How's Your Heart? Book Edits

Hello friends.

I am home in Venice Beach where the flowers are in full bloom, the butterflies are flitting about the yard and the my bees (did you know I am a beekeeper?) are at work putting the winter batch of honey together. Teh arugala/rocket has gone to seed and the leaves are peppery as all get out. The artichokes are weeks away from ready to eat and all the seeds planted by yours truly seem to be budding as well.

While at work putting the finishing touches on the #howsyourheartbook I am also gearing up to take it out into the world. Writing a book is a funny thing. Not funny haha, but very peculiar. While it has been a joy to create, write, illustrate and photograph the content over the last two years, assembly is the painful part for me. A great team has been assembled and we are putting together what I think is a very interesting offering. I trust. I surrender. I am not in control of anything but the state of my being and how it is expressed emotionally. What a leap! Just like the one we take when we get up each morning. We just don’t know what the day will ask of us.

Wherever you are, whomever you are with and whatever your day to day life asks of you, bring love and kindness to your communications and activities. We don’t know how long we have here together and every interaction is an opportunity to be a loving and special exchange.

I’ll be in touch. Until then… take good care of yourself and each other.

with love from Venice,

Boise & Goji

Tell It Like It Is...

In July 2017 I began writing a book. Removing creative blocks and getting back in the flow seems to be a daily struggle as of late.

This morning I designed an exercise to do a “rewrite” of the negative thoughts I woke with. I share it here so that you might be able to try it out for yourself. It’s designed for you to ‘tell it like it is’… to give your heart a hand and re-write the story… leaving you with a new context from which to work.

Directions:

Journal for 1 minute about a complaint or difficulty regarding your creative project.

  1. Set a timer for one minute, start the timer and write everything your head has to say about it. Don’t think, just be a stenographer for your mind.

  2. When the timer goes off, finish the sentence you’re working on and stop.

  3. Go through the paragraph and circle or highlight any word(s) that don’t leave you excited to work or have a negative impact on you.

  4. When complete… read it aloud and emphasize the words you have singled out. Exaggerate them as you speak… be silly and playful.

  5. Re-write your story. Do it as if you are editing for a loved one or a client and create a paragraph to inspires your work.

My example from this morning highlighting words that don’t inspire me in bold:

“Writing a book is challenging. It’s hard to focus because I’ve created so much material and have so many ideas. I get overwhelmed with where to start leaving me distracted and anxious about what to do next. When people support me I’m motivated but I want direction and a clear path to completion. “Stay in the step you’re in” was coaching I got recently. I’m trying but it seems like I’m not getting ahead or making progress and its frustrating. I know it’s all made up but I worryhow long this will take if I keep going at this pace. That is my concern.”

I started the timer and let my head run wild for an unadulterated 60 seconds, and those are the words that ‘came to mind.’ I was forced to tell it like it is. My mind, given the chance, will lie and tell me things aren’t as bad as ‘I think’ they really are.

The final step. I took the same paragraph and re-wrote the story to empower me for the day ahead. I wrote it as if I was writing it to inspire someone else.

Final version:

“Writing a book is amazing. It’s easy for me to focus because my creativity flows and turns into art. I am used by waking each day with actions to take, giving me opportunities to focus on what’s in front of me and get excited about what I get to do next. When people support me I’m at my best, getting direction and I can see a clear path to completion. ‘Stay in the step you’re in’ is a phrase I live from. I’m doing it effortlessly and dancing with failure taking it one step at a time. Making progress at the pace I’m making it. The great mystery is unfolding and I’m in awe with the process… as I get closer to completion. What a gift.”

The feeling in my chest after reading the second version aloud was one usually reserved for butterflies caused by a new crush. I’m back in love with the day… ready to dance and sing and creatively flow again.

Try it for yourself. I look forward to your comments and feedback about what happened in your heart/chest as a result of telling it like it is… and thank you for the opportunity to support each other with words, education and the love of love.

With love,

Boise Thomas

Boise is a writer, actor on sabbatical and educator of all things love