Conditions for thriving – 4th in series of 6 – have a sense of success

Photo by Brian Mann on Unsplash 

Where are you on the continuum from surviving to thriving?

If you’d like to be more thrive than survive, you’re in the right place.

I’m taking a look at the conditions for thriving over 6 weeks – a short video each week to start moving towards thriving.

Taking it gently, without judgement and most importantly, because it’s never the slog that will get us there, it’s the joy, enjoying the process, let’s see how far towards thrive we can get in 6 short videos…

This week – the third of John Ruskin’s three suggested things that are necessary to be happy in your work – do you have a sense of success in it?

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts

or what you notice as you start to consider whether you have a sense of success that isn’t reliant on what the world thinks or says about it …

come and share your thoughts in the comments

Last week was week three.

Are you doing too much of it? You can watch that video here

The six week programme looks like this

30/6 Week one – What is life for and in what manner would you like to live it?

Then a week each on John Ruskin’s three things considered necessary to be happy in our life’s work

7/7 Week two  – you must be fit for it

14/7 Week three – you must not do too much of it

21/7 Week four – you must have a sense of success in it.

“Not a not a doubtful sense, such as needs some testimony of others for its confirmation, but a sure sense, or rather knowledge, that so much work has been done well, and fruitfully done, whatever the world may say or think about it.”

28/7 Week five – the qualities you particularly bring and can give life to

4/8 Week six –  find and establish your own everyday practices that will build the conditions in which you thrive into your life

 If you could do with a gentle move towards thriving,

Gentle being the operative word.  I’ve been working with a group for over a year in this way to make significant shifts through simply bringing our attention consistently to the things we’d like to change. It’s a gentle, kind way of bringing about change. No push, struggle, determination or hard work has been required.

Starting with acceptance of whatever the current situation is, without the tense energy of resistance or shame, moving to having  a sense of how you would like things to be and then bringing regular attention to the new.

In week six we’ll be shifting attention from the conditions for thriving to how to bring them about. The practices you can put in place to bring about the changes you’d like.

See you next week for the particular qualities that you can bring to the world.

 

On a technical note, it’s easy to have an email sent to let you know when the next video is ready to watch

– sign up in the box, top right on the blog page where it says ‘news- how to make business better’.

You can watch the video here if you’re getting this as an email and the video box is blank

Or just come back here to the blog on Friday afternoons.

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts…

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Conditions for thriving – 3rd in series of 6 – we must not do too much work

 

 

Photo by Brian Mann on Unsplash 

Where are you on the continuum from surviving to thriving?

If you’d like to be more thrive than survive, you’re in the right place.

I’m taking a look at the conditions for thriving over 6 weeks – a short video each week to start moving towards thriving.

Taking it gently, without judgement and most importantly, because it’s never the slog that will get us there, it’s the joy, enjoying the process, let’s see how far towards thrive we can get in 6 short videos…

This week – the second of John Ruskin’s three suggested things that are necessary to be happy in your work – are you doing too much of it?

I’d love to hear your thoughts or what you notice as you start to consider whether you’re doing too much work  … come and share your thoughts in the comments

Last week was week two.

Are you fit for it? You can watch that video here

The six weeks programme looks like this

30/6 Week one – What is life for and in what manner would you like to live it?

Then a week each on John Ruskin’s three things considered necessary to be happy in our life’s work

7/7 Week two  – you must be fit for it

14/7 Week three – you must not do too much of it

21/7 Week four – you must have a sense of success in it.

“Not a not a doubtful sense, such as needs some testimony of others for its confirmation, but a sure sense, or rather knowledge, that so much work has been done well, and fruitfully done, whatever the world may say or think about it.”

28/7 Week five – the qualities you particularly bring and can give life to

4/8 Week six –  find and establish your own everyday practices that will build the conditions in which you thrive into your life

 If you could do with a gentle move towards thriving,

I’d love to have you join me in the six video series to move in that direction with ease.

I’ve been working with a group for over a year in this way to make significant shifts through simply bringing our attention consistently to the things we’d like to change. It’s a gentle, kind way of bringing about change. No push, struggle, determination or hard work has been required.

Acceptance, without the tense energy of resistance or shame, of where you’re starting, with at least a sense of wanting to move somewhere and then the consistent attention to it.

