We are in a fast paced modern world, where the more ‘stuff’, more ‘things’ we surround ourselves with, the more we tend to feel a comfort, security or need, desire to accumulate more. However, the mere perception that to posses all these material objects, gives us a long lasting bliss and sense of security is an illusion.
The word ‘minimalism’ is nowadays not just an ancient teaching from Zen monks in the mountains, meditating, it’s becoming more of a ‘lifestyle’ a way of life, to many of us in our modern day world. There are huge benefits to attaining a ‘more is less’ mindset and lifestyle.
Less clutter in our lives, makes things more manageable, really, you agree?
Here I share with you the top 10 tips on the benefits of potentially considering more (ironically) minimalism in your every day life:
- Less objects to manage and move about in your home, your daily hand bags included
- Makes traveling far more easier, travel light, try it out!
- Creating more ‘space’ in your life, clears the mind, focus
- Clearing the old, pass it on, or recycle your objects, very therapeutic
- Clothing and wardrobe, if not worn in ages, years, pass it on, recycle, you shall feel ‘lighter’ for it
- Bring nature back into your home, replace green leafy plants instead of lots of unused furniture
- Easier to manage for dusting, cleaning your home environment, office space included
- Adds a freshness and openness to an environment less cluttered
- Letting go of old things, you no longer need, letting go of the past, to move forwards
- Less is More, it is about quality not quantity, right?
If you can relate to one or two of these top 10 points, then perhaps you can give it a go, minimalism has many benefits and has a positive impact on our health & wellbeing. Including contributing towards a more environmental awareness, by recycling our things, not longer in use.
The Art of Minimalism, can be that easy to do!
– words written by Colleen, Lifestyle Coaching
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Top Five Tips for a Digital Detox:
- Unplug for 2 hrs in the evening to unwind
- Put aside smartphones and iphones in another room, for X1hr chill out break
- Be more ‘present’ with family, friends, pets and loved ones by switching phone off at certain times of the day i.e. during meal time. Agree with friends family all do the same when together.
- Read a book and finish the novel within a time frame
- Meditate before sleep time and not look at your phone, social media etc, to have peaceful night sleep
To find out more on DIGITAL DETOX, see my coaching sessions for doing a personalized Digital Detox, to set you in the right direction!
At times we all need to unplug and be in the quiet silence, being present and reconnect to nature and ourselves.
DIGITAL DETOX 101 –
Unplug Technology Detox, X3 Day On Line De Stress the mind, revitalize, body & spirit:
- Unplug from your digital devices, mobile phone, social media etc, to de stress
- Mindful Meditation for Detox, Clarity and Focus
- Qigong Exercises
- Nutrition & Cleanse
- Skills for Self Empowerment
- How to use the skills for long term
- x3 hours of Lifestyle Coaching sessions with Colleen
DETOX DE STRESS, RETREAT Online X3 Days includes:
- De stress Management
- Mindful Meditation
- Nutrition, Cleanse
- Qigong Exercises
- Time Management
- Skills for Self Empowerment
- x3 hours of Health Coach sessions
During my travels and past life of working within a corporate sector of stock market and financial sector of business, one thing is very apparent. Stress can be the biggest issue and health problem to manage, we forget the biggest investment of our wealth is our health. Without this, our health, we cannot possibly function with efficiency in our every day lives.
Where can we begin to manage our stress levels, so this doesn’t have a negative impact on our health? We are living in an era, where everything is vastly faster, communication, technology, work, business, we are required to keep up with the fast pace of our modern society, to the point of burn out. Yet, the last point we often address, is our health, mental and physical.
“Your Biggest Wealth Is Your Health”
I believe a preventative is better than having to cure an illness.
