Inspiration

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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Mindful mice

Looking for a meditation instruction video that is both informative and adorable? Well look no further, because Dan Harris and Happify have teamed up to bring you the cutest meditation instruction video ever…… Mindful Mice. This 2 minute animation gives you the basics of meditation and mindfulness. Dan Harris narrates and emphasizes the fact that as…

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The mind-body connection

Dr Candice Pert made monumental discoveries around the mind-body connection, which were scientifically supported by her success in measuring the opiate receptor. This showed the importance of our emotions and how they impact on our health. In her book Molecules of Emotion (Simon & Schuster 1999) she stated, “Technological innovations have allowed us to examine…

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Meditators lose less grey matter

People who have meditated for years seem to lose less grey matter – the brain tissue that contains neurons – than those who don’t, say researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). They found much more significant differences in the quantity of grey matter than they expected.

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A sense of purpose is good for your heart

It reduces the chances of heart attack or stroke and also reduces the chances of needing coronary bypass surgery. People with a ‘high sense of purpose’ are 23 per cent less likely to die prematurely from any disease and a 19 per cent lower risk for heart attack or stroke, say researchers from Mount Sinai…

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Unretirement and the Baby Boomers

More and more people are deciding to start new businesses rather than retire in their sixties. Many of today’s older workers elect to stay in the workforce longer. 60% of older workers who leave a full-time career move into part-time work, do freelance tasks or take a ‘bridge’ job. This is called ‘unretirement’. It brings…

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Daniel Goleman on Intuition

Great executives often talk about leading from the gut. Indeed, having good instincts is widely recognized as an advantage for a leader in any context, whether in reading the mood of one’s organization or in conducting a delicate negotiation with the competition. Leadership scholars characterize this talent as an ability to recognize patterns, usually born…

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