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A collection of single words in picture format to illustrate elementas coaching and what I bring and unlock within you.

Sacred Waters inspired by Ruskin’s Stream – video and poetry

I was told by a wise man. When you feel stressed. Stand by water and ask for it to take your worries away. It kind of made sense. I guess I had been doing this unconsciously for years; I’m love to swim my troubles away, to be calm enjoying the vibes by the sea, getting giddy and fresh near waterfalls. I grew up playing in streams, forever collecting stones and getting wet.
Tai Chi is made up of lots of water moves. I love to do these by water…’rolling the waves’, ‘the waterfall’ or even in the shower! Tai Chi is made up of the elements and including water. Being in nature, with the physical elements helps us synthesise the quality of the element, to embrace the power, it feels fabulous. Try it.
Here is my attempt at writing poem, on a creative writing development course at Brantwood, inspired by the healing qualities of babbling stream in the Professors Garden , where John Ruskin had his slate seat. Listen and watch the shot video clip of his stream, its beautiful.
 photo 3-1Sacred Waters,
You beckon, you dance; darting, turning, churning.

You reveal, you conceal.

You flow and unearth; soothing, moving.
Coaching the babbling brain away.

How delicious and how delightful?
Yet wise,
Discerning, nurturing,
Restoring natural rhythms,

You refresh and negate,
Stilling, holding,
Rekindling, reshaping.

Practice Forgiveness and Peace – “Everyone messes up”

Great Article from Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring HappinessBuddha’s Brain,  www.rickhanson.net/forgive-yourself-now/
Picture Lou Booth (Hove Beach)

Tai Chi, My Passion and Ambition to meet “Falling Water” – Frank Lloyd Wright

28170calendarFW2015 “an architectural triumph of such compelling beauty and daring that it propelled Wright into newspaper headlines, onto the cover of Time magazine, and back into the spotlight of American architecture after years of obscurity”. Frank Lloyd Wright, The Interactive Portfolio Margo Stipe. I love this building by architect Frank Lloyd Wright www.fallingwater.org . And true to its form “Synchronicity” has been working her magic again. I was brought a very talented Architect Lee to coach. He told me more about this building, he’s very technical and helped me understand the genius of what Frank Lloyd did here with Falling Water ( I want to keep saying that title, love it!) Lee made me want to visit the place more, it’s what architects do; they are inspiring and clever and a little bit mischievous! My Tai Chi training and  philosophy permeates my live, it helps me appreciate the natural harmony Mr Lloyd Wright created here, oh so well. A natural harmony he understood and kindly created and communicated in his buildings for us all to know. Like the Guggenheim, New York www.guggenheim.org/new-york/about/frank-lloyd-wright-building. I’ve visited this one and it didn’t disappoint. A guide talked about the spiral gallery (energy moves in spirals) and Lloyd Wright’s design to connect heaven and earth. In Tai Chi the moves continually connect heaven and earth. The elements are reflected in the Tai Chi moves, from earth to fire, water, air, ether. There is a move called the ‘Water Fall’ in the Tai Chi form.  This Architecture speaks to my soul. Mr Lloyd Wright really gets it! Frank Lloyd Wright21662fwnewbookphoto 3-1 Architect Lee told me about the construction and the cross it forms, the rock the earth with the falling water. The technical difficulties of this project, the passion and ambition that Mr Lloyd Wright must have had to make it happen! As we do in life and in the long form of Tai Chi we continually play and dance with the cross formation. In Tai Chi, representing connecting the heavens and earth, our world of duality choices, left/right, yes/no, good/bad. Bringing in light. My Ambition is to visit Falling Water, this sacred church and amazing building. It draws me, it has done for years. I am not quite ready to visit yet but know I will. It is without question. I feel it, I have true faith that I will. It speaks to my soul. Whats your ambition and dream? Lets start to work out how you can make this happen and make your plan your reality. But are you open and ready to flourish? When you are please get in touch and tell me more. My image above captures Falling Water from Ruskin’s little waterfall at Brantwood Ruskin’s Home. Ruskin and Wright were connected. We are all connected. We just forget! The above images are from merchandise that can be purchased from www.fallingwatermuseumstore.org/browse.cfm/fallingwater-2015-calendar-with-archival-photos/4,1062.html Read More

“Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn” John Wesley

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Energy gives us the ability to do things, whether it’s getting a new work project off the ground, fueling that creative idea or even just thinking! You know that
energy exists because you can see or feel what it does.
“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.” Albert Einstein

When we light a fire it requires support (a hearth, a container, a person to tend it), in order for power to be released. The spark from the match awakens the fire, a catalyst to release wood’s latent energy, bringing life; seen in flames and light, felt in heat, comfort, sometimes safety or a even a sign of motivation and hope.