And you can have an email sent to let you know when the next video is ready to watch

– sign up in the box, top right on the blog page where it says ‘news- how to make business better’.

You can watch the video here if you’re getting this as an email

Or just come back here to the blog on Friday afternoons.

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts…

Are you, or were you, doing too much work?

Are you open to the possibility that you could change that?

 

By Pauline | Posted in Challengers of the status quo, Ease, Uncategorized, when work's far from a pleasure | Tagged , , |

Conditions for thriving – 2nd in series of 6 – how fit are we for our work

Photo by Brian Mann on Unsplash 

 

Where are you on the continuum from surviving to thriving?

If you’d like to be more thrive than survive, you’re in the right place.

I’m taking a look at the conditions for thriving over 6 weeks – a short video each week to start moving towards thriving.

Taking it gently, without judgement and most importantly, because it’s never the slog that will get us there, it’s the joy, enjoying the process, let’s see how far towards thrive we can get in 6 short videos…

Last week was week one.

What is life for anyway? You can watch that video here

 

This is week two.

Looking at the first of John Ruskin’s three things he considers we need to be happy at the work we do

– are we fit for it?

The six weeks programme looks like this

30/6 Week one – What is life for and in what manner would you like to live it?

Then a week each on John Ruskin’s three things considered necessary to be happy in our life’s work

7/7 Week two  – you must be fit for it

14/7 Week three – you must not do too much of it

21/7 Week four – you must have a sense of success in it.

“Not a not a doubtful sense, such as needs some testimony of others for its confirmation, but a sure sense, or rather knowledge, that so much work has been done well, and fruitfully done, whatever the world may say or think about it.”

28/7 Week five – the qualities you particularly bring and can give life to

4/8 Week six –  find and establish your own everyday practices that will build the conditions in which you thrive into your life

 If you could do with a gentle move towards thriving,

I’d love to have you join me in the six video series to move in that direction with ease.

I’ve been working with a group for over a year in this way to make significant shifts through simply bringing our attention consistently to the things we’d like to change. It’s a gentle, kind way of bringing about change. No push, struggle, determination or hard work has been required.

Acceptance, without the tense energy of resistance or shame, of where you’re starting, with at least a sense of wanting to move somewhere and then the consistent attention to it.

There’s no cost, the videos are free to watch…

And you can have an email sent to let you know when the next video is ready to watch

– sign up in the box, top right on the blog page where it says ‘news- how to make business better’.

You can watch the video here if you’re getting this as an email

Or just come back here to the blog on Friday afternoons.

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts or what you notice as you start to consider how fit you feel for work … come and share your thoughts in the comments

Ready?

Here we go, Week Two – how fit are we for the work we do or would like to be doing

 

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Conditions for thriving – walk this way

Photo by Brian Mann on Unsplash

 

Where are you on the continuum from surviving to thriving? 

I’m taking a look at the conditions for thriving over the next 6 weeks – a short video each week to start moving towards thriving.

Taking it gently, without judgement and most importantly, because it’s never the slog that will get us there, it’s the joy, enjoying the walk, let’s see where we get to…

 

Starting today

30/6 Week one – What is life for and in what manner would you like to live it?

Then a week each on John Ruskin’s three things considered necessary to be happy in our life’s work

7/7 Week two  – you must be fit for it

14/7 Week three – you must not do too much of it

21/7 Week four – you must have a sense of success in it.

“Not a not a doubtful sense, such as needs some testimony of others for its confirmation, but a sure sense, or rather knowledge, that so much work has been done well, and fruitfully done, whatever the world may say or think about it.”

28/7 Week five – the qualities you particularly bring and can give life to

4/8 Week six –  find and establish your own everyday practices that will build the conditions in which you thrive into your life

Could you do with a gentle move towards thriving?

I’d love to have you join me

I’ve been working with a group for over a year in this way to make significant shifts through simply bringing our attention consistently to the things we’d like to change. It’s a gentle, kind way of bringing about change. No push, struggle, determination or hard work has been required.

Acceptance, without the tense energy of resistance or shame, of where you’re starting, with at least a sense of wanting to move somewhere and then the consistent attention to it.

Want to try it?  There’s no cost…  imagine it’s like a summer walk along the beach together

 

You can have each week’s instalment sent straight to your inbox – sign up in the box, top right on the blog page where it says ‘news- how to make business better’. Or just come back on Friday afternoons.

