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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.

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! 

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Here is a short cartoon about ‘Resilience for Change’

Mind Chi Basic 8-minute routine

Mind Chi Chat – good gracious gratitude!

That phrase, ‘Good gracious gratitude’ could be read several ways.
Gratitude is indeed good and gracious.
As a grateful person, you will usually feel more ‘gracious’, tolerant and forgiving of any acts of indiscretion from others.
And there is increasing scientific and phycological research speaking of how ‘good’ it is for you.
There are benefits to your body, brain and general wellbeing.
Finally, if you decide to really try gratitude on, you may exclaim ‘Good gracious gratitude!’ when you experience the difference it can make in your life.

Mind Chi Step 8 – gratitude

In the final step of the 8-step/minute Mind Chi routine, we close with a minute of thinking about all the things / people / experiences / times for which you are or will be grateful. Just 1-minute. Performed every day as a part of your 8-minute Mind Chi daily routine, accumulates your benefits.

Gratitude, the 8th step of Mind Chi
Gratitude, the 8th step of Mind Chi

What is gratitude?

Gratitude is an emotion, a readiness to show your appreciation. For that to happen, you need to re-visit our friend ‘awareness’. Put out your gratitude antennae, be tuned to the chances to see and express your gratitude.

Gratitude is also a trait, you can grow the habit of gratitude. It becomes how you see the world. How you judge other’s actions. How you feel inside.

8 ways gratitude improves your life, it can:

  1. improve your physical health – you want to take care of yourself
  2. make you sleep better
  3. raise your psychological wellbeing – if you are grateful, it is difficult to be depressed!
  4. increase your self esteem, building self confidence and self concept
  5. enhance empathy whilst reducing anger and aggression
  6. extend your relationships, people like to be around grateful people
  7. boost your resilience, your ‘bounceability’ increases and
  8. IT FEELS GOOD!

Please let us know the difference it has made for YOU!

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

Showing how memory and positive success associations link in your brain
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’