Poems for Wellness

October 24, 2018

As I prepare for my talk on 'Wellness Coaching' to the Salisbury Coaching Circle on 25 October, I thought I'd write a poem about wellness. The talk is based on a chapter I've contributed to the inaugural book by the Cancer Coaching Community due publication in 2019. Heather Nichols (my wife) has also contributed a poem, which I include here.

Here are the 2 poems: 'I Want to be Well' and 'Un-wellness Poem'

I want to be Well

When someone says, ‘I want to be well’,
do we reach for a pill or call the GP?
Do we assume they are ill and want to be fixed?
Or do we take the time to really listen?

What is wellness?  What is illness?
Is it universal or a unique experience for each person?
Is it the absence of dis-ease
or is it a state of wellbeing?

Perhaps the clue is in the name: ‘Dis-ease’.
When we are out of balance in some part of our being,
there has to be a reckoning.
Like double entry book keeping,
the cause may be in one area of our being
while the symptom appears in another.

To restore wellness, should we treat
the symptoms or the cause of our dis-ease?
Do we need to look backwards or forwards?
Should we follow the ‘trail of tears’
or the ‘trail of dreams’?

Do we need someone to fix us
or can we find our own way to wellness?
Do we want to be well or is our dis-ease
doing something useful for us?

It’s not straightforward, wellness.
Illness is an easier concept to grasp
and we can always ask a doctor to treat us.
But will this make us well again?

© Ross Nichols 2018


Unwell Poem

It’s a struggle, a swirling river.
Pushed and dragged,
hope sweeps you along,
a glimmer of dazzling sun
thrashed against rocks,
left out to dry.

© Heather Nichols 2018


Mindful Walking - Barefoot!

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Do you ever walk mindfully?  Another beautiful summer morning drew me outdoors for a walk around the enchanting Iron Age hillfort of Old Sarum just north of Salisbury in Wiltshire.  I can see it from my kitchen window and it often calls me to walk around it.  So far so normal however as I stepped off gravel pathways and onto grass, on a whim I took my trainers and socks off and went barefoot.  This had instant and surprising effects: I slowed down and became more aware of where I was placin...

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Coaching With the Client's Shadow

March 9, 2018

I find myself drawn to my client’s shadow side. What is the client’s shadow?  It’s their dark side, the place inside they don’t want to look at, that’s often been suppressed for many years, unacknowledged but hanging over them and casting a shadow over their life.  The shadow holds powerful emotions that are hard to live with, such as guilt, grief, shame and fear – is it any wonder that people don’t want to go there?  And yet the unresolved shadow always follows them, holding ...

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Intuitive Career Planning Workshop

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I was delighted to be asked to run a career planning workshop for the London-based alumni of ESSEC, one of the top global business schools.  I used my Intuitive Career Plan as the basis for the workshop and very much enjoyed the experience.

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Bool Review: 'Wild' by Cheryl Strayed

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In my work as a coach, I find that suppressed emotions often surface for the coachee.  I’m drawn to working with the coachee’s shadow side as I know that powerful learning and healing is to be found here so I welcome these emotions to my coaching sessions.  When it’s appropriate, I’ll recommend a relevant book for the coachee to read in their own time.  This is a good way for them to continue to explore and reflect on their emotions; I’ve since learned that this is sometimes called ...

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Diary of a Business Accelerator: 1 of 7

January 26, 2018

In early 2016, I was dissatisfied with my business.  I wanted to ‘make the boat go faster’, have more clients, grow my revenues and make progress towards my goals.  Business seemed to have flat-lined and I needed to do something to kick start growth. I’d done lots of business training previously so I was wary of signing up for another programme – I knew I was the problem so it was as much about my attitude and motivation as a lack of knowledge. After a conversation with Tom at Dent (a...

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Cancer Coaching Community

January 19, 2017

CCC (Cancer Coaching Community) is a new community of UK based coaches who wish to work with those affected by cancer: patients, relatives and friends.  The majority of our coaches have direct personal experience of cancer.  It’s early days for CCC however the plan is to soft launch on World Cancer Day on 04 February 2017, followed by an in-person launch event in London on 04 April 2017.

CCC would like to send invitations to its launch events to anyone who may be interested in learning mor...

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Wellbeing For You Workshops in Salisbury

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Are you dissatisfied with your life, your career or your health?  Do you want more out of life or simply feel that something isn’t quite right?  If you answered ‘yes’, you could improve your wellbeing by taking part in this series of 3 workshops.

The World Health Organisation’s description of health is,

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, not merely the absence of disease.”

 The integrated approach to wellness recognises 6 dimensions of wellnes...

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Group Coaching with Homestart (South Wilts)

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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 t...

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