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Inner peas!

Mind Chi Chat – inner peas

Haha! No, that is NOT a typo!!! Please excuse my humour – it is spring, and I do get the best spring fever. Normal service will soon resume!!

Do you have ‘inner peas’? And inner peace as well? Two experiences made me think about this over the weekend and so I wanted to see how it was for you.

The first was that I was busy in the garden. We are blessed with a reasonable sized garden and we love to grow vegetables, fruits and flowers. We also like to sit in it and watch them grow and entertain in it as well. So it is much used.

This weekend one of my jobs was to put up a mesh for the peas to climb up. This year we are growing them in one of our raised beds, so I created this round ‘fence’ for them.

Inner peas in action!

Not the most beautiful thing, however, I hope it does the job. There is now also a row of outer peas and as I was walking away, my thoughts were on inner peas (peace) and how much that simple task had provided me with joy, contentment and peace.

‘The sage and the guide’ was the second way to inner peas

The second thing that happened this weekend was the reconnection with a colleague from over 20 years ago, Raju Mandhyan. We had worked together when I ran Buzan Centres worldwide. I love it when people pop back up, and you pick up the conversation as though no time has passed.

Raju now has a podcast called ‘The sage and the guide’ and asked me to be a guest speaker. I was thrilled. The main topic was ‘Reset for Resilience’ and as we began the discussion, the topic of contentment and inner peace came up.

We spoke of the attitude that creates inner peace. That it is not money, or things, just attitude. Having lived in Palm Beach for some 40 years I see how those things alone, never bring inner peace.

Are you rich?

Years ago someone asked me that question. I replied ‘Yes!’ Many years later, I discovered in conversation with this person, they thought I meant I had money.
No! I meant that I felt the beautiful sunrise was just for me – every morning! The diamonds hanging on the hibiscus (morning dew) were for me! That moon smiling in the sky, was just for me! I was and am rich beyond imagination and that brings me contentment, joy and inner peas!

‘MY’ sunrise!

We need inner peace more now than ever before

Having inner peace and contentment, does not mean inactivity. I am still passionately trying to make a positive difference in broadening understanding of ‘learning differences’; in helping with the awful situation in the Ukraine; and with sharing coping strategies for Resilience for change.

However, as President Zelensky said, I do it from the strength of love and peace, not anger, frustration or fear. How about you? Do you experience inner peace? It is inside you – just try reconnecting with it… you may find that it increases your energy, motivation and resilience – worthwhile methinks! Please let me know your thoughts.

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Grab your NOW with BEAT

Mind Chi Chat – Grab your NOW!

Yes! Here is a golden opportunity to grab your NOW! Right now! And we will tell you how!

Last week you looked at ‘Who am I right now?’. You learned how to become aware of your ‘NOW’ state – how to be really ‘present’. This was so easily achieved by a quick check of your BEAT.

Grab your NOW with your BEAT!

When you checked your BEAT, was it as you would wish it to be? Most of the time I hope that is so for you. Let’s have a quick look:
B = Body – were none of your ‘soft spots’ that wave a flag when they try to tell you strain from stress is starting to settle in, active? Everything OK? Great!
E = Emotions – which emotion room(s) were you in? Where they the most helpful for the task at hand?
A = Actions – was there only the energy required for the task you were performing being used?
T = Thoughts – those voices in your head, what were they saying to you? Was it helpful and supportive?
And so in that minute (and much faster if you are on your way to an important meeting) you checked how you were right then.

Mind Chi step 6 – your chance to choose to change!

However, what if everything was NOT perfect and working as it should? What to do?
Just as quickly as you discovered how you were, you can chose to tweak any of your BEAT indicators.
For example:

B = Body – quickly release the tension from your neck by rolling your shoulders and gently moving your head
E = Emotions – fear and apprehension can be replaced by openness and flexibility
A = Actions – release your killer grip on your coffee mug, and breathe
T = Thoughts – call on your Chi-er (cheer!) leader to make helpful and supportive comments.

Your BEAT to grab your NOW!

And that is it!

On a difficult day, you may have to check your BEAT many times. However, it means that:
– you have a much better chance of responding how you would wish
– your thinking will be more strategic and open
– self-confidence will stay much higher
– stress will not be able to start to showing as strain and
– you will have energy to last you through your day.
Worth 1 minute of action, don’t you think?

Chi and I are standing by on the ready to take your calls and emails! 

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Chi & I look forward to seeing / hearing from YOU!!! 

To book a 15 minute Mind Chi Chat with Vanda to explore how Mind Chi might assist you, your group, team or company build resilience and joy! 

For more wonderful Mind Chi blogs:


Want more resilience for your organisation, here:

Here is a short cartoon about ‘Resilience for Change’