Still the waters…

by | Oct 13, 2014 | Emotional Intelligence, Relationships (Self and Others)

The past two weeks we have spent time together learning about the way we filter our reality and how our perceptions are formed by deleting, generalising and distorting. So, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the sages through the ages all say that the path to liberation is found by entering the stillness within. We need stillness to calm the waters of life and allow us to ‘look in a mirror’ that is as undistorted as humanly possible. To experience that stillness, we need to be willing to regularly stop the activity for a while. This isn’t always easy but it is always possible. Let’s take Key Steps this week to…

Still the Waters

1.Prioritise. How do we do this in a busy life? Perhaps it means giving up a TV program, spending less time on-line or using a coffee break to grab a few moments of solitude. Perhaps we have to ask our partner, relative or neighbour to give us 30 minutes of time away from the kids, or daily routine. If you really want something, you can make it happen.

2.Learn to push the pause button. Step by step, progressively learn basic meditation methods to relax, concentrate, focus, reflect, contemplate and enlighten yourself.

Start focusing on your breathing. Take deep rhythmic breaths to completely fill your lungs as this is known to reduce cortisol and lower feelings of anxiety and stress. In essence, you’ll feel like you’ve paused or slowed down without actually changing your pace.

Also remember to make and keep appointments with yourself (for “me time”) like you would with an important client or family member. Taking time to pause and reflect is one of the sure ways to inner peace and authentic happiness and will enable you to…

“be the difference that makes the difference




NOTE: The information in my blog may be freely shared and re-used in any online or offline publication, provided it is accompanied by the following credit line: This was written by Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, and originally appeared in her free bi-weekly  ‘Key Steps Food for Thought Blog’ available on the Key Steps website.

Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’

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