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Avant Garde

A happy hello to you! The title of this week's Bloom is a french phrase that has made its way into English. I love languages. I always have. It's the way my brain works. Avant garde literally means "advance guard or before guard" and it translates to "people and ideas ahead of their time". I often think of it as edgy, unconventional or even experimental and it's one of my favorite words. It reminds me of forward thinking. 

The reason I'm bringing it up this week is because The Seed was a quote from a twentieth century, french impressionist artist, Francis Picabia who was considered avant garde:

"Our heads are round so thought can 

change direction."

To which I commented:

"Otherwise, we become blockheads?!?"

Do you ever feel like you wake up every morning with a lot of the same thoughts from the day before? There's a reason you feel that way ... because it's true! According to research, somewhere between 90 to 95% of our daily thoughts are the same, day after day. According to Dr. Joe Dispenza, who is an authority on  this subject, the same thoughts lead to the same choices which lead to the same behaviors which lead to the same emotions which result in the same, predictable future. In other words, we are living our own version of Bill Murray's "Groundhog Day" (look up the movie if you're not familiar with it). Yikes!

The good news is that we can change the direction of our thoughts. We can start making new choices, which, as Dr. Dispenza goes on, will create new behaviors which will bring on new emotions and we can start thinking in new ways. This holds the promise of bringing on new "realities" and possibilities. 

So the next time you catch yourself going over the same thoughts, especially if they aren't serving you, remember that your head is round. Give those ruminations a 180 and change up the direction of where you were going. Create some new chemical reactions, thoughts and ideas. Your yesterday doesn't have to be your tomorrow, especially if it isn't working for you the way you'd like. Get a little avant garde -- this is what I wish for you. 

Sparkles and Love,


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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

the Mindful Maven and Mistress of Meditation, is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with everyday life support. 

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