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Be Mindful of Your Anxiety

April 23rd, 2016

Anxiety is a peculiarly human condition, a worry about something that has not happened and might not ever happen, and yet something that is having an uncomfortable influence on you in the present moment. Since anxiety is a state of worry about something in the future, the only resolutions also seem to be in the future and therefore out of reach.

Yet, paradoxically, you can practice being mindful of being anxious. Begin to build your mindfulness muscles with something relatively minor, something you don't like but don't fear, something that makes you mildly anxious. And as you focus on that experience, allow part of your attention to be guided through focused attention on your experience. 

Listen for less than ten minutes and discover how mindfulness transforms anxiety.
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Leading starts with knowing what you want others to do

April 10th, 2016

How do you get other people to do the things you want them to do? Leading begins with your ability to be sure you're asking for the right thing. Use this short exercise (about 6 minutes) to think through something specific that you want a particular person to do. Think systematically about what you are asking, what it will feel like to the person you are influencing, and how your situation and connection will shift when you are successful in getting this person to do this thing.

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You don’t need a fresh start: you need to make compost

March 27th, 2016

It's the season when fresh starts seems possible. We look at flowers and green buds and think: "that's what I want. A fresh start."

But go for a walk in the woods and you'll come back spattered with mud. Nature doesn't start fresh: she starts with the muck of dead leaves and fallen branches and other things that decompose near the roots of trees. You've got the raw material for emotional compost: the hurt, the frustration, the guilt.  You don't need to make them disappear, you need to let them decompose and be transformed into the stuff that nurtures growth.

You don't have to keep your eyes on the muck: just find the compost pile and stir things up once in a while. The rest of the time, focus on warmth and light and air. You can be sure that chemistry works, and the muck will decompose into something useful.

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Mindful limits: How language helps you find the edges of your pain

March 14th, 2016

This exercise takes less than 10 minutes to demonstrate that mindful attention in response to language allows you to find the edge to your experience of pain. As you do, you'll find your breathing settles, your mind clears, and you develop the ability to choose to focus on your pain or to focus on what is on the other side of the edges of your pain.  And if you do focus on your pain, you will find that human focus blurs, so that paying attention to only one thing creates a sense of calm and space, even when what you give your focus is painful at first. And you will notice that on the other side of the edges of your pain, you are calm and centred and you have what you need to move forward.

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Small steps to manage stress

February 27th, 2016

In this ten minute podcast episode, Linda Ferguson walks you through a three steps to move you from stressed to energized. You'll learn how matching the intensity and tension of states can allow for small, incremental changes that teach your mind to see stress as part of a process you've experienced successfully in the past.

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Find Your Calm

February 13th, 2016

When you look at a picture of your life, do you see calm or chaos? Most of us get caught up in the nots: not clear, not comfortable, not on purpose.  Take five minutes to look for grounded, specific, and true. You'll find your way to calm, no matter what's in the picture. 

Manage your language to manage your attention to manage your mindset.
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Mastering Language: It’s not what you think

January 25th, 2016

What do you think it takes to master language? Have you been looking for new vocabulary so that you will have the very best words? Maybe you've been searching for a script or formula to memorize so that you will always pull out just the right words at just the right moment. Somewhere, you suspect that this isn't quite right.

Language is not a thing: it's a connection. It connects experience with ideas, and people with other people, and you with the bigger self that produces most of your words. A master of language focuses attention on the connection they want to make, and then greet the words that come to them with expectation and curiosity. When you control your focus and your intention, you'll find that you pick words that give you important information about the connections you most want to make.
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Use the language of full engagement

January 4th, 2016

In 5 minutes, you'll understand metaphor than you ever understood it in high school. Metaphor isn't just a concept from literature: it's the language of full engagement, the language that uses the most of your brain and reaches out to activate the most of someone else's brain/body/mind system. Using it better consciously takes a little time. It's like making change in the way you walk or pronounce words or breathe. You use metaphor so naturally, it's hard to change. The rewards for changing make it worth the effort. You'll become better at understanding your own thinking and changing other people's.

Learn more at www.nlpcanada.com (where you can download our free ebook on Fully Engaged living).
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Celebrate Like It’s the Most Important Choice You’ll Make

December 21st, 2015

Celebrations are fun - but are they important? Listen to find out why celebration is one of the most important choices we make as human beings. Anyone will pay attention and remember times of threat or suffering. We have to consciously make an effort to pay equal attention to times of achievement and satisfaction. When we do, we store the light we need in dark times.

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I wish you enough: an exercise in choosing a more resourceful self

November 21st, 2015

Many NLP trainers will talk about powerful anchors. An anchor is an object or physical sensation that is connected to a particular state or experience. 

Here's the truth: it's not the anchor that is powerful. It is the choice to connect with the best in yourself that is powerful.
But for many people, your best, most resourceful self seems out of reach. When you ask yourself for a time you were brave and clever and amazing, you come up blank. So let's start with something simpler, something easy to find, something potentially more useful.
Let's explore times when you had enough strength, enough flexibility, enough energy to do the thing you wanted to do in that moment. And then you can explore what difference it makes when you remind yourself that you can hold enough in the palm of your hand. . . because you are already enough.
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