Fire can create boundaries and burn off what is no longer needed. The colour and heat of our individual fires and intensity will vary. Some of us will burn strongly, some will take a while to get going (and may need a few attempts!) others may be like touch paper, burning brightly then fading away quickly.

“The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.” Lao Tzu Te Tao Ching 
We can relate fire to our personal lives, our heart-felt passions, relationships, hobbies, work and health. Fire can light the way, creating a beacon of leadership for others. It can fuel our drive to get things done. Fire can be amazingly powerful and transformational. But it can also be harsh. Remember to use your fire wisely, coupled with respect and integrity.

If asked, “What lights your fire? What are you passionate about?” How do you answer? I love to ask people this question and then watch. People often pose for a moment, and then I notice their eyes start to light up, I feel them starting to come alive, their heart energy grows, a smile forms and they become really animated as they describe their passion. A light comes on. It’s truly beautiful.
Then something very odd often happens. The energy drains away. The light goes out. Excused by “but that’s just my dream…”, “but that will never happen…”, or “its impossible….” (all “self-limiting” beliefs). Before their dream is allowed to fully come alive, to fully form, the fuel is switched off. The flame is extinguished.

I’m guessing it’s because our passion and drive cannot always be ignited or sustained alone. We all need support. That’s where having a coach or mentor can bring huge benefits.

Do you need help to ignite your special fire, your passion? Are you ready to let your personal fire burn brightly for all to see?

“Study nature. Love nature. Stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” Frank Lloyd Wright

4d841d80-cea0-4604-a071-84bf3da9ea5fThis leaf looks as if it is showing new life. In reality it is starting to decay and renew.

Its intricate beauty arrested me to stop, to look deeper, to think. It was discovered whilst following my natural instinct, taking myself out of my normal comfort zone, on a study course.

In becoming more still, by changing our environment and exploring our creativity, using our senses with nature, writing, art, poetry, music and meeting different people we create the opportunity re-connect with ourselves.

When did you last find space to unearth and coax your hidden talents out into the open? For me it was the unfamiliar albeit safe and inspiring environment of Ruskin’s home. Here I felt connected, nurtured by nature’s elements watched over by the ancients: the trees and the solid, magnificent fells surrounded by Coniston’s soothing waters.

The lesson? Sometimes we need to trust and let go of the old ways to create space, be that mental, physical or emotional. We need to open ourselves up to new ways of being. Sometimes our initial observation of things, situations, people or ideas is not accurate. The truth can be camouflaged. If we can keep more open, be more aware, more present, and more patient. If we can look just a little deeper, over time something much more precious, more beautiful has the chance to unfurl and be revealed.

Are you ready to renew, create new life and become more of who you are? Is it time for you to flourish? Please get in touch and tell me more.

Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks!

11078201_520254018112751_6966461151850152806_oOur brightest blazes of gladness

are commonly kindled

by unexpected sparks” 

Samuel Johnson English writer and lexicographer (1709-1784)

Mindfulness, Presence and Awareness

balance-rocksGreat article explaining Mindfulness, Presence and Awareness by Dr Hanson

“Mindfulness is simply a clear, non-judgmental awareness of your inner and outer worlds. In particular, it’s an awareness of the flow of experience in your inner world – an alert observing of your thoughts, emotions, body sensations, desires, memories, images, personality dynamics, attitudes, etc.

When you are mindful of something, you are observing it, not caught up in it and not identified with it. The psychological term, “the observing ego” – considered to be essential for healthy functioning – refers to this capacity (i.e., mindfulness) to detach from the stream of consciousness and observe it. Other terms for this capacity include bare witnessing and the Fair Witness.

Presence refers to the stability of mindfulness, which means the degree to which you are grounded in awareness itself. With practice, awareness becomes increasingly your home base, your refuge, rather than the contents of awareness. You abide more and more as the field of awareness upon which experiences arise, register, and pass away. ”