Choice: Pneumatic Drilling v Moving into Stillness

Choice: Pneumatic Drilling v Moving into Stillness

Choice. It looked like we only had Hobson's choice. Taking it or leaving it. This was the option Thomas Hobson (1544–1631), a livery stable owner in Cambridge, England, offered his customers - either taking the horse in his stall nearest to the door or taking none at all. Our choice was accepting the Pneumatic drilling sound that filled the room or leaving. OMG, I thought, as I opened the door and entered. The sound was HORRIFIC. I reacted to it and felt irritated. We need quiet for our yoga practice, I said to myself. My next thought was if this is going to go on for an hour, perhaps I should cancel the yoga class. Then I said a big “NO.” We are all here for yoga and that is what we will do, pneumatic drilling or no drilling. I knew from experience that it was just a case of accepting that the drilling sound was there and I could use...
Read More
Awareness – Who You are Being?

Awareness – Who You are Being?

My awareness shifted as suddenly there was a loud bang. Standing at the bus top, I looked in the direction of the sound and saw a black motorcycle, a large black people carrier vehicle and the bottom half of two legs wearing black boots disappearing behind the left side of the vehicle as it screeched to a standstill. I gasped: 'Oh my god'. And together with the six or so other people at the bus stop, I instinctively moved towards the scene of the accident. I thought this person was either dead or seriously injured. Seconds went by... Then I saw the motor cyclist who had been thrown off his bike and had disappeared from view behind the people carrier vehicle walking towards the driver (who had stopped and jumped out of his vehicle looking shocked) gesticulating angrily. We sighed with relief...He was alive. A few comments were made and I went on my way again. Sitting on the bus, I felt tearful. This surprised...
Read More
Success Formula of Top World Athletes

Success Formula of Top World Athletes

Success many thrive but top world athletes have a formula for becoming winners.  Here are 6 elements of their formula from the IAAF World Athletics Championships inspired by all the athletes competing including some of the legends of the sport, such as Usain Bolt and Mo Farah. Some athletes have to overcome physical and mental challenges and others make totally life changing choices in order to achieve the success they want. A few are seen as sporting pariahs and endure booing from spectators whenever they perform or win because of past misdemeanours.  This does not deter them and they keep focusing on their dream without allowing other people's opinions to become obstacles. The point is that people do all kinds of things to become successful. And like top athletes, when you thrive to become the best YOU, to do your best and to realise your dreams, there is rarely one path to success and becoming a winner. You're likely to need a variety of...
Read More
Jaws – Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Jaws – Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Jaws, remember the film from 1975  where the shark's presence is mostly suggested by employing an ominous  soundtrack that signals the shark's impending appearance and the possibility of death. Well many people say that they are more afraid of public speaking than dying.  Being visible on stage is so scary that it fills people with dread. I think what they are really afraid of is being ridiculed, rejected, disliked, humiliated, booed...or having their creations treated in this way. Let me tell you a story... A few weeks ago sitting on the ground in the park, I noticed that the right side of my jaw was tense and felt locked. I have what I call a 'spontaneous body wisdom' jaw routine that my body initiates to relieve this tension. It involves simply taking my attention to my jaw, focusing my awareness there and then just waiting for my body to respond. The response always comes and involves contorted facial movements – with the upper and lower...
Read More
Sleep Deprived?  The Secret to Sleeping Well

Sleep Deprived? The Secret to Sleeping Well

Sleep deprivation can take a toxic toll on your health and ability to function optimally. And - with an annual estimated price tag of £40 billion cost to the economy through lost working hours, it's not a subject to take lightly. We all know that health and lifestyle problems such "obesity, excessive alcohol and sugary drink consumption, smoking, lack of physical activity, mental health problems, stress at work, shift work, financial concerns, and long commuting" have a detrimental  impact on sleep - this is already well documented. However, a recent article published in the Telegraph.co.uk reports on research  by US scientists who found that "the secret of a good night’s sleep is having something worth getting out of bed for the next day." The new study reveals that having a purpose in life helps to improve the quality of your sleep and also night time disturbances. Quoting from the Telegraph, the authors state that: “Helping people cultivate a purpose in life could be an...
Read More
Space and The Whirly Gig Experience

