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Monday, 5 March 2018

Happy Music

Here is some happy music just to brighten your day

Buy the music here : iTunes : Bandcamp : Amazon mp3 : Listen to this music on Spotify: Spotify : *** Tracklist : 0:00– Coral Reef 3:07– Tidal Pool 6:08 – Paradise Lagoon 9:29 – Tropical Tides Golf 12:11 – Caribbean Dream 16:11 – Palm Tree Beach 19:49 – Tropical Island 22:51 – Caribbean Sea 26:27 – Exotic Isles 29:24 – Island of Jamaica 32:14 – Trinidad and Tobago 35:31 – Fun in the Sun 38:45 – Summer Vacation 42:11 – Coast of Mexico 45:44 – Jellyfish Bay 49:13 – Ocean Pool 52:17 – Blue Surf 55:32 – Coconut Lounge 58:49 – Hawaiian Breezes 1:02:07 – Sunset in Hawaii 1:06:03 – Ukulele Dance

Sunday, 4 March 2018

A quiet walk

A quiet walk through the Quinalt Rainforest in Olympic National Park on the Washington coast. This is filmed just before the heavy foliage blossoms in March. The rainforest is one of the most meditative places I visit. The green moss is heavy with moisture from the winter.

From CreationScapes

Posted by Wendy Smith. Wendy is a Career and Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on life and your career.  You can book a FREE coaching session or find out more at this link

Friday, 26 January 2018

Finding tranquillity

Finding tranquillity 

To be tranquil is to be, calm, serene, and, in the moment, worry-free. The word tranquillity appears in lots of religious texts and particularly in Buddhism. In Buddhism the term passaddhi means the tranquillity of the body, thoughts and consciousness that is found on the path to enlightenment. Being tranquil allows you to a take rest from the periods of hard focused attention’so often required in modern life.

Research has shown that one of the best ways to find tranquility is to spend time in a natural environment. There you can allow your imagination to wander and just soak up your surroundings and a different way of being. For me, spending a little time among trees or by the sea helps me realise that life can be lived with a much longer perspective - the troubles of one day mean very little.

The first maps of tranquility were developed by Simon Rendel of ASH Consulting for a Department of Transport study in 1991. In these maps tranquil areas were defined as places sufficiently far from the visual or noise intrusion of development or traffic to be considered unspoilt by urban influences. More sophisticated mapping techniques are now available following work by researchers at Northumbria University, Newcastle University, and CPRE.

The research has shown the following factors are likely to make an area feel tranquil.

  • A natural landscape, including woodland 
  • The presence of rivers, streams, lakes or the sea 
  • Birds and other wildlife 
  • Wide open spaces 
  • The clear open night sky with or without the moon 
  • A beach in a unique location
  • Open fields, flowers etc. speically when accompanied by a gentle breeze. 
So now you know and it is time go out and find your own tranquil place.

I have a Facebook Page dedicated to finding tranquility and the quality of serenity - you will find it at this link - Unofficial Serenity

Wendy Smith is a Life Coach with Career and Business Coaching skills. She helps people have the confidence they need to be successful at work while maintaining a good work/life balance. You can email her at

Friday, 15 December 2017

Music to help you relax - Liszt - Au lac de Wallenstad and Pastorale

The piece below is from Années de pèlerinag; Suisse by Liszt. It is played by Lazar Berman.

Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage)  is a set of three suites for piano. The title Années de pèlerinage refers to Goethe's famous novel of self-realization, Wilhelm Meister's Journeyman Years. The original title for that was Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre which meant Years of Wandering or Years of Pilgrimage. Here are Liszt's words on these suites

"Having recently travelled to many new countries, through different settings and places consecrated by history and poetry; having felt that the phenomena of nature and their attendant sights did not pass before my eyes as pointless images but stirred deep emotions in my soul, and that between us a vague but immediate relationship had established itself, an undefined but real rapport, an inexplicable but undeniable communication, I have tried to portray in music a few of my strongest sensations and most lively impressions."

In her Mémoires, Liszt's mistress and traveling companion of the time, Marie d'Agoult, recalls their time by Lake Wallenstadt, writing, "Franz wrote for me there a melancholy harmony, imitative of the sigh of the waves and the cadence of oars, which I have never been able to hear without weeping."

Enjoy the music

With thanks to YouTube and Wikipedia

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Learning the Art of Stillness

A TED talk from travel writer Pico Iyer on the benefits of reflection, stillness and mindfulness! Time to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It's the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search - you can find all her books on Amazon at this link