Yesterday I was searching for inspiring quotes to put on my Pinterest board and found one that said: “I am. Two of the most powerful words. For what you put after them shapes your reality.” This reminded me of an exercise I did years ago while training to be an NLP practitioner. It was quite simple: you can try it at home with a friend. Sit next to each other, one close enough to be … [Read more...] about Who are you? The answer will shape your reality
How are you feeling today? Like a coiled spring? A cat on a hot tin roof? Slightly off kilter? A sack of potatoes? Down in the dumps? Whatever it is, you’re feeling it in your body, experiencing it as an emotion and articulating it in the form of a metaphor. Artists and creative thinkers throughout the ages have used metaphor to inspire them. As Michael Michalko says in his recent post for … [Read more...] about Why not try on a good metaphor for size?
It’s a sunny winter’s afternoon, about 3.15pm - chilly, but all seems well with the world. What if I told you that, despite appearances, this was your last day of life? What would you do in your final hours? What would be your biggest regret? What would you have done more of? And less of? Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse, spent several years working in palliative care, tending to … [Read more...] about How to live live without regret
I first heard the term SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely) goals about 10 years ago and I’ve remembered it ever since. I know the power of a good acronym or mnemonic, so I set myself the task of coming up with my own for The Pearl Within. Here goes: P is for Presence There are two strands to presence: one is always being in the present moment; the other is having a … [Read more...] about Do you have THE PEARL WITHIN?
In 1988, Don’t Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin’s anthem to happiness - became the first a capella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. And while many may remember it as a slightly annoying ditty with a bit of whistling, the fact is that McFerrin’s lyrics are brimming with psychological insight. And it’s worth pointing out that the title was inspired by a quote from Indian … [Read more...] about Don’t Worry, Be Happy – it really works…