Blogs to get you thinking...forget yourself...

"Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”

Henry Miller

SAY WHAATTTT?!?!? I thought coaching was all about looking within, trusting our inner voice, taking small steps to get closer to what we (I) want, and now you're asking us to forget ourselves?!

Well, yes and no.

There is something both addictively brilliant and addictively awful about living primarily in our own heads. You know what I mean by that, right? That constant internal narrative - the noise of life that surrounds you and constantly chit-chats away.

The problem with that noise (oh so many things can happen thanks to that noise) is that it starts to drown out all our attention to the little details. It's the tiny details that turn a life from busy but unremarkable to technicolour and glorious.

Power of MUm 1000tinysteps coach mentor

When we are only listening to that voice, noticing the lovely in every day life becomes nigh on impossible. We don't notice the leaves on our favourite tree turning from green to gold, to ochre, to bruised brown, to a crackling, crunching carpet.

We don't notice that the smell of our hand soap is like crushing lavender in our hands, and reminding us of that long, oh so hot summer.

We don't hear that people are trying to praise us in their own beautifully clumsy ways. That they are noticing all the brilliant and wonderful potential in us, and urging us on to dare greatly, be fiercely brave.

When we live in the moment, taking one tiny step at a time, we see life as it really is - complexly beautiful, as through a piece of refracted coloured glass. When we live in the moment, we release ourselves from worry, from judgement, from fear.

When we notice those beautiful souls and interesting people, we realise the best thing of all: we're one of them.