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being mindful of how I frame my mindset about Christmas.There are so many dramas and anxieties around
Christmas – too much to buy for, too much to cook, too many celebrations, too
many relatives. These are all first world problems that are not really problems
at all. Let’s take a different perspective to Christmas.
of year rolling on like an ocean breeze, refreshing, forceful and yet calming.
first gift of Christmas is be calm.
1.The Serenity Santa
Let’s enter the festive
season with a calm, peaceful and relaxing approach. Let’s reframe the silly
season to the serene season where we are truly grateful of the gifts life has
given us.So if you catch yourself
buying into the hype (and I do mean buying) take a chill pill and be calm.
gardens blooming, lavender essence in the air and the sun streaming softly
through your hair. My second gift of Christmas is to be present.
2.The present of being
When was the last time you
felt grass on the bottom of your feet? Mindfulness has taught us that when we
are truly present we have a heightened awareness, greater connection and
greater energy on whatever we are focusing on.Be mindful of where your attention goes, remember where attention goes
moving freely, energy abound, moving eloquently, feeling proud.My third gift of Christmas is to be well.
3.The present of wellness
We have all had days when
we have pain and unable to get out of bed.Each day when we are pain free and alive is a true blessing.Physical capability to walk, run, dance, skip
and be free to move any way you want.Thank your body for being well and remember to care for it.
every day to live, laugh or play to work harder and get stronger, choices every
day.My fourth gift of Christmas is to
make conscious choices.
4.The present of choice
Every day we
make choices on how we live our life, the type of food we eat, where we work,
how we travel, who we live with, who we play with and most of the time our
choices are unconscious.Bring to your
conscious awareness the power you have to make choices.Be mindful of your conscious choices and take
responsibility for your life design.
of children, cuddles from puppies, sparkling starlight, juicy, juicy mangoes,
loving friends, music that soars and a party that never ends.My fifth gift of Christmas is to have joy.
5.The present of joy
Be the joy in your life
and then spread the joy through your circle of influence.Find what joy means to you and your loved
ones this Christmas.Be the joy, attract
the joy and extend your circle of joy.
cravings, wonderful wanderings, ambitious aspirations are all actions of
hope.My sixth gift of Christmas is to
6.The gift of hope
When we have hope all is
possible.Hope is the opposite of fear
and hope fuels our ability to do amazing creative things. Find your hope this
Christmas and share it with the world.
Christmas wish is to be calm, present, well, and mindful, have joy and hope.
Merry Christmas from Serenity Santa.
if you could tap into your inner wisdom more often? What if we could be more
creative, compassionate and courageous? I
have been guilty of being over analytical at times.I have been guilty of being too emotional at
times.I have been guilty of ignoring my
gut and intuition at times.At these
times my ability to make the best decisions and choices has been impaired.
Oka and Grant Soosalu in their book mBraining
using your multiple brains to do cool stuff provide us with evidence based
models of the wisdom of aligning our cephalic brain (head), cardiac brain
(heart) and enteric brain (gut). Their
model integrates neuroscience, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) cognitive
linguistics and behavior modeling.When
I first read their book a couple of years ago I got an amazing ‘Aha’ feeling. All these years I have been espousing and
practicing the importance of EQ and Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences and
Oka and Soosalu have neatly wrapped it up into a Head-Heart-Gut intelligences
know personally when I can’t stomach something – my gut feels very unwell.In the early part of my career I was working
in a lobbying role and would travel each month to a nation-wide committee
focused on improving the quality of Australian healthcare.I would arrive hopeful and would leave
feeling sick to my stomach.After 12
months the committee recommended creating another committee.My gut was highlighting the committee’s
inaction and the fear of change.Have
you ever felt this way?Nearly 20 years
later I am so mindful of my gut reaction to situations it has become like an
amazing filter. My gut instinct is a
valid intelligence - remember the old saying “no guts, no glory.” Courage comes
from our gut.
when you are right you can also be wrong.Recently in a business agreement one of the stakeholders was
contractually right about the terms and agreement but lacked the compassion
(heart) to understand how that term would impact the people it was aimed to
protect.Over use of the head brain is
very common in Australian business, we can become cold and translate everything
back to a number and a fact.We need to
remember that we still are human beings and most of what we do is through
people or impacts people.Peter Senge’s
ladder of inference reminds us how important it is to have facts and data to
support sound decisions.Our head
enables us to think, solve problems, invent and analyse. Creativity comes from
an EQ accredited Facilitator and having an Italian heritage has been
interesting for me.In my household
there was no emotional filter, emotions were over expressed and lacked a lot of
control. There was a lot of yelling and
drama.My parents would refer to me as
the ‘l’avocatto’ which means lawyer or adviser.I would play the logic card and rationalize my best possible head based
arguments and thinking to dampen their overly emotional states. Our heart intelligence enables us to trust,
love and care. Compassion comes from our
head sees words and numbers and the heart and gut sees pictures and metaphors.
