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- NIKKI ROWE

  • 4 Feb 2021 9:25 PM | Lesley Samms (Administrator)

    A very easy tool to help you manage stress and anxiety during these difficult times: APPLE

    ACKNOWLEDGE Notice and acknowledge the uncertainty as it comes to mind.

    PAUSE - Don't react as you normally do.  Don't react at all.  Just pause, and breathe.

    PULL BACK - Tell yourself this is just the anxiety or depression talking, and this thought or feeling is only a thought or feeling.  

    Don't believe everything you think!  

    Thoughts are not statements of fact.

    LET GO - Let go of the thought or feeling. IT WILL PASS -  You don't have to react or respond to them.  You might imagine them floating away in a bubble or on a cloud.

    EXPLORE - Explore the present moment, because right now, in this moment, all is well.  Notice your breathing, and the sensations of breathing.  Notice the ground beneath you.  

    Look around and NOTICE what you NOTICE - what you can see, what you can hear, what you can touch, what you can smell - right NOW.

    Then, SHIFT YOUR FOCUS OF ATTENTION to something else - on what you need to do, on what you were doing before you noticed the worry, or do something else mindfully with your full attention.

    If you are feeling overwhelmed and anxious, struggling to focus or simply feel stuck, and would like some support, please email me atlesleysamms@gmail.com 

    Lesley Samms MSc ANLP

    Professional development, mentoring, coaching, NLP


  • 4 Feb 2021 9:20 PM | Lesley Samms (Administrator)

    We have between 70,000 and 100,000 individual thoughts every day and they are constantly trying to help us interpret and make sense of the world around us; describing what is happening – the sights, sounds, smells, feelings….

    Without even consciously realising it, we are interpreting and giving our own meanings to everything that is happening around us. We might decide if something is pleasant or nasty, good or bad, dangerous, safe or unsafe…

    These thoughts are simply electro-chemical impulses in our brain.  

    Thoughts are NOT statements of fact.

    In the words of Srikumar “Our mental chatter is fake news!”

    Epictetus, in the first century, said:  "Men are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them".  

    It is not the event which causes the emotion - and our behavioural reaction to it. It is the meaning we give to that event - or what we THINK ABOUT that event.

    As a consequence of our previous individual and unique experiences; our upbringing, our culture, religious beliefs and family values, we all make very different interpretations and evaluations of situations. These interpretations and meanings result in the physical and emotional feelings.

    ·     Something happens or we notice something, which triggers a thought. 

    Automatic thoughts

    • Can be words, an image, a memory, a physical sensation, an imagined sound, or based on our intuition or a sense of just knowing
    • Believable.  We tend to automatically believe our thoughts, usually not stopping to question their validity. For example, we've all seen the posts on social media recently of people judging others behaviour - like the nurse who doesn't wear her uniform to drive to work - and has a note left on her car windshield lambasting her for going out and endangering the NHS!  Thoughts are not necessarily true, accurate or helpful. Ask: Is this fact or opinion?
         Never ASSUME! Because assumption makes an ASS out of U and ME:  ASS|U|ME
    • Are automatic. They just happen, popping into your head and you often won`t even notice them.
    • Our thoughts are ours.  They can be quite specific to us, perhaps because of our present or past experience, knowledge, values and culture, or just for no good reason at all. Some thoughts are so out of keeping with all those things, and that can make them seem all the more distressing, because we add some meaning about why we had them (I must be a bad person!)
    • Habitual and persistent.  Our thoughts seem to repeat over and over, and the more they repeat, the more believable they seem, then they set off a whole chain of new related thoughts that lead us to feel worse and worse. They can follow themes, for short periods, or very often, throughout years and decades.

    Use the STOPP technique to help you learn to notice, question and decide how to react to your own thoughts consciously:

    STOPP !  

    Just pause for a moment

    TAKE A BREATH  

    Notice your breathing as you breathe in and out. 

    In through the nose and out through the mouth. Make the out breath longer than the in breath. Breath deeply, from your abdomen.

    OBSERVE

    • What thoughts are going through your mind right now? 
    • Where is your focus of attention?
    • What are you reacting to? 
    • What sensations do you notice in your body?

    PULL BACK - PUT IN SOME PERSPECTIVE

    • DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK!
    • What's the bigger picture? 
    • Take the helicopter or strategic view
    • What is another way of looking at this situation?  Reframe
    • What advice would you give a friend? 
    • What would a trusted friend say to you right now? 
    • Is this thought a fact or opinion
    • What is a more reasonable explanation? 
    • How important is this?  
    • How important will it be in 6 months time? 
    • It will pass

    PRACTISE WHAT WORKS FOR YOU - ASK YOURSELF - PROCEED

    • What is the best thing to do right now? 
    • What is the most helpful thing for me, for others, for the situation? 
    • What can I do that fits with my values?
    • Where can I focus my attention right now? 
    • What will be most effective and/or appropriate.

    Pure Founder Lesley Samms MSc ANLP provides one to one professional development, mentoring, coaching and NLP. 

    If you would like to book a free discovery call please email her at lesleysamms@gmail.com 

  • 4 Feb 2021 9:07 PM | Lesley Samms (Administrator)

    Apart from being the slogan adopted by IKEA, 'The Wonderful Everyday' suggests the ideal of living our best and most wonderful lives everyday. 

    Living our best life has to be one of the most over used phrases in what we knew as normal before Covid-19, but what does it actually mean and how does its intention makes us feel?

    For some it will mean celebrating the small things and the simple pleasures of everyday life, to appreciate the ordinary, and that was Ikea’s original intention; a celebration of how the little things are the big things.

