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So, something funny happened last week. Not funny ha-ha, like the semi snow storm that descended upon Geneva on April’s fools day.
Now, you may remember that a few weeks ago I wrote about ‘why I want a flexible brain,’ back in January. After a lecture with Dr Jonathan Kaplan, presenting the benefits of ACT (or acceptance and commitment therapy, a tool I use in coaching), I had a big a-ha moment. In mere minutes, I went from stuck, to unstuck. There was a big fear behind the stuckness (which I didn’t ask myself too many questions about).
As luck would have it, the same day that Dr Kaplan responded to my email (to be a guest on Out of the Clouds), that thing I was afraid of, well it happened!
My ego wanted to make things different, or erase this whole thing (my inner version of ‘cancel culture’). I let myself be tempted for a minute or so. But this other part of me, more spacious and spiritual, was reminded (both by writing and listening to by Susan Cain, more on her below) that sometimes, we need not do anything but be with what is, and reflect on the nature of our longing. And if you wonder why that's helpful, well, read on below.
I’m not offering this as a coach and business consultant. Instead, as I heard it from someone very smart not long ago, I’m sharing as a fellow traveller, on the path, like you and everyone else.
Thanks as always for reading me, I hope you enjoy (without the audio this week, as I’m travelling). Drop me a line to let me know whether this echoed with you.