The Ripple Effect

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One of the things I love most about the work that I do is witnessing the ripple effect.

The way one person can see something fresh and new about the human experience, and how that impacts other people.  It’s like a spark of something jumps across the illusory divide that we sometimes think separates us, and triggers an insight or realisation in those around us.

I saw this again so beautifully last week on my Heart of Thriving workshop.  When one person ‘tunes in’ to their inner navigation system, and shares this in a group there’s a possibility for new insight for everybody else too.  It makes sense to me, because we’re not really separate at all – we are all part of the oneness of pure consciousness.

I saw it again when a client shared this understanding with her six year old daughter, Henrietta, who has just made a video talking about her spark inside, and how it helps her:

I saw it again when another client shared it with her five year old daughter, Anisa, who has just written a book (Yes, a book for goodness’ sake! She’s five!) about NeeNee the Dolphin who sometimes thinks too much – and begins to understand where her feelings are coming from.  The book’s not out yet, but I’ll let you know when it’s available.  Such wisdom!

Why are so many People so Miserable?

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Last week we had the news that a meta-analysis of antidepressants has been carried out.  The result?  They really work, and that milliions more of us should be taking them!  At one point I yelled at John Humphrys during the Today programme! (He couldn’t hear me of course).

In my view, this ‘news’ was reported very uncritically, even from the science standpoint.  Read this for more:

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I’m sure that many, many people have been helped by taking anti-depressants. But I also know that in the majority of cases, the prescribing of anti-depressants is unnecessary – certainly for longer than a temporary aid.  Rates of prescribing have DOUBLED in the last decade, and many people are staying on them for months and years!

I don’t have the Time!

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“I don’t have the time!”

It seems I’ve been hearing this more and more over the past few years.

There is a ‘busyness epidemic’ seemingly happening in society.  For some, it even spills over into overwhelm much of the time.  It’s no way to live – and yet millions of people do.

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”  H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Donkeys years ago, I used to sometimes run courses in time management.  Looking back, I think they helped only a minority of people if I’m honest.  People will tell you they need more tools, more how-to’s, to manage their time successfully – but I think this is often a delusion.

When you have a strong enough ‘Why’, the ‘How’ is nearly always obvious.