Self-awareness: the first step to compassion

Compassion helps you increase your peace of mind, improve your physical wellbeing, gives you emotional strength and reduces your chances of being a dumping ground for other people’s baggage. There’s a funny thing about us humans – we don’t like to hold onto negative ideas in our unconscious minds. So we look around and find the nearest person who is willing to carry this negativity for us. In psychological terms, two common processes of pushing our negative thoughts and beliefs … Continue Reading →

Meditation – ramp up your health and productivity

Having now meditated 20 minutes a day for six weeks I’m excited by some unexpected benefits from doing so little. Meditation can help cells heal and grow, increase productivity at work, heal illness, increase your life expectancy, get you into your Right Mind and increase employee engagement! Well, I didn’t think I’d do it but I have – meditated for 20 minutes every day for the last six weeks. I thought I’d be dragging myself out of bed at 5.30 … Continue Reading →

Women, don’t hold yourselves back – lean in!

Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook, has highlighted some sad truths about how women hold themselves back from leadership roles. Understanding why this happens can help ensure their immense value is not wasted. I had never thought much about gender inequality, which is strange considering I’m a female working in a masculine arena, finance within a large corporation. Maybe it was because I had mostly worked within Human Resources and Organisational Change Management which employ high numbers of women. But I … Continue Reading →

For a strong business, get into your Right Mind

Leaders are much more powerful than they realise, influencing the lives of their team members and therefore their team members’ family and friends. Their decision of whether to be in their Right Minds or Wrong Minds powerfully influences not only their team members’ lives but their team’s and company’s culture and performance. I wonder how many leaders truly understand how powerful they are. If a leader manages a team of 5 managers and each manager has 10 team members, that … Continue Reading →

The New Groupthink – how to kill creativity at work

Most highly creative ideas are formulated by people working alone. At a time when innovation is essential for competitive advantage in business, organisations would do well to ensure their employees have quiet spaces in which to think deeply and create. After a recent period of annual leave I noticed a very interesting phenomenon which Susan Cain discusses in her best selling book, Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking*. I had a quiet, peaceful, relaxing break … Continue Reading →

7 steps to using your intuition as a powerful guiding light

How comfortable are you with using your intuition for guidance, as a source of information? Some consider intuition unreliable because of its mysterious nature – no-one really understands what it is or how it works. But we all drive cars without understanding how the engine works. In the same way, we can practice using intuition on small things until it becomes a trusted friend. Then you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Fear is often the reason people don’t … Continue Reading →

The power behind your New Year’s resolutions

What would you say is the difference between power and force? According to David R Hawkins, “Force always moves against something, whereas power doesn’t move against anything at all. Force is incomplete and therefore has to be fed energy constantly. Power is total and complete in itself and requires nothing from outside. It makes no demands; it has no needs. Because force has an insatiable appetite, it constantly consumes. Power, in contrast, energizes, gives forth, supplies, and supports. Power gives … Continue Reading →

Everything’s ok just as it is

Before meditating this morning I was feeling a little down and demotivated from mulling over a project that hadn’t worked out. I wanted to shift out of my negative mood so, while doing some EFT tapping on the issue, I asked my intuition for a message to help me see this differently. Here’s what I received: ‘Just because it looks to you like it didn’t work out, that doesn’t meant it didn’t. You can only see such a tiny portion of what’s happening … Continue Reading →

Christmas shopping mindfulness practice

Over the last few weeks I’ve been undertaking mindfulness training as part of a health and wellbeing program I’m implementing at the Commonwealth Bank. Yesterday I found the perfect place to practice – my local shopping centre at Christmas time. For me, as a non-materialistic introvert, shopping at a large mall at Christmas is usually hell on earth but I may have just found a way to make it, if not enjoyable, at least useful. So here’s how it goes: Breath – … Continue Reading →

Are your judgements blocking your happiness?

Every day we’re judging each other for a hundred different things – hair, dress, race, manner of speaking, expressed emotions, behaviour, the list goes on and on. But what if we forgot to judge? Yesterday, I had an indepth conversation with a colleague where she opened up to me about a highly personal experience she had been through. This lady has been to hell and back but no-one at work knows. If they did know, it would explain a great … Continue Reading →