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Campaigning for Compassion: 8 Essential Tips We Need Now

This post first appeared on Positively Present website. Two new books -- Compassion and Forgiveness -- from my Effortless Inspiration series debut tomorrow, and their release couldn't come at a better time. Whether you're into politics or not, you've probably witnessed the craziness surrounding the American presidential election…

A Sneak Peek of Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, translated by Ralph Alan Dale is an evocative and poetic translation of this great ancient treasure – illustrated with dramatic black and silver photographs that perfectly capture the beauty and essence of Lao Tsu’s spiritual masterpiece. You can read…

The Realm of the Ancestors

When looking to the ancestors, we are turning to the oldest parts of ourselves, calling to those memories, images, stories, people and practices that define who and what we are. We are a product of our past, genetically, psychically and relationally. A wise teacher once…

Being Hardy: Battling Demons and Building Resilience

There’s an old saying, ‘Sticks and stones will break my bones but names can never hurt me.’ Anyone who has been on the receiving end of a verbal assault will know that this is not true. They may not break bones but words exert a…

The Secret to Being Present in a Conversation

The fact that we’re 'not talking' doesn’t mean we’re listening. When someone’s speaking, we can be preoccupied with our to-do list, mull on better ways to spend our time, or compose our weekly shopping list. While we may be physically present, we’re mentally in another…

Needs, Perspectives and Defences

A key part of unlocking confidence is about getting a better insight into what makes you tick, that is what pushes you forward and what holds you back. To learn more, see Dr. Gary Wood's book Unlock Your Confidence.  Self-Actualization Statements These statements represent key attitudes…

Reaping and Sowing at the Autumn Equinox

by Danu Forest Autumn is here. The first of the leaves are turning, and the hedgerows swell with berries. In Somerset, my tiny village in the midst of the Avalon marshes is filled with the scent of wood smoke and apples ripening gently into cider.…

Attitudes, Values and Meaning

This extract is from the book of Dr. Gary Wood's called Unlock Your Confidence: Find The Keys To Lasting Change Through The Confidence Karma Method.  Assumptions about Human Nature Social psychologist Lawrence Wrightsman has conducted extensive research into attitudes about human nature and has highlighted…

How to Prevent Arguments and Misunderstanding

5 Warning Lights That Tell You a Conversation’s Going Wrong. In the late 1960s, a series of catastrophic plane crashes occurred without any apparent awareness of danger on the part of the pilots. In response, the aviation industry introduced an enhanced warning system that alerted…

All The World’s a Stage . . . Impression Management

To learn more, see Unlock Your Confidence: Find The Keys To Lasting Change Through The Confidence Karma Method by Dr Gary Wood.  Facial Expression In coaching (and counselling) training, the main emphasis is on matching the facial expression with the words and feelings. We don’t expect…