The top ten hot tips, suggestions, for guidance to maintain your health and well being – (these are just my suggestions, to reflect upon),
- Meditation approx 15 minutes per day
- Exercise at least X3 per week at 45 min per session
- Daily intake included in your food of organic fresh fruit and vegetables
- Drink at least one and a half litre’s of water per day
- Express the act of gratitude daily
- Travel to a place or destination outside of your comfort zone on your own, for a couple of days, take time out, to get a fresh perspective on things
- Write your thoughts down in a journal to express yourself
- Learn a second language at least conversational, to connect with another culture through language
- Surround yourself with people who uplift you, not pull you down, detox the people who bring you down and you feel negative arround
- Spend regular time and solitude in nature and observe the calmness and stillness
Enjoy and hopefully these health tips will give you a clearer and positive perspective towards your health and well being!
Colleen is a Health Coach, she has consulted clients internationally on a personal basis and within corporate companies, to motivate and guide people towards a self empowering and positive change for their personal health and well being.
For an introduction consultation and to book sessions with your Health Coach, Colleen:
Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: +33 972 65 39 93 (Paris, France)
We looking forward to hearing from you.
“Food is thy medicine” – Hippocrates.
We are presently living in a fast pace society, time becomes an illusion, we are constantly, chasing the future into the tomorrow, or remembering a nostalgia of our past history.
The ‘present’ is where we are, in essence, living, breathing, becoming, creating, expanding, growing, learning, in motion ‘being’. Once we begin to trust and be more in the space of being ‘present’ we become ‘in tune’ to ourselves, connected to our internal and external world. Artists, poets, musicians, writers, inventors, visionaries, entrepreneurs, understand the importance of ‘being present’, creative ideas and inspirations are born from the present, fertile mind, within the here and now.
The art of presence connects us to our minds and bodies, the importance of this assists us to listen and intuitively become aware of our physical body. Meditation can be practiced in different forms, through creative means, sport, yoga, qiqong, walking, sitting in lotus position, being present is key. Initially 5 minutes per day for 21 days and build up to x10 minutes per day. Noticed where you keep the stress in your body, this is the first start to understanding the importance of being connected to your physical being.
Our bodies are working for us daily, as a car or vehicle it requires the correct fuel and maintenance to be reliable and run efficiently, taking care of our health and well being is one of the most important priorities. It begins with, the fuel, in our case, the food we put into our bodies, is the result of how our health manifests within the internal and external body.
The Greek Philosopher, Hippocrates once wrote –
“Food is thy medicine”
I encourage you to try this technique of meditation, 5 minutes per day, be present and be aware of your physical body and ask yourself these questions –
Where am I holding stress and tension in my body?
Am I putting healthy fuel, food into my body to go the full mileage and speed I’m currently doing?
Do I eat regular healthy meals?
Do I exercise at least x4 times per week for 30 min each?
Is my health, presently the best it can be?
Can I make small changes to some parts of my health and well being to benefit my overall health?
I encourage you to take the first step towards your health and well being, begin with the art of being present and a daily 5 minute meditation.
For guidance and further tools to begin a healthier lifestyle to benefit yourself and your well being. I offer a 30 min. introduction consultation, as your personal Health Coach, for further information contact me
sessions are strictly at all times confidential and professional between me and my clientele.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
Happy International Women’s Day!
Ladies around the world and men, today are celebrating ‘Women’s Day’, today is just a simple reminder that women have the right to their liberty.
It was not long ago that women were given the right to vote, Lydia Taft who became the first legal women voter in colonial America. Women from all races and creed have come a long way since and hopefully our voices will continue to be heard and the equality and our liberty continue to grow in strength.
In eastern philosophy the lotus flower is a very powerful symbol, it represents the power and the natural beauty of mother nature. A lotus flower is ‘mud born’, it’s roots originate within the depths of a pond. After a period of time the roots push through the mud, murky water and finally reaches towards the sky and surfaces, the jewel of the flower emerges, the colourful, radiant and beautiful petals, resting calm and zen upon the surface of the water. The lotus flower reminds me of the cycles of a women’s life, her natural cycle and life cycles.
