Using a chime, a bell or a singing bowl are great ways to help people go inwards as part of mindfulness and guided meditation. In classes I often use sounds to help this transition to open the heart to love and healing.
Megan Cowan describes how she discovered how sound could help in education with school students. This is a great short story from a Bringing the Hearts and Minds Youth Conference where Megan integrates mindfulness using sound. This can be viewed on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnatIJmdkH8
Thank you Daniel Goleman for bringing this to my attention.
In his book Hardwiring Happiness Dr Rick Hanson brings together his research in neuroscience with a practical guide for human resource management trainers, yoga teachers, therapists and the community generally. This book provides brain building techniques using positive experiences to erase the negative experiences as powerful possibilities for healing.
Hanson identifies foundational inner strengths that helped change his and others lives. He works with what he refers to as the twenty-one (21) jewels including a sense of protection, pleasure, relaxation, enthusiasm, self-compassion, peace, contentment and love. Also he challenges us all to adopt this approach to help us move to a responsive mode whether in the family, the workplace or the community. This book is definitely worth a read.
Tony provides SPIRIT.3H holistic coaching and oriental yoga instruction that can help you with meaning, purpose and wellbeing in your life. Working to bring about change involves the body, mind and spirit. Tony says if he was to give a simple start to this change journey then he would include:
1. Learning by listening and being more intuitive;
2. Exercising and meditation daily with postures, stretches and flowing movements to help the flow of energy or chi; and
3. Getting out in nature and the sun connecting to the natural environment.
Firstly start by learning by listening and suspending all judgement. This approach eliminates some of the blockages around what do I think I already know or that I am attached to my view point and wants. These blockages you need to recognise as you learn when listening.
Secondly try to quieten the mind with meditation and oriental yoga exercise practice where you focus on the breath and just flow like a river. Also, as you practice try to tune into listening to your heart more deeply so that you can get clearer signals.
Thirdly you need to try to get out in nature as this can help you to nourish and clear the mind, body and spirit and help you find the direction by turning inwards and listening to yourself.
Tony at SPIRIT.3H is an experienced coach and yoga teacher who has a passion for helping people achieve their goals and find their way to living a happy, healthy and harmonious life. Join Tony for a personalised holistic coaching session on line or in person plus regular group yoga chi gung classes.
WHEN: COACHING: By appointment or CLASSES: Mondays 9:30 – 10:30 AM and Wednesdays 3-4 and 7-8 PM
WHERE: North Shore Community Centre (David Low Way, Mudjimba near Coles), Sunshine Coast, Australia
COST: COACHING $85 per session YOGA CHI GUNG $50 for 5 Classes or $12 for a casual class.
Find out more about the free 1st session or class offer in June and July.
CONTACT: Tony by PHONE on MS 0419791860 OR EMAIL: email@example.com
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Collaboration in the team is important, however I think there is a also compelling argument for autonomy as argued by Nina Mapstone Bone in AHRIs June edition of the HR Monthly (see article http://www.hrmonline.com.au/section/opinion/collaboration-at-work/). Collaboration in certain circumstances could lead to group think and suppress innovation plus several other negative scenarios as explained by Nina. In most cases collaboration can be very effective in bringing through enterprise contributions by encouraging collaboration leading to increased profits. The pro-collaboration argument was well stated by Aaron McEwan.
Leadership that is able to generally encourage collaboration in networks, teams and communities (NTCs) for me is the way organisations need to operate today. This debate provided food for thought in coaching leaders to support innovation and sustainability in different environments and stages of the decision making process.
Thank you Nina, Aaron and AHRI for this valuable for and against debate.
I think National Tree Day is a great opportunity to get the entire community to share what many of us care about in the natural environment. We have a great deal to celebrate in a wonderful natural environment across Australia and we can grow so much as a community with events like National Tree Day sharing our passions.
This National Tree Day on Sunday 26 July volunteers with their family, friends and the wider community supporters will help to plant native plants to look after our green spaces. Around Australia and at Mudjimba and Yaroomba on the Sunshine Coast we will be celebrating.
Join the gathering and give back to the natural environment by planting for the future and celebrate National Tree Day by going to the PLANET ARK SITE TO REGISTER FOR:
MUDJIMBA ON: http://treeday.planetark.org/site/10007911
YAROOMBA ON: http://treeday.planetark.org/site/10007910
OR REGISTER YOUR PIECE OF PARADISE BY GOING TO THE WEBSITE: http://treeday.planetark.org/find-a-site/
Might see you at Mudjimba
Enjoy your day
I believe organisations have started to become much more natural, organic and are less pyramid shaped hierarchical. These combined networks, teams and communities I refer to as a Red Basket like the fungi you find in nature. The power of information availability, democratisation and a developing mindfulness are changing where power resides and our leadership approaches. In NTCs multi-directional information flows are accelerated and supported by social media and globalisation in the digital age.
In organisations today everyone has a leadership role influencing and encouraging each other to collaborate on a shared purpose. Some of the current ways we organise in society are networks, teams and communities (NTCs) where leaders must be more facilitators and coaches to achieve a shared purpose. Leaders roles continue to be largely about leading change, influencing and communicating.
There is a blurring as to what organisation looks like in the profit and non-profit sectors as they embrace collaboration, volunteerism and engagement. The profit making firm has become more a team and community organisation where people have an affiliation or belonging. The glue of the firm is the culture with congruent values and attitudes like many not for profit teams and community groups.
