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Have you ever left your home in the morning, turned
out of your driveway in the direction you always do,
and found yourself halfway down the block before you
realized you were not going where you go everyday?
Routine and habit work their way into our brains to
the point where we stop paying attention. While a
certain amount of routine is necessary, it can be
numbing to our creativity and sense of aliveness.
We need a break in the pattern of our lives to
appreciate its artfulness.
Breaking the pattern is what gives a creative piece
its spice, its playfulness, its character. It’s the
element that causes us to respond more fully to what
we are seeing and hearing. Imagine the black leaf
on a field of pure white snow; the irregular rhythms
in a salsa song, the pauses in a dramatic speech.
Because traveling alters the pattern of our lives it
has this same “break in the pattern” effect; our
senses are enlivened and we tend to respond more
Our brains love new sensations, new smells, and new
thoughts. It is the way we keep growing as human
beings. This is what makes travel transformational.
It is one of the most pleasurable and easiest ways
to accomplish bringing forth unknown resources
within us. When you participate in a seminar or
retreat as part of your travel experience the
opportunity for personal growth and creative
response is heightened even more.
In the unknown of traveling or in the unknown of
learning something new, we discover intimate aspects
of ourselves from which fresh expression can flow.
This “break in the pattern” gives our lives vitality
and new meaning, and allows us to see and experience
ourselves outside our habitual responses. From this
place, creativity and inspiration naturally arise
and we return home transformed.
|Living Authentically: A Participant Speaks
Lani Simpson attended the first SpeakingQuest
retreat in 1999. She is a health care professional,
writer, and teacher. You can link to her website at
the end of this article to find out more about the
Heat is On Seminars and
ECOLANI Chemical free sun protection.
My experience with Doreen and Katherine in Molokai
was life changing and I truly mean life changing. I
decided to go as a last ditch effort to rid myself
from a lifelong fear of public speaking. You know
the kind – it is the kind of fear worse than death.
I knew I had to be in the public eye to teach but
had recently quit because while I appeared competent
in front of the room, I was not present. My stomach
was in knots and I dreaded questions for fear I
might not know the answer.
My fear was so pervasive that social events were
also difficult. I wanted to speak at a friend’s
40th birthday party but remained silent because I
was so uncomfortable just contemplating adding my voice.
Molokai seemed a safe place for me to explore the
source of my fear. For the first four days I cried
every time I was in front of the room. It was not a
requisite to spill your guts, so to speak, but for
me that was what I needed to do. Finally, I found
relief in allowing my eyes to rest with one person
at a time and I began to heal as others simply
listened to me. Wow, this was different. I could
speak with no interruptions as my words appeared.
NO PLANNING! No slides, no presentation and no
props. Just me, and the just me that emerged was
funny, deep, thoughtful and worth listening to. I
gained self-respect, and I liked who I was. In
fact, I discovered that the fear dissolved when I
With deep gratitude I share this story and wish to
thank both of you for providing an exquisitely
beautiful, safe, and non-judgmental place to explore
That was May 1999 and today I teach three seminars a
month on women’s health to laypeople and health care
providers. I absolutely love my time in front of
the room and I have found power in the silence
between spoken words. I feel connected, relaxed,
and passionate – what a gift.
|Molokai Music Festival
Study with the Masters of the Hawaiian Slack Key
Guitar, learn the dances and songs that give life to
the land, explore Hawaiian language and culture.
The Aloha Music Camp is an immersion into the
culture and music of Hawai`i. No matter if you are a
longtime student of slack key guitar, a kama`aina
wishing to get back to your roots, or simply someone
who loves the islands and wants experience them from
the Hawaiian point of view, we greet you with a lei
and a smile. Welcome to our `ohana.
Retreat Molokai, Hawaii May 5-11, 2007
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