There are those us who have (not yet?) chosen to escape to caves or island retreats for a life of meditation and yoga. Those of us who still throw ourselves into the daily chaos of creativity, business and economics. In our chaotic contribution, we still look for the same peace of mind, the same sense of equilibrium amongst the hustle and energy of our world. We too seek Sattwa.
The ancient yogis have known what modern science has recently affirmed – everything (all matter, our bodies, the empty spaces between us), when broken down to its smallest component, amounts to nothing more than energy. The world as we know it is essentially a massive collection of energy particles.
Energy only ever finds itself in three different states. Continue reading
The word “paradigm” has become familiar to most of us. It refers to the conceptual framework, belief system, and overall perspective through which we see and interpret the world – our ‘lens’, so to speak. Our paradigm determines what we are able to see, how we think, how we respond and behave. Mostly, we don’t question the accuracy of our paradigm because we’re usually unaware of its existence. Trying to reflect on it is like trying to study the color pink while wearing pink-colored glasses. We cannot distance ourselves enough from it to see how much it affects our perception. We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are. Continue reading
Some of you may know that I am a student of Astrology. I was introduced to it by a co-worker many years ago who kept insisting that I “dressed just like a Capricorn”. Intrigued to know more, I began a life-long study of this ancient art and science. When I work with coaching clients who are themselves receptive to astrology, I find the astro-language offers us a unique perspective for self-study. This post, based on the eloquent work of Astrologer and Creative Writer, Linda Goodman, offers us a look at the sun signs in the context of the work we do. What motivates each sign? What might be considered out Labor of Love? Continue reading
“How whole is your ‘whole life?'” is the name of the 8th Chapter of Susan Jeffers’ book Feel the Fear and do it anyway. The chapter serves as a reminder to us about perspective – about giving more attention to select areas of our lives, and far less to others. The areas that we focus on can become so significant that we base out identity there. We say ‘My work is my whole life’ or ‘My relationship is my whole life’. The risk we run is that, if we lose the thing upon which our whole life is based, our whole life might feel like it is falling apart. Along side this, even on a smaller scale, we can be absorbed, preoccupied and lose ourselves in select dramas of life that serve to distract us from other important areas. Continue reading
Although I’m not a whisky drinker, for some years I have adopted for my own inspiration the slogan from the Johnnie Walker Advertising campaign that encourages me to just Keep Walking! It’s my habit to look for quotes and personal motivating slogans to use as personal prompts to help me to stay focused on implementing my ideas. Thanks to Nike— I ‘Just Do It’! Thanks to the Olympic high-jump coach, I ’Throw my heart over the bar and the rest will follow’. Thanks to my yoga teacher, I ‘Go there and make that effort’. Continue reading
Oftentimes it seems that the world urges us all to be proactive types. We’re called on to self-motivate, initiate and get-started. Yet, not all of us are natural initiates, some of us are wired as more reactionary people. So, quite naturally, we might go about frustrating each other (“Hurry up, let’s go!”, “Hang on, I’m still thinking”) Now, if we can learn to speak each other’s language, as Shelle Rose Charvet points out in Words that Change Minds: Mastering the Language of Influence, we can beneficially influence each other, each other’s responses and behaviors.
Let’s look at the two patterns; Continue reading
Consider this : A friend of yours is made redundant. Although she was in a career that she did not enjoy, she was financially secure and knew the ins and outs of her job well. Instead of wandering what opportunities might open to her by this redundancy, or considering learning new skills or pursuing a new career, she immediately rushes into looking for jobs which are almost identical to the one she has just left. It isn’t that she loved the job and doesn’t want to do anything else, she explains, but this just seems the most obvious route to follow. She just wants her life to get back ‘to normal’ as quickly as possible. Sound familiar? Continue reading