A Path to the Self - Three Ways to Improve Your
Communication and Creativity

Communication involves inner and outer worlds through both speaking and listening. With self-expression you share what's inside you. With good listening you learn what's inside others. Creativity flows from within. You assimilate ideas from the world and give back something unique to you. New ways of approaching life emerge. As you express your personal truth and individuality, you allow the unfolding of your unique path on Earth.

Find your own voice by speaking truthfully and clearly

You express your individuality by speaking your truth. You do not focus on what people want to hear. You are not fearful of what others may think. Accept yourself as a unique individual. Be willing to risk disapproval for the integrity of your own truth.

These practices will improve your communication and creativity. Honor your word and keep all promises to yourself and others. Speak only what you know is true and real. Reframe your inner talk as more positive and self-compassionate. Embrace your true Self and tap into the creative source deep within. You gain the courage to express yourself in a totally new way. You allow your creativity to flourish.

Listen well by quieting your mind and focusing your attention.

Good listening is an essential skill in communication. Everyone has a need to be heard. We respect another with empathic, attentive listening. Too often we rush to find a solution. Acknowledging another's feelings often helps, even without fixing the problem.

Listening well to the inner you is also essential. Pay attention to your deepest feelings as messages from your true Self. They express the Self's desire to move forward. They guide you in making wise choices. By listening to your inner wisdom, you develop a clear, focused mind.

True listening to yourself and others requires a balanced center. This balance is not static but is open to flow and change. Choose practices that support inner balance. Pay attention to your heart's desires. Look for ways to appreciate and praise during each day. Life is a balancing act. A balanced center involves the ability to nurture yourself and others.

Live creatively and find your own unique path.

Communication involves expressing who we really are in the world. To live creatively, we must break free of old habits and ways of living that no longer serve us. Our trust and confidence grow. We create new ways of approaching life. We move steadily into the future.

It is important to choose practices that help you find your unique path. Make choices that honor who your really are. By following your desires, you access the power of your inner Genius. Look within to know what you really want. The desires of your heart provide fuel for your will. They give you strength and direction. Accept yourself for who you really are. Otherwise you remain trapped in the expectations that society and others have for you. As you become your own person, you allow the unfolding of your unique path on Earth.

To fully express who you really are requires that you speak your personal truth and live creatively. You are here on Earth to create. As you embrace the inner Self, you tap into a wondrous Source of inspiration deep within. You gain the courage to create a new way of living on Earth.

You may find that writing helps you communicate in a more direct and effective manner. Journal and letter writing allows you to sit in silence until the right words come. You may explore deeply held thoughts and feelings during this quiet process.

About the Author

Mary Beth Ford, Ed. D., is the author of Wisdom from the Gardens-Life Lessons and creator of the CD Garden Wisdom-5 Ways to Grow in Life Balance and Joy. She specializes in the area of life balance, which she describes as balance between outer world and inner Self. In her work Mary Beth shares five powerful garden lessons for living with balance and joy. She helps busy people live with Spirit in the world. Using nature images she offers us a new way of seeing ourselves and our world.

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