fully expressed and authentic with our experiences. BEing Transparent was just what we needed to let out everything that we felt in our hearts, and now for August, we are actively taking on BEing Committed:  taking a stand for what we are actively creating, contributing to, and letting go of. BEing Committed feels like that pressure and resistance of the diving board at the deep end of the pool when you let all of your weight press against the springs, ready to jump. The end of the board hugs and holds your weight as you dip down, pushing your entire weight onto the end of the board. You are ready, committed in that moment, to launching yourself, swinging in the air, and meeting that cool wet world below the surface.

BEing Committed is like signing at the bottom of a lease, pressing the pen against the clean crisp paper, writing your name with a thick stream of ink that puts your word, your promise on living in this new space, this wonderful new home that will open up a world of new possibilities.

BEing Committed is throwing your hat over the fence, planting seeds in your garden, or registering for a class. BEing Committed is saying “I love you”, or joining a picket line. BEing Committed is rooting your feet into the soil, and standing straight for what you believe in, for what lights you up.

We are taking the opportunity this month to search our hearts for what we are committed to, and following through, putting our word on it.  Consider that you are as powerful as your word, and the bigger your commitments, the stronger you are. You are as powerful as your integrity, and it all starts with your commitment. It is your launching pad, your springboard, the diving board that propels you into the air. It creates the trajectory, from which you build integrity and power by following through.

 

What are you committed to?

Being Transparent

With That Moon Language

Admit something:

Everyone you see, you say to them, "Love me."

Of course you do not do this out loud, otherwise someone would call the cops.

Still, though, think about this, this great pull in us to connect.

Why not become the one who lives with a full moon in each eye

that is always saying,

with that sweet moon language,

what every other eye in this world is dying to hear?

~Hafiz

 

Being Tranparent Game

This month our wonderful team is taking on Being Transparent. What if we always said what there was to say: about ourselves, what we thought about the world around us, or each other.  What if we took responsibilty for our part in what we thought and believed about ourselves, the world around us, and others?  What if instead of avoiding truths- whether difficult to share or not- we spoke bravely?What if we were all whistle-blowers on our egoic mechanisms and we spoke up when we were feeling separate, guilty, or sad?  What if we gave up those stories of not being good enough or believing, thinking, acting, and speaking that another was not either?  What if we outed ourselves every time we created a disempowering story about ourselves or any body else?

 

Consider that when one person tells the truth about what is going on in their heads (what they are not saying), it gives others the courage to do the same. It may just give us all a chance to be just a little bit more present and real with one another.  Every time we blow the whistle on the little lies we tell ourselves about ourselves and others, the truth is dislodged from where we've hidden it and consider this gives us the freedom, if only for a moment, to be ourselves.  Consider being transparent gives us the opportunity to allow others to hold that disempowering belief or thought with us and help us to see that it may not actually be the truth of who we are. Suddenly, who we really are rises closer to the surface and perhaps we are all just a little bit closer to experiencing who we really are and what we are capable of.

 

GTYM has been fortunate enough to work with an incredible company right now called Outer Aisle Foods. Through our Sacred Commerce work with them, we've been witnessing some tremendous examples of the power of the tool of transparency. Consider what seems like the smallest gesture of truth, sharing, for example, that your feeling defensive in the middle of a difficult conversation, could just break down the barriers that created that conflict in the first place.

What if an honest world is one that heals faster, creates more awareness of the abundant blessings we all have access to, and ultimately is more workable in getting things done in the most efficient and often more inspiring way than other approaches to life, work, and and relationships.  Transparency, that is to say, saying what is there is to be said about what is actually going on as a policy, moves mountains, breaks down the highest and thickest of walls between us, and firmly plants common ground for easier co-existence in our daily lives.

 

Transparency isn't always easy.  It's hard to be honest with ourselves about how we feel or think about things especially when we are focused on the fear of how taking the risk of being vulnerable may impact our lives.  However consider that transparency is the great door stopper of the universe- it keeps the doors to our hearts cracked open just enough to let the light of other's hearts in and out and ultimately reveal deeper truths and provide fertile ground for more trust-worthy relationships.  Being transparent about yourself in a situation is like saying to others, "hey, it's okay, I'm human too! It's safe to be human around me. Let's work on finding a solution now that we've gotten that fearful thinking out of the way."  Transparency about others or a situation when it is delivered in a responsible way (using "I" statements and keeping our sharing to our experience) is one of the bravest acts one can take.

 

 

What about you?  We invite you to try it out.  What are you not saying and how might saying it have you experience more freedom to be you?

 

Being Community

Community
This month our GTYM team is focusing on "being community".  Wikipedia says "in biology, a community is a group of interacting living organisms sharing a populated environment". We are excited to play the game of living in this shared organism of life, recognizing that each being and experience is a part of and to some degree a reflection of who we are individually. For us this means recognizing every moment as an opportunity to contribute and be contributed to within the construct (the people, environment, situation, and internal experiences).   We are looking at how we can be of service to ourselves and our various communities simultaneously while communing with each other in each present moment and choosing to see it as a sacred opportunity to create the highest and most effective experience and results for all of life.  Specifically for our team, this can look like:
  1. Listening deeply to others and ourselves in each moment,
  2. Seeing the vitalness of every aspect of life being completely vital to the whole
  3. Holding the seat of love even when it is really uncomfortable and being willing to be called out on by others when we are not holding this seat well.
...What does being in community look like for you?  We'd love to hear from you!

