Summer Book Reviews – Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment And Underlying Meaning Of Everyday Words by David Whyte
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by Karen Ross
1M ago
Consolations By David Whyte Since I was a teenager, I’ve had a small pile of books that are my ‘bedside books’. They live in my bedside table or my book-bag when I travel, and they are my go-to’s when I want to read something light, nourishing or inspiring. Currently the pile includes the Sufi Book of Life, The Pilgrim of Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (given to me by a dear client who is one of the most avid readers I’ve ever met) and Consolations by David Whyte. Of course, the pile has changed over time: back in my teens it included a tiny pocket-sized copy of As a Man Thinketh that my friend ..read more
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Summer Book Reviews – Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza
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by Karen Ross
1M ago
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One By Joe Dispenza It was while listening to Joe Dispenza recently in an interview say that over 90% of the thoughts we think are the same thoughts as the day before that I sat up and paid attention in a new way. It hit me between the eyes. How outrageous is that? Over 90%. That means if we’re trying to change habits, have a more positive experience at work, improve our relationships or health, have more financial freedom or do a full-blown life overhaul, we are trying to do so from the same thinking that got us to t ..read more
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The Art of Resting and the 7 Types of Rest
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by Karen Ross
1M ago
I first explored the phenomena of rest after a bout of poor health and burnout about 10 years ago. I recall reading David Whyte’s wonderful words at a yoga retreat – To rest is to give up on the already exhausted will as the prime motivator of endeavor, with its endless outward need to reward itself through established goals. To rest is to give up on worrying and fretting and the sense that there is something wrong with the world unless we are there to put it right; to rest is to fall back literally or figuratively from outer targets and shift the goal not to an inner static bull’s eye, an ima ..read more
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Summer Book Reviews – Sacred Rest by Dr Saundra Dalton-Smith
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by Karen Ross
1M ago
Sacred Rest By Dr Saundra Dalton-Smith It was during an online conference on sleep that I first encountered Dr Saundra Dalton-Smith’s work and her book, Sacred Rest. It came as an enlightening surprise to when she illuminated the importance of seven types of rest – of which sleep and the physical act of resting is just one. It piqued my interest immediately, made instinctive sense, and now I can’t imagine thinking any other way about how I rest myself. So, how is it we’ve over-simplified rest so much that we pretty much think we’re either busy doing things or we’re asleep? I don’t think many o ..read more
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How do you feel about celebrating your birthday?
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by Karen Ross
2M ago
As my birthday rolls around this year, I’ve been thinking about how people feel about their birthday arriving and whether they treat it like a celebration or not. I have friends who feel it’s nothing special and prefer to ignore it, others who acknowledge it but don’t like being made a fuss of, and then others who love an excuse to take the day off work and enjoy being spoilt. I’m in the latter category myself, and am also quite good at spoiling myself with lunch or dinner with friends and a little gift (or two!) for myself. This year I gifted myself my first tattoo! It is the word love. A ble ..read more
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How to really get the juice out of gratitude
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by Karen Ross
3M ago
I’ll never forget the first time I saw the beautiful images of frozen water crystals in Masaru Emoto’s book, The Hidden Messages in Water. The one for ‘love and appreciation’ was so stunning I think it’s been etched on my visual cortex forever. Anytime I think of this it reminds me how powerful the act of doing gratitude is. It has an energy and frequency that cannot be denied. It’s probably 20 years since I first saw those pictures for the first time. Since then neuroscience has come a long way and now explains the biological effects of these kinds of emotions in the body. Experiencing gratit ..read more
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Hope is always there, even when it feels lost
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by Karen Ross
3M ago
I’ve lost hope before. When I’ve been ill. Alone. Broke. Sad. Angry. Grieving. I realised recently that as I made my way through those times and came out the other side, even though I may have given up hope at times, it was still there. It’s really not easy to see when you’re in the thick of it. Maybe you’ve given up. Perhaps you’re in despair. Or hopelessness. I’ve been in all of those too. Healing ourselves and learning to trust that all will be well can take time. We are all journeying – no matter how cliqued that might sound! It’s the nature of life and the human adventure. And perhaps one ..read more
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3 MORE ways to put your mind in service to your happiness
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by Karen Ross
4M ago
But wait, there’s more! Following on from my earlier article about putting your mind in service to your happiness, here are three more tips to help you cultivate a mindset that supports a positive mood and a great life.   Focus the mind on what you want Even with all the experience and skills and tools I have as a coach and as someone who is constantly growing myself, even I can get caught up in the complaints or frustrations of a problem I’m facing or a situation I want to change. We’re human, it’s okay to have a rant, feel frustrated or confused and get it out of the system, but then it ..read more
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Comfort Can Kill Your Spirit
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by Karen Ross
5M ago
I’ve been super inspired by a number of clients recently who have opted out of their current jobs because of poor leadership, limited opportunities, or a crappy culture. They’ve defined their ideal role or next step and then gone and got it. So good! This is on the back of thinking a lot lately about how attached we can become to the comfort of the status quo and its perceived safety. Now, on the one hand, when our basic needs are taken care of and we are in physical comfort, this can certainly comfort our spirit and even make it easier to tune into our deeper selves. But, like anything, you c ..read more
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3 Ways to put your mind in service to your happiness
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by Karen Ross
6M ago
I used to think my mind was more troublesome than helpful and I just wanted it to shut up, behave and let me be happy. The mind can be too busy. It can distract us or make us doubt. It can also feel like a pesky, annoying fiend that messes with our optimism or even our sanity sometimes! However, harnessed wisely and with a firm hand, the mind can serve us beautifully. Here are a few simple tips for getting your mind working for you. May it operate kindly and in service to your happiness.   Have the mind turn criticism into acceptance While you may not rush to put your hand up and admit yo ..read more
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