From Awareness to Action: Letting Your Ah-Ha’s Guide Your Decisions

Are your decisions based on urgent demands for your immediate attention?

Do you find that your intuition is speaking but you’re not listening?

Would you like to take action based on your mind, body, heart, and intuition?

Let’s looks at these five assumptions.

Assumption #1

Awareness helps us to make thoughtful decisions based on our inner wisdom from a deep understanding of our life’s purpose.

Contemplation and discovery:

  • What will help me deeply connect with my life’s purpose?
  • How can I better listen to my inner wisdom?
  • How can I remember to connect my purpose with my choices?

Assumption #2

As we learn to wait, watch and be guided by the wisdom from each moment, we are more comfortable with the unknown.

Contemplation and discovery:

  • Knowing that change is natural and inevitable, how could I welcome the continuous flow of new experience and information?
  • How could I expand my capacity to “bear witness” in order to reduce stress?
  • How can I begin to give up the need to understand?

Assumption #3

We can learn to make thoughtful rather than snap decisions and heart-connected responses rather than off-the-cuff remarks. 

Contemplation and discovery:

  • How can I remember to be calm, clear and confident in my communication?
  • How can I honor my natural decision-making rhythm?
  • What is my strategy to respond rather than react?

Assumption #4

We can learn to be vulnerable rather than guarded and to be connected rather than cut off.

Contemplation and discovery:

  • When is it necessary to be guarded?
  • Where in my life could I be less guarded?
  • What do I need to think, feel or practice in order to be vulnerable with trustworthy people?

Assumption #5

Even in a hectic workplace or home environment, we can support ourselves with mindfulness moments.

Contemplation and discovery:

  • What could I do on an ongoing basis to expand mindfulness?
  • How could I arrange to take “awareness breaks” during my day?
  • What support do I need to sustain my mindful practices?

I partner with organizations, groups, teams and individuals to facilitate lasting change. Through coaching, training, seminars, and tele-courses nation-wide, my Mindful Change approach frees people to live bigger lives, set objectives that are value-based, work from strengths, make choices, manage change, deepen awareness and implement customized plans to achieve objectives.

In 2000, I founded Mindful & Meaningful Coaching, a comprehensive certification program for health and wellness professionals who seek to learn and master client-centered coaching skills.  This 3-month program is taught nation-wide through onsite seminars and teleclasses.

The expanding network of certified mindful coaches serves individuals, organizations, and corporations including wellness coaching with Fortune 500 employees.

Billie Frances of Guiding Mindful Change is a Master Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. Learn more at www.guidingmindfulchange.com

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The Lighter Side of Mindfulness:7 Simple Practices to Expand Awareness and Fulfillment

According to a 2014 article in Time magazine, mindfulness meditation is becoming popular among people who would not normally consider meditation.  Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, defines mindfulness as “moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness.”

Yet, meditation or other formal practices are not the only reliable pathways to fulfillment.  We can also use life as it is occurring to expand self-awareness.

Use the 7 Simple Practices to Expand Awareness and Fulfillment to discover everyday practices to generate the benefits mindfulness.  Set your intention to become more aware of what you think, feel and do.  Pay attention.  Make choices based on present moment awareness.  Observe and gently put in the correction.

  1. “Kindle Kindness” – develop light-hearted self-talk that encourages rather than berates.
  2. “Embrace Ambiguity” – shift from concern with the unknown to laughter in the face of it.
  3. “Ask, Don’t Tell” – offer support rather than advice to be more present in interpersonal relationships. Inquire about the other person’s needs, ideas and heart’s desires.  Reserve your opinions for those who ask for them.
  4. “Mind Your Body” expands awareness of messages of hunger, thirst, fatigue, stress, tension, disease and fine-tune your ability to listen to other physical messages. Simple awareness practices can open the door for change:
  • An athlete who pays attention to signals from her body that it’s time to take a water break.
  • A man who learns to recognize when he is eating beyond the point of being hungry.
  • An office work who notices the need to stand more at work.
  1. “Hit the Snooze Alarm” – a practice of intentionally suspending judgment and postponing decision-making until one can see things more clearly.
  2. “Predict the Future” – use awareness of what you already know about a person, event, place or thing to help anticipate the likely outcome. If a friend is late most of the time, assume that she will be late again and circumvent the stress!
  3. “Befriend NO!” – a valuable discernment technique to take a stand for your well-being by appropriately asserting your “no” clearly, loudly, and with conviction.

Billie Frances of Guiding Mindful Change is a Master Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. Learn more at guidingmindfulchange.com