August 2015

The Invitation

Oriah Mountain Dreamer It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for…

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The Gift Of Being Present

‘Close your eyes, notice your thoughts, notice the moments between those thoughts. You are truly present in the moment between your thoughts.’  The gift of being present: right here, right now Have you ever been physically somewhere but your mind is somewhere else? Do you find yourself in a conversation when you aren’t really listening…

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Strategies for working with the Inner Critic

Simply observe with mindfulness – without identifying with the thoughts Naming the judging thought – ‘judging, judging’ Speaking your own truth ‘Ow that hurts’ ‘I don’t like that’ Shift attention from the judgment to your own felt experience Humour/sarcasm Breaks identification and seriousness of judgments ‘Wow, I never knew that, that’s really interesting, anything else…

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Positive questions to lift the day

Our life experience is based on what we focus on. Come up with at least one answer to each of these questions and feel fully associated (experience the feelings). If you have difficulty discovering an answer simply add the word ‘could’. Example: “What could I be most happy about in my life now?” What am I…

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Instructions for Life from the Dalai Lama

Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, respect for others and responsibility for all your actions. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. Learn the rules so you know how…

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Inside Out Teaches Us About Emotions

This animated flick is perfect for explaining the complicated topic of emotions to everyone—young and old. By Jennifer Wolkin, July 28, 2015 Inside Out revolves around the life an 11-year old girl named Riley, who is moving across the country with her family. At such an impressionable age, a move is a huge transition, and she…

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Attention and Practice

At a time when we are bombarded with demands on our attention our greatest asset is our ability to place and hold our attention on what we consciously choose to pay attention to. ‘We are what we repeatedly do’ – Aristotle ‘It is necessary to come to terms with the fact we are always practicing…

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How the brain changes when you practice Mindfulness

Not too long ago, most of us thought that the brain we’re born with is static—that after a certain age, the neural circuitry cards we’re dealt are the only ones we can play long-term. Fast-forward a decade or two, and we’re beginning to see the opposite: the brain is designed to adapt constantly. World-renowned neuroscientist…

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As a waterwheel harnesses

As a waterwheel harnesses and focuses the power of an incoming body of water, leaving the water fundamentally unchanged and yet more powerful and effective, so a coach attracts and focuses the power of the client, enabling the client to more effectiveness and fulfilment.  

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5 steps to worrying less

We’ve all heard the saying that in life there are ups and down and there is the classic eastern saying that life is filled with 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. With this there’s the wisdom that all things come and go, but the brain has a funny way of amplifying the sorrows and minimising the…

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