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Jill Badonsky
san diego
Author, Illustrator, Founder of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training.
Interests: creativity, hiking, writing, film, music, art, laughing, nature,spirituality, love
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“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” ― Gautama Buddha “The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.” “But a true and accurate measurement of one’s self-worth is how people feel about the negative aspects of themselves.” ― Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life Hi Creative Friends, Yesterday, blissfully positioned in pigeon pose, (my favorite yoga asana), a car alarm went off in my neighborhood. BLEeeHK! BLEeeHK! BLEeeHK! It kept... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at The Muse is IN Blog
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Dog caught in the wake of a wish on a dandelion Hi Creative Friends, "I believe when you stand in the middle of the driveway and wish upon a star for a handsome prince, you get bit by a mosquito and your mom tells you to come in and get a sweater." ~Me at 10 years old I just recently had my heart broken. All the red flags were there, but ... you know ... love being blind and all. I needed two Seeing Eye Dogs for Love Blindness like the ones below. (They are blind memory drawings because I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at The Muse is IN Blog
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When you are convinced that all the exits are blocked, either you take to believing in miracles or you stand still like the hummingbird. The miracle is that the honey is always there, right under your nose, only you were too busy searching elsewhere to realize it. The worst is not death but being blind, blind to the fact that everything about life is in the nature of the miraculous. ~Henry Miller, Miraculous kind of an enlightened writer guy Concerning that quote up there^ by Henry Miller? If you want it right under your nose, it's in the front of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at The Muse is IN Blog
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Hi Creative Friends, Elizabeth Gilbert writes: “The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.” So this, I believe, is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?” When I sit with that quote for a moment, maybe even close my eyes and imagine strange jewels waiting to be found, I become eager to take a step in my writing. I know I have the courage, but I get stuck with all the... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at The Muse is IN Blog
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All sorts of subterranean dynamics ranging from messages we received in early childhood to our concentration hijacked habitually by fixations with media and the refrigerator are stealing our time and rendering us creatively pissed. I either have to abide to my creative calling or be cranky. It's a law. Creative call + do something to answer it = content, generous, kind, energetic, cordial, witty, insightful (at times, grandiose) Creative call + ignore/avoid/resist it = cranky Kahlil Gibran said: There is a space between man’s imagination and mans attainment that may only be traversed by his longing. Evidently longing is important... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at The Muse is IN Blog
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Download Permission to SLIP Up “Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ~Confucius On this day that honors a man who taught tolerance, I'd like to propose another kind of tolerance that will make your creative life easier if you buy into it. If you don't, good luck. Once I decided creativity was going to be my life, I knew I had to either develop a "tolerance muscle" or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at The Muse is IN Blog
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I have digestive problems. I’m one of those creative people some call an empath, others consider highly sensitive, and my family deemed, “Oh, why do you have to be so sensitive?” Nevertheless my creativity runs on sensitivity so despite its inconvenience, despite it being a pain in the ass when my feelings get easily hurt and I get irritable from the noise other people tolerate, I’m grateful for my sensitivity. Sensitivity not only gives me profound spiritual experiences in nature, helps me design creative work for my audience, it also feeds the intuition that wakes up when it senses an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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“Unlike a fountain that circulates the same water in an enclosed, perpetually recycling system, a human being circulates thoughts in an unlimited reservoir of self. Don't limit yourself to being a mere fountain when you contain an ocean.” ~Vera Nazarian Don't fall in the fountain. Originally developed by Abraham Maslow in 1964, "peak experiences" are described as "rare, exciting, oceanic, <(really?!), deeply moving, exhilarating, elevating experiences that generate an advanced form of perceiving reality, and are even mystic and magical in their effect upon the experimenter." I've been swimming a mile at La Jolla cove at sunrise a couple times... