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Religion, Spirituality and Life Coaching

My religion is the same as that tree over there.

This question gets asked a lot, and is an important foundation of any coaching practice. I am not a religious or devotional person. I am not affiliated with any religious organisation or cult. I have successfully worked with folks of many faiths including Christians, Spiritual, Catholics, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Agnostic and Atheistic. I subscribe to a live-and-let-live approach to life, each to their own, just keep asking questions looking for the Truth. I am a spiritual person and the teachings of several great wisdom traditions (Yoga, Tantra, Advaita, Buddhist Teachings in particular) does form a backdrop to my work. I do believe in a power that might be described as God, divinity, soul, spirit, higher-power etc. (the label is not important).  That higher power is every one of us.  It is outside every one of us. We are it. It is everything. We are all equal, all beautiful, shining, powerful beings.

Life coaching is a spiritual practice -- if you want it to be. (The labels are not important). I am happy to work with atheists, religious people, spiritual people or people who do not know what to believe anymore. Don't worry I do not use crystals or dream-catchers!

Remember, do not resist life, it all just is.  I AM in the ISness of everything. I am happy to get philosophical.

Self Help Coaching Resources for Mindfulness Meditation

I'd love to work deeply with you. But if life is calling you to go-it-alone right now, then you may find the following resources useful. And of course it goes without saying, if you need any help, mentoring or reflection along the way, do give me a call even if its just for an hour!

FRIENDS IF YOU WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR PRACTICE GET YOUR ASS ON A ZAFU

Several years intro developing my own meditation practuice at home, a good friend pointed me towards buying a Buckwheat Filled Meditation Cushion (known as a Zafu).

If you are serious about developing a meaningful practice or simply starting out and wanting to give yourself the best shot, then you MUST BUY A ZAFU!

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These are the books that catapulted me into a deeply spiritual way of life. I would say these three books are all you really need to deploy a bedrock of understanding behind a lifetime of meditation practice.

To make the journey into The Power of Now, we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language and a question and answer format to guide us. Surrender to the present moment, where problems do not exist. It is here we find our joy, are able to embrace our true selves and discover that we are already complete and perfect. If we are able to be fully present and take each step in the Now we will be opening ourselves to the transforming experience of The Power of Now. It's a book to be revisited again and again.

This worldwide phenomenon has captured the world's imagination with its ability to change readers' lives for the better.

I have enjoyed sitting with Eckhart Tolle in a retreat environment, and I have enjoyed soaking up the space that his words point to. If you explore Eckharts teachings and you have questions or require any subtle guidance, please do give me a call.

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The MBSR Online Course has a vast body of research behind it - and this program is the only official online training that teaches the method pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts.

The MBSR Online Course is presented by two expert teachers from the Center for Mindfulness: Dr. Saki Santorelli and senior instructor Florence Meleo-Meyer. The course allows you to experience the proven eight-week curriculum for learning to use your innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress, pain, and illness.

Mindfulness is more than a treatment for health issues. What we find especially encouraging about the spread of mindfulness is that more and more people are discovering how this practice opens the door for a richer, more rewarding experience of life. It can also be a powerful foundation for spiritual exploration. 

Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life that starts with paying attention in the present moment in an open, non-judgmental way.

As more than 20,000 people who have taken the The MBSR Online Course have learned, using mindfulness techniques gives you effective new tools for handling emotional stress, chronic pain, and health conditions - as well as elevating your overall capacity for resilience, balance, and awareness.

Some of the clinically proven benefits of MBSR are:

  • Stress reduction—at work or at home, especially for anxiety over health issues, aging, and uncertainty about the future
  • Managing symptoms and reducing suffering from medical conditions such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, heart disease, persistent headaches, and more
  • Enhancing our ability to overcome psychological distress such as panic attacks, depression, fatigue, and insomnia
  • Support for any preventive care, exercise, diet, and wellness plan

The fruits of mindfulness practice extend far beyond what can be tested in a clinic or hospital. By intentionally orienting our lives towards the present moment, we often experience a greater delight in what the world is offering us right now instead of deferring our happiness for some time in the future. We become more attentive to our relationships, our day-to-day decisions, and the many ways we are supported and embraced by life.

If you’re thinking of beginning your own adventure in mindfulness, then there’s no better time to begin. Click Here Now to Join this excellent Self Help MeditationCourse. 

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 Do you struggle with self-judgment? Does the voice of your inner critic speak loudly of your ‘flaws’?
 
You’re not alone. Even people who’ve had years of practice with meditation, therapy, and self-improvement still struggle with the most important relationship we have—our relationship with ourselves.

Self-Acceptance Summit, How to Overcome Self-Judgement and Live a Life of Bravery, Compassion, and Authenticity.
How often do you hear inner voices saying you’re not good enough, not tough enough, not fit enough? How much time do you spend dwelling on regret, shame, and things you wish you could do over?

Why do we think it’s a good thing to be “our own worst critic”?

Imagine if you could take all the energy you spend on self-criticism and use it in a different way. What would it be like to become your own best advocate and greatest supporter in the world?

Whether you seek health and happiness in your own life or are hoping to be of greater service in the world, your relationship with yourself is always the starting point.

Accepting ourselves—especially those parts we find most shameful or frightening—has a positive impact on nearly every experience in our lives.

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