So many people set off in search for answers in their life. Some will consult ‘experts’, some will seek advice from friends, and many will travel far and wide to ‘find themselves’. And there are others who do something a little different.
As many of you know, I have just returned from a two week sojourn in Cambodia. I celebrated a milestone birthday in April and decided it would be a good idea to explore a destination from my bucket list.
My experience of the past two months leads me to write about a tough subject we’d rather avoid. Trauma such as the loss of a loved one or the diagnosis of serious illness can test us to our very limits – trust me, I know this first hand as I’m certain many of you do too. While it can shatter life as we know it, it may be comforting to know that something more positive may also be happening.
Just in this past two weeks I have known tragedy and loss, fraud and disappointment, shame and isolation, depression and despair, aloneness and regret, pain and defeat, sadness and grief. In spite of and despite all this, I have also known kindness and generosity of spirit, compassion and humility, love and care, encouragement and hope.
Life is a rich and complex tapestry of experiences. It’s not about how hard or how many times we fall, it’s about how we rise and
Busyness!Busyness is an illness.Think about it: ‘I’m busy.’ How often is that your excuse?
It used to be my excuse every single day. My schedule used to leave me zero time for unplanned presence and awareness.
And I was proud of my busyness. I wore it like a badge. It gave me an illusion of importance or significance to justify my existence.
In a way, I wanted to highlight how tough I had it. I wanted everyone to know how juggling the
Warning: I’m going to rant…nicely!
I visited a very dear friend of mine who is now 78yo in the UK prior to going to Egypt last month. He lives alone in a small 2 room apartment. All his favourite personal belongings surround him in an attempt to keep his memories intact. I am one of very few people he still remembers. I love John very much – I met him at a coaching conference over a decade ago and then ended
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We have all at some stage been absolutely astounded at how well someone has managed to stay afloat – emotionally, psychologically and physically, through the most awful situation, and at other times have been deeply concerned about another’s lack of ‘buoyancy’ in the same situation. What makes these people different? It’s a skill or trait referred to as resilience.
Resilience is defined as: an ability to manage and recover from life’s challenges. It’s been noted as a key
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How much stress are you carrying around right now?
Do you feel burdened by life’s unpredictable circumstances or your own emotional concerns?
Where’s your mojo and zest for life?
Regaining your mojo and becoming happier starts with letting go of worry and stress. I learned this the hard way in my own journey through facing life-threatening cancer (twice), overcoming the loss of loved ones, and walking away from a career in corporate Australia to follow my heart to be
For many years I have wanted to show how the use of mindful awareness could be applied easily to day to day living to improve quality of life, experience deeper fulfillment and achieve greater success.
It seemed clear to me from my experiences of unnecessary stress and overcoming cancer twice, that breaking bad habits can be effectively and relatively easily done. So too was it clear for my friend and renowned neuroscientist Dr Jeffrey M Schwartz in his work with OCD
“Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.” ~ Jonas Salk ~
As our world gets more complex, we are discovering that rational and logical ways of thinking become less effective. There is an increasing need to include intuitive thinking in the mix. Also, as we are at risk of complete overwhelm with information from the outside, we need to go inside to build more sensitivity so we can trust our own answers.
To function successfully in life, it really helps
If you find yourself in circumstances or situations that no longer serve you, what are you willing to do about it? Are they just thoughts, or are you willing to take action to change and shift the energy?
Without action, nothing changes. If you are not willing to be willing to “do the work” you will remain where you are. If not now, then when will the right time be? Change is not always easy, but it is a necessary and key ingredient