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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From a recent NPR interview about his creative process, David Crosby shows he a disciple of the Modern Day Muse, Albert: “’If you want to talk about something you can't go straight at it,’ he says. ‘It doesn't work that way. If you want to write about the Eiffel Tower you don't say, 'It's big and it's tall and it's made out of iron!' You don't. You look at the Eiffel Tower through somebody's eyes who's watching it in the mist over their lover's head. In Paris. On a quiet night. And then, you see the Eiffel Tower.’” When the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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"Aha-phrodite" inspires mortals to pay attention. She's a modern day Muse from my first book The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard): 10 Guides to Creative Inspiration which was about ten creative principles personified as nine new and improved Muses and the all-important, Bodyguard. The Greek Muses were rendered obsolete because they couldn’t keep up with the modern day distractions including Netflix, Facebook, and computer solitaire so a new gaggle of Muses was required to get creative inspiration to mortals. That’s what Muses do. Each Muse has a story about how she or he, (yes... he) were part of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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The other day on a walk, a little roly-poly kid cut through the middle of someone's lawn heading straight toward me. As soon, as SOON as he saw me he held up three quarters of an old ragged Frisbee and announced with great verve, "Look what I found!" I didn't know this kid, never saw him before in my life. He added, not missing a beat, "And I have a dog!" not doubting for a minute I would know the connection of dog and Frisbee. He was elated about this imperfect booty, I was honored that this kid shared the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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Dear Friend, In addition to wanting to be a super-hero when I was a child, rock star was also on the trajectory. The two work well together, especially if you have back-up singers that can double as hero-side-kicks. In my imagination there would be an audience of adoring fans, a bass player I fall in love with, and really cool sequined Bermuda shorts with matching cap (geek DNA). But I failed after only one guitar lesson. I quit because playing like a rock star didn't happen quickly and easily. I thought I just wasn't good at guitar, but really, I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
Dear Friend, When I was a mini-muse, I was a wild child. My parents rarely disciplined me to be or do anything in a certain way. Perhaps they were afraid of me because my real mother was Ruler of the Amazons and my dad was Zeus. Oh wait, that’s not me, that’s some woman with spectacular bracelets . However, I was an imaginative and willful imp who liked to do things my way, which is not rare in the land of creative kids. Maybe you were a wild child too and that’s why we get along so well. My parents... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
I was listening to the radio while driving last week and the weatherman launched into local temperatures, but when he got to the desert he said, “And the desert has hotter temperatures… as usual.” Just a slight afterthought interjected where one usually isn't. Insignificant to many, perhaps, but the “as usual” struck me a funny, seemed like a bit of an attitude, and as such, it stirred the simmering soup of creative play within me. What if there was a story about a character that was enamored with a weatherman who had an tendency to add his opinion to the... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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Where in your life are you trying to be perfect? Where is it not even obvious anymore because perfection and not feeling good enough are habits? How can you see it differently? Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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Happy April Fools Day! Sometimes the only way I can show -up for my creativity is by fooling my fears (the world of irrational thinking that leads to avoidance, resistance, and odd preoccupations with flying lint). Since today is a day of fooling, I'll share some of my sneaky secrets about how to fool your fears JUST in case you run up against creative-intention-interference too. 1. Reframe First Attempts When I redefine the purpose of beginning or returning to a creative endeavor as generating a mound of material with no merit, I accumulate writing or art I can then work... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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"Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun." ~ George Scialabba I like to get the most out of the accessories I was endowed with as a human. Such as my imagination. The things our imagination can do for us is limited only by, well, our imagination. One of the things I do, when needed is get rid of painful obsessions with imaginary scenarios. If you're creative, chances are you're also sensitive. High sensitivity is a gift in the creative process. Intense feelings are amazing triggers for poetry, painting, music, plays, writing, and large portraits of our moms riding Harleys. Sensitivity... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” ~George Bernard One of the phases we traverse in the mindfulness creative program called Finding Uber Bliss is to see things differently; it's called Head Tilt. I love how this painting humorously captures a tilt. Humor is a necessary medicine for me. It helped me survive a difficult childhood - it gives me the relief I need when I see the news, and shows me absurdity in a way that liberates my disillusions. This concept may pertain to our politics now, but if you're not in that place, it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog
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Dear Reader, I just ran across the photo I took of this ^painting and was sad. I painted it a few years ago and then painted over the wild spontaneous city because I doubted my initial feeling of absolutely loving it. My partner at the time, told me I should stick to watercolors and I allowed his opinion to influence my feelings toward it. When I saw the photo, I loved it again, but alas, now it's a a kid holding a balloon. [drats] Art preference is so subjective. What one person rejects, another may adore. Trusting Our Instincts Comes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at The Muse is IN Blog