Posts Tagged ‘focus’

Breathing new life into business

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

 

Being mindful of our breathing through meditation is another way achieving calm and peace of mind. Many of us develop bad breathing habits which result in an overall reduction in health. Learning to slow your breathing down and to let go of thoughts that no longer work for you puts you in charge of yourself.

Incidentally, while you can very quickly change your state using breathing methods you also need to change you’re thinking patterns to ensure that the change of state continues. If you only alter your breathing but continue with the same old thoughts, the unwelcome moods will quickly return. Meditation helps you to widen the gaps between your thoughts which help you to feel calmer and more relaxed.

Try meditating earlier in the evening to empty your mind of that inner chatter. Learn how to enjoy the gap between your thoughts. Watch your incoming and outgoing breath get deeper the more you relax.

Relaxing Breath Exercise

If you want to get a feel for this serious challenge, try your hand at breath counting, a deceptively simple technique much used in Zen practice.

Sit in a comfortable position with the spine straight and head inclined slightly forward. Gently close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Then let the breath come naturally without trying to influence it. Ideally it will be quiet and slow, but depth and rhythm may vary.

  • To begin the exercise, count “one” to yourself as you exhale.
  • The next time you exhale, count “two,” and so on up to “five.”
  • Then begin a new cycle, counting “one” on the next exhalation.

Never count higher than “five,” and count only when you exhale. You will know your attention has wandered when you find yourself up to eight and more.

Try to do 10 minutes of this form of meditation.

Yesterday, I lay still on a bench overlooking my favourite coastline bathing in the warm sunshine feeling at peace. I meditated and found to my surprise how much easier it was to relax in between thoughts. My relaxed feelings were helped by the quiet location, overlooking the tide and by the warmth of the sun.

For the best night’s sleep, wind down with a bubble bath, candlelight and music, yoga, or a good book. Learn to slow your breathing down and with each exhalation, practice letting go of anything that no longer works for you.  You’ll be surprised how quickly you drift off and sleep.

 

Carolyn Williams

Breathing for Business.
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So how do you stay on the message?

Monday, June 6th, 2011

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Where do you get your energy and stamina to push through that new project of intention?  Every good coach will motivate their client to write down their hopes and dreams in black and white having focused on a chosen project.

Doing the research, then editing your dreams requires energy and stamina to bring about the completion of a dream project.

So how do you stay on the message?

Travelling on a train allows me time to read, draft before I conduct my research on foot. Acting on the intention to complete a project requires determination, a focus but above all a belief which is constantly energized.

An acceptance that nothing stays the same I believe helps us to marvel at new opportunities and connections yet to be made.

Transience Passing with time. Zen thinking says uncertainty and transience are at the heart of everything. The more you clutch onto things, ideas or people or material possessions,  the more you lose them. You can’t really know anything for sure.

Transience for me is very real, starting again, adjusting to both my grown up children starting careers and lives of their own.

Seeking inspiration and energy for that new start, that new project is on our doorstep.  We can focus on the big picture and change the lenses for the small print but we need to adjust our focus constantly to accept the changes. Being smart enough to grasp that opportunity, that changing gap in the market.

‘A year from now you will wish you had started today’ – Karen Lamb

Carolyn Williams, helping you find ways to re-energise yourself for your business?

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media for business.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

 

 

Have you heard of Newport, Newport?

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Sangeeta Haindl, owner of Serendipity PR and and Media Consultancy sent me this tweet and I was still talking about it eight hours later.

‘My neighbour told us that this video clip has done more than the tourist board and anyone (for that matter) to put Newport on the map’.

See for yourself…Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind)

 

 

 

Thank you Sangeeta, from all of us in South Wales.

 

How do you re-energise yourself for business?

Carolyn Williams

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk