Inner listening

How Can Meditation Help us To Be More Successful in Business? In Relationships? In Life?

Meditation, or stilling and focusing the mind, has many benefits for our physical and mental health. It reverses the physiological effects of stress and allows us to feel calmer, centred and relaxed. In our busy lives, full of technological overload, all this is very helpful to our long-term well-being.

In all aspects of life, and especially in business, we also need to be able to think clearly, even under stress, and make quick, effective decisions. We need to have insight and, at times, strategic foresight. We require the relationship skills to be both a team player and a visionary leader of both ourselves, and others. And we need the interaction capabilities to be able to get along with, and communicate to, many different types of people. So how can meditation help with all of these essential skills for life? Read More

Oxygen: The Optimal Fuel for our Body and Brain

We focus on eating healthily. Moving regularly. Sleeping well. Training our minds. But, do we also provide our body with the optimum fuel to keep us alert, vitalised, thinking clearly and relaxed? Fuel that helps us recover from stress, boosts our immune system and enriches every cell in our body?

What is that fuel? Oxygen.

How do we ensure that we get it in large quantities? Through breathing effectively.

We all know how to breathe. We can do it with no conscious thought at all. Yet how much of our unconscious breathing is taking in the oxygen we need to provide us with all the benefits we can obtain from breathing well? Read More

Attention: The Hoover in Our Brains

“Attention works much like a muscle—use it poorly and it can wither; work it well and it grows.” Daniel Goleman

Attention, from the Latin word ‘attendere’ means to ‘give heed to’, ‘to stretch towards’, as if we are reaching our minds towards something. Think about this: whatever you pay attention to, both good and bad, you are stretching your mind towards.

Neuroscience supports this, highlighting that our minds act like a hoover, hoovering in whatever we spend time focusing upon. Drawing our chosen awareness into our neural pathways. Consequently, being very vigilant about the placement of your awareness is paramount. Read More

Five Top Tips for being a Spiritually Intelligent Leader

Our Spiritual Intelligence is that deep inner knowledge, wisdom and understanding that goes beyond our learned intelligence. This Intelligence can see all things, including the bigger picture of our lives. It knows all things too, unlike the limited awareness of our own thinking minds.

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What Can an Eighty-Nine Year Old Vietnamese Monk Teach Us About Leadership?

Zen master and former peace activist Thích Nhất Hạnh has spent much of his life traveling the world teaching Buddhist principles of mindfulness, love and compassion as the route to happiness in life. In 2013 he toured the US, spending a day at Google and speaking to more than 20 CEOs of US-based technology companies to offer his advice on living in the present moment. In 2014 he toured Europe, again speaking to large crowds. He is currently recovering from a brain haemorrhage suffered at the end of 2014 and, despite his advancing years, he is making a good recovery. Meanwhile, thousands still go to his centre, Plum Village in Southern France, to meditate in the quiet space there and practice mindful living. His monastic order is the fastest growing order in the world.

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How To Thrive In Business Through Spiritual Intelligence

Thriving in business starts with your personal definition of thriving. For some, it is purely monetary gain, financial wealth and being perceived as a success in the world. For others, it includes definitions such as  expressing the truth of who they are through their work and all that they pursue; balancing time spent “doing” their business projects and time spent “being” in their business, allowing their creative minds to generate new ideas on the way forward; enjoying positive relationships with all of their clients, suppliers and competitors, and having a genuine desire to serve them all; feeling a sense of energy, vitality, happiness and fulfilment  from their work and running all aspects of their business being guided by the Highest and Best in them, their True Self. Read More

Embracing our Shadows

Something that we have to accept about ourselves is that we all have our shadow sides. These are the parts of us that appear, often when we are under pressure, and lead us to act in ways that we then feel guilty about. They are the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that we have that we find totally unpalatable about ourselves. These are for example, the parts of us that shout at our partners, our children and at other drivers on the road that appear to “cut us up”, when we have been working all day with our clients and peers being as kind as anything. In short our shadows are the very things that we do not want other people to know about us because we have been taught from a very young age that it is not acceptable to behave in this way. Read More

Moving from Independence to In-Dependence

We have been brought up to believe that being independent is a good thing. We think that being independent is  cool and courageous, that being independent we do not need anyone, we are  a free spirit. People who have an unhealthy attachment to being independent hold the belief that they can do everything on their own. Relying on other people is not something they would choose to do. They find it easier to rely purely on themselves and not get into situations which could mean having to depend on others. Read More

Opening up to the New

At the beginning of a new year, and especially the start of a new decade, we often create a long list of things we “want” to have and things we “want” to achieve. These lists, while all very good, can often be based on our ego’s thinking rather than the natural way of things, the Tao. Read More

What can we Learn from Eastern Philosophies about our Health?

Taoist philosophies go back some 5000 years, predating Jesus, Buddha and other spiritual leaders by over 2000 years. Taoist Masters were always seeking ways to attain a balanced life of health, longevity, love and spiritual fulfilment. They believed that the inner workings of our bodies were supported by the flow of Chi, or energy, around the body. This Chi, and ultimately our bodies, are connected to, and a reflection of, different aspects of the outer world – the five elements, the seasons, the planets and the cycles of the Moon and the Earth.

An interesting aspect of Taoist philosophies is their belief that our emotions are stored in our internal organs, not in our minds, and that the mind merely determines how they are used. They found that certain specific negative emotions are associated with each organ and these negative energies build up over time affecting the flow of Chi through the organs. This, coupled with the toxins and pollution we absorb, can also disrupt our circulation and eventually the nerve impulses within each organ. Read More

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