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Sitting Quietly With Zen

Sitting Quietly With Zen A new version of an older post. Find a quiet place to sit. This can be outside or in.  Take some gentle breaths to calm your mind. Don't look for meaning; just sit, just accept. Remember that from a withered tree, a flower blooms. Simple living is consolation. Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. The tighter you squeeze, the less you have. No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place. Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong. Knock on the sky and listen to the sound. When you try to stay on the surface of the water, you sink; but when you try to sink, you float. Sit, walk, or run, but don't wobble. Live your life. Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself. The Heart Sutra - A musical rendition by Imee Ooi with words in Sanskrit Wendy Mason is a life

Looking for work? Some things to consider!

If you are looking for work, you need to be sure about the kind of job you want. This is key to success. The clearer you are about what you really want; the more chance you have of making a good decision.  Follow the link for ideas to help you make the right choice

Native American Hoop Dance by World Champion, Brian Hammill

The hoop is a important symbol to many Native American tribes and for some the hoop dance is a healing dance.  The hoop can be used to represent many things but essentially the  hoop symbolizes the never-ending circle of life. It is a dance that can amaze and delight you as in Brian Hammill's performance below. Dancers incorporate between one and 30 or more hoops in the dance, which are used to create both static and dynamic shapes, or formations, representing various animals, symbols, and storytelling elements. The solo dancers use their numerous hoops to represent eagles, butterflies, snakes, etc. Hands are used far more than hips; hoops do not swing around bodies but are moved carefully from formation to formation. Native American hoop dancers live throughout North America. A few even live elsewhere. Hoop dancers vary in the way they see their hoops and their dances.  Some might think of hoops as sacred.  Others might see them simply as dancing accessories.  Dancers (

How not to lose your temper!

How not to lose your temper! Do you sometimes feel on the brink of losing your temper? You hold it in and bite your tongue, but it doesn’t make you feel good. The other person wonders what just happened and you certainly don’t perform at your best for a while afterwards. It happens to everyone. We all encounter experiences that test our patience. There are times when you are more likely to lose your temper. You are more likely to feel wound-up when you have too much to do and too little energy with which to do it. Add to a busy agenda, already feeling tired when you woke up in the morning and you are all set for anger. Often, really, we are annoyed with someone else or about something other than the immediate “provocation.” Unfortunately, the person around us at the time is the most accessible target for displaced anger. Sometimes, we have unrealistic expectations of ourselves, the team or our family and friends. What we plan doesn’t take into account the unpredictabilit

How to Get on With The Boss

A helpful little eBook from Wendy Smith I have a new eBook available on Amazon. It is brief but wise. You really will learn how to make a great first and lasting impression at work.  Here is how to help your boss help you. Don't be made unhappy, suffer stress and lose confidence because you cannot get on with the person in charge. Poor relationships at work can damage life at home as well as your career. There may be long-term effects on health and on your motivation. This little eBook by an experienced manager and coach can really help. What it covers; • What it means to get on with the boss • Why it matters • How to know whether you get on with your boss • Getting it right • What your boss really wants • How requirements can change over time • Making a good first impression • Keeping respect once you are established in the role • What to do when things go wrong • Bosses with problems • Demon bosses • Putting things right • Moving on when it is time to go •

Are You a Nervous Networker? Tips to Help.

Are You a Nervous Net-worker? Tips to Help. Are you one of those rare (and very lucky ) people who enjoys networking?   Or d o you arrive at a networking event, look around at the sea of faces, then find yourself overwhelmed by a stream of doubts and uncertainties? Here are some tips to help Negative self talk can tell you that you’re a fraud and everyone else in the room is just great.  There they are, experienced business professionals, at home in this environment.  While you feel like you are just pretending and you don’t really know what you are doing! On top of that you think you are going to forget what to say. You won’t remember anyone else’s name and there is a very good chance you will forget your own! The “sensible” part of you tells you not to be so silly.  But there you are with all these negative thoughts and anxieties in your head.  Well it doesn't have to be like that. These tips will help!  Relax and take a deep breath, then tell your