Posts Tagged "life coaching"

“Thinking is More Powerful than Thunder”

Posted on May 30, 2011 in Life Coaching

The views of Chinese Medicine and Buddhist Psychology agree that Mind is the ultimate medicine. Over time you become what you think. “Energy follows thought.” The mind is the most powerful tool we have. How are you using it? Is it a positive and constructive tool for achieving your goals and life purpose or is it negative and destructive? The power is within you to create a good and enriching life to benefit yourself, your family, your community and the world. What steps can you take to train your mind to help you attain a balanced and harmonious life? 1) Learn and practice Meditation or Quiet Sitting. 2) Spend time walking or hiking in the natural world and observing phenomena 3) Learn and practice Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Eight Treasures, Dao-In or a Yoga form. 4) Release negative thoughts. Write them down and tear the paper up, burn or bury it with the affirmation, “I now release this _____________thought, emotion etc for the benefit of myself and others.” 5) Cultivate positive thoughts. Write down your positive thought or intention and repeat daily (especially when facing obstacles) for 30 days....

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What is Constructive Life Coaching?

Posted on May 26, 2011 in Life Coaching

There are many systems of life coaching out there. What sets Constructive Life Coaching apart is it’s holistic view of the individual and their life journey. By evaluating the health of the Five key life areas: Financial, Relationships, Spiritual, Physical and Emotional we can see where an individual’s strengths and blockages exist. Blockages are those things that prevent us from moving forward to accomplish our life purpose or destiny. There are techniques to release those based on the principles of oriental medicine and acupuncture theory. By holding certain powerful acu-points and stating one’s intention to let go of an dis-empowering belief or negative thought or emotion we can free our energy “Qi” and move forward on our true life path. Specific Qi Gong, energy exercises and chinese herbs may also be...

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When Bad News is Good

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 in Life Coaching

When Bad News is Good News By Alaina Speraw, L.Ac.,Dipl.Ac.,B.A. When we listen to the news it seems to be overwhelmingly bad, “Japan is in the worst economic recession in 35 years,” the jobless rate continues to rise, business closures and consolidations, 68% of housing sales in the valley were foreclosures in January, we may be even having our own  personal financial meltdown. Being a Practioner of Traditional Oriental Medicine we have one foot planted in the wisdom of the East and the other in the post-modern technological society of the West.  How do wereconcile these very different societies their world views and assumptions? In the current economic climate of fear and uncertainty might there be other lenses from which to see it beyond those of CBS, NBC, FOX, Wall Street Weekly, the statements of politicians, statisticians, diplomats, and economists?  I think we are fortunate to be connected to a medicine whose roots are in Taoist and Buddhist concepts, both of which have many insightful teachings that can be a medicinal elixir and healing balm in difficult times.  This healing balm can help us endure adversity and offer a way to help our clients, co-workers, colleagues and community. First, we may need to question some of the fundamental assumptions of a capitalistic society such as “Growth is  always Good”  “The economy should be expanding” “The bottom line is what is all important”.  If we fall prey to believing these dogmas than we are left with the conclusion that the recession or possible depression is a bad thing.  But what could be good about people suffering the loss of homes, jobs, the value of their portfolio, their retirement funds etc? Chapter 42 of the Tao Te Ching “All things bear the shade on their backs, And the sun in their arms, By the blending of breath, From the sun and the shade, Equilibrium comes to the world.”   In other words, shade and sun, yin and yang, growth and decline, birth and death are necessary to bring balance and harmony to the world.  The lense of Taoism suggests that larger patterns and cycles are naturally in constant flux.  In western science we call this anabolism and catabolism or in physics acceleration and deceleration. The first noble truth taught by Lord Buddha was the truth of suffering, the second noble truth was that everything is impermanent.  We cannot escape from suffering and we suffer because of our attachment to people and things that are by their very nature impermanent.  Therefore the solution to mental suffering is to relinquish our stranglehold on phenomena which are impermanent.  To cultivate peace and stability through non-attachment to specific outcomes. So the collective we, ourselves, our families, friends, beloved clients may all have to “let go” of many of our well worn attachments, outmoded ways of thinking, dysfunctional behaviors, disconnects between our mind and body personally and collectively. Consider all the money and resources spent on war, hi-tech expensive cardiac surgeries and chemotherapies, cigarettes and alcohol, designer coffee and Jimmy Choo’s, SUV’s, luxury homes, insurance that doesn’t cover its’ policy holders, governmental waste……etc.  Think about all the “trash” which goes unrecycled each day in every city in the United States and the thousands of toxic chemicals and waste including, yes, our own disposable acupuncture needles. So is there a silver lining to our current economic crisis?  Could it be a “divine intervention” to wake up humanity to the interconnectedness of all life and the consequences of mindless and self centered actions?  Is this time a collective opportunity to re-evaluate our priorities and make the necessary adjustments to...

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