Why Everyday Gyaan #FridayReflections

Why Everyday Gyaan #FridayReflections

Today’s prompt invites me to share the background to this blog, so I’m going to reshare with you something that I had upto recently on the homepage which will tell you : Why Everyday Gyaan?

My first choice of a name was Daily Gyaan but I wasn’t able to get the domain and I’m glad it worked that way.

Why Everyday Gyaan?

What’s the meaning behind the name Everyday Gyaan, you might ask? Everyday – talking about things that happen in day to day life…… Gyaan – a Sanskrit word that means ‘wisdom’ or ‘knowledge’. Together they represent what this blog is about – drawing meaning, learning and inspiration from the ordinary and everyday events of life.

What makes Everyday Gyaan?

The Everyday Gyaan journey began in early 2009 and I have been constantly experimenting with my writing and sharing until I sat down one day and decided what I really wanted this site to be about. Everyday Gyaan is all about keeping life simple, authentic and holistic. While I enjoy writing and sharing here, this website acts as guide for me to keep things real. When I share things that are happening in my life, or my perspective on things happening in the world, I want my writing to resonate with you, dear reader.

The Frangipani story….

From quite early, a frangipani flower has adorned the header of this site, simply because I found it so pretty. Later I learnt there was a symbolism behind the  five petals of the flower.  Supposedly they represent five qualities of necessary for psychological perfection: sincerity, faith, aspiration, devotion and surrender. These are qualities I want to have within me and radiate to the world.

Always grateful

I am always grateful for all I have learnt and all the wonderful friends I’ve made through Everyday Gyaan.  Thank you for being one of them!

#FridayReflections

If you are new to Friday Reflections, here’s what it’s about. It’s the end of the week, you’re probably exhausted with work, and all you want to do is sit back, put your feet up, sip on some fancy cocktail or wine, and write away. Sanch of Living My Imperfect Life and Everyday Gyaan give you writing prompts and all you have to do is choose any one of those prompts to blog about and link up between Friday and Monday. After you link up, be sure to spread the love by visiting other bloggers who have linked up too.

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Our featured writer last week was Bellybytes for her post on how her strength became a weakness. If you want to be our featured writer, all you have to do is write on one of the above prompts and link up below! Come back on Monday to vote for your favourite.

We look forward to reading your posts. Please attempt to visit and comment on all the posts linked here. Do come back on Monday and vote for your favourites!

Prompts for 17 March 2017

  1. Your most prized possession and why
  2. Top three favourite bands/musicians
  3. The reason behind your blog and its name
  4. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” – John Lennon. Use this quote in your post or as an inspiration for one.
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Recovering A Sense of Power Week 3 #WYHO

Recovering A Sense of Power Week 3 #WYHO

I’ve been sharing with you about The Artist’s Way and inviting you along on the journey. This too like the previous posts is a repost from last year.

So far we’ve covered –

  1. Introduction to The Artist’s Way
  2. Recovering A Sense of Safety – Week 1
  3. Recovering A Sense of Identity – Week 2

And then I took a long break…a really long break, until I announced that I’m getting back to The Artist’s Way.   On to Week 3 now.

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Week 3 is hard. This is when you want to give it all up. Why?

Anger

You’ll find as you dig deeper within, anger starts bubbling up to the surface.  As Gloria Steinem said:  The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. In your quest to look into yourself, you’ll find anger that you can’t explain, don’t know how to deal with and don’t want to have anything to do with.

Since outbursts and other forms of violence are frowned upon, most of us bottle up our anger, bury it and hope it will die. We need to remember that anger is not an action. It is an emotion. An emotion that needs to be acted upon.

We must not disown our anger, but instead use it as a fuel to take the right action for protect and nurture ourselves.

When I was doing Week 3, I felt a lot of anger too. My first reaction was to try and wish it away. Instead I worked hard at sitting with it and letting it tell me things about myself and my past. I allowed my anger to show me how I had allowed certain individuals and events to have a hold over me. I continued to give these people power over my life and as a result continued to bottle up my anger. Owning my feelings, taking back my power and divorcing myself from drama resulted in a lot more harmony and creativity and much more energy.

Let’s look at anger as an invitation to action.

Synchronicity

Week 1 and Week 2 of The Artist’s Way warn us that we might have become too comfortable and value our sense of safety so much, that we allow our dreams to pass us by.

But what if your biggest dream suddenly had the possiblity of becoming true? Would you it excite you or scare you?

This week you are invited to live in possiblity. To open yourself out to synchronicity.

