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I realize I am supposed to be posting on Dianne Kipp’s Blog regularly. I apologize!   I’ve been absent from this page for a while….busy with Life, and happily so.  🙂  2014 has brought a new focus for Dianne Kipp’s blog page starting in February, but just now getting into print. Keep in touch by reading this blog, adding your comments, and sending me any questions you may have.   Thanks so much! And I look forward to hearing from you soon.  Coach Dianne

 

Balancing Life's Energies

Balancing Life’s Energies

 

 

 

Thanksgiving 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! I have so much to be grateful for….and here is my message for all of us: May we remember to be kinder. May we remember to be gentler. May we teach our children to listen with their hearts, And by so teaching, may we listen for our own heart’s song. May we smile more, breathe more deeply, walk slower, and help sooner. On matters of principle, may we stand in the water like a rock, And in matters of love, may we follow the stream like a petal. May we not waste a minute, but never hurry. May we not be distracted, but always open. May our lives be uncluttered, but filled with memories.   —From Accidental Spirituality, by George Kaufman

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Reader’s Guide: Pema Chödrön Quotes

Reader's Guide: Pema Chödrön Quotes

October 11, 2017 Drive All Blames into One This is advice on how to work with your fellow beings. Everyone is looking for someone to blame and therefore aggression and neurosis keep expanding. Instead, pause and look at what’s happening with you. When you hold on so tightly to your view of what they did, you get hooked. Your own self-righteousness causes you to get all worked up and to suffer. So work on cooling that reactivity rather than escalating it. This approach reduces suffering—yours and everyone else’s. Excerpted from: The Compassion Book: Teachings for Awakening the Heart by Pema Chödrön

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Ego

Ego

Ego. Not an easy term or topic to define. There are many explanations, dating back to Freud’s first theories of the id, ego and super ego. I’ll share here an example from Google: “Your ego is your conscious mind, the part of your identity that you consider your “self.” If you say someone has “a big ego,” then you are saying he is too full of himself.” I differ with the idea of ego being conscious mind, as our conscious mind is only approximately 10% of our brain’s processing power, while our unconscious mind is the other 90%, giving ego most control over our reactions and behaviors, with little conscious choice in time of need! Define ego: the opinion that you have about yourself? Ego in a sentence. What is ego: your idea or opinion of yourself, especially your feeling of your own importance … The following is the most comprehensive definition I was able to find in my Google search and can be found as noted below: “The ego is an identity of our own construction, an identity which is false. If we take all the beliefs of what we are? beliefs about our personality, talents, and abilities? we […]

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Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

We now enter the holiday season….amidst the travesties of terrorism, the fear, which is gripping every national security agency, raising our sense of danger…certainly things are not improving in the “free world”. Fear is contagious, like all emotions. Fear is often not based completely in fact or actual evidence which may mean its necessity could be escalating without our permission. Fear can be decreased by what we focus on…where we place the focus and attention of our conscious mind. Let us turn our attention to all that is good, all that is peaceful, and all that is happy in our lives. Giving thanks for all we have, sharing our feelings of love and caring for those around us…openly, so there is no room for doubt or lack of evidence, because we intentionally share our love, concern, and caring for others most dear in our lives. ~ ~ ~ I offer My Thanksgiving Prayer for all human beings, with Hope it is true for us all. May we be peaceful May we be thankful May we be happy in our hearts ~ ~ ~ Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Season!  

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Mindfulness and Physical Injury

Mindfulness and Physical Injury

How Mindfulness can support recovery from Physical Injury After years of running, long distance biking, tri’s and golf I sustained a serious physical injury: herniation of two lumbar discs, L4 and L5. Suddenly taken off the road and onto the couch I found great solace in the 8 months of mindfulness practice I have been doing, of daily Buddhist meditation. What could have been a catastrophic event mentally became profound life lessons brought by the awareness experienced during mindfulness classes and daily practice. Lesson One: Acceptance. The injury is real, a structural defect that cannot be wished, prayed, or therapied away. I discovered I could see this differently. I could accept it for what it is. It is ok and I will be fine, life will go on and I will still be happy. Lesson Two: Impermanence.  Nothing is forever. No matter how I try to prevent illness this body will age and some day it will die. The same is true for everyone and everything around me. Why not enjoy every moment while it is available? Lesson Three: Compassion for self: “Maitri”, self-love. I was able to be kinder to myself and to my body. Awareness allows me to tune […]

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Buddhist practices can enhance our Lives

Buddhist practices can enhance our Lives

What can we learn from Buddhism? Can Buddhist practices enhance our every day lives? Curious About Buddhism? Ever wonder about Buddhism and what it has to offer to enhance our lives in current times?  I have wondered about it for years and never really investigated it seriously, until this year.  It occurred to me that I have been reading Buddhist’s books for years and loving every word of such authors as Pema Chodron, Chogyam Trunkpa, Dali Lama, etc. And now after participating in Buddhist practices of meditation and study for just 6 months, I have experienced how Buddhism can enhance our lives. In January we were doing a great deal of packing and moving from one unit to another, and I realized I was not being as “kind” as I expect myself to be. It felt necessary to return to my “coach training roots” to reconnect with my most important “values, integrities, and beliefs”. Where did I find these roots? The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, When Things Fall Apart, Comfortable with Uncertainty and Shambhala Sun magazine. All publications I was introduced to during my coach’s training at Academy for Coaching Excellence, 10 years ago! As I stepped back […]

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Thanksgiving – How do you Give Thanks?

Thanksgiving - How do you Give Thanks?

Thanksgiving All of us celebrate Thanksgiving exercising our family traditions, and hopefully we begin with a look inward to take stock of all there is to be “grateful” for in our lives. During this time of the year we are often so busy with preparing for the holidays, we often forget to ‘thank’ those who bring us joy, comfort, love, and companionship…we may take them for granted without consciously deciding to “take stock” and then extend our love, thanks and gratitude to those who deserve our appreciation. Let our hearts be filled with compassion for those of lesser means, our minds be focused on how very much we do have to be thankful for, our lips speak our words of thanks, and our prayers filled with hope and blessings for all sentient beings to enjoy this Season of Gratitude.

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