May's BEing Game: Being Abundance

"Abundance can be had simply by consciously receiving what has already been given." -Sufi Saying There is a Sufi saying that goes, "Abundance can be had simply by consciously receiving what has already been given." This month we are putting our attention on choosing, as Terces Engelhart says, "the knowingness of being always and completely provided for" and practicing the view that abundance is actually an expression of the Spirit/Divine/The Oneness of which we all contribute to and are all a real part of. For instance, we knew the sun would rise this morning and we don't question that it will rise tomorrow. What if we had this same trust and confidence in the fact that we are always being taken care of in every aspect of our lives? Rather than putting our attention on what is not working and what we don't have, what if we chose instead to see, acknowledge, and give ourselves the experience of gratitude for what was working and what we do have with the same confidence and trust we experience as with the sun. Consider that there is a whole body and network of people, plants, animals, and systems working all the time to bring us things that we often take for granted: clean running water, electricity,our friendships, family, grocery stores, the post office, the internet, etc.

Being abundance also takes letting go of our attachments to how things "should look" or any impulses we have to "fix" life, systems or each other. In this view,it is simply a moment to moment practice of being aware and expressing gratitude for every act of service, product, and intention that sustains our lives. So many of us frequently have thoughts of going hungry, for example. We even exaggerate them on a regular basis: "I'm starving", for example. But how many meals have each of us skipped in our lives that wasn't by choice? I can't think of 1 day in my life where I skipped a meal because I couldn't afford groceries or didn't have a friend or family member to lean on? What if instead of buying into this view of individual scarcity (how we aren't provided for in the realms of food, transportation, bills, love, time, etc.) we took a moment to ask ourselves how we are being provided for and focus on the thousands of meals we have received in our one life time to date?

While writing this blog I am sitting in the Heart Rock Cafe drinking a cup of Thanksgiving Coffee. As I drink my coffee I am aware of all the labor, shipping, commerce, and intentions it took to get this coffee into my hands from the coffee bean growers, to the pickers, to the buyers who care about providing right livelihood for the growers, to the truck drivers and shipyards who got the beans to this cafe location. I am present to the coffee plants themselves that have been flowering, growing and taking in sunshine and water for months to produce the beautiful cup in front of me and the cow that gave its milk to the farmer who harvested it to the shop owner and the smiling barista who served it up. I am so provided for and fulfilled in this now moment just by putting my attention upon all the contributions it took world-wide to get this cup of coffee to me so that I can do the good work I am here to do. This is abundance!

We invite you to play with us this month. How are you being provided for? What services, products, people have you possibly been taking for granted? What do you have an abundance of: shoes, friends, food, money, skills, opportunities? We'd love to hear from and celebrate your abundance!

 

 

April's BEing Game: We Are Grounded

This month our GTYM team is taking on Being Grounded!  For us this looks like holding the beautiful creations we've crafted in March within a strong container and connecting them with the earth, our primary source of life.  Like the roots of a tree, we are diving into our foundations and growing connection to substance.  As Terces Engelhart says, "we are choosing to walk a spiritual path with practical feet'" allowing our work and daily practices to be our spiritual practices by choosing wisely to sustain ourselves, mama earth, and each other in a way that assures that we, connected to each other as one, thrive!  How are you choosing to be grounded in your life?  What roots you to your purpose and has you simulatneously take care of the earth and others while caring for yourself?  Do you see how getting that you matter is actually the most grounded and sustainable action you could take for the earth?  How does grounding in self care and love show up in your life and how does it impact your local community and the earth? Comment below; we'd love to hear from you!

March's BEing Game: We Are Creative

At Get That You Matter, our staff have all created goals for how our Being will manifest in our lives and raise the bar for our company. Erin is creating completion conversations, Eric is creating completion of our new logo and website (to be launched soon!), Cheyenne is creating even more cadence for our social media, and Yebuny is creating space for new clients and more events on our calendar. It feels great to hold each other accountable for what we're creating and to anticipate the positive flow of connections and abundance as a result of Being Creation.

Will you join us in the Being Game? If so, what are you creating this month? We'd love to hear!

Notes on our development as Get That You Matter

As we each commit to Being Love in our thoughts, beliefs, words, attitudes and actions, we will measure the outcome in our growth as an organization in each of four areas - profit, awakening, sustainability and service, what in Sacred Commerce is called a "PASS." Each month, we will take on BEing a different quality in every area of our lives and measure the results in terms of our P.A.S.S. as a company. We're very excited to see how this new metric for our business brings us all to new levels of leadership and accountability, and promise to keep you up to date with how well we are playing our BEing Game. Join our monthly newsletter and keep in touch!