The term synchronicity was coined by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875-1961).Jung’s concept of synchronicity is complicated and poorly defined, but can be boiled down to describing “meaningful coincidences.” Start believing that it’s possible for your biggest dream to come true and open yourself out to the invitations that the Universe will send your way.

Goethe has this to say about our efforts being assisted by Providence:

Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.

Exercises for this week:

1. Inner Compass: Each of us has an inner compass. This is an instinct that points us toward health. It warns us when we are on dangerous ground, and it tells us when something is safe and good for us. Morning pages are one way to contact it. So are some other artist-brain activities — painting, driving, walking, scrubbing, running. This week, take an hour to follow your inner compass by doing an artist-brain activity and listening to what insights bubble up.

2. List five people you admire. Now, list five people you secretly admire. What traits do these people have that you can cultivate further in yourself?
List five people you wish you had met who are dead. Now, list five people who are dead whom you’d like to hang out with for a while in eternity. What traits do you find in these people that you can look for in your friends?
Compare the two sets of lists. Take a look at what you really like and really admire — and a look at what you think you should like and admire. Your shoulds might tell you to admire Edison while your heart belongs to Houdini. Go with the Houdini side of you for a while.

Keep writing your heart out.

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Recovering A Sense Of Identity #WYHO  Week 2

Recovering A Sense Of Identity #WYHO Week 2

Continuing from last year, I am revisiting The Artist’s Way by first republishing the posts from last year and then carrying on from there. Week 2 focuses on recovering a sense of identity.

Week Two is an important week in the Artist’s Way journey. You’ve been writing your morning pages for a week now and hopefully have had an Artist’s Date too. Hopefully, you’ve done the exercises shared last week.

Week 2 : Recovering A Sense of Identity

This week is all about making space for your inner artist to flourish by shutting up that inner critic and moving away from attacks to our creativity from external sources. The artist (and remember, that is YOU) must safeguard herself from allowing self-doubt to lead to self-sabotage.

Cameron describes the external sources of sabotage and recommends that both these kinds of people must be avoided:

Poisonous Playmates – Sometimes the people we are friends with don’t want to move and when they find that you are moving ahead and finding new ways to express yourself, they might,consciously or unconsciously, do or say things that lead you to doubt yourself.

Crazy-makers – These are people who love drama and and suck up your time and energy. Divorce yourself from the drama.

Some suggested exercises this week besides the Morning Pages and the Artist Date are:

Life Pie
Divide a circle into six parts. Label them – spirituality, exercise, romance, play, work, friends and family.
Place a dot in each section at the level to which you are fulfilled in that area — out on the rim if you’re very pleased with that part of your life, toward the center if you are less fulfilled. Connect the dots. You will soon see the areas that need focus. Choose one and work on it this week.

10 Tiny Changes
List 10 changes you’d like to make, big or small.
Do it this way:
I would like to… get a
I would like to… go on an African safari
I would like to… get rid of….

Choose one item and make it your goal for this week. You could even take on the big ones. For example, you can’t go on safari this week, but you can find out details, connect with a travel agent, check costs etc. Do that one thing and see if it frees up some energy for you.

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Think of yourself as an incandescent power, illuminated and perhaps forever talked to by God and his messengers. -Brenda Ueland

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Write Your Heart Out #wyho is weekly feature that appears every Thursday here with a linky that will be open from Thursday to Sunday.

  1. I would encourage you to write a new post in which you free write.
  2. You’re also welcome to write on the prompts offered in this post and/or add links from your posts from the week.
  3. Visit and comment on at least two posts before yours.
  4. Use the hashtag #WYHO to share posts and you’re welcome to grab this badge too.

This week’s prompts are :

  1. The worst enemy to my creativity is………….
  2. Why I wish I was abducted by an alien!
  3. The best part of me is………
  4. What do you need to allow to take more time or space in your life?


 

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Recovering A Sense Of Safety #WYHO Week 1

Recovering A Sense Of Safety #WYHO Week 1


As I mentioned last week, I’m re-sharing and completing The Artist’s Way Series again this year. Last week, we looked at the introduction. We’re on to Week 1 one.

We’re looking now at Week 1 the course. I will only be touching on some concepts and ideas and would urge you to buy the book to get the whole picture.

Week 1 – Recovering A Sense Of Safety

This week we focus on realizing how our inner artist needs to recover. Perhaps, down the years our creativity has not been encouraged sufficiently. Often our family of origin has allowed us to pursue our creative interests as hobbies, but told us to be practical when it came to our careers, etc. We’ve often heard expressions like: ‘Stop dreaming! Your head is in the clouds!’ ‘Be practical’, ‘Grow up’. Slowly, we learn to suppress our creative instincts. But we’ve got to realize someday that we’ve been conned.

