Studio AM was founded in 2014 and this year culminates a decade of creative adventures.
The ethos of Studio AM is Up Late, Up Early.
Personally this has meant different things in different chapters and seasons.
However, the consistency that it points to is the outcome of chosen attitude with the ability to be intentional about that.
If I could give the beginning version of myself the knowledge that I’ve realized over the last decade, I would joyfully do so, so I will.
The great challenge is fruitful effective communication while honoring a role of authority. Because of this it is most effortless and most fruitful leading to clear understanding to correct others as well as oneself through the practice of brightly asked questions not given directions.
This leads to both strength and flexibility of mind with an openness to find others and also oneself wrong with the spirit of gratitude rather than frustration.
As this way of seeing is cultivated, goal setting becomes subservient to the ability to be still and listen. Both stillness and listening are aspects of environment, which exists in three parts, the inner environment, the outer environment, and the causal environment that is created through the way the other two interact relationally.
Good soil, good tree, good fruit.
While understanding that if one only grows a tree and only tastes the fruit of their own tree it can be honestly learned to enjoy the taste of bad fruit with unawareness, or not recognize the nuance, beauty, and blessing found in the taste of others.
Brightly asked questions often need no answers for they give insight.
Let us listen to be seen.
The ability of recognizing where and how one holds tension in regards to new perspective will always point to worthy weeds worth watching, while learning how to see these as the fertilizer that allows new seeds to grow.
To practice gratitude towards that which activates anger leads to not feeling angry about getting angry, and in this way through self reflection, anger and frustration prove to be a reliable tuning fork to become a creative adventurer whose listening and honesty become the compass.
In the constant learning through moments passed, an unnecessary pitfall of forfeiting gratitude for perceived growth in efforts of using lessons learned as "strategic planning" / foresight can create an unnecessary burden where one becomes rigid in the ideas they hold of others that are propped up on the lessons they have learned for themself. These often do not actually apply to the actuality of the circumstance, while also putting an unspoken expectation on others.
Just as brightly asked questions leads to insight, so does brightly held quietness activate needed / wanted asked questions.
Inwardly this becomes the desire to be honest with oneself, outwardly this manifests as having the ability to speak truly through saying nothing, while being felt purely as fragrant.
Environment becomes aware as intention within relationship, bringing brightly asked questions / wanted questions / shared statements of perspective, the last of which can be felt as a lure which can pull delightful, helpful, fruitful quietness, into a den of opinions / storytelling.
We learn best through experience and what happens, the more we tell stories about those experiences the more diluted the inner relationship with that knowledge becomes.
There are things that happen which we have to deal with.
Things we set out for which cause us to do.
The preparing in what we are waiting for creates a moment in which we can feel we have what was wanted.
Recognizing the juxtaposed natures of fluctuating circumstances while practicing gratitude, and choosing simply to try at looking with perspective as gratitude strengthens the power of will which sharpen the ears of listening.
As simple as it is, the most fruitful seed that life graciously plants in my life is realizing that I am someone, that if not honest and accepting, can become someone who does not care to listen.
As trying to listen as honesty, leads to an honesty at not liking what’s heard, the flexibility of hearing with activated insight become a creative tool.
While honestly listening and liking what’s heard can be spontaneously expressed, silently cherished with gratitude, or observed with curiosity while open to new adventures.
What a good thought that perhaps yes’s and no’s, rather than needing reason, can come from a place of grateful obedience to honesty.
I’m grateful for all of you who are tending your garden in efforts to become effortlessly honest, sharing that as your harvest.
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