In eastern philosophy the lotus represents the inner mind, for meditation, the murky water our stagnant negative thoughts and the lotus flower, the petals represent the inner jewel of our mind, the purification after meditation comes the clarity of mind, with calmness, wisdom, inner peace and well being.
Today for women, take the time to be still, breathe, meditate for a few minutes and light a candle for yourself and the women in your life and around the world, send them positive thoughts and well being. This day remind yourself how important it is to have time for yourself and be still….
Happy Women’s Day,
Wishing for your well being not just today but everyday…
Colleen, Health Coach
How often in our lives have we questioned ourselves in finding a more harmonious and balanced lifestyle not only within ourselves, but within our personal relationships, family, friends, partners, your pets?
I often remind myself and my clients, there is no general ‘quick fix’ to inner and outer harmony and our yin and yang balance. There is no absolute truths in finding this either. Some people find this through there own vices, whether it be through a hobby, sport, a personal interest, yoga, meditation, walking, nature, freediving, scuba, surfing, reading, dancing, music, the list is endless. The question is, does this action have a positive impact on your inner and outer well being? Does it create a sense of harmony and balance not just for yourself, but for others, animals and nature?
Everything is in constant motion of action and reaction, cause and effect, full cycles, the cycle of life is continuous. We are a part of this cycle, a part of nature, we are nature. Meditation is a simple tool to assist you to get back to your quiet inner centre, back to your inner nature, your inner yin and yang, reconnect and be in harmony with yourself, others, mother nature.
If you are 100 percent present in the moment, with your hobby or sport, you are already meditating, if it helps finds your inner centre, harmony and balance, that is one of the key ingredients to assisting in your well being. Which means less stress and this has a positive impact (cause and effect) for your family, friends, pets, your loved ones around you.
Today, find a quiet moment, just ten minutes, for yourself and reflect on what brings you inner harmony and balance? Is this positive and does it help with your inner and outer health, well being? Begin with a few deep breathes, close your eyes, imagine a quiet, calm, sandy beach and allow stress to dissolve away….
This simple technique every day can be a beginning of creating a healthier, balanced and harmonious lifestyle for you!
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Meditation can be a single drop of water within the ocean, or it can be the entire ocean
Have you had those days where the rain never seems to stop? Mother Nature opens the sky and water continues for days upon end? The sky is grey, clouds are dark and the sun has fallen asleep with no sunrise or sunset… It’s been like this recently in France, for the past week and trying to be motivated to meditate and do my daily practice, (the words from Yoda start to ring true)..and
Back to reality…being ‘present’ is an important focus point in meditation including the point of breath and discipline. Without these three main factors in your meditation practice, motivation to continue can become a challenge. We can always find excuses why we cannot find the time, discipline, inspiration to do something; in this context, I’m referring to meditation. In the next few weeks, I will be posting some guidance on various techniques of meditation practice, how to overcome limiting thoughts and excuses when it begins with your meditation practice. For beginners this will be helpful too.
Practice makes perfect! I shall be including breath work meditation for freediving and an interview…watch this space..
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The Art and practice of Tai Chi, Qigong is a constant life long journey of self mastery, this is an internal process of personal evolution. To practice any form of meditation takes focus and discipline, this can be done in any environment indoors or outdoors, ideally in nature. Nature will hold the space you need, to calm your body and mind during your meditation. Recently, we did a Qigong meditation within the forest, of France, you can see my clothing is for outdoors winter, with wellies! My teachers always reminded me, in sun or frost, rain or snow, if you have the beautiful surroundings of mother nature to do your practice, see this as a great gift of opportunity and enjoy! Make no excuses! If you thinking about meditating, today is a perfect time to begin.
The circle above is a symbolic meaning in Japanese called ENSO, a Zen circle representing strength; letting the mind be free for the body to create, this is where the art of practicing Tai Chi Qigong can assist us.