Are you ready to flourish?

Posted on: 6th October, 2014

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

By Sarah Leather

“My life is too busy”, “I have no idea what I should be doing at this stage of my life” or ‘Why does everything seem so complicated?’ are some of the comments people make when they come for coaching.

And it does seem to be much easier to live a complicated life rather than a simple one. Many women say they crave simplicity. But simplicity is neither easy to achieve or easy to define.

When I talk of simplicity many assume it is just about decluttering our material possessions. And de-cluttering is extremely important on every level (your head, your heart and your home) but more a state of mind or a path to follow for both our internal and external life.

As Leonardo DaVinci said ‘Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication’.

Our lives are pulled in so many directions. Modern life can be complicated and when we overstuff it with our multi-tasking and ‘to-do’ lists often leading us to overeat over drink or disconnect from our world just to try to calm ourselves down.

So why do we struggle with allowing simplicity in our lives instead of the busyness, striving, pushing and overwhelm? The answer lies in believing we are enough just as we are. It really can be that simple.

Here are some tips to bring more simplicity to your life:

1) De-clutter your head. Do a brain dump of everything you are carrying around, all of the tasks you plan to do, all of the events from the past you often think about, the things in the future that you are worrying about and all of the things you think you ‘should’ do. Then cross out all of the things you know you will never actually do. Schedule everything else that you desire to do. Will the things that are left from your past, let them go.

2) Look inside your handbag and purse. How much is essential? Does your purse close and is it ordered? What can you file or throw away?

3) Do a time audit on your week. What can go? Do you really have to do everything you do? Who else can do some of the tasks that you don’t enjoy?

4) When you feel overwhelm slipping in, just bring yourself back to now. Stay in this very moment and breathe. If you are driving, just drive. Turn off the radio, feel your hands on the steering wheel and feel the sensation of sitting. Just be exactly where you are and bring your mind back whenever it starts moving into the future or back to the past.

5) Take five minutes a day to just sit and do nothing. Put the timer on and sit on the couch near a window and just sit and observe. Do it every day, it just might change your life.

Simplicity is the topic of my TEDx Clonakilty talk on October 25 and also the topic of this month’s ‘Flourish’ meetings. For information on coaching or to attend a ‘Flourish’ meeting contact Sarah on 0872332023.

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An evening on the 'Balance of Feeling Good' by Clonakilty Gaa Club Health and Wellbeing Committee followed by Guest Speaker, Cork GAA Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy.

Paddy Duggan, former Principal of Clonakilty Community College, will be MC on the night, facilitating a discussion on getting the balance of feeling good.
Contributors on the night are Colm Sheehy, Conor Murray, David Lowney, Denis Murphy, Eoghan Deasy, Sean McEvoy, Thomas Clancy and Treasa O'Brien.
Topics covered will range from awareness and responsibility to yourself and others to the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
The evening is suitable for everyone aged 16 and over from players, members of the community, parents of young and adolescent children, etc.

This is a public event, free of charge and everyone is invited and very welcome to attend.
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12th April, 2018  ·  

The Cast of Harold Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’ are on their way to the All-Ireland finals, having won 26 awards, including five best of Festivals, at the Amateur Drama League of Ireland annual three act festivals. The play ‘No Man’s Land, by Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize Winning Author is directed by Jennifer Williams.

One last opportunity to view this multi award winning play at Skibbereen Town Hall, on Saturday 14th of April, before the finals.

Having met by chance in a pub, two aging writers continue a long night of drinking and reminiscing in a stately London home. As the night wears on, their conversation wanders through memories long forgotten or invented. Is their encounter real or a delusion? Are they strangers or do they share a past history? When unexpected guests intrude upon an increasingly surreal evening, the atmosphere quickly changes from friendly to threatening, and the encounter becomes a game of survival.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by emailing schulldramagroup@gmail.com

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