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  1. The art of change

    Anderson Park, Hawthorn East

    utumn has arrived, and weíre at the beginning of a transition. It is still warm in Melbourne, but soon weíll see the changes in colour, falling of leaves, night-time coming earlier and the temperature getting notably cooler.

    With all this natural change that sets in every year itís a wise time to reflect if there are some things you might like to shed so you can grow in other ways.

    The art of holding on and letting go is very personal but we all experience some form of this birth and death cycle regularly, some of us mindfully.

    If youíre in doubt what to
  2. 5 Mindful Hacks for the next 24 hours

    Mindfulness like all new skills needs to be practiced to achieve the benefits, with 5 Mindful Hacks for the next 24 hours you have no excuses not to try.

    I began meditating in my early 20s and at different stages of my life I have dedicated more time, but the more commitment I give to my practice the greater my experiences and overall life. The practice is the teacher.

    To start your practice you might want to try to integrate these 5 coaching Mindfulness hacks over the next 24 hours to help you sustain your choice to practice mindfulness more. Trust me when I say mindfulness can be life changing,
  3. Mindful brains

    Mindfulness is a type of psychology that changes your brain when practiced long term. Despite also being associated with ancient contemplative practice is now based on scientifically researched techniques that have been proven to boost your performance and literally alter your brain structure and function.

    Researchers from the University of British Columbia recently pooled data from more than 20 studies to understand how practicing mindfulness affects the brain. More about that published in HBR here.

    Through mindfulness practice the research found increases in brain activity
  4. Mindful of Mental Health

    Itís Mental health awareness week and the theme is Act, Belong, Commit. There is now evidence that conditions like depression and anxiety are prevalent in our society and often people experiencing it can feel isolated and alone, even when they are not. The purpose of this campaign is to get people talking and sharing and provide information about wellbeing and support. New evidence in psychology research shows connection is the key.

    I personally have been affected by mental illness, I lost my mother to mental ill health in 1999 after a long battle and ironically doing her masters research on the topic that broke
  5. Mindful over Matter Melbourne

    Mindful over Matter Melbourne workshop happened last Saturday and a lovely group of people gathered with me to participate in a coaching workshop on Mindfulness. We explored the meaning of mindfulness, looked at the ways we think and process information and how we approach life in very different modes. The participants all connected with the content and found valuable learning points and insights during the workshop.

    One of the exercises involved mindfulness awareness of sensory perception and during the 20 minute meditation experience we travelled through each bodily sense to switch one off and focus on the next, this exercise is both empowering and enlightening when you begin to have awareness around how focus can expand your
  6. Self Coaching Sunday

    Self Coaching Sunday is a blog about a few easy tools you can do for yourself at home or work.

    In between coaching sessions I encourage clients to use tools that supports the coaching process, and provide ongoing opportunities for development, reflection and clarity.

    Three of these tools are called art journalling, vision boards and a thought diary, they are fun, creative and really useful in providing insight to your thoughts, behaviours and ideas.

    1. Art Journal: A scrap book for creative expression, sometimes words canít capture a feeling or thought so having a visual diary is
  7. Sunday Sleep Ins

    Sunday Sleep Ins are a luxury in urban life!

    Why? I often hear people are sleep deprived and the usual reason ĎI have too much on my mind.í

    Once you get inside your bed, warm, cosy and comfortable if you tune into the present moment it should be a place where you feel like SLEEPING not thinking! But as we know brains are extremely persistent muscles that insist on chattering away sometimes well into the night. Here is the good news with a few bedtime habits you will be sleeping the whole night through in no time.

    • Switch off all electronics at least 20 minutes before sleep to allow the end of distractions. Donít check them, if youíre feeling compelled to check your phone overnight and it is distributing
  8. Overcoming self doubt

    Overcoming self doubt, the title of todays blog was inspired by my clients, everyone who comes to coaching or in any position of success has to rise above their own fears. It is untrue to think that people who have made it doing a job they love have perfect confidence and free of self doubt. Doing what you love in life means removing the control of fear not itís existence. Like an equation, love Ė fear= purpose. Everyone at some point has to face their demons, their negative self talk and doubts. And good news is you donít have to do it alone. Thatís why I am here!

