Jazz Matters ~ 5 Steps to Transform Your Life with the Secret Habits of Jazz Living ~ Step 2 ~ Living in the Present Tense feat. Nina Simone performing You Will Never Walk Alone

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“What we do as artists is a combination of experience & imagination. How that creeps into your work is not so linear.” ~ Diana Krall

Step 2: Living in the Present tense

One of the ways in which I have sabotaged myself is by lugging around old images and replaying old tapes that have undermined my progress and creativity. Now if I want to become more creative, I stop seeing myself as unimaginative or not creative. I stop affirming lack and talking about not having enough imagination. I stop complaining about not being perfect or having enough to write about and I will just write not worrying about the outcome. One of the “secrets” to becoming creative is to affirm the creativity I already possess. I now spend each day expressing my gratitude for all the creativity that I already have and counting my blessings. By affirming my present creativity, health, and opportunities, I am creating a mental state that will attract more. I now accept the cosmic law “We attract what we think about.” So I make a habit of acting, thinking, visualizing, and talking as the person I would like to become. So, from this day forward I will picture a mental movie screen and project images of creativity onto the screen. I realize what matters most is that I am teaching my subconscious mind what I truly want to have in my life. Trusting that everything is ok the way it is, no matter what, allowing oneself to surrender to the irrational, relinquishing the need to understand everything right away, is a huge luxury and gives us room to breathe and relax and let the healing begin,

The major part of living in the present tense is an innate trust in God, life and the process.  Steven Pressfield calls this Resistance.  Resistance is an impartial force of nature, like gravity and the laws of thermodynamics. Resistance is clever. It knows if it personalizes its manifestations, it can deceive us and slip past our defenses. It’s like the software that enables direct-mail marketers to send us letter and e-mails addressed, “Dear Susie.” It’s b.s. Resistance doesn’t know who we are and it doesn’t care.  

So if we accept life, trust the process, embrace Resistance and dare to dream…Pressfield  believes  to “dream” I mean a creative vision of something original and worthy that you or I might do or produce—a movie, a painting, a new business, a charitable venture, an act of personal or political integrity and generosity.   Being present is the portal that guides you to the life that you create using Resistance and adversity as the wings that give you the ability to dream and live and not merely survive or exist.  What about you, do you have a dream?  You are on the runway….lean into life and dance, fly or whatever suits your fancy…Peace Out!  JBC 8-)

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  1. #1 by Hetterbell on February 24, 2014 - 5:18 am

    You have no idea how much this resonates with me at the moment. I found this post very inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing. :)


  2. #3 by Carol Balawyder on February 23, 2014 - 2:40 pm

    I played the Diana Krall music that you provided while reading your blog. A very enjoyable experience.
    We’ve been so conditioned to thinking negatively that it takes practice to be aware of these thoughts and decide if we want to keep them or change them for thoughts that are more productive and warm our hearts.


    • #4 by Jazzybeatchick on February 23, 2014 - 8:44 pm

      I agree. The tricky part occurs irrespective of when we recognize the voice of self-loathing is a lie is not automatic and by no means an easy task. Resistance doesn’t disappear. Self-sabotage does not go away. It still exists and we still have to face and overcome them. Peace Out! JBC 8-)


  3. #5 by Let's CUT the Crap! on February 23, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    I’m right behind the saying, “We attract what we think about.” :-)



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