Posted by Ross Nichols on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Under: wellbeing
I was delighted to be invited back to do more group coaching with Homestart South Wilts today. The focus was on 'Wellbeing' and there were some beautiful insights and awareness arising. Everyone mapped their individual wellbeing over time and we noticed that everyone's wellbeing goes up and down in response to a whole range of factors. We explored these through the 'Integrated Wellness' approach, which resonated with the group. Within this, social wellness came up as being important for the wellbeing of those present.
We practiced an activity 'mindfully' (the raisin meditation) and we can all do this on our own, for example when brushing our teeth every day: what can we see, smell, taste, hear and feel as we brush? Focusing on our senses as we brush our teeth or drink coffee, do any activity, even as we eat chocolate (!) helps us to be more in the present moment, which is the only moment in time we ever have. This helps us to let go of judging the past or worrying about the future and so helps us to become calmer, less stressed and more able to really live right now.
We also did some themed poetry readings from the book, 'Stressed Unstressed' around the themes of: living with uncertainty; moving on; seizing the day; and positive thinking. I added in some others poems, such as 'Lost' by David Waggoner:
"Stand still. The trees ahead and the bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called 'Here'.
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen, It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying 'Here'.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.
It's always a joy to work with Homestart South Wilts @HomestartSW and I look forward to working with them again in due course :-)
In : wellbeing
Tags: wellness transition life