Our interdependence in a desire for a healthy planet seems to be better understood globally as we work for sustainability in our organisations and leadership practices. Working with nature for a mutual benefit can be seen in examples like the dolphins and fisherman of Brazil helping to herd fish together and then sharing a bountiful catch. Also, working to protect the natural values of the Great Barrier Reef can similarly be seen as a way to maintain jobs in tourism and keep a healthy planet at the same time.
The power of the social media and press campaign in Germany and Australia by GET UP is a good example of the global leadership role being taken on by many people in the environmental movement. This action helped to stop funding by a large German Bank of a coal port development in Queensland. A significant media campaign aimed at the Annual General Meeting of the Deutsche Bank resulted in the developer Indian company Adani being unsuccessful for a development loan. Banks are the powerful players on the global stage with leadership decisions around corporate social responsibility being significant.
The mindful leadership role being taught by Professor Bill George at Harvard Business School should be commended as innovative. Students are asked how they could make a positive difference for their colleagues, their organisations, their families and society as a whole as their measures of success as leaders.
I predict more sustainable networks, teams and communities (NTCs) will be powerful organisational arrangements for leaders working for the common good, as status differences and hierarchical power lose favour to forms reflected in nature i.e. The Red Basket
Team Spirit 2015 – Workshop (1 day) Building your teams focus and passion around customers and community resulting in:
EEI = Energy, Engagement and Innovation.
Challenging and fun exercises include:
values and culture
appreciating differing gifts and strengths
What will lead to sustainability?
Learn the Seven “Cs” of High Performing Organisations
Win the Peoples Choice Award !!!
I have recently returned from several weeks of walking some of Tasmania’s great walks and visiting other wonderful attractions. I am not surprised that Tasmania has just cleaned up in the national tourism awards with 10 awards. We followed a 60 Great Short Walks guide which included major tourist attractions like Wineglass Bay. See the link below: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-10/tasmania-cleans-up-at-tourism-awards/6385262 The Tasmanian Government estimates tourism in Tasmania contributes around $2.4 billion to the state’s economy each year.
While Queensland has significant investment and employment in tourism only 5 awards went Queensland’s way with green attractions Woodford Folk Festival and Bundaberg Turtles amongst them. I think the Sunshine Coast and Queensland could match it with the best of them if we were serious about conserving and promoting our natural environment. We have many wonderful walks like Mount Coolum, Conondale Ranges, Cooloola Wilderness and Hinchinbrook Island to name a few. Wildlife like nesting turtles are not restricted to Mon Repos and further north and we still have wallabies, koalas and amazing native birds in the South East.
It is my view that health, wellbeing and eco-tourism are the green advantage as we need to be pursuing a vibrant, green and sustainable future retaining our green edge on much of the Sunshine Coast.
Walking companion Chris and I really enjoyed the 3 day Walls of Jerusalem National Park walk in Tasmania as depicted in the picture following.
5D Holistic Coaching is a collaborative coaching process that helps you navigate through the different stages of life where you are:
- In the moment and with the natural breath
- Creative and gifted
- A holistic being part of the whole universe
- Connected with your partner, family and community
- Exploring and are curious of what the others desire
- Trusting and intuitive
- Providing positive reinforcement
- Using deep and active listening
- Looking for meaning and wellbeing
5 D PROCESS STAGES
Desires ? – What do I desire? Provide Deep Listening and Appreciative Inquiry
Discovery ? – Where am I currently? – 8 Environments (Wheel of Life)
- Career – Work paid unpaid, voluntary, etc
- Community – Family/ Friends/Associations
- Cash – Finances
- Collaborator – Partner
- Challenge – Personal Growth
- Cheer – Fun, Sport, Recreation and Leisure
- Climate – Physical Environment
- Health and Wellbeing
TOOLS – preferences using Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) or AusIdentities, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Indicators, Health and Wellbeing Indicators
Dream ?– Visioning
Designing the future ?– How do I get there? Develop Action Plans
When we see somebody with a poor posture and a sad expression we come to realise that they are either having a bad day or maybe that is their habitual negative posture. Observing a person’s poor posture, short fast breathing and a closed chest often indicates a level of emotional pain, anxiety and stress. In our modern world this is now quite prevalent as we lose our connection to natural rhythms and our communities.
Ancient Chinese sages in the past believed that when the posture is correct and there is relaxed muscular tension then there is an increase in lung capacity. In contrast to the poor posture happy, healthy and positive people when standing look more like a mountain. The mountain is seen to have a strong, solid base connected to the earth though its peak is in the clouds reaching up.
In Yoga Chi Gung (YCG) mountain pose is a foundation posture performed with natural breathing and aligns the body with:
1. feet hip width apart and parallel or slightly turned out;
2. knees soft and off lock;
3. tail bone lengthening downward reducing the lumbar curve;
4. shoulders relaxed, releasing outwards and downwards;
5. hands open extending through the middle fingers; and
6. head floating on the neck and the face soft.
In YCG we position our body in a natural posture like mountain pose and breathing to enhance a positive feeling affirming the body mind connections.
A holistic coaching plan and YCG instruction will allow you to get a better match between the body, mind and spirit. It all needs to work together and focussing on the body posture and breathing will translate into a higher state of wellbeing.
Tony at SPIRIT.3H is an experienced coach and yoga teacher who has a passion for helping people achieve their goals. A holistic coaching program and YCG practice for you around career, lifestyle, nutrition, meditation and exercise will help you. By defining your life purpose, connecting to nature and community you will be on track for meaning and wellbeing in your life.
Contact Tony to arrange a personal coaching session on MS 0419791860, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.spirit3h.com.au for more information. Also, you may like to join a regular YCG class at the North Shore Community Centre at Mudjimba.