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Mindfulness is so relevant in today's
I integrate mindfulness in my coaching and training as it is the best self regulation, self awareness and transforming practice I know.
As an Executive Coach practicing mindfulness, it embodies everything
I do and therefore has a huge influence on my
coaching and interventions within companies.
Mindfulness is a way to be fully present with yourself and in your relationships at home and at work.
Being mindful gives us our own internal compass, moment by
Jon Kabat-Zinn's name is synonymous with mindfulness today. He
describes it as living purposely and being awake to your life.
" Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way, on
purpose, in the present moment,
It creates clarity which is an important
part of coaching and can therefore enhance the journey
when the client practices by doing small exercises outside
of the coaching session.
It’s all about self observation, self
inquiry and mindful action. Therefore during the self observation you
can catch your thought or belief before it takes a hold of
you, inquire and then mindfully
you respond. In the case of a negative thought you
inquire and then it lets go of you before any negative
This is what Adyashanti refers to as the
thought falling away before it gains
It can do this when you see or hear the thought arise and you
may feel it in your body and sense it.
Mindfulness practice can be done by both
formal or informal meditation. It is related to being fully in the moment or present and in touch with your experience, with your thoughts, your emotions and sensations in the body.
Any and all of these (body, emotion, or thought) help us be
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I had practiced meditation over the years
and many different kinds from mantras to the voice healing
meditation (sounds), to Oshu and
Always starting and then stopping.
I remember that I was on holiday
Africa, in one of the
most beautiful places called Plettenburg
bay together with my parents, my children, my
brother Craig and his friend Simon.
My brother Craig had been practicing
mindfulness for many years and I remember him often talking
to me of Jon Kabat-Zinn. I had read Jon Kabat-Zinn's
Wherever You Go, There You Are,thanks to Craig, or
Jon and I had been
meditating on and off for
who practices stress medicine said to me we are going to
meditate do you want to come? I realized that I so
This was a turning point for me in my
life. We sat
for 30 minutes. The days that followed I continued to
sit with them daily. Today I am very thankful for my daily mindful practice and can feel the great influence it has had on me.
I believe that no matter what practice you
The practice is what is important.
When we want to be good at something we should
Practice can be in the form of a meditation or it could be
simply taking the time and that moment in your day to be still
and to be present.
Mindfulness meditation teaches me how to
be awake in the present moment and then when I do have a
situation when I am challenged, when I am mindful then I
choose how I want to behave and I control my thoughts and my
They do not control me.
Each of us is
The practice that is right for me may not be right for
I am naturally a busy person so this means that I am so
busy doing all the time.
Eckhart Tolle talks about a human being that we are human which
is the doing and the being which is the non-doing and simply
We need both.
I was living the human side and the being
Through the being we can be and live in the present moment and
be mindful and peaceful and full of love and
The gift is to learn how to integrate the
To do and also be all at once.
In the beginning this requires
STOP as a mindfulness
S- Stop and
. When we are still we can notice
We can get in touch with our being.
This is why many meditation practices are still, like Vipassana
which is a classic mindful meditation
You sit with your legs crossed on the
Your back upright.
Switch off all phones and ensure there is as little disturbance
Sit for even 1 minute.
Just sit quietly without moving and without any intention other
than to just be.
You may want to turn within and see how your inner being is
feeling. See recommended readings and audios for more
Infact you can stop anywhere.
I can stop typing now for instende
T - Take a few deep
O - Observe.
Where is your mind
Is your mind and thoughts about something
in the present moment or are your thinking of something in
the past or the future.
When I stop I see how often my mind is
It ok to plan when we do this consciously and purposefully in
the present moment.
What about your
How do you feel?
What body sensations do you
when you have been still and checked in then you decide
when to proceed.
When you do then you proceed consciously and
is not important - Practice
practice a sitting meditation where I sit
still (almost no movement) and in silence
then I am practicing
Jon Kabat-Zinn describes it as a purposeful
non-doing which is really
I so loved it when Jon Kabat-Zinn said that
even sitting for 5 minutes is better than not
sitting at all.
I have so embodied
My sitting varies in length
of time and this is not what I believe is
Whereas I concentrated for the last two years
on Vipassana meditation (sitting still), I now
a body scan meditation which is about being
mindful of the body and sensations in the
I have evolved to integrate more and more
informal practice in my life and those of my
This is because not everyone connects to the word meditation or
the word mindfulness and for some it scares
When for example an executive comes to me for coaching to find
a balance in her life or to reduce stress and increase
productivity I introduce moments of
Ekhart Tolle talks about this in all his
books and has written a book entitled Stillness
Speaks Stillness Speaks.
Tolle gives examples like:
At work sitting at the computer take a 30 second break and
follow your breath going in and out or simply gaze at the plant
on your desk for a few seconds.
At the end of this article are 2 stillness or mindfulness
It’s a challenge.
The challenge is to be present and to watch the
I am the observer.
In this way I introduce awareness into my
I watch the mind and I can create a new dialogue and ask in
return is this thought true or perhaps I want to say the same
thing in my mind with a different energy or in a different way,
perhaps being more accepting of what is.
STILL at your desk
S -- stop and
for a few moments
T - Take a breath
I - In , Go inside
L - Look within at your thoughts, feel
your inner body.
L - Listen to that which is
STILL in Nature
S -- stop and
for a few moments
T - Take a breath
I - In , Feel the nature within
L - Look at a leaf on a branch of a
Ekhart Tolle Stillnes
Speaks Stillness Speaks
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