More and more people are booking Health Coaching sessions with me these days & the feedback is really positive. My training as a Coach, in NLP, in QTT Personal development methods, a lifetime of asking good questions as a Homeopath as well as experience of a variety of Health models, all combine to help me help you to make the best choices for you.

Some people are feeling particularly confused at the moment in the current crisis about certain Health choices & some have ongoing Health concerns that mean making decisions, collating sometimes conflicting information & understanding which of many options will be likely to pay dividends. This is seldom about whether certain therapies work or don’t work, it’s more about determining a destination that’s appropriate for you & the best route to get there, one that is in line with your values & that is accessible, affordable & can offer you whatever results you are wanting.

Often we can get stuck, procrastinate or lurch from one choice to another. We may feel we don’t really have a choice sometimes, especially when there is pressure from everyone around us to do something they have chosen as right for them. We may be unaware that there are choices, lost as to how to find more information or confused about what outcome is possible within the perimeters of our illness or of the treatment choices available. There can be huge relief in being able to explore possibilities & understand where our own boundaries lie, whether they are fixed or can be expanded a bit.

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There is too much division in the world today, not enough connection, too much talking & not enough feeling. Language is important but is not the only way we communicate our feelings. In all our relationships ultimately we want to feel heard, seen & felt. We don’t feel connected unless we do feel these things.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

It may feel too big to focus on the global feeling of increasing disconnect & disenfranchisement these days. Becoming more conscious of our personal relationships & practicing deep listening when others speak can make a difference. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If I feel you have heard me, seen me & felt me, I feel a connection with you. I’m less likely to dismiss you or belittle you or threaten you.⠀So incorperating the Practice of Conscious deep listening can only help strengthen our relationships. It does take practice like anything & soon becomes second nature.

I invite you to practice your own listening skills – listen silently, attentively, tuning in to how you are feeling while this person tells you how they are.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Listen with your whole body not just your ears! ⠀⠀

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I’m sure that you are familiar with the expression ‘Mind over Matter’ – it’s often used when we are experiencing some resistance or discomfort around trying to achieve something or master something we find challenging?

What do we mean when we say this?

Are we saying that our Mind is more important or powerful than our material/physical Body?

Are we saying that ultimately where our Mind goes is the best or healthiest path to follow?

Should we ignore our body & any physical complaints or pain or ‘symptoms’?

Is it Healthy to invest everything in where our minds take us rather than what our bodies might be communicating?

Can we even separate Mind from Body?

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Have you ever felt compelled to do or say something that doesn’t feel quite right or induces a feeling of conflict within you? Do you sometimes feel driven by something you can’t identify that leads to you saying or doing something that you regret & this is becoming or is a pattern?

Maybe you are starting to notice that you are feeling triggered into anger or frustration by something someone does or says & it’s the same person or the same subject that seems to bring that anger out in you?

Chances are that both the above are down to a clash of personal values. Although we can often share wider, cultural or national values like ‘we don’t kill or rape or steal or deliberately harm others’, we also carry a long list of personal values that we have absorbed during our lives. These will vary from firstly family to family & then person to person.

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“To laugh you have to be able to exhale & take another breath in quick succession. We know from various (breathing) therapies, that to take a breath causes one to free one’s emotions, that when we wish NOT to feel, we hold our breath instead”.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes from ‘Women who run with the Wolves’ – a fabulous book, by the way, & one that I think will inform all women, stimulate deep understanding & personal growth.

I work with many women who have been holding their breath for a long time, which can create exhaustion & respiratory illnesses or a sense of tightness or pressure around the chest/lungs/heart area as well as constriction in the throat & many other physical symptoms. Letting go can be scary on your own. Sometimes we have been doing it for so long that we aren’t even aware of it, nor do we remember a time when we felt any differently than right now. We accept many, many emotions, feelings & physical discomforts  as just the way things are, part of us, something we cannot change. The results are often chronic illnesses, lots of acute illnesses, a lack of energy or an absence of Joy or any sense of deep happiness or ease.

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A big part of what I do for a living is listening to your Stories. I listen to The Story – the pattern or Timeline of your life & all the major events & circumstances that you have negotiated, survived, or created & that have contributed to who you are today.  I also listen to the many smaller stories that sit in the gaps in between these seminal events & I listen to how you have responded or reacted to them, what patterns of behavior or emotions you may be repeating.

Our ability to tell our Story is a vital part of who we are – our self-expression, our Truth. We have an amazing ability to create, to use our imaginations & construct incredible characters, mythical creatures & whole fantasy worlds. Story telling is a massive part of being Human & of our own unique family cultures as well as our wider geographical cultures. Here in Ireland, Stories are integrally bound in the makeup of the population & an important part of communication – the Irish are fabulous story tellers & musicians.

Stories can be used to deliver uncomfortable or challenging news or lessons & of course Fairy Tales were all about teaching children a moral code or giving them boundaries eg ‘don’t go into the woods after dark, its not safe’, ‘beware of Wolves in sheep’s clothing’ etc etc. I don’t think any of us would claim that any of these ancient Stories are literally true but they enable us to remember better & are embedded in our sub-conscious ready to come out whenever a suitable trigger comes along.

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