It’s never too late to start over and we must.

This week give our inner artist the space to begin flourishing again. Some of the exercises recommended in the book include:

1. Identifying our core negative beliefs and countering them with affirmations.

Our creativity is often blocked because we feel safer that way. Our psyche equips us with negative beliefs that keep us from feeling threatened. Some of these beliefs might be:
– I’ll never be good as other artists.
– I can’t make a living this way.
– I may not be as good as I think I am.
– I’ll embarrass myself and my family.

The only way to counter these negative beliefs is to use affirmations. It’s funny how we are so comfortable with thinking and saying negative things about ourselves, but the moment we try to use affirmations, we feel uncomfortable. For example, take the affirmation, ‘I am a fantastic writer’ and say that aloud. You’ll find that negative voice in your head saying, ‘Who are you trying to fool?’ or ‘There are so many better writers than you’. Try to find the source of that voice – when did the comparisons start, who said those negative things, how did you pick them up. I can assure you that this is hard work, but totally worth it.

2. Identifying our Hall of Monsters and sending them for a walk.

Think of 3 people who, intentionally or not, said negative things about your creativity when you were growing up. Three specific people. Write down their names. Now select one of these individuals and attempt to recall all the details about what happened. Write it down. The more details you can recall about the situation- the setting, their words, how you felt, what others said etc – the better. Now counter these by writing a letter in your defense stating how you felt and why s/he should have known better than to put you down. Post the letter to yourself, email it yourself, or put it under your pillow to read the next day.

There are many more such exercises in the book. They are in addition to the daily Morning Pages and the weekly Artist Date prescribed. The important thing in this week is to feel safe – don’t stress, obsess, but don’t skip either.

Daily Morning Pages. Three pages of free writing without thinking. Do not read them. Do not share them. Do not judge them. You can write to-do lists, describe how you big toes hurts, write why you hate to write, write your dreams, write an imaginary letter to an alien. But keep writing those three pages.

Artist’s Date. Take yourself out for a treat – just one hour every week.

Artist Dates are assigned play.The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore
something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic” — think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it. – Julia Cameron

Do let me know how you’re getting on.

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Write Your Heart Out With The Artist’s Way

 

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Write Your Heart Out #wyho is weekly feature that appears every Thursday here with a linky that will be open from Thursday to Sunday.

  1. I would encourage you to write a new post in which you free write.
  2. You’re also welcome to write on the prompts offered in this post and/or add links from your posts from the week.
  3. Visit and comment on at least two posts before yours.
  4. Use the hashtag #WYHO to share posts and you’re welcome to grab this badge too.

This week’s prompts are :

  1. This I promise you.
  2. A list of things you’ll never do again.
  3. “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
  4. And we found _________ in a trunk in the attic…….


 

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Write Your Heart Out With The Artist’s Way #WYHO

Write Your Heart Out With The Artist’s Way #WYHO

I wrote this post almost exactly a year back. But along the way I forgot my commitment to the Morning Pages and to the invitation I had given you, dear readers to Write Your Heart Out With the Artist’ Way. I’m happy to report I’ve restarted my Morning Pages practice and invite you to journey along with me once again, this year.  I’m not changing anything about the post. I’m even extending the linky, in case you want to add a post.

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Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart – William Wordsworth

This year, I’m recommitting to following The Artist’s Way and I thought I’d invite you along on my journey. For the next 14 weeks, I’ll be sharing thoughts, ideas and experiences from the book and my personal experience, every Thursday.

It would we wonderful if you got your own copy of the book and we journeyed together.

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What is The Artist’s Way?

The Artist’s Way is a course that guides you through the process of rediscovering your creative self. It dispels the ‘I’m not talented enough’ conditioning that holds many people back and helps you to unleash your own inner artist.

I have found that using the tools of The Artist’s Way has helped me not only to become more creative but to become more sure of who I am.

This week, we’ll be looking at the basic principles, the basic tools and the creativity contract that are an integral part of the artist’s way.

The Basic Principles (download a printable copy here)

1. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy; pure creative energy.
2. There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life – including ourselves.
3. When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator’s creativity within us and our lives.
4. We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.
5. Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.
6. The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature.
7. When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to God: good orderly direction.
8. As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle, but powerful changes are to be expected.
9. It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity.
10. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.

The Basic Tools

Morning pages are three pages of writing (long hand) anything that comes to your head. Julia Cameron suggests that you make Morning Pages a practice that you keep every day while you are working through The Artist’s Way, and hopefully, beyond.