    Where does self doubt come from? Often it will ...
  9. Keep the Body in Mind

    Do you ever feel like your brain is trying to control you? Have you ever noticed sometimes you have absolutely no control over you brain?

    Its true, we donít. The mind will rattle off chatter continuously until the day you die and some of the content is just universal human condition, some of the noise you wonít even identify with, some you pick up during your day and quite often other voices can become yours if you donít pay attention. How many time have you hear a winger talk negatively and before long you have that voice in your hear repeating the same crap over and over and taking you
  10. 7 Steps to Wellness

    7 steps to wellness grew from wanting to share some of the daily habits I believe contribute to overall health and wellness and help those struggling to find the tools to make lasting improvement to their lives. The steps seem very simple but these habits lead to results in wellbeing, happiness and health, when you foster self love you can create a well spring for yourself and inspire others.

    We make life complex and complicated but true wellness in life is simple and effective. Itís the less is more approach, a minimalist way to turn around all the negativity and un-useful behaviours from life so that your body, mind and emotions are performing at their peak and life is flourishing inside you and around you. Doing this for you
  11. Binaural Beats

    Binaural beats are the subtle frequency embedded in the Citizen Beats soundtracks launching in the Melbourne Coach Shop this week! Developed by brainwave entrainment expert Craig Tice the Citizen beats soundtracks are some of his earliest and best collections of binaural beats!

    The Citizen Beats soundtrack is developed to help you with mindfulness training, using headphones to play the specially designed MP3 music and some breathing practice you will experience a meditative flow easier. It is great for concentration, focus, meditation or just being more mindful of the activity you are involved with. Chose from a variety
  12. Mindful over Matter Workshop

    Mindful over Matter Workshops

    Mindful over Matter workshop is an interactive opportunity introducing mindfulness concept and practice to participants. It teaches the fundamental principles of mindfulness and gives a chance to practice mindfulness in both stillness and through movement in a safe and constructive environment. There will be feedback opportunities and a self-directed strategy to form a plan for future mindfulness practice.

    At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

    • Identify how to be mindful through two approaches
    • Practice mindfulness while
  13. Metafit + Mindfulness @ 2XU Hampton

    Metafit + Mindfulness @ 2XU Hampton, 8am Saturday the retail store floor transformed to a workout studio for Metafit + Mindfulness a new mind/body fitness concept delivered by Blue Sky Fitness and Melbourne Coach in their high performance 2XU compression gear.

    Local ladies, men, children and even a bubba filled the space ready train. Mats laid down, stretches, then boom the music started and trainer Niki got the pace started easing everyone into the workout.

    Metafit is a faced paced workout designed to ramp up metabolism and engage the whole body in a workout that burns fat, works big muscle groups
  14. Melbourne Coach TV Launch

    Melbourne Coach TV Launch has finally happened!

    Lights Camera Action!

    This is going to be an exciting way to connect, share the fun and fabulous work I have been doing and some of the events, brands and amazing people I am involved with! Sharing the best of Melbourne Wellness, Business and Lifestyle scene coming to you live on location!

    We’ll have some tips, tricks, tools and laughs to brighten your day and give you some of the Aussie cheer, you’ll be bouncing like a kangaroo in no time! Sorry I will try not to crack silly jokes!

    Melbourne Coach TV is going to interview amazing people and brands and share the best wellness, business and lifestyle practices in Australia with the
  15. Team City Zen

    Thanks for checking this out, want to join me in magical moments & be part of a virtual meditation Ďteam City ZenĎ for the month of May? We team up daily for 10 mins meditation, creativity, chaos and everything that life throws at us and share it digitally in a conversation, photography and networking! I saw this Global Mindfulness project and instantly thought I must get involved. A Psychiatrist, Coach and world do gooder has created a massive international project called ďMindfullness in MayĒ and its just gone viral! Best part is itís raising money for clean water for undeveloped nations.

    So I went to the site, did some research and created my own team. The 10 minute a day global mindfulness meditation challenge brings clean ...