As we approach a second lockdown in England, I’m noticing a kaleidoscope of sensations arising from within. My first response to the announcement on Sunday was to go for a long walk, breathe in fresh air and feel the freedom of being outside in nature. Subsequent feelings included a desire to support local shops and businesses so today we walked into town; I bought flowers, chocolates and a couple of other locally sourced treats.
These days our senses are bombarded with noise and data. Our relationship with this external noise undoubtedly plays a significant role in our enjoyment and engagement with life. If we believe our experience is a true reflection of reality we are bound to suffer. How can we support ourselves and others to have a healthier relationship with what is going on around us?
Realising your innate resilience and wellbeing is the topic of our 2nd episode in the Designed to Thrive podcast series for young people. Jack (21yrs) shares how he first became aware of the Inner Spark, a term we often use with young people to represent their innate wellbeing. He shares his own experiences of the impact this realisation has had both on his academic performance and his life generally.
In our first podcast for ‘Designed to Thrive for Young People’, Jack (21 years old) talks about his relationship with overwhelm. He shares how he deals with things like lockdown, exams and balancing the various aspects of life. He also talks about how easy it is to feel overwhelmed when trying to solve other people’s issues as well as your own. Something many of us can easily identify with as we take on responsibility for the happiness and wellbeing of family and friends.
What would it mean to trust that you already have innate, infinite resourcefulness and resilience to be productive, fulfilled and happy with life as it is – irrespective of circumstance? To sense that deep well of compassion, wisdom and peace within you; wouldn’t life as it is be easier? This is the meaning behind ‘living beyond thought and choosing to love life’.
What difference would it make if you insightfully saw that you are living your thinking? Wouldn’t life seem easier, freer and more joyful? Why is it that for some of us thinking weighs heavy, whilst for others it seems lighter?
This morning I received an email from a friend, in which she shared a beautiful and profound metaphor for life – it took my breath away and I thought it would make a cool guest blog. Therefore, this one comes with grateful thanks to Marnie Shaw for sharing her insights with us.
According to the Cambridge dictionary an insight is a clear, deep and sometimes sudden understanding of a complicated problem or situation. If you know a better way to navigate life, please let me know!
Last night’s Casterbridge Speakers philosophy discussion explored the meaning of ‘Love’. Did you know that ‘Love’ is both a noun as well as a verb? The difference between these two uses was central to the discussion. In the sentence “my heart is full of love” – love is a noun, whilst in the sentence “I love you” – love is a verb. The problems associated with love appeared to be with the second of these two uses; acts such as domestic violence, where feelings of love and hate are confused and volatile.
Today I took delivery of 80 copies of my new book “More than you think”, which I’m planning to sell via my website. Why 80 specifically? Well at the beginning of this journey a friend shared an interesting statistic with me – a significant majority of authors don’t sell a hundred books. That figure has therefore become a personal target.