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A One Minute Meditation

We are all rushing about so much and have so any calls on our attention that it can be almost overwhelming.  There is lots of advice about mindfulness and meditation for calming the mind, but what if you feel you don’t have the time to either learn these techniques or to put them into action afterwards?

In 2011, I attended the Association of Coaching’s annual conference where we were taught a fabulous technique by mindfulness trainer,Michael Chaskalson.  It is not only effective, but better yet, it takes very little time to learn and only 1 minute to do at times of stress, overwhelm, panic or when you want to bring your mind back to calm.

A Lesson from Mike Smith

Photo of Mike Smith on Catching Fireworks blog

I was very sad to read of the death of Mike Smith last weekend.  I am of the age to remember waking up to and enjoying his breakfast show and also watching him on Top of the Pops.  In later years, I had also been aware and admiring of how he had reinvented himself with his companyFlyingTV, shooting stunning aerial footage from helicopters.

Reading the warm obituaries this week, there was one quote from him which jumped out at me:

"I got to 45 and some of the shows I was being offered as a presenter I didn't want to do," he said.


Xmas blog on Catching Fireworks website

Yep - when I put together an A to Z of coaching blog topics for the year, I didn’t really think it through!  However, when you least expect it, something turns up which makes it all work.  Instead of having to rack my brains for a blog on xylophones, x-ray or xenophobia, I had a conversation with a freelance colleague just yesterday about Xmas* and the lessons we can learn from it.

As a freelancer, with a freelancer husband, she was talking about the dilemma of having to work for some of the time during the Xmas/New Year period, whilst also wanting to give their young children a great Xmas break.


Thinking, a blog by Deborah Henry-Pollard of Catching Fireworks


We do it all the time.  That little voice is always chattering on in our heads: remember to buy milk; I need to phone that person back; I haven’t checked my Facebook for 20 minutes; I must get this done by the end of the day; yadda, yadda, yadda.

But how often do we give ourselves the chance to think, really think?  Thinking as in giving yourself time to really develop a thought.  I don’t know about you, but when I was working in a corporate environment, I felt I always had to be seen to be working, tapping away at a keyboard, reading articles, on the phone, doing, doing, doing, when what I really needed was to just stare into space and let my mind wander around a topic.


Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.

Peter Drucker

When was the last time you were truly quiet?

Most of us will probably not remember the last time we were 'actively' quiet.  By that, I don't mean the time just before we go to sleep when we are still thinking about the last email we looked at 2 seconds ago on our phone, or worrying about waking up in time for a breakfast meeting tomorrow.

We are in the constant hullabaloo of actual and virtual noise, being pulled by other people's agendas or impossible to complete to do lists.