Peace of Mind and Happiness are the Key to Greater Performance

I was having a conversation with my husband Angus about the idea of creating things outside of ourselves by focusing on them and thinking about them positively. For me, this seems like such a lot of effort and feels like it is looking in the wrong direction from where well-being actually resides. Rather than using my mental energy to focus on creating something outside of myself, I would rather wake up to my true nature and the experience of peace, well-being, joy, and love that is who I am more fully independent of what I have in my life or how...

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Changeable Podcast with Amy Johnson

  Click here to listen to the Podcast.   Change is natural and easy. Is that your experience? What about when it comes to breaking bad habits, or ending worry or anxiety? When it comes to bouncing back from disappointment or loss, or changing habitual patterns and reactions? Most of us experience change as difficult, with results that are shallow and short-lived. But that’s only because we’re stuck in an old paradigm, using strategies that don’t go deep enough. Join psychologist and author Dr. Amy Johnson for Changeable, a podcast about a new paradigm in psychology that reveals the ironic way change really...

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The Soul-Centered Series Webinar with Amy Johnson

Here is the recording of today's webinar with Amy Johnson.     Amy Johnson is the bestselling author of The Little Book of Big Change. She has a global online community, The Little School of Big Change, and she has just released her podcast Changeable. In this interview, Amy shares how the teachings of Sydney Banks impacted her life personally, and how they shifted her work with clients. Amy has a profound understanding of the Principles shared by Sydney Banks and uses this to help people all over the world free themselves from unwanted habits by helping them to experience more freedom of...

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The Freedom of Not Being Important

I have been working on video recordings to promote The Soul-Centered Series coming up in the fall. I am used to doing weekly Vlogs with my husband Angus, but I am less used to recording video when it is just me. I noticed my increased level of preparation and reticence to speak off the cuff. Of course, the feedback I got was to speak more from my heart.   I am so grateful that my insecure thinking and behavior amuses me now. I see that I got caught up in a layer of thought that was saying I am not enough. Even...

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The Game of Life — No One Gets Out Alive

I am married to an Englishman who loves football, or soccer as they call it in the US,  so I have been watching many of the World Cup soccer games and really enjoying them. I am actually surprised at how much fun I’ve been having. There have been a lot of nail-biter finishes being decided by penalty shootouts. I’ve found myself not wanting to look and being compelled to look at the same time. The pressure has felt intense and enjoyable even if the team I was rooting for didn’t make it.   What I noticed is that when I experience...

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He Said, She Said: Problems Are a State of Mind

Do you have a problem in your life? Angus thought he had a real problem when our rescue pup Niko would not let us sit on the couch without jumping on us and biting us. He wasn’t aggressive. He was just trying to play. But his play was rough, and he wouldn’t stop. His teeth would leave bruises and even draw blood. Our attempts to discipline him were futile. When we tried to stop him, he thought we were playing, and this excited him and gave him more energy to keep going. He also had not been crated trained so...

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A Reformed Commitment-Phobe: Who Knew a Relationship Could be so Fun and Easy

I watched the 3PGC Webinar with George and Linda Pransky this week about relationships. I loved what they shared about the importance of goodwill and being on the same team. There was also another theme that really struck a chord with me and that was related to commitment. Linda Pransky said something along the lines of it is simply easier to be 100% committed in a relationship because it takes a lot of thinking off the table. I found this to be absolutely congruent with my experience, but what was interesting to me was how I got to being committed. I realized...

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He Said, She Said: Panic Attacks and Bouncing Back

This week I share my experience getting up close and personal with a panic attack. Angus shares an experience of sheer panic from years ago. It is amazing the power our thoughts have on our physiology as is our innate capacity to bounce back. It is such a relief to know we are designed to stabilize without any effort needed on our part. Seeing this makes it so much easier for me to surrender into what is -- at least more often. Add there is a good lesson on safe sex too!   Angus and Rohini are both coaches. They work with individuals,...

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He Said, She Said: We Aren’t Out of the Woods Yet Regarding Taxes

Sometimes it really looks like circumstances create our experience. Angus and I are both struggling with that. But knowing that our experience comes from inside of us no matter how it looks the other way, helps us to have a cushion from our distressed thinking, and look in the direction of equanimity rather than create more imbalance for ourselves -- even when it comes to the government and taxes!   Angus and Rohini love to work with couples and help them reduce conflict and discord so they can experience more love and harmony in their relationships. They co-facilitate individualized three-day couple's retreats...

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Let Go of Low Self-Esteem and Insecurity

One of the things that put me off writing in the past was the blank page. I didn’t know what to write. I didn’t trust that something, anything, would come forward. And if it did, I didn’t trust that what I wrote would be good enough. I felt I would be faced with my unworthiness, lack of competence, and impotence — my nothingness. What I didn’t understand was that nothing is not the same as unworthy. I didn’t know that not knowing is actually a transformative experience, not something to avoid. I now see that not knowing is not to...

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