Creating Daily

I’ve written about self-improvement a lot, and have done a lot of it. I’m at a point in my self-improvement journey where the devil’s in the details, as they say. It’s the little things that are still thorns in my side, and the daily habits that require devotion.

I have stories I want to tell, and books I want to write. Self-improvement is a great thing, but to what end? My intention is to use it to create art, write books, and play music.

Creativity is a daily thing. It’s easy to forget about it as we get caught up in earning money. Creativity is ultimately a spiritual path.

Sincerely,

G.B.M.

Being an Artist, Writer, and Musician

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Today, I want to talk about vocation.The main reason I blog is because I enjoy it, but also because I love writing. I do it every day because that’s what works for me (and it’s an excuse for me to take photos).

Being an Artist

If you’re interested in my art and illustration work, then I invite you to check out sedonethongvilay.com. I’m currently brainstorming how to integrate all of my interests and talents into a synergistic whole so that I can put my ideas, creativity, services, and products out there in the world. The good news is that this is as clear as I’ve ever been about it.

Being a Writer

GBM has always been about self-improvement–and it’s definitely helped me improve myself–but it’s also helped me to improve my writing skills. Blogging and writing every day has made it easier for me to face the blank page. I’m working on (and intend to write and publish) a series of books, and GBM feels like the right/write space for that.

Being a Musician

Performing music is a more recent endeavor, but I’ve always loved it. I have ideas for videos which will complement my art and writing, and I want to include my passion for music. My intention is to write and perform my own songs one day.

I’m in the process of establishing a personal brand. As such, I’m calling myself an artist, writer, and musician. It’s important in life to follow your dreams, and achieving your dreams is all about clarity, focus, and vision.

Sincerely,

G.B.M.

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Following Our Inner Light

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Part of my intention with this blog was to grow into a strong and confident man. While I can’t be completely objective about whether that’s happened or not, I can say that certain conditions which prompted my intention for self-improvement are gone. Limiting beliefs, for example.

Clarity of mind and spirit is priceless. We each have an inner light we’re meant to follow. The approval of others isn’t so important when you have your own guidance.

At times, I’ve had a feeling of being lost, but when I do find my way, I really know it. There’s a light that never goes out. That’s the light I’m following.

~ GBM

Following the Path of Least Resistance

How do you know which path to follow? There are certainly enough people who want you to follow their path. My intention is to follow the path of least resistance, but how do I know what that is, or if I’m even on it?

One thing I think about is that the path of least resistance is the path that feels the best to me. That eliminates 80% of the things that cross my mind. It’s my job to focus on the 20% that I know feels good.

I think following the path of least resistance, or doing what feels good to you, may seem to take courage – especially if you’ve tried to please others – but really it’s about having faith and trust in something more than what other people are thinking or doing, and believing in a bigger, stronger, and wiser part of yourself.

~ GBM

Prepaving and Preparing

When I write the word “prepaving” down in my journal, it looks like “preparing”, and in fact, my phone autocorrects it that way. It’s a concept I learned from Abraham-Hicks, but I remember hearing about something similar even before that, which is, ironically, an example of prepaving.

The idea is that you set the vibrational/energetic tone – your attitude, mood, intention – ahead of time. You choose your state of being rather than letting circumstances dictate how you feel.

I like the idea of choosing to be happy just because, but there’s a part of me that says “yeah, but what’s it going to get me?” It has to do with belief systems.

In my heart, I already believe that how I feel creates the circumstances of my life, but it seems like the predominant paradigm is that external conditions dictate how you feel.

At least, I want to believe that I’m the one who controls my mood, and that by doing so, it changes my circumstances for the better. I’m putting it into practice, and seeing if prepaving (and preparing) for fun, happy, and positive experiences will create them in actuality.

~ GBM

Living from the Inside Out

My intention when I write an article for GBM is to be in a state of alignment and high vibration, and for the most part, I am. That’s been my intention from the start, whether I realized it or not.

On this blog, at least, I’ve wanted to speak my truth, and overall it’s been a good thing for me to do, but there’s a quote from Abraham that I’m taking to heart:

Speak what you mean, that feels good when you speak it.

So I’m not as intent on speaking my truth these days, as I am in speaking what I mean, that feels good when I speak it. To speak what I mean is saying words, either to myself or others, that reflect how I’m really feeling, as long as it feels good. If it feels bad, it’s better not to speak it. It can be an interesting challenge, but it yields magical results.

I’ve reached a point – a leap of faith – where I simply won’t do anything that’s motivated by external conditions. This decision is, in part, based upon what I’ve learned through life experience, and partly because it makes me feel ill just to think about it.

I want to live from the inside out, and see no reason to do otherwise. Some people live almost exclusively from the outside in, or try to make compromises, but I’ve found that making this kind of compromise is a mediocre way of life. It splits our energy away from doing what we’re inspired to do.

I want to take inspired actions, not make fearful reactions. For example, some people say that there are things in life that you just have to do, but I don’t see it that way. To me, thinking that you have to do something is based upon fear; fear of disapproval, loneliness, loss, rejection, pain, death, or whatever. It’s understandable why these fears would motivate us to do things, but it’s still a fearful and reactionary way to live, and keeps us in (self-imposed) bondage. The things we fear, control us.

Doing anything because of what other people expect, or out of obligation, or people-pleasing, or some other perceived threat, has become unpalatable to me. It may take some courage and time to go from living from the outside in, or half-in half-out, to fully living from the inside out, but it’s worth it.

Living from the inside out allows me to do and say things that I mean, and feels good to me when I do or say them. I believe it’s a way of life that is authentic and based upon what I love and value, and has no ulterior motives other than my own alignment, freedom, and joy, which I also want others to have for themselves. I don’t have to manipulate anyone into giving me anything. Living from the inside out gives each of us the keys to our own kingdom.

~ GBM

On Momentum (and Adjusting Your Dial)

I took my own advice from the latest GBM podcast, and took a nap, because I’ve been feeling resistance lately, and it’s been tiring me out. I know that I have strong desires, and if limiting beliefs are active, it’s not a fun ride. After waking up from a nap, I have the opportunity to activate beliefs that are aligned with my True Self.

It’s interesting how limiting or negative beliefs can go viral, like zombies. I’ve been having self-critical thoughts about different things, and these thoughts attract other thoughts that add to the momentum; guilt, blame, helplessness, etc. When it gets too much, I just take a nap, or go to sleep, knowing that when I wake up, the negative momentum is reset. The important thing to remember is that when you wake up, make sure you catch the negative momentum quickly, so that it doesn’t pick up right where you left it. That’s why rumination can be deadly to a good mood.

When I woke up from my nap just now, I wasn’t sure what positive thing I could focus on, which illustrates the power of momentum, because I know I have many positive things to appreciate, but the energy of the negative momentum makes it difficult to focus on the positive. That’s where the power of setting an intention comes in. I said, “I want to find the easiest positive thing for me to appreciate right now”, and thoughts began to show up, such as having coffee, writing, listening to Abraham.

Most of the positive thoughts were swept up in the negative momentum, but listening to Abraham was something that stuck. As I did that, I heard a helpful and humorous analogy about adjusting your own vibrational dial, rather than trying to adjust other people’s dials. I realized my dial was set to victimization, and literally adjusted an imaginary dial on my chest to empowerment, and I’m happy to say that it worked.

~ GBM