Are you Accessing the Power of NOW?

Recently I’ve really been tuning in to conversations I’m part of and conversations around me.  And, I became acutely aware that I’ve not been accessing the Power of Now … a lot of us aren’t. So, here’s what I asked myself:

What is our fascination with reliving our past stories, mostly those that are not our favorites?  And, why do we let the emotions of fear and anxiety of the past creep in and cloud our current experience?  How does our this focus on our past (particularly the negative past) impact and influence our communities, our organizations, our teams, even our families?

My awareness led me to reconnect with the teachings and writings of Eckhart Tolle. I started with the books I had.  A little search online gifted me with even more – a whole website of Tolle teachings with present moment reminders, free stuff and Tolle TV – a really cool place to go to create a renewed awareness that “NOW: is the space in which life happens.”

So, I started looking at all aspects of my life including my work as a graphic facilitator. And you know what?  I realized what I love most about graphic facilitation and graphic templates*. I realized how those BIG beautiful pieces of paper with an image of a mountain or a house or a circle, magically bring us to NOW in our conversations – what we know NOW, what we vision NOW, what each participant in the conversation is aware of NOW.  And the best part is through these visual tools, we create a record of the NOW so when we are in the next NOW we can simply be fully present there … NOW.  Woooo Whooo!

Want to access the power of NOW in your teams and groups? Try a graphic template or two (you can get them at the Grove or IdeaConnect stores) or hire a graphic recorder or a graphic facilitator or get out some big paper and draw a guide for conversation yourself.

Let us know what works and what you’re aware of NOW?   We promise, we’ll respond from our NOW.

* You know! Cool Tools – big paper on the walls with a graphic or metaphor to engage guided conversation!

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About Linda Dudek

I stand in appreciation and wonder of the skill, talents and expertise people bring to their teams & communities. A trained chemical engineer/chemist (UMich ‘85, Kalamazoo College ‘84) who grew up in a household of educators, I naturally connect my love of science and learning, appreciation of others and facilitative leadership skills to inspire others to go for their dreams. As Co-founder of AH HA! and IdeaConnect I’ve put my graphic facilitator skills to work with teams that want to learn and create knowledge, especially through the LearningConnect® approach created by my partner, Lynette McCormack; I’ve harnessed my passion for personal development to share journaling workshops and a mother & teen daughter workshop, Women in Progress, to facilitate personal visioning that also deepens the mother-daughter relationship; I’ve managed the IdeaConnect product & printing business since 2009, which means I get to oversee the product development, creation and order fulfillment of our beautiful cool tools. I’ve enjoyed presenting at IFT, ASTM, ICSI, Pegasus Conference about experiential learning and facilitative leadership; and at my local elementary school about Sweden. Some of my favorite learning experiences have been at the Creativity Cruises, Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI), Structural Thinking Fundamentals with Robert Fritz and interactions with youth through science, art and reading. I relearn every day the importance of Generations to connect, listen to one another, and truly collaborate.

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