Category Archives: body mind and spirit

The Good Food Cookery School awaits…….

safe_imageInspired and created by Andrew Yiallouros (a brilliant friend of mine from university days), The Good Food Cookery School is a fantastic project in the heart of East London, bringing colour, passion and a conscience back into the kitchen.
Andrew is on a big mission this month to raise development funds for this tasty social enterprise. I am a happy supporter of The Good Food Cookery School, and love their commitment to healthy, hearty eating. Read their latest article below.
The Good Food Cookery School
Do you know that up to 2 million years ago, when we started cooking our food, human evolution changed direction and our brains started growing bigger due to the increased nutrition cooking gave us? This led to the beginnings of culture because we could hunt a little less.
Fast forward to 12,000 years ago and our evolution and society changed again, when we moved from hunter gathering to agriculture and farming. This time the change was huge and sowed the seeds for everything you see around you today; from religion, to music, to art and politics! 
Further pivotal changes occurred at other times but a key overlooked moment is the late 1970s, and the 1980s and 90s when we saw the rise of the supermarket and packaged and processed foods. This combined with the psychological and social changes on the work and home front, all led to a disconnect between food and ourselves.

The Well Formed Outcome

Throughout my training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) I found one
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technique in particular to hold a certain power over me, to shine a search light on the dark recesses of my sub-conscious, and bring shocking clarity to my essential driving force, and then push me to reach new horizons. Now that I’m a NLP Practitioner myself, I really enjoy introducing this exercise to my clients. From the outside it just looks like 14 questions, but they are structured in a very specific way, and can produce incredible results, especially where behavioural change is required, or sufficient motivation is needed to achieve a desired goal.

I would like to share it here so that you may feel it’s power for yourself. Even if NLP is new to you, you will find this an effective and interesting tool to generate the motivation to achieve that big goal, or change that unwanted behaviour. 

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Foundations – Part 3 of 3: Spirit…the spiritual (and emotional) foundation

This image is called Spa Icons by digitalart.

As promised, here is the final part of the 3- part series on the essential foundations that you need to satisfy in order to achieve a good life balance.
Today was the perfect recipe of spiritual food and emotional balance that I adore and I had to write about it.

In the first part of this blog I mentioned how the foundations will often overlap and will compliment and satisfy one another. This is really good, and means you get double the good stuff in half the time.

My hydro routine at my health club has 4 steps and it benefits more than just the physical and fitness foundations for me; it gets me onto a wavelength that is really centred. I zone out slightly; the energy flow is still there but it’s just a quieter frequency. There is also a pattern of mental awareness that occurs each time; I may have installed this pattern myself over time but now it happens like clockwork. So this process actually meets my physical, mental and spiritual needs. Amazing!

 

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Foundations: Part 2 of 3 – Mind…..the mental foundation

It can be tiring finding enough brain food to stimulate and satisfy my ever-growing mental appetite but it’s a commitment I adore and cherish and I wouldn’t change it for anything. I couldn’t be content watching mind-numbing TV every night; sometimes a relaxing night in is called for but that’s just to vary my routine (and I do devour about 5-10 movies per week so that nourishes my imagination no end).

Because I operate on a very high energy frequency I need to monitor my work/life balance levels (and it is precisely this careful control of my own behaviour and schedule that makes me an expert work/life balance coach.) In the next part of this blog series I’ll tell you how I compliment all of this activity with the spiritual and emotional foundations of relaxation and rest.

In the last two weeks I have engaged in all of these activities, many of them taking place every day. (And I manage these items around a 9-5 job, a private coaching practice, and my volunteer coaching activities)

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Foundations: Part 1 of 3 – Body…..the physical foundation

The bigwhenlittlewhen blog was conceived to bring awareness to my new book about achieving work/life balance so it feels only right to explore what balance looks like in practice. I believe there are three essential foundations that need to be satisfied – mind, body and spirit. I will explore each of these over the next 3 blogs and report back on my personal experience and application. It is not uncommon for the 3 foundations to interweave and overlap, and the more the better.

Blog Part 1: Body – the physical foundation

Blog Part 2: Mind – the mental foundation

Blog Part 3: Spirit – the spiritual (and emotional) foundation

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