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Spaghetti on the Wall Guided Discernment

Daily Quote

1/18/2019

“Beauty attracts beautiful thoughts.” African Proverb, African Wisdom for Life, A Calendar Compiled by Annetta Miller

To-Do:

Try something new today.

Greet everyone you encounter today with eye contact and your smile.

What is beautiful to you? What moves you?

Embrace beauty in your life.

Today I learned________________________.

Today I loved it when______________________________________________________________.

Today I wish I could have done more of_________________________________________________________________.

Enjoy!

In gratitude,

Kristan Browne

kristan@attriniti.com


Spaghetti on the Wall Guided Discernment

Daily Quote

1/8/2019

“Any calabah with a bottom can stand upright.” Kenyan Proverb, African Wisdom for Life, A Calendar Compiled by Annetta Miller

To-Do:

Pick a word for the Day.

Greet everyone you encounter today with eye contact and your smile.

5 Moments of Genius.

5 Moments of Discomfort.

Today I learned________________________.

Today I loved it when______________________________________________________________.

Today I wish I could have done more of_________________________________________________________________.

Enjoy!

In gratitude,

Kristan Browne

kristan@attriniti.com


Spaghetti On the Wall Guided Discernment

Daily Quote

1/7/2019

‘It is through small things that a village is established.” Ghanaian Proverb, African Wisdom for Life, A Calendar Compiled by Annetta Miller

To-Do:

Greet everyone you encounter today with eye contact and your smile.

Take 3 deeps breaths before each meal.

Top 5 Moments of the Day-Be on the lookout.

Today I learned________________________.

Today I loved it when______________________________________________________________.

Today I wish I could have done more of_________________________________________________________________.

Enjoy!

In gratitude,

Kristan Browne

kristan@attriniti.com


Spaghetti on the Wall Guided Discernment

Daily Quote

1/10/2019

“Footprints in the sands of time are not made sitting down.” Liberian Proverb, African Wisdom for Life, A Calendar Compiled by Annetta Miller

To-Do:

Try something new today.

Greet everyone you encounter today with eye contact and your smile.

Where did your feet take you today?

What was one of your favorite trips? Least favorite?

Today I learned________________________.

Today I loved it when______________________________________________________________.

Today I wish I could have done more of_________________________________________________________________.

Enjoy!

In gratitude,

Kristan Browne

kristan@attriniti.com


Spaghetti on the Wall Guided Discernment

Daily Quote

1/9/2019

“Wisdom is like a baobab tree, a single person’s hand cannot embrace it.” Ghanaian Proverb, African Wisdom for Life, A Calendar Compiled by Annetta Miller

To-Do:

Pick a word for the Day.

Greet everyone you encounter today with eye contact and your smile.

Did you ask for help today?

What did it feel like?

Did you collaborate with someone today?

Did you enjoy it? Describe the experience.

Today I learned________________________.

Today I loved it when______________________________________________________________.

Today I wish I could have done more of_________________________________________________________________.

Enjoy!

In gratitude,

Kristan Browne

kristan@attriniti.com


365 Day Challenge-Day 38 Stopping Thoughts

You can naturally stop your thoughts if you focus your attention fully on your in-breath and your out-breath. After one or two minutes of practice, the quality of your in-breath and your out-breath will improve. Your breath will become deeper, slower, and more harmonious and peaceful, whether you are lying down, sitting, or walking. By practicing mindful breathing, we bring the elements of harmony and peace into our body. Your True Home, Thich Nhat Hanh

Happy New Year! You made it. Here’s to new beginnings, a clean slate, a chance to to change and improve ourselves, our relationships, our businesses. Wow, all of a sudden I feel completely overwhelmed with my list of improvements necessary to start the year off right!

Is anyone else feeling like this?

Today’s lesson is the perfect antidote to the ‘new year, new you’ overwhelm that can easily start with the best of intentions and progress to panic and resolution burn-out. Mindful breathing.

The beauty of taking a moment to pay attention to your breath is that it is so simple and it works almost immediately. You can practice anywhere just as you are; no need to purchase a membership, special equipment, the right shoes.

If you were to scrap all other resolutions and best intentions for improving yourself, your relationships, and your business this year and solely focus on the practice of mindful breathing each day, I would wager that the spillover effect would surprise you. Meaning you would see improvements in all aspects of your life because you are creating space for harmony and peace.

Happy New Year, Happy Breathing!

Kristan

PS If you would like talk more about building your business while maintaining harmony and peace, feel free to reach out to me, kristan@attriniti.com


365 Day Challenge-Day 37 Enjoy Becoming a Buddha

Becoming a Buddha is not so difficult. A buddha is someone who is enlightened, capable of loving, and forgiving. You know that at times you’re like that. So enjoy being a buddha. When you sit, allow the Buddha in you to sit. When you walk, allow the Buddha in you to walk. Enjoy your practice. If you don’t become a buddha, who will? Your True Home, Thich Nhat Hanh

Simple but not easy.

Being enlightened, being loving, being forgiving are all fairly simple concepts. And I love the gentle reminder of today’s lesson that when we bring each of these elements into the moments of our day then we have in fact begun the practice of becoming a buddha. Yet it is remarkable how quickly our days can take an unexpected turn which may take us out of the present moment, thus taking us out of our practice.

Each morning before I get up, I select a word for the day. If I am anticipating a particularly full day or a day with lots of moving parts then I may select a word like faith. As in having faith that everything that needs to get done that day will get done. One of my favorite words is curious. Curious is a great word for days that may involve lots of meetings or following a day when I felt like I was more judgmental than I would like to be.