I’d love to hear your thoughts or what you notice as you start to consider these things… come and share your thoughts in the comments

Ready?

Here we go, Week One

 

By Pauline | Posted in Challengers of the status quo, Ease, Equality, Just how alive are you | Tagged , , |

Give Peace a Year – meeting twenty four

Image Silvestri Matteo at Unsplash

With the aim of peace everywhere,

 starting here and now, transforming violence and conflict of needs  in life, one word, thought or deed at a time.

We have now given peace a year!

The big review is complete.

Upon reflection we see that priceless things have been happening.

For which we say thank you, and

 MORE! 

We are going to give peace another year. 

Give Peace a Year²

 

The priceless things and how the first year went

We started on the 11th February 2016 and it’s been quite a year in the world.  We’ve been glad to be together ‘giving peace a year’ during this year of upheaval in many ways.   

A year of words, thoughts and deeds in our lives, that felt violent to us, brought to be given a dose of our collective attention.

Sometimes looking for ideas of how to change things, other times it’s empathy we’re in need of, feeling shocked to find violence right there in our seemingly peaceful selves.

The most effective thing, as far as peacemaking goes, and most appreciated, has been having the space to think. A space where it feels safe to bring anything, even things that are distinctly not our best moment, and being heard without judgement. That, that acceptance, rather than ideas or suggestions for what to do, has been what brought us most peace. 

We’ve worked directly on specific examples of violence, in conflict at work, in business, conflict between family members, as well as the violence we hadn’t realised we’d been subjecting ourselves to. Always committed to finding a nonviolent, peaceful way to do things, no fighting for peace.

This, about light, from David Spangler of the Lorian Association for incarnational spirituality, rings true for what seems to have been happening as we have been gently giving peace a year.

“ Light does not attack or contest.

Light evokes itself within a sytem. It’s not so much that we send light to someone or someplace, as it is that we evoke through resonance their own Light or the light of that situation to emerge and to make itself known.

Light operates by changing the environment.

If I step into a dark room and switch on the light, the light doesn’t start fighting the darkness and forcing it to retreat.

The light simply is, and where it is, darkness cannot also be. Light alters the environment whether we’re talking about physical light or sacred Light.

In a strict sense there can be no warriors of Light. Rather there are light bearers, those who can bring into and evoke from a situation, potential for sacredness in expression.”

Extending this kindness towards ourselves, the space to be heard without judgement has been especially appreciated, and resulted in a growing presence of peace within us… it awakening…coming more to life.   

As the presence of peace has, without our being particularly conscious of it, grown within us, things have changed in our environment. Several situations that had historically been way less than fun than is good for our health, and where sniping back and forth was the pattern, surprisingly, didn’t pan out the way they had in the past. The habitual retort just wasn’t there, or it was spotted making its way out but dissolved before making it out into words.

These were instances where we hadn’t worked on the situation at all nor brought them to the group, and without our doing anything, it has been more peaceful.

This is a joy to me. Amongst all the calls for fighting for things, anything… and the valuing of hard work, effort and striving and sacrifice and so on… living amongst all that and to find things changing effortlessly. That it changed through our having changed our being. And that we’d changed our being by gently and regularly bringing our attention to it.

Stunning!

Does that feel pretty stunning to you?

It does to me… I feel a hallelujah! coming on.

Absolutely fan bloody tastic!

*big wide eyed smile of happiness that this really can be so*

It seems that, in these instances, we are being peace.

Being peace bearers.

No-one’s looking for a sainthood or polishing their halo… it’s in small, human, day to day life situations we’ve found the increased presence of peace, and there are many, many  situations where things aren’t peaceful at all.

And, that the presence of peace has grown in any way, as we have given it our attention throughout the year, we are happy. And declaring that worth it. 

.And we say thank you, and

MORE! 

We’re going to give peace another year. 

Give Peace a Year²

 

.The group is full.

– You can however join an ‘interested when places are available’ list, just email me via the contact page.

 

And I will be working 1:1

in response to requests for individual coaching on the apparent ease of being and how to bring it into service in life and work.

-Email or call me if you’d like to see whether some of that might work for you.

This coaching offer might be a way to try it out without committing to more.

 

 

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