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Why Gratitude is Good for You!

Xmas tree st lukesIt is that time of the year!  If you are like many of my clients, you may be feeling low energy, tired, even exhausted after the considerable output of this year.  And you won’t be alone in needing time to just stop, re-charge and refresh with the upcoming break.

Here is a powerful thing you can do which will help renew and bring positive energy and good feelings back:

The power of Gratitude

As we countdown to Christmas or end of the year, do make time to really appreciate and savour all your blessings!

Notice all the gifts, resources, capabilities, blessings, magic and mayhem that life is but especially the gift that our loved ones of family and friends are to us.

And then in your thoughts extend these feelings of appreciation and gratitude back to them.

Those thoughts influences our heart rate variability, which then send positive messages to our brain which in turn manufactures and releases positive feel good chemicals in the body.  (more…)

2014 – Seasons Greetings

IMG_4108I would like to say a hearfelt thank you for being part of my business community – some of you for many years now.

I have appreciated our connection and your input and feedback from time to time.

This has in turn inspired me to keep writing.

I wish you a safe and wonderful festive season.

And may 2015 be YOUR BEST YEAR yet!

My very best wishes to you and your family.

Jasbindar

Pay Attention to those Weak Signals

weak signalWeak signals; powerful message.

A lot of the times the answers we are seeking are right there. But we don’t have the eyes to see, nor the ears to hear.

In fact, we override what our senses might be picking up and telling us because they often come in the form of weak or subtle signals.

These can be like fleeting whispers, a dis-ease, unarticulated perceptions, a gut feel that doesn’t go away and other below the surface ‘readings.’

Can you relate to any of these? What is a ‘weak signal’ for you currently which you might be ignoring?

I had a client who was feeling this strong intuitive pull towards academia. She found this odd as she was happy in her job and had no major plans to study or change her lifestyle. (more…)

The Magic of Grand Canyon

The Grand CanyonSeeing the Grand Canyon last week was a truly overwhelming experience – no wonder it’s rated as one of the seven wonders of the world. 

What an incredible vision! And to think that what we saw was a tiny fraction of a 446 river kms. long, 29 kms. wide and 1.6 kms. deep natural wonder.

It’s amazing to think that soft elements like water and wind have over a million years worked their daily magic to create this scene.

My sense of awe and wonder was reflected on the faces of many others around me, especially as the setting sun made for an even more spectacular experience, its light transforming the stratified and multi-hued sections.

Being in the presence of this, I began to think about us humans relative to the existence of nature and such magnificence.  (more…)

Leaders: Where are you being willfully blind?

How many times in our lives – at work or personally have we known that something isn’t quite right be it about a particular situation, a business transaction or a person and yet we have chosen to be willfully blind.  According to Margaret Heffernan in her insightful and engaging book, “Willful Blindness” – why we ignore the obvious at our own peril, this is far more common and pervasive than we would possibly care to think about.  With real case studies, she answers questions like, why do we choose to keep ourselves in the dark, what are the forces at work that make us deny the big threats staring at us in the face and not heeding the warnings and why as individuals, companies and countries we regularly look back in the mirror and howl: How could we have been so blind?

Here are  twelve factors at play that she covers in this highly recommended book.

1) Affinity and beyond – familiarity does not breed contempt.  It breeds comfort and a sense of safety. Madoff’s  crime is described as an affinity crime,  preying on people like him who knew others like themselves, who didn’t ask questions because their level of comfort was so high that they felt they could take shortcuts.  Our blindness grows out of the small, daily decisions that we make which embed us snugly inside our affirming thoughts and values.  We think we see more but in fact the landscape has shrunk.

2) Love is blind – we blind ourselves to inconvenient or painful facts. Because our identity and security depends on our loved ones, we don’t want to see anything that threatens them. It is easier to be blind than deal with uncomfortable feelings. Neuroscience shows that love activates those areas of the brain associated with reward such as food, drink, money or cocaine.  The chemical processes stimulated by love disable much of the critical thinking about the loved one. There is the paradox of blindness – we think it will make us safe even as it puts us in danger. We make ourselves powerless when we pretend not to know.

3) Dangerous convictions – Psychologist Anthony Greenwald called this the “totalitarian ego.” It operates like a police state: locking away threatening or incompatible ideas, suppressing evidence, and re-writing history, all in the service of a central idea or self-image. (more…)

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