Friday, May 18, 2012

INTEReVIEW with the Magical Marney Makridakis

I know of no better candidate to write a book about time than Marney Makridakis! Being a long time fan of and having studied in her ArtBundance Coaching Program I've always been amazed by how prolific and creative she is! In one week she accomplishes more than I can in years! Knowing what a magical manifester Marney is, I couldn’t wait to delve into her new book to learn how she perceives time.
Some of the things that jumped out most to me from reading her new book, "Creating Time---Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life" were… 
  • ·      I enjoyed the way it was written using both left brain and right brain perspectives of time. This balanced way of presenting her work speaks to and includes everyone.
  • ·      To observe how each contributor in the book created their own unique, artistic interpretation of her concepts and exercises was like going to an art gallery every time I opened the book. Put art in your book..and you've got me glued to you better than e6000!!! Allow diverse creative participants to interpret a theme in their own way and I’m in Art Heaven!
  • ·      I got to experience Marney on a whole other level through her stories, examples and art she shared in her book.
  • ·      The original Haikus at the beginning of each chapter set the tone of the chapter’s journey and were also a meditation that put out a welcome mat for the feel of each chapter.
  • ·      I love how Marney reframes how we experience time, making even some of our most uncomfortable experiences of time more enjoyable. I took away some new ways to perceive my rented time on this planet.
  •     Her powerful questions in her journal prompts and her creative exercises really get your ideas about time flowing!   
  •        Any book and person who honors intuition, synchronicity, Divine Timing and creativity belongs in my library of inspirational books and beings….as these are concepts that can be overlooked in our fast-paced, instant-grat world.

I am fortunate enough to have a genie in a bottle who is granting me 3 interview questions to magical Marney Makridakis...and she did not disappoint!

    TiCo: You are one of the most prolific people on the planet. To observe all the projects you create and complete is awe- inspiring! To write a book on time seems in order because you are a master of it. While studying with you I was so inspired observing how you make your weekends sacred family time that I incorporated that into my life and made weekends my sacred art focus time. It has been both powerful and healthy. Have you always known the importance of sacred time for yourself, intuition, Divine Timing, flexibility and expansiveness perspective that you honor in your courses and book? Or were there certain events and experiences that made you a believer in these concepts?

Marney: I can pinpoint two main experiences that have led me to understand the role of flexibility and trust as we expand our understanding of time and strengthen our relationship with it. First, I have had chronic health issues for my entire life, and, over time, I think that this has enforced a sense of trusting time that may have been a bit more elusive without these experiences. Very often my plans have had to change because of health issues, and I’ve come to see that the timing of how things actually played out always ended up being “right”, for one reason or another. And I’ve had so many experiences where I’ve had to create time – time that didn’t seem to exist, at first glance – to attend to a pressing health issue, and guess what – the world didn’t stop turning! These repeated experiences have left no doubt in my mind that we can create time for what is important, and furthermore, we don’t have to wait for a crisis to do it. It is a great release from ego to realize these two lessons: that we are not as important as we think we are, and that divine timing trumps plans. I think these are crucial pieces in seeing time as a supportive entity, rather than something we have to “master” or “manage”.

Starting a family is what really made me realize the importance of focused, uninterrupted time…time that is not managed in tiny little segments but it expanded to be as full as it needs to be. When my son was a baby, I realized that he wasn’t getting all of me…he was getting a segmented version of me, as a by-product of “time management”, multi-tasking, and “doing it all” mentality. It didn’t take long to realize that * I * was getting a segmented version of me, too, and that something had to change. Some of the changes were drastic; for example, I went from working a 7 day week to working a 4 day week, and I now focus weekends on my family and Fridays just for me! Granted, the reality of this past year with getting the book published has meant I’ve had to often dip into my Fridays to play catch up on email and such, but they always feel different, since I am officially “off”, so it feels like I’m actually getting ahead of things a bit, LOL. And some of the changes have been subtle, like asking, “What does the clock say?” instead of “What time is it?” to remind me that the clock does not control my true – I do.

  T: Your little sweetheart son, Kai, has been through a lot for age 3 and is profoundly wise beyond his years. In fact, there are people ten times his age that aren’t as in tune with spirituality. The stories you tell about the wisely shocking things that come out of his mouth make me both laugh and gasp in awe at the same time! I’m guessing Kai’s profound sense of awareness is a case of both nature AND nurture. What do you feel is the healthiest way to raise a child to understand the concept of time? If you were magically given the role of school system reframer what would you have the school system incorporate to teach our children about time, so that stress isn’t destroying our health? Any other principles you'd add to the school system focus that would be healthy for children to learn at a young age?

