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Sleeping, Creativity, and Grace: Inspiration for Your Exceptional Life October 2011

Yesterday was Saturday, October 1st and I spent the entire day at the 1st Annual On Purpose Woman Conference in Columbia, MD. The day was the culmination of many years of loving “work” to gather women in business together by its founder Ginny Robinson. Spending a day with over 100 women looking to follow their purpose was awesome, incredible, wonderful, inspiring, joyous, uplifting…there are not enough words to explain the feeling. A hearty thank-you to her and the many others that made it possible!

This month I start my series of 3 free monthly tele-gatherings on “Living Your Exceptional Life”. As I prepared the newsletter’s Inspirations, I spent a little time thinking about how the process of giving you these snippets of help effects me. Their creation is a sharing time because as the month goes along, I too am doing the 30 day challenge and feel connected to the Community of subscribers. So I hope you take a moment to comment on how you are doing throughout the month!

I know sleep has been a fitful journey for me in the past. Usually something that I could depend on and never thought about until I didn’t have enough. And like anything else, until it’s a problem, it gets ignored. It made me miss more than some shuteye though. It felt disjointed to have my husband fall asleep, then I get up and watch another rerun of Seinfeld (I can now relate just about anything to a Seinfeld episode!), fall asleep on the couch, then wake up and stumble to bed (where my husband is still sleeping peacefully). I missed the feeling of closeness when you wake up in the middle of the night and your loved one is there. It made me also give a prayer of gratitude that I have a loved one to sleep with. I also missed the kinds of dreams I would have on those uninterrupted nights, while I knew I had them, I didn’t usually remember too much. Now they are vivid, technicolor movies that continue even if I wake up! And very memorable!

The physical necessity of sleep blends right into the inspiration for the mind this month as much creative play is done in our dreams. Try to use your dreams by writing them down (don’t think too much as you do this…just write and then read later) or planning them. Yes, you can do this by setting the intention before you go to sleep. Extend this creativity in your dream life to your waking hours. I took my own advice on this (finally) a couple of weeks ago and took a painting class at a local art shop. I was looking forward to it from the day I signed up for it in a way I had not experienced for years! The thought would come to mind that I would be going and I would immediately get that “little kid excited” feeling. And once there it was SO much fun! The good mood from that day comes every time I look at the painting I did and remember the experience!

Our inspiration for our Spirit speaks to us of seeking grace for small things so we can accomplish the greater ones. This requires of us a child-like trust and faith that allows us to fall asleep peacefully without anxiety, to dream playfully and then use our rested availability for what God requires of us. The big problems are usually answered by smaller steps than we want to take. We think big problems require big action. God is merciful to our anxiety and only expects us to tackle what we can handle, the small stuff. God will handle the rest!

I can’t wait to hear how you all do with your sleep, creativity and grace this month!

Written by Ellen Marie Dumer, LCPC

Ellen M. Dumer, LCPC, is president and founder of Living Your Exceptional Life™, is a trusted expert in the field of transformational living and life success coaching. She is a guide and mentor for women seeking to harness and cultivate their personal and public leadership aspirations. Using her background as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, her continuing training in transformational co-active coaching with Mentor Coach, and her Master’s Degree at Loyola University in Maryland in the blending of spirituality and psychology, Ellen has developed a program that is both comprehensive and uniquely tailored to cultivate the best in each of her clients, one that encompasses spirit, body and mind.