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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! 

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’

Mind Chi Chat – concentration?!

Tell me, how is your concentration? Do you find it hard to focus on one thing?
Do you experience ‘chicken circle’ thinking?
Are you repeating the same unwanted thoughts over and over?
When you tune in to your brain and its chatter, is it mostly negative?

Want to improve your concentration?

Last week we looked at your breath, and the power it has to control your response to stressors, calm your nerves and build your resilience. This week we look at building your mental muscle of concentration.

Your brain can only concentrate on one thing at a time! Much of the time it is like a butterfly, flitting from one flower to another. Just for that second THAT flower is the most important, and then, oh! let’s go to this one.

Because of the constant bombardment of media, you have been trained to hop constantly from this buzz to this beep, to that flash.
NOTE THIS: Your brain can only focus / concentrate on ONE thing at a time.

Think of it as an on / off switch. Become conscious of when it is on and when it is off to a new stimulus. Your right hemisphere loves the unusual, and is quickly tempted by anything it deems more interesting than the more logical, repetitive function you may be requiring from your left hemisphere.

So, how is YOUR concentration?

How is your ability to focus your thoughts? If you do any form of meditation or mindfulness, you may already be experiencing the benefits of a focused mind.
If not, here is a simple activity that will bring your ‘right now’ brain function in to your awareness.

Richard Israel and Vanda North introduce you to ‘One!’

Richard was the co-author of Mind Chi and I love to share this moment when we explain the second of the 8-steps of Mind Chi – to focus on one.

Hold the resins of control over your own mind.

What are the benefits of improved concentration?

There are many benefits:
1. A boost to your self-confidence – knowing you can focus when you need and want to
2. Getting your work / study / tasks done faster – working in concentrated bursts on one topic is the most productive you can be
3. Memory improvement, when you concentrate on something, your brain has been told ‘This is important’ and so creates more connections for you to be able to recall
4. Loosing yourself in a task is more energising and relaxing at the same time. It is a form of the ‘flow’ state and
5. You will probably find it much easier to concentrate when you really enjoy something, so there is a secret, memory, flow state and ability to focus are all improved when you are doing something you relish.

Mind Chi step 2 – focus for 1 minute on ‘One!’

Now you can see how in the first 2 minutes of your 8-minute Mind Chi routine, you have told your body and your brain – ‘I am in control here!’ How good is that?

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

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! 

And for more wonderful Mind Chi blogs:

Want more resilience for your organisation, here:

Here is a short cartoon about ‘Resilience for Change’