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Tag: Shift

What Meaning are You Making?

There’s so much going on right now, it can be easy to get lost in the turbulence. And as we move into a big shift here in the US, it’s a good time to revisit the meaning we are making for ourselves. 

What does that mean? Maybe it’s just a pause to consider what is important. There are messages constantly bombarding us from the news, social media, friends and family, and it’s tempting to adopt some of these messages without taking the time for introspection.

Are we questioning ourselves enough? 

Humans make meaning of everything, all the time. And it’s important to realize that we can choose what meaning to make, and be more conscious about it. And it’s also essential to realize we might be wrong, or be thinking from a limited perspective.

Questioning ourselves is critical in this process – why have we decided to make a certain meaning? What additional perspectives are worth considering? 

If you would like to explore how to question yourself, find your own meaning, or are just curious about coaching, contact me to schedule a complimentary discovery session.

#Coaching #QuestionYourBeliefs  #Mindfulness  #Shift  #Transformation

Resilience and Neuroscience

I’ve been a proponent of mindfulness practices for years now, and I believe they are truly useful in making our lives go more smoothly.
I took a webinar the other day that explained why – the prefrontal cortex (PFC), which controls our higher-level thinking, has limited capacity. This is the part of the brain that manages emotions and refocuses attention. When we are using our limbic system for thinking, we are overly reactive and don’t use that higher-level thinking. (The limbic system contains the amygdala, which you may be familiar with from the term “amygdala hijack.”) 

So how do we build our capacity for higher level thinking and managing emotions? Mindfulness practices! 
And how do we connect to the higher level thinking of our prefrontal cortex? Mindfulness again! 

How does all this connect to resilience? We can think of resilience as the ability to recover after an upset, so having greater capacity to manage our emotions can help us recover more quickly. 

It seems that most people have a hard time keeping a regular mindfulness practice (myself included!), so learning about how it expands our capacity for managing emotions is a useful motivation for me! 

I’ve got some mindfulness resources here;  and I found this article on resilience and brain plasticity interesting as well: .  If you’re interested in the different parts of the brain, this is a good read:

If you would like to explore how to brighten your path, or are just curious about coaching, contact me to schedule a complimentary discovery session.

How Will Transformation Look for You?

feeling the joy of dancing on an empty beach

Are you ready for a shift?

Maybe you’d like to start small; taking on a new challenge or building your resilience. Or you might be ready for a major change, either in your career or in your life. 

How will transformation look for you? What will your life be like? Just imagine for a moment; when you are able to move forward how will your life be different? Let’s take away what’s holding you back.

We all need a champion to support us through changes. Give yourself permission to take the next step. Gain the clarity to move ahead in life instead of letting questioning, uncertainty, doubt drain your energy. 

If you would like to explore how to brighten your path, or are just curious about coaching,  contact me to schedule a complimentary discovery session.

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