The significance of the arum lily

You might have noticed that I have chosen the arum lily, also known as a calla lily, for my Coaching and Reiki Therapist business branding. There’s an interesting story behind this, which I’d like to share with you. The process of receiving the four Reiki 1 attunements is known to start a physical and/or emotionalContinue reading “The significance of the arum lily”

The habit of procrastination

You’ve unpacked the dishwasher, reloaded the dishwasher, descaled the kettle, updated your Facebook status to say how shocked you are at the amount of limescale in the kettle, made a frothy coffee, posted a photo of the coffee on Instagram and liked every article in your LinkedIn feed. You tell yourself it’s because cleanliness isContinue reading “The habit of procrastination”

Law of Attraction as a belief system

The New Thought movement is a mind-healing movement that originated in the USA in the 19th century, based on religious and metaphysical concepts. It is not considered a religion (though it has formed the root of several religious organisations) but simply “ancient wisdom expressed in a new way”. New Thought, or Law of Attraction asContinue reading “Law of Attraction as a belief system”

Motivational Interviewing and weightloss

Obesity has been evidence linked as a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic diseases, sleep apnea and depression. Weight loss can significantly reduce the risk of developing up to 18 health conditions linked to obesity. Not only does obesity impact the quality of life of the individual, it puts a strain onContinue reading “Motivational Interviewing and weightloss”

The very real impact of kindness on the body

The Mental Health Awareness Week theme of Kindness, is right up Dr. David R. Hamilton’s street. He writes books and educates people in how they can harness their mind and emotions to improve their health, with a special interest in the effects of kindness on the body. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry as anContinue reading “The very real impact of kindness on the body”

Comment on the skills needed to facilitate a coaching session

Attention and interest A way to show that you are paying attention to and showing interest in what a person is saying is by having an open body language. Body language encompasses facial expressions, micro-expressions, voice, gestures, and postures. I often find myself leaning forward when I’m intently listening. This comes naturally to me. HavingContinue reading “Comment on the skills needed to facilitate a coaching session”

Review of The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook

As the title of the book suggests, this is a book for people seeking practical solutions to reducing their stress.  To give a thorough review of this book, I felt that reading alone wouldn’t be sufficient to access its effectiveness. I wanted to try the techniques out on someone with high levels of stress. MyContinue reading “Review of The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook”

A reflection on resilience mindsets

Michael Neenan says in his book Developing Resilience that “resilience is forged through pain and struggle, and the willingness, however reluctantly undertaken, to experience them”. I certainly learned resilience when I had surgery to correct inward rolling ankles and dropped arches in both my feet. My feet had been this way since birth and IContinue reading “A reflection on resilience mindsets”