The best part of all of this may be that you can practice on yourself. Be loving with yourself, get curious about your reactions to certain things, have faith that you are enough right here and right now.

Becoming a Buddha could be one of the most effective business growth strategies for the coming year. Are you curious what that could look like for you? Let’s talk, kristan@attriniti.com

In gratitude,

Kristan


365 Day Challenge-Day 36 For All Generations

We have to live in a way that liberates the ancestors and future generations who are inside of us. Joy, peace, freedom, and harmony are not individual matters. If we do not liberate our ancestors, we will be in bondage all our life, and we will transmit that to our children and grandchildren. Now is the time to do it. To liberate them means to liberate ourselves. This is the teaching of interbeing. As long as the ancestors in us are still suffering, we cannot really be happy. If we take one step mindfully, freely, happily touching the earth, we do it for all previous and future generations. They all arrive with us at the same moment, and all of us find peace at the same time.  Your True Home, Thich Nhat Hanh

Timing is everything! Once again I find myself in the position of having originally looked at this passage only to dismiss it, if I am to be blunt. Not like it doesn’t apply to me; rather what does it mean, what do I do with this today? This weekend came the moment when I realized what this lesson means to me.

Let me just say with full disclosure that I consider myself very open-minded and willing to try new things, new ways of being. For heaven’s sake, I teach other professionals to access their creative superpowers which is all about thinking outside of the box! Again in the spirit of full disclosure, I found myself relying on some very old thinking, and it is no surprise when I tell you it was not my best thinking.

The good news- I caught myself and challenged my reptilian brain to consider a different way of thinking based on the current situation, not an old story. Upon reflection I will venture to say that this is critical piece of moving outside of old thinking: To allow the current situation to inform your thinking, along with permission to course correct based on new information. The only historic perspective that is relevant would be an evaluation of past demonstrated results, and to be clear the demonstrated results are very different from old feelings.

Liberating yourself from old thinking is a way of honoring your ancestors and the generations to come. Giving yourself permission to access situations based on present day information AND make changes as needed is a way to create more peace and joy in your daily life both personal and professional. Habit, fear, stress-these are all things that keep us entrenched in our old ways. There is a measure of comfort in our regular way of doing things. Growth and change is not always comfortable because with it comes the unknown.

What if we committed ourselves to one action a day to create more peace in our lives?

Please share your thoughts, kristan@attriniti.com

In gratitude,

Kristan


365 Day Challenge-Day 35 Agonizing Questions

When we agonize over questions like, ‘Who am I? Where do I come from? Was I wanted? What is the meaning of my life?’ we suffer because we are caught in the idea of a separate self. But if we look deeply, we can practice no-self. This is the realization that we’re not a separate self; we’re connected to our ancestors and to all beings. Your True Home, Thich Nhat Hanh

When I discovered Your True Home, the everyday wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, I was drawn to the simplicity of a daily meditation and was inspired to share my thoughts about each entry as it related to my development as a business owner and coach. My coach and consulting began with an emphasis on helping small business owners and single proprietors build and grow sustainable businesses they love. I expanded my service to offer leadership training, team workshops, and corporate consulting. My inspiration, my big why is to help people bring more of their ‘creative’ selves to their work and feel more engaged and activated.

I read this passage several weeks ago and wasn’t really sure how it related to my life at the moment or to my business. Funny thing about timing is that now it makes total sense! As I have been moving my business model to accommodate group trainings and wanting to work with larger companies, I have been slow to embrace this expansion of my business because I felt like it was very separate from where I started. This could not be farther from the truth. Offering corporate training is a way to help more people love their work and bring more creativity into their everyday lives.

Think about your own personal or professional journey; have you had the experience of growing in your expertise or experience when you begin to welcome all the parts of your past and present? How about when you looked at your life through the lens of what has been shared by past generations? What skill or talent do you possess on a ‘cellular’ level that you may not see it? Let’s talk about connecting your business to the collective you, kristan@attriniti.com.

In gratitude,

Kristan


365 Day Challenge-Day 34 What the Buddha Taught

For forty-five years, the Buddha said, over and over again, “I teach only suffering and the transformation of suffering.” When we recognize and acknowledge our own suffering , the Buddha-which means the Buddha in us-will look at it, discover what has brought it about, and prescribe a course of action that can transform it into peace, joy, and liberation. Suffering is the means the Buddha used to liberate himself, and it is also the means by which we can become free. Your True Home, Thich Nhat Hanh

Suffering is unpleasant. At the very mention of the word, I can immediately think of several different instances, I would rather not relive. Then immediately I begin to contemplate pain vs. suffering. Related, often used together, but not really the same, right? In fact, I would take pain over suffering any day. Why? Because suffering seems to imply a long drawn out experience of discomfort. Maybe this has been my experience because the events I tend to associate with suffering felt as if they would never end.

Today’s lesson gives me hope. What if suffering is not the interminable condition I have been thinking it is and rather an opportunity for transformation? The key is the willingness to greet our suffering with open arms and get to know it. (I say this like it is so easy.) I for one have spent a good amount of time avoiding any contact with suffering; it does not mean that it was not there. However, suffering was something be avoided at all costs, with any distraction at hand. Maybe that is why it has always felt never-ending. This leads me to the next bit of hope; if I get curious about my suffering right away then in theory, the faster I can move into the transformation phase. It is worth a try. Peace, joy, and liberation sounds good.

Are you a creative professional, entrepreneur, or business leader who is stuck? Ready to transform your discomfort, inertia, or overwhelm. Let’s talk, kristan@attriniti.com.

In gratitude,

Kristan