Space and The Whirly Gig Experience

I was hanging sideways in space anchored in the Whirly gig chair, in mid-air with Shaun Hotchkiss at ground level asking me Power of Six questions. “ And what do you know from there.” My eyes were closed as I focused on my body-mind to discover what it knew from that direction. After a while, my body intuition and wisdom indicated that I was feeling relaxed and at ease in the space my body was occupying. Then, self-modelling, I asked to be moved to the opposite side. Now, I am suspended sideways to the left instead of to the right. I tune into my body intuition and I am feeling a different sensation. I'm not sure how to describe the sensation yet so I keep my attention and awareness focused on it. “And what do you know from there?” I keep my awareness on my body-mind system hanging in space. It feels like my fears are to my left, I said. I want...
Read More
Authentic, original and not a copy?

Authentic, original and not a copy?

Authentic, original and not a copy. This is required of us and can be challenging. “I've not been writing my blogs”, she said, “because so many people are doing blogs, and people tell me I write eloquently and I don't feel I'm saying anything unique. So, I've just not been writing...” We were doing a life purpose hand analysis at the time and were talking about purpose and gifts. Most of us engage in unhelpful self-talk some of the time...our inner critic that can be totally unsupportive. My self talk goes something like this...how can I talk/write about shifts in consciousness and finding yourself and spiritual matters when you have the enlightened masters like Eckhart Tolle and Sadhguru and yoga masters and famous spiritual teachers like Marianne Williamson, Caroline Myss and many other 'experts' talking about the same things. How can little old me do this in an authentic way? What's your inner critic telling you, that's getting in your way? There's a quote that...
Read More
Brain Chatter Stopped – A Stroke of Insight

Brain Chatter Stopped – A Stroke of Insight

Brain chatter creates a lot of suffering for most of us. The mind goes here, there and everywhere, compulsively and incessantly and causes much misery.  This is a story of what it felt like when a brain scientist's mind chatter stopped completely... My client Alex sent me an email with the subject line ”Watch this” and a comment inside that it is an “astonishingly beautiful” story. So I watched the TED talk and found it beautiful and moving. And, I feel inspired to share it with you also. It's the story of a brain scientist from Harvard university who woke up one morning and became quickly aware that her brain was malfunctioning. She was excited to be able to study her own brain from inside out as it completely deteriorated in its ability to process information. The logical part of her brain was shutting down and her brain chatter stopped completely. There were no thoughts for a while – just silence. She experienced...
Read More
Resurrection: How Easter can be an uplifting time for change

Resurrection: How Easter can be an uplifting time for change

Resurrection is the symbol of Easter and spring time too.  The warm weather returns and all of nature bursts into life. I love Spring time.  It always reminds me of a line in Geoffrey Chaucer's, Canterbury Tales: The General Prologue, which I studied in English Literature: “Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote And bathed every veyne in swich licour, Of which vertu engendred is the flour;...” Modern translation by Nevill Coghill (Wikipedia): “When in April the sweet showers fall And pierce the drought of March to the root, and all the veins are bathed in liquor of such power As brings about the engendering of the flower...” As Spring 'brings about the engendering of the flower', us humans also shake off the winter as our cells respond to the universe and the warmth and renewal around us. Easter, which is about resurrection, is with us now and just over a quarter of the year has gone by- already! With all this...
Read More
Meditating on Public Transport

Meditating on Public Transport

Meditating is the medicine for stress when travelling on crowded public transport. This may may seem weird at first but it's an antidote to tension on the tube and other forms of public transport. No one even needs to know that you are meditating and it's an inner blooming practice. I've had the pleasure of travelling on public transport in the rush hour recently and have noticed tense, miserable faces on my journey as well as anger and aggression. It's like people are sleep walking unconsciously during their journey. I saw a man bump into a woman so forcefully that she almost fell over and he just continued without batting an eyelid. The overcrowded trains and high fares seem to have become a licence for what I'm calling bad behaviour (this is a judgement, of course). People who are normally polite and friendly push, shove and swear at each other. Meditating and mindfulness are remedies for this behaviour. They are medicine for the...
Read More