M: I think that the importance of nurturing creativity and curiosity as a process, and not a product, is definitely one of the most important concepts in terms of early life lessons for children. It’s important for children to experience creating and exploring just for the sake of doing so…without having pressure to “make something’’ or be “productive”. In terms of time, I think it would be wonderful if “learning to tell time” meant more than just how to read the numbers on the clock, but also understanding that time is a supportive force in our lives, like a special superhero partner. Children easily learn that “time” is to blame when they don’t get to do what they want to do, and this can foster an unbalanced relationship with time from an early age. I’d love for more families to talk about measuring time qualitatively instead of just quantitatively. Look at the difference between: “We have to leave the park in 5 minutes” (and the resulting tantrum) and “Ok, 5 more giggles until we get to go home. And how many memories do you think we’ll create on the way home?” I’d love to see households and classrooms have a clock that is calibrated to true time, which literally, revolves, around the things that are most important. It can be a very simple project: cutout a circle from poster board or find an old clock at a thrift store. Ask each family member or classroom student to replace one of the clock’s numbers with new images or words that reflect the things more important to him or her. After the project is complete, place this clock in plain view, to remind everyone that time is more than just a chronological construct. I’d love children to learn that we not only choose how we use time, but also how we feel about and experience time. Time is not just hours…time is ours!

T: This question may be out in left field, but one of the things I adore about studying with you is how open you are to wild, creative questions and expressions, so I will ask this….
When you were a child what were your favorite things to play, play with, and do…and how have these things shown up as an indicator of your career and how you live your life today?

M: I love this question! I think that our favorite activities as a child are often very telling, and if someone is feeling a little unsure about their life’s direction, going back to those childhood favorite past-times holds many rich clues. I recently heard that a friend from college is now a geography professor. In college he was studying to be an actor, but I recall that his childhood obsession was making exquisitely detailed maps. It seems that very often, though we may take some detours, we often do end up following our childhood passions.

As a very young child, I ‘wrote’ stories before I could actually write, prolifically dictating to my mother, who would write them down for me. I’m told that when I was a young child, I used to cry when I’d try to write stories on paper, because I couldn’t mechanically get my pencil to move fast enough to get the words out. My father, a university professor, thought to bring home a typewriter from his office, and voila, suddenly I could do it. I typed stories nonstop on that typewriter, and my dear mother has kept almost all of them in boxes. Those stories are hardly even readable, with my make-do spelling and complete disregard for the spacebar. I think that old typewriter was my first love. :-)

When I was a little older, I immersed myself in very extensive imaginary endeavors. For example, I took “playing school” to a new level. For two full years, in 4th and 5th grade, I "ran" a boarding school I named the Alphon Moyar Boarding School. LOL.. I handled it all -- administration, planning, execution – with boxes and boxes of meticulously-kept file folders. There were applications, entrance exams, and I knew what each kid looked like, who their siblings were, what their home lives were like, what their medical histories were like. I made lesson plans for all classes, planned field trips, made advertising flyers to “increase enrollment”. I would go through magazines and cut out pictures and to make books of decorating plans for the school’s dorm rooms. I set up pretend airline reservations (set up from actual airline information) for their trips home at holidays and summer. Every single detail was carried out to the fullest.

So I guess you could say that as a child, my favorite activities were writing as well as “running” creative enterprises – which is exactly what I’m blessed to be doing now!

Thank you, Marney, for your inspiring INTEReVIEW responses and for creating a book that inspires us to mold our gift of time to make our life a masterpiece!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

"I WAY Care," said Pierre

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Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 1
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Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 2
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                        Today we lost one of my most favorite illustrators and writers. His work was the reason I wanted to draw at all. Mom used to read me this book when I was about two or three, which started the Sendak addiction. You can see I practiced in crayon, right on the cover, trying to draw like him. 

No Sendak biography ever captured what a cool and fun personality Sendak had as these Steven Colbert interview videos have! I want to remember Sendak this, funny, brilliant, authentic and honest. His inspirational illustrations live within all the people who grew up experiencing his wonderfully original books. 
You will be painfully missed, Maurice Sendak.