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Calming the Storm ~ 30 Day Program

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I am delighted to announce my new partnership with Avanoo Avanoo (pronounced “Avenue”) comes from the words Ava, which is Finnish for “Open”, and Noo, which is Old English for “now”. So Avanoo means being open to all of your potential right now! It is also a road we travel as we move forward in life.

In 3 minutes a day, Avanoo offers dozens of personalized 30-day programs ranging from Happiness to Productivity from renowned experts on those topics.

The 30-day program has been launched on 19-11-2015 called: Calming the Storm: How Discovering Meaning can Change your Life.

See the link below for three previews. I would like to thank the amazing team for all the hard work in bringing this to fruition: Sara Dickinson, Daniel Jacobs, Prosper Nwankpa, Morgan Stanfield, Laura Forman, Jason Waldron and everyone who worked on the program.

Introduction

A lack of meaning might be called a malaise of our times. When we encounter challenges in life, oftenwe discover that we can’t find a center, a way to cope. What is it all about?

Studies measuring meaning and purpose in life have found that meaning in life mediates uncontrollable stress and substance abuse, depression, anxiety and self-derogation, among others. This meaning or deepest human value, this WHY, points us to reach beyond ourselves, to enrich our lives, and to unfold a deep fulfillment in our work and personal lives.

Calming the Storm

What’s Inside

Day 1.
This Too Shall Pass
Day 2.
Finding Something to Live For Is Critical
Day 3.
The Question of Meaning in Life
Day 4.
Love Can Come to the Rescue
Day 5.
Putting Your Focus on a Project
Day 6.
The Power of Your Mindset
Day 7.
Finding Meaning from Suffering
Day 8.
Turn Suffering into a Challenge
Day 9.
Is Fear Holding You Back from Your Calling?
Day 10.
Learning Self-Compassion
Day 11.
Suffering Can Be an Inspiration
Day 12.
Appreciating Life Right Now
Day 13.
Your Watershed Moment
Day 14.
We Are Whole as We Are. We Are All Right
Day 15.
The Call That Beckons Us to Find Our Destiny
Day 16.
Filling Our Unique Life Space
Day 17.
What Is Your Choice of Response?
Day 18.
Finding Something to Live For
Day 19.
Life Questions and Light in the Darkness
Day 20.
The Experience of Love: “The Salvation of Man”
Day 21.
Are You Your Own Best Friend?
Day 22.
Is It Ever Okay to Give Up Hope?
Day 23.
Going with the Flow
Day 24.
Good News! You Do Not Have the Heart of a Mouse
Day 25.
It’s Time for Self Transcendence
Day 26.
Igniting Humor
Day 27.
Access a Power That Is Uniquely Human
Day 28.
Relieve Your Loved Ones from Suffering
Day 29.
Do the One Thing That You Know in Your Heart Is Right
Day 30.
“I Broke My Neck, It Didn’t Break Me”
Photo by Carol Knox.
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Meaning and Mindfulness – Wellness at Work and in Your Life

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I am now working on two workshops. The one will be about Wellness and Mindfulness incorporating Mindfulness @ work. The other will be working on a Nonviolence Living workshop for young people. This will be based on the Principles at the Metta Centre for NonViolence: http://mettacenter.org/nonviolence/introduction/

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In his book: Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl talks about his form of therapy as Logotherapy. The word ‘Logos’ is Greek and denotes “meaning”. Logotherapy focuses on the meaning of human existence as well as man’s search for such meaning. According to Logotherapy “…this striving to find a meaning in one’s life is the primary motivational force in man.” Man’s Search for Meaning 2008 page 104.

Defining Mindfulness – Quoted from page 9 of ‘Mindfulness For Dummies’ by Shamash Alidina, Joelle Jane Marshall, April 2013.

“Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, who first developed mindfulness in a therapeutic setting, says: ‘Mindfulness can be cultivated by paying attention in a specific way, that is, in the present moment, and as non-reactively, non-judgementally and openheartedly as possible’.
You can break down the meaning even further:

1. Paying attention. To be mindful, you need to pay attention, whatever you choose to attend to…

2. Present moment. The reality of being in the here and now means you just need to be aware of the way things are, as they are now…

3. Non-reactively. Normally, when you experience something, you automatically react to that experience according to your past conditioning… Mindfulness encourages you to respond to your experience rather than react to thoughts… (Chapter 12 of Mindfulness for Dummies delves deeper into mind- ful responses.)

4. Non-judgementally. The temptation is to judge experience as good or bad, something you like or dislike… Letting go of judgements helps you to see things as they are rather than through the filter of your personal judgements based on past conditioning…

5. Openheartedly. Mindfulness isn’t just an aspect of mind. Mindfulness is of the heart as well. To be open-hearted is to bring a quality of kindness, compassion, warmth and friendliness to your experience… For more on attitudes to cultivate for mindfulness, see Chapter 4 of Mindfulness for Dummies.”

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I am also influenced by a course I completed through Case Western Reserve University on Coursera https://www.coursera.org/course/lead-ei called: Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence.
I am thinking of two different methods for different audiences. One will be a face-to-face one day workshop – for locals here in South Africa, the other will be an online workshop of about 1 – 2 hours for those internationally who have an interest. I have found anymeeting to offer the most at the most reasonable price. Any comments, expressions of interest, or suggestions would be welcome.

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