I feel all over the place today… I woke up from a restless sleep with the wind moaning and rain pelting against the windows of our little lodge house and my daughter Elena and our dog Sugar curled up in the bed next to me. My first awareness was Elena saying “I need a big hug, Mummy” as she had had a nightmare about dragons, swiftly followed as per usual by my thoughts of the busy schedule of the day ahead. Continue reading Tune in to your felt-sense
Human beings are curious by nature. The desire to explore, find out, wonder, understand is an essential human trait. And it is the basis of discovery – scientific, technological, creative, personal. That willingness to be in the questioning, in the openness of wondering, has led to innovation & advancement and the power of curiosity is increasingly understood as a gateway to a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
When did you last do something out of pure curiosity and where did it lead you? This instinct came naturally to us as children, when we had curiosity coursing through our bodies, excitedly exploring new experiences. Asking a 100 questions… Wanting to know Why?! Curiosity ruled our senses. Enthusiasm ignited our actions. We weren’t afraid of what we didn’t know – instead we thrived on the process of discovery. As we get older, however, while the thirst for knowledge does not necessarily wane, we can stop being so openly inquisitive and rather favour order, certainty, security, and a certain way of making sense of the world. Ironically, it is only once we become adults that our brains are developed enough to process new discoveries and turn them into concrete ideas and strategies.
Continue reading Why be curious?
I starting creating vision boards about 10 years ago when a group of friends and I would get together at the beginning of the year to make a collage to represent what we wanted to create for our year ahead. It was a social event and it was a good excuse to get together and share our dreams – whether it was a new job, new kitchen or new relationship or to let go of something we didn’t want in our lives any more.
I love this photo of Dame Helen Mirren by Robert Zukerman. I’ve seen this post floating around FB for a while. It appeared in my news feed again today, and once again, the words from Brene Brown quoted in the post deeply resonated. Helen Mirren is now a poster woman for aging gracefully and being sexy at 70 – “the new 40” apparently. Whatever Helen Mirren was thinking at the time this was taken or whatever it is supposed to portray, what I love is that it feels like she is saying “Here I am. This is me. Take it or leave it.”
Sometimes when you’re in a dark place, you think you’ve been buried, but actually you’ve been planted. Continue reading Quote of the day
I came across this by Matt Licata this morning – have a beautiful day …
‘Underneath the narrative of your life, just below the grand storyline, even beneath the colorful emotional landscape, there exists a rich, mysterious world of sensations – a somatically-organized field of intelligence, creativity, and aliveness. But there is no support here for personal identity; here, life is revealed to be much less about ‘me’ than we thought. There are no ‘problems’ here, nothing to be fixed, cured, or shifted. There is only an untamed fire of presence. And aliveness. Continue reading What inspired me today
Have you ever felt you were stuck in life? In your job, relationship, whatever situation – just incredibly stuck? Trust me, everyone feels like this at some point in their lives. Some seek help, other struggle on. Often just burying their feelings and ‘getting on with it’, because that’s what is expected, or at least that is what you think. Not dealing with issues in your life can have very negative effects on both your mental and physical health however, and why would you want to ignore them? After all, you’d be going to see a doctor if you had a sore leg or a persisting cough, wouldn’t you? Mental health is just as important as looking after your body. Continue reading How a coach can help you