I have written previously about stress and theres a lot that is known about what causes it, how we sense it in our bodies and that chronic stress can lead to downstream chronic disease and poor health. However, how do we shift the paradigm from managing stress, to optimizing wellbeing – so that we can be healthier, live longer more fulfilling lives, perform at our best, have wholesome family and social relationships, make a difference in the world, and in this way – become true leaders – of ourselves, our families, and our communities.Read more “Changing the paradigm to Flourish”
Is it possible to get out of your own way so that you can gain traction and get action on things that you would like to do? Sometimes the thing that can keep us stuck in unfinished cycles and continuous loops of inertia and inaction is a fixated view of getting things right vs getting the right things done.Read more “Perfection versus Excellence: In the quest for progress rather than perfection…”
“Whoever controls the media, controls the mind” – Jim Morrison
Social media is pervasive. Even the fact that you are reading this – is evidence of how much content is out there. The question is, are you “choice-ful” about what you consume, or are you a victim to relentless barrage of news items, posts about other people’s lives, polarized journalism, political agenda and conspiracy theories.Read more “Mindful Media”
There’s no doubt that many of our minds are on hyper-alert. The stress response of feeling vigilant, worrying , planning, working, and dealing with immediate day-to-day chores can be overwhelming. At this time of lockdown when we supposedly have “more time”, we can actually feel burnt out, because so much is changing, uncertainty pervades and the balance of the “known” is thrown off. Expectations of “being more productive”, having more family time, exercise etc can actually deplete us by making us feel like we are not “making the most” of the time that we have? A spectrum of emotions like guilt, shame, anger, anxiety, frustration are part of what we experience through the day.Read more “Rest is more than just sleep”
Challenge, and change often results in stress and energy drain, impacting how we relate to ourselves, the world and our work. How do you manage times of decreased capacity, fatigue and lowered effectiveness. Often we think “relaxing” is a way of filling us with increased capacity and energy. While this may work, it is not a way of a sustainable way to manage life – in order to show up, as much as possible, as the best versions of ourselves – focused and performing at our best.Read more “Building Personal Resilience – manage stress and perform at your peak”
So, many people have heard about coaching – executive, leadership and life coaches. What is coaching – and can you benefit from having one? When should you get one? Who would be the right coach for you?Read more “What is coaching – and what it is not?”
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I read this article on Friday evening at around 6pm.
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You wake up in the morning, to switch off your alarm, and instantly notice the trail of messages, notifications and messages lighting up your screen. As you trample your way to the bathroom, you’ve probably checked and responded to some of the messages, and already about to click onto Twitter to see what you may have missed out on.Read more “Connected?”
Stress – an emotional word that conjures up all sorts of physical sensations in the body – tension, contraction, heart racing – you get the picture? It is safe to say that we have ALL experienced stress in some way – perhaps even since the moment of birth!
However, what is stress? Is it always bad? Can it be managed?Read more “Stressed? How does stress affect your performance – or not?”
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness, is a way of being present, on purpose, and without judgement. It is training in attention, to the observation of self, with an attitude of kindness and compassion. It teaches us how to be in a different relationship with our thoughts, without trying to change anything.Read more “Introductory Mindfulness Based Course – for stress and healthier living”
Yesterday we explored the automaticity that we all live in, the absence. And looked at “presence” as a choice..
Lets start today with a practice. For a minute, just tune into your breathing – feel your inbreath and your out breath. The sensations that accompany the breath, where you feel the breath most vividly. Don’t change the breath, just notice the breath with detail noticing of the sensations that accompany your breath…Read more “DAY 2 How do we access our choice-fulness?”
Last week, I had the opportunity to give a talk on mindfulness. I would like to share some of this with you, and perhaps go on a reflective journey together? So, over the next few days, you will see a series of posts that relate generally, to mindfulness and then a more specific exploration of some of the attitudes that are embedded in this way of being..HOW to BE in the world.Read more “Exploring Mindfulness together.. DAY one.. Choice”
Most of us are in some way pre-occupied, occupied and think often about physical fitness, exercise, keeping fit, eating well (even though we may not really..). It’s physical fitness, strength, vitality and resources that occupies us. Yes?
Have you ever wondered about building strength and vitality in other areas of life? What about the mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions?
Merriam-Webster defines resilience as:
- the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress
- an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
Looking around, it is hard to ignore the pace of the world. Drivers in Johannesburg, mums in carparks, people at the grocery store – going at breakneck speeds! Or is it me? Everyone is in a rush to get somewhere. Yes true. However, I can’t help but think how do we put the “brake” on? What’s the rush? By the way, questions that I ask myself all too often!Read more “The start and end date. Its the dash that counts…”
I am so mindful these days about how busy, active and frazzled most people in my world are. Traffic, schedules, meetings and even “holidays” can place us constantly in the “doing” mode vs the “being” mode. Reacting constantly to the environment, obligations and diaries creates an external locus of control and a lack of centeredness, balance and equilibrium. The operative word here – REACTING i.e. a “created automaticity” – moving mindlessly from one task, appointment, activity to the other.Read more “Choose to do one thing”
So much has been written about the art and science of communication. As human beings, we communicate ALL the time – even when we are silent. Without belabouring the history and techniques of different ways of getting our ideas across, I thought I would share some of my own personal insights in one of the most powerful skills that we need to have in order to allow some of “our world out” and the rest of the world “in”Read more “Enabling Awareness – Lets Talk!”