It is important to use a combination of words, numbers, pictures and metaphors to
activate all our intelligences. Our ability to align our creativity, compassion
and courage is when true wisdom arises.
link between mindfulness and utilizing our 3 brains is interesting.Oka and Soosalu have a number of techniques
to activate our wisdom state. The
easiest technique is deep breathing.Breathing from the gut, through the chest, throat and nose triggers the
connections between our brilliant intelligences. Next time you are faced with a decision try
the breathing technique and notice what happens.
Monday I do slow flow Yoga, it frames my week.In Yoga my breathing and physical movements allow for my head, heart and
gut to realign.I feel centred,
energized and strong and there are moments when I feel tapped into a wise
intelligence beyond my physical self.
aware of your head, heart and gut intelligences for 1 week. Notice what happens to your state when making
decisions. Tap into your own authentic wisdom
and the wisdom all around.
‘Two things define you: Your patience when you
have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.’
surprising part for me is how accurate the life motto actually is for me.Which makes me very curious about the smarts
around data analytics, how much we are showing and sharing of ourselves with
social media and how did my life motto actually emerge?
plethora of data and knowledge that is so easily available is mind
blowing.My 10 year old is accessing
information instantaneously about anything and everything.I observed my daughter messaging her cousin
yesterday and she used speech to text recognition technology to expedite her
communication. How much quicker can we
get in communicating our thoughts?Companies
like Oculus and Google are continuing to stretch what is possible in
communicating and connecting to one another.It won’t be long until we are communicating telepathically (no need for
spell checks).I am curious about how
this immediacy of information will impact our planet, is it making us smarter
or lazier?Will this help us save our
planet or destroy it quicker? What does this mean to how we are educating our
kids and creating intellectual property?
So if I go
back to my life motto – ‘Two things define you: Your patience when you have
nothing and your attitude when you have everything’ let’s go with the flow and
ride the wave of speedy knowledge and communication. Be open to it and see
where it can take us.
lowest times of my life I am patient. I put on the life vest and tread water
until the surf changes. When life has been at its highest I pause and am very
grateful for what I am experiencing. I throw off the life vest, dive deeply and
enjoy the moment and appreciate the present. Life is like the ocean the waves are glorious
and treacherous and the rhythm of life can be exhausting and spectacular – but not
at the same time.I have seen people,
teams, organisations ride this wave.The
fortunate ones have the courage to be open and humble the less fortunate drown
in the swells and can’t see above the water.
recent holiday in Noosa I marveled at the blue, powerful surf. The surfers of all ages were able to find wave
after wave after wave and smoothly glide through the water.It was beautiful to see how a human being
with little effort and ease harness the power of the ocean to create momentum
and energy.In business and in life we
need to at times just surrender to the flow of life and take courage to ride
the waves and achieve much with less effort.
your own life motto? What if you were more conscious of it?What would that mean for your own wellbeing
and success? You need rain and sunshine to make rainbows and in life you need
highs and lows to savor life.
Imagine a world where cancer is cured. Imagine a world where people live in peace and harmony. Imagine a world where love prevails. Imagine a world where our planet is sustainable.
Imagine a world of dis-ease. Imagine a world where people live in fear and war. Imagine a world where our planet is unsustainable.
Did you notice how you felt as you read the 2 contrasting views? Hope versus Fear. Every day we are consciously or unconsciously imagining from a state of hope or fear. Both states can be true if we imagine them.
All magnificent and horrific feats have first been imagined. Our thinking creates our reality. Please stop the mindlessness. Please stop all the noise. Please become mindful of our essence and actions and energy. Please take responsibility of our own thinking and be kinder to ourselves and to the world.
Michelle Payne imagined as a young girl that she would win the Melbourne Cup. She created history this year. She dreamed and she achieved. Martin Luther King's extraordinary - 'I have a dream' speech resonated such hope and emotion and helped change the world.
Please be mindful of our dreams. When we imagine we visualise ourselves as if we are in the present state experiencing the event, we see ourselves, we see the stage, we see the people around us and we feel the emotion. When you imagine be conscious of our aspirations and have the courage and conviction to have hope.
I recently travelled through Las Vegas and was reminded of the planet and humankind's extraordinary ability to create. The Grand Canyon - really, words cannot describe the magnificence of nature. In the middle of the driest, hottest desert in the world there is the extraordinary, plethora of humankind's imagination - Las Vegas. Las Vegas was an oasis of jaw dropping architecture and experiences. I am not a gambler and did not gamble. I was in awe of the Venetian gondolas and the Bellagio's lights, lake and fountains, Wynn's waterfall and opulence, Circus de solei's breathtaking dreamlike shows.
Humankind is extraordinary - we are divine. Please be mindful and not mindless and lets blanket the planet with hope and wonder. Together we are extraordinary and it starts with one extraordinary thought at a time.