The Story of IamBe
IamBe was a Greek Goddess, the daughter of Pan and Echo.
One day, whilst working close to the city of Athens, Iambe met Demeter. Demeter had come down to earth from the heavens, consumed with grief for the loss of her daughter Persephone, who unknown to her had been kidnapped by Hades in the underworld. Demeter was not eating, drinking, talking or smiling and this was also depleting and destroying the surrounding lands. In one account, Iambe in an act of sisterhood, connects and communicates with Demeter’s head and heart by flashing at her and telling jokes, which shocks Demeter, makes her laugh and transforms her state of grief! Demeter begins to eat, drink and smile again, which restores balance and harmony to the lands and people around.
So why am I writing about this story? In 2016, I developed a ‘communication, connection & collaboration’ model to create fresh perspective and possibilities for adults and children. As a result they experience:
💜improved inner wellbeing
💜more empowering relationships
💜greater clarity and focus
💜improved productivity and efficiency
💜fewer power struggles
Play, Poetry & Possibilities
I was searching for a word to encompass my model. At one point, as I often do, I looked up to the sky and requested a word and 3 days later ‘IAmBe’ arrived at Waterloo Station.
Sipping tea and waiting for a grieving friend in a coffee shop called BeNuGo at London Waterloo, I considered this name, was it a play on words – be nu go? My Random Dialogues partner and I, AyPee (RIP) had also been reciting a mantra linked to our combined transformational BeSayDoHaveⒸ model:
‘I am who I say I AM
Because what I say I am
That is who I am’ Ⓒ
So in the spaces, I questioned who ‘I am BEing’ and played with these words and created IamBE. Upon Googling it I found out she was the goddess who communicates and connects through Play and Poetry, perfect and random, this is exactly what a #FrustrationExpert does 😉
Frustration leads to breakthroughs and more empowering changes of state.
What a great way to BE
In the meantime perhaps you are experiencing ‘frustration’ in an aspect of your grown up life. Perhaps you are struggling to get a new idea off the ground and need an experienced mentor to sound out your ideas with. Someone to guide and help you develop your ideas. Allow me to metaphorically Flash at you and help realign you with who you are and what you LOVE to BE. 😉
You may enjoy walking and talking with me, sitting and sipping or skyping.
Playful collaborations always considered
NB: To BE Or Not To BE?
‘Iambic’ verse also stems from Iambe’s name and her jokes and playful nature, it was often used by Shakespeare in his plays and sonnets, an example being ‘To Be or not to Be’.
‘I Am that I Am’ the common English translation of the response God used in the Hebrew Bible when Moses asked for his name (Exodus 3:14).
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A Random DiaBlog
How Often Do you Notice you are Dis-Trackted?
Wake Up and Smell The Trees
Whichever path you are on, remember to look up and smell the trees, take time to pause and be gentle and kind to you.
It may help to visualise roots growing from your feet holding you strong and supporting you.
Take a few nice deep breathes to slow your pace and just notice.
Half Term Zen
This week during half term, we visited our friend Yeshe Trinley, a monk at the Kagyu Samye Ling Monestery in Scotland. We were staying with our cousins in Carlisle. so it was only an hours drive away.
The Monastery really is a hidden gem, and anyone can stay or visit, it’s in the top 10 Scottish visitor attractions. It even has a a lovely coffee shop and free WiFi 🙄 There’s a wonderful selection of events on each month, so tempted by them all.
A Snow Monk
We also went for a beautiful walk with Trinley. I always have a million questions about life, the universe and conciousness and how to create world peace 🤣
Meanwhile, my children and their cousins loved playing in the snow, they were totally engaged for a good couple of hours. They made a snow monk.
And there was me distracted with Trinley learning more about how to meditate and be present and my teachers are infront of me, already totally peaceful and playful and I’m not properly noticing!
Play is childrens’ natural state, it’s the space they create from.
No Need To Meditate Just Play!
Kids teach us how to be playful and present and we teach them how to to DO!
Notice, Breathe, Play, BE.
We are the light, we just need to remember to switch it on.
‘Please put that back where you found it, hurry up and get back into line,’ words shouted to a 6 year old child in a school I was teaching in a while ago. The little girl had a ladybird in the palm of her hand and was showing it to a friend. She set the ladybird free and lined up in the straight line with all the other children.
‘Miss, the elephant’
A teaching mentor once advised me ‘Don’t be the teacher who misses the elephant walking past the classroom’
When I was teaching in Tanzania, we often had monkeys visiting the classroom, no matter how many times they came in to steal crumbs from the floor the kids got distracted and excited. At the time, I was also studying to ‘BE’ a mindfulness teacher and completing a yoga teaching course, so despite feeling irritated, I reminded myself to be present with the experience, have a beginners mind with the visits and to see them through the children’s fresh curious eyes!
The children also used to love the large birds that perched on the telephone wires outside and sometimes we’d all just stand by the windows watching them. We’d find out what they were called, researching the photos in our small collection of bird spotting books and of course if the electricity and internet were working we’d use google.
Lessons From the Ladybird
After the ladybird was set free, I went back to class to tell my children about it and found out what they knew about them. We looked at photos online of different ladybirds, found out where they lived, counted the different spots and introduced the word symmetry, little children love big words and there’s so many avenues still to explore. We added this learning to the slug, snails and power ranger interest zone.
Often I talk with the children about their busy monkey minds, and teach them ways to settle and calm ourselves, largely because I ‘need’ them to be quiet on the carpet. Kids are naturally curious, playful and present, are we teaching them to be busy, distracted and stressed?
I Missed the Elephant
Whilst typing this I forgot to pay attention, the birds have been singing outside all the while and I didn’t notice – I missed the elephant.
Seize the day.
A PLAYce to BE
I facilitate a monthly PLAYce to BE and the next one is Saturday April 28th venue tbc, usually it’s at Clandon Wood near Guildford in Surrey or somewhere equally peacefully. Why not come along and take a couple of hours out to just BE. Info here.
If you would like me to come and talk to your organisation about simple ways to get present, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Lesson From the Brownies
What does the word ‘play’ mean to you? –
‘Why Do Adults Stop Playing’?
‘Why Do You Like To Play?’
- Problems go away
- Builds Imagination
- Reminds us that fun is important
- Laughter is the best medicine
- Gives us something to do
What will you settle on today?
Some people love being preoccupied with thoughts.
Thoughts provide them with constant entertainment, interaction, they believe thinking is important.
They are addicted to distraction and fearful of boredom, inner silence, or feeling alone without them.
Our minds are often likened to busy monkeys leaping from tree to tree or butterflies fluttering from flower to flower.
We are good at multitasking, reacting, and scanning for the pleasant, unpleasant or neutral and choosing all the time between them.
Life is fast paced, work is busy, families are doing, schools are cramming…
So what can we settle on today to stabilise our mind and respond more to situations?
How can we allow the butterfly to settle, the monkey to still?