The Artist Date is a commitment to spend time with yourself once a week. It is a date with your inner artist, or your inner-child.

I have found that both these tools helped me to go deeper into myself and to acknowledge parts of myself and my life experiences that I had buried deep. Despite how hard this can be at times, it is totally worth the effort.

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The Creativity Contract  

At the start of the course, you are encouraged to make a contract with yourself. I’m making my Creativity Contract public today. You can download a blank contract here and fill it up for yourself.

I,  Corinne , understand that I am undertaking an intensive, guided encounter with my own creativity. I commit myself to the twelve-week duration of the course. I, Corinne, commit to weekly reading, daily morning pages, a weekly artist date, and the fulfillment of each week’s tasks.

I,  Corinne, further understand that this course will raise issues and emotions for me to deal with. I, Corinne, commit myself to excellent self-care–adequate sleep, diet, exercise and pampering–for the duration of the course.

Corinne Rodrigues
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Signature
7th January 2016
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Next Thursday, I’ll be talking about Week 1 of the course – Recovering A Sense of Safety.

Would you like to join me on this journey? Let me know in the comments or via the contact form.

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Write Your Heart Out #wyho is weekly feature that appears every Thursday here with a linky that will be open from Thursday to Sunday.

  1. I would encourage you to write a new post in which you free write – just allow your thoughts to float
  2. You’re also welcome to write on the prompts offered in this post and/or add links from your posts from the week.
  3. Visit and comment on at least two posts before yours.
  4. Use the hashtag #WYHO to share posts and you’re welcome to grab this badge too.

 

This week’s prompts are :

  1. What according to you would be good reasons to break off a relationship?
  2. 7 signs that it’s time for you to find a new job.
  3. Your thoughts on this quote:  The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself. ~Rita Mae Brown
  4. Let this picture inspire you to write a story or a poem.


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7 Steps For Perfecting Your SEO Campaign

7 Steps For Perfecting Your SEO Campaign

SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is a term that is extremely common in the online marketing world. There’s good reason why: the success of any blog or website will largely depend on how successful the SEO campaign for that blog or site is. SEO can be complicated. Let me attempt to simplify with 7 steps for perfecting your SEO campaign.

Let’s assume you run a lifestyle blog. If you want your lifestyle blog to be successful, running a successful SEO campaign is an absolute necessity.

Here are 7 Steps For Perfecting Your SEO Campaign

#1 Research Popular Lifestyle SEO Keywords

Researching popular lifestyle SEO keywords should be your first step when running your SEO campaign. Keywords can be anything from skills to job titles to the names of companies to everyday jargon and so on.

Your objective here is to uncover the specific keywords relating to your blog’s niche that most people are typing into a search engine. By including these keywords into your blog’s content, it will rate higher on the search engine’s results page.

# 2 Place An SEO Keyword In Your Domain Name

Your online presence essentially begins and ends with your domain name, the name of your lifestyle blog and the identity of your brand. But the reason why researching popular SEO keywords comes before choosing your domain name is because it’s wise to include a popular SEO keyword in your domain name to begin with. Doing so is guaranteed to rank you higher on a search engine.

#3 Publish Content Rich In Popular Keywords

Writing and publishing content is undeniably the fun part of running a blog, and besides making sure the quality of your content is unquestionable, also make sure that you’re including enough keywords in that content as well. As a general rule of thumb, strive to include at least 2-3 keywords or phrases for every 300 words of content.

#4 Include Keywords In Your Meta Tags

Your domain name and content are not the only places to include popular keywords. You’ll further enhance your SEO marketing campaign by including them in each of your meta tags because it will be easier for a search engine to classify your pages in the search results.

#5 Request Your Contacts Link To Your Blog

The beauty of networking in the blogging world is it gives you more contacts who you can ask to link to your blog from their own blog (and vice versa, you can link to their blog as well). Cross linking is ultimately one of the most overlooked but also among the most effective methods for driving more traffic to any blog.

#6 Submit Your Blog to Search Engines

After you have built your blog and included keywords in your meta tags, the next thing you need to do is submit your website to each of the major search engines. There are many free web submission services that you can use to get this done in a matter of seconds.

#7 Make Improvements

Finally, there’s always room for improvement, right? Use a website analyzer to generate a report on the strength of your blog’s SEO campaign. You’ll be given information on which of your keywords are the most popular and specific errors you need to correct to increase your rankings.

Time To Get Started

Now that you know what you need to do to truly perfect your lifestyle blog’s SEO campaign, the next thing you need to do is get started applying what you’ve learned. By utilizing the tips in this brief guide, your blog will stand a much greater chance of attracting visitors and getting off the ground.

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