    For some however the phrase “living your best life” has turned life into a competition of being the best or better, and nurtured a belief in many that resources and time are finite and will run out – they will only be available to those who are perfect or better, those who work really hard and strive continually.

    It places perfection as the pinnacle of human endeavour of purpose and meaning…

    And by so doing it loses sight or the everyday of the ordinary of what true purpose actually is and is not.

    I think Cathy Mckinnon’s analogy of the Apple summed this up perfectly.

    http://ohcomely.co.uk/stories/2020/5/16/daily-doses-nbspa-is-for-apple-dbly9-byzya-jmzan-kr733-7k2tw-h6dpr-rej2b-rbg36-9wm3e

    As lockdown begins to ease, now is a perfect time to reflect on our true purpose, to consider what our normal will look like, taking forward with us the truth that there is enough for everyone, we are not in competition with anyone and that we will have as much time as we need to be, do and have whatever we desire.

    If you would like to review and reflect in a supported environment why not join our Foundation Programme 

    So relax, practice kindness and generosity. Leave space to watch the magic happen. We have choices, we can align with our true selves and let things fall in to place naturally or we can push hard and exhaust ourselves, and in so doing miss the beauty of everyday.

    We miss the awe in the ordinary

    Focus on the now – the present moment – leave the past in the past and accept the future is working itself out – it doesn't need your attention right now.

    Give your attention to the right now – this present moment – the one you are living today.

    Value being present in your own one real life
    • Notice what you notice
    • What can you hear
    • What can you see
    • What can you feel

    Be aware of the self talk – of all that which has gone before that wants to make its presence still felt – acknowledge it – thank it kindly – and then move on, don’t carry it with you into the future if it doesn't serve you well.

    As Nadine Searle said, be more dog! Accept your own truth. Keep things simple and honour your true self – what do you want today? What will make you wag your tail with delight?

    Cathy Mckinnon spoke about Byron Katie and you can learn more about her and her teachings here - https://thework.com/

    The school of work questions are:

    1.     Is it true? (Yes or no. If no, move to question 3.)
    2.     Can you absolutely know that it’s true? (Yes or no.)
    3.     How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
    4.     Who or what would you be without the thought?

    Other useful questions to ask yourself in order to stay balanced, calm and present:

    What business are you in? 1.     Your business
    2.     Others business
    3.     Good business

    What meaning are you overlaying onto this situation?

    To contact Cathy visit – https://www.coachwithcathy.com/book-a-session-new

    Cathy trained at the Martha Beck Institute - https://marthabeck.com/

    Oh Magazine - http://ohcomely.co.uk/

    Connecting to nature is a very good way of calming a busy mind and learning the power of being in the present moment.

    Read this article for tips and hints on connecting with nature –

    https://www.forestryengland.uk/blog/how-bring-the-wellbeing-benefits-forests-your-home?utm_campaign=national_newsletter_280520&utm_medium=email&utm_source=national_newsletter

    One artwork that celebrates the ordinary is Rachel Whiteread’s concrete house

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVueGlKQTE8

    Lesley Samms MSc ANLP

    If you would like to contact Lesley – email lesleysamms@gmail.com


  • 4 Feb 2021 6:17 PM | Lesley Samms (Administrator)

    We know creativity has huge benefits for our well being, and has the power to increase our happiness, so here are some things you can watch and listen too that will help lift your spirits, inspire and motivate:

    Our Favourite Video Channels

    PURE Talks Season 2

    PURE Art 360 Throwbacks

    WING TV

    Tedx Talks

    Daily Calm

    Our Planet

    Our Favourite Podcasts

    The Curator’s Salon Podcast

    Artfully Podcast

    PURE Talks Podcast

    Art Curious Podcast

    Talk Art

    TED Talks Daily


  • 4 Feb 2021 5:13 PM | Lesley Samms (Administrator)

    Research shows that reading improves brain connectivity, empowers us to empathise with other people, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and heart rate and fights symptoms of depression.

    Reading is the perfect antidote to the 21st Century !

    Here are some reading suggestions for you

    Blogs:

    PURE BLOG

    Our PURE Blog is full of posts about business, wellness and art history. It also includes Interviews with some very interesting people and the ART360 magazine, full of inspirational art to view and buy.

    hthttps://www.pureartsgroup.co.uk/read

    THE JEALOUS CURATOR

    "Yes, I was jealous of other artists’ work, their lives, their success, their studios. I felt like I’d never have any of that – and I was right – because I wasn’t making art! I was stuck, and so busy comparing myself to everyone else that I didn’t even allow myself to be creative. It was awful. I started the blog to document the work I loved, but more importantly, I wanted to find a way to flip the jealousy into something positive – admiration and inspiration to be specific. It worked!"

    https://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/about/

    CASS ART BLOG

    A blog from art supplier CASS ART, including techniques, opportunities, materials, interviews and features. Excellent for artist motivation!

    https://www.cassart.co.uk/blog

    RISE ART BLOG

    We have loved viewing the Q&As, the News, brand new releases and more on this eclectic arts blog over at Rise Art. 

    https://www.riseart.com/article

    Books:

    What's the Story

    Rewire – change your Brain by Richard O’Connor PhD

    Small Habits Revolution

    Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

    Mindset by Dr Carol S. Dwek

    Breakfast at Sotheby's 

    A poor collectors guide to buying great art by Erling Kagge

    Let us know which is your favourite blog to peruse or book to read!

    We'd love to hear your suggestions.




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