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  • feedwordpress 12:50:00 on 2020/09/22 Permalink
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    Lockdown, Loneliness, and 3 Buddhist Practices 


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    I studied world religions in college, but I found Buddhism when I needed it most – in 1999 when my world imploded with a layoff and divorce.

    Every week at the Zen Buddhist Temple in Chicago, I would sit in the darkened room with a few other struggling souls meditating in silence or chanting to the beat of a deep drum with tears nobody could see streaming down my face.

    This room and these practices were a balm for my ravaged soul.

    Our teacher jokingly said few people come to Buddhism when things are going well.

    Flash forward 20 years and the upside-down world that is our life during this pandemic.

    Lockdown and loneliness

    There was a meme on Facebook that amused me, saying you know how isolated you’ve been when a pandemic doesn’t really change your life. I have always worked with clients virtually, so my business and daily work life didn’t change much.

    However, my ability to get in-person human contact disappeared, and I started to feel untethered and achingly alone.

    No tango classes and no live music in my favorite restaurants.

    No friends coming over for dinner.

    No face-to-face human contact at all, except on Zoom.

    I started to feel myself dipping into despair.

    I had to pull up and reorient before I lost myself, so I recommitted to some Buddhist practices as my safety net.

    Buddhist Practice 1: Letting go

    Anxious thoughts triggered by uncertainty and amped up by social media were affecting my productivity and ability to fall asleep. I started meditating even more than usual, and added in the Letting Go – guided sound meditation by Davin Youngs.

    Davin’s rich voice and layered vocal soundscape inspired me to let go of my obsessive thoughts that seemed to be on spin cycle.

    I experienced glimpses of peace, which I could then carry over to my daily life.

    Buddhist Practice 2: Compassion

    In the middle of the bleakest part of lockdown, I also had to come to terms with the fact that the person I wanted to be with didn’t want to be with me. As I started letting go of the anxious thoughts, the sorrowful thoughts bubbled up.

    The nihilism of Buddhism and its core belief that life is suffering is somehow calming when you ARE suffering. Go figure.

    I think it helps you feel like you aren’t broken or cursed.

    Suffering is just a part of life, and we need to work with the bad and the good, the bitter and the sweet.

    In an effort to start healing my heart before it completely broke, I once again turned to a guided meditation. I pictured this person wishing my pain and suffering to ease, and I wished that for them. And then I turned my compassion to myself and forgave myself for being in this situation yet again.

    I can’t recommend This is Compassion – guided meditation by Davin Youngs highly enough. It always makes me tear up in the best possible way.

    Buddhist Practice 3: Just like me

    This is a practice I only recently learned about – and it might be the critical practice for this election season.

    Families and friends who find themselves on different sides of the aisle might want to try this as they think the other person has clearly taken leave of their senses, or misplaced their moral compass.

    Basically, it walks you through multiple life situations and you acknowledge that person has probably experienced these things, too. This diffuses some of the tension you feel internally because this person, in many ways, is just like you. Here’s an example of the “Just Like Me” Compassion Practice.

    So, if you’re struggling right now, please consider trying one or all of these practices.

    I don’t know how I would be able to get through this current uncertainty without them.

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  • feedwordpress 15:35:30 on 2020/09/21 Permalink
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    Best Executive Career Transition Coaching Provider – North America 2020 


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    Drum roll, please! My company, Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., has been awarded Best Executive Career Transition Coaching Provider – North America, as part of Corporate Coaching and Recruitment Awards 2020 by Corporate Vision.

    From my inbox this morning:
    “I am getting in touch as I wanted to inform you that Corporate Vision has finalised the results of the 2020 Corporate Coaching and Recruitment Awards 2020.

    On behalf of Corporate Vision, it is my privilege to inform you that Point A to Point B Transitions Inc. has been presented the following:

    Best Executive Career Transition Coaching Provider – North America

    This respected award symbolises the hard work and outstanding effort of all nominees who have helped form this demanding and dynamic industry, from there our all-inclusive selection and judging process narrows down these nominees in order to find the best market leaders over the past year.

    I am honored and thrilled to receive this award after 10 years of service.

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  • feedwordpress 17:37:04 on 2020/09/14 Permalink
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    Between Us: Go Big and Bold 


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  • feedwordpress 17:37:04 on 2020/09/14 Permalink
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    Between Us: Go Big and Bold 


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  • feedwordpress 16:17:58 on 2020/09/08 Permalink
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    You Hit Pause, Now Press Play 


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  • feedwordpress 19:48:00 on 2020/09/03 Permalink
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    Between Us: Should You Let Yourself Off the Hook – Or Not? 


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  • feedwordpress 19:48:00 on 2020/09/03 Permalink
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    Between Us: Should You Let Yourself Off the Hook – Or Not? 


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  • feedwordpress 19:50:00 on 2020/08/26 Permalink
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    Chicken Little Is Right 


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    Who remembers the story about Chicken Little running around yelling, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”

    My thought this morning is Chicken Little is right. The sky IS falling for many of us.

    Maybe you were laid off and are struggling financially, wondering how long it will take you to get back to work.

    Maybe you’ve watched your business that took you 10 years to build go under in months or weeks. Hitting rock bottom doesn’t hurt as much the third or fourth time….

    The image I have is of a crash pad at the end of the balance beam for gymnasts. Gymnasts take incredible leaps and fly through the air, falling quickly – but the crash pad softens the landing. One of the things I do best is help clients soften the fall and stick the landing so they can move forward somehow.

    I coached a client – and his wife – into great jobs just weeks before they would have lost everything.

    I worked closely with a client while she was losing her house and losing her mind.

    I have been the person on speed dial for a client helping a parent through the last stages of life, and while the family later blew apart arguing over settling the estate.

    These professionals also needed to get back to work or rebuild their business. They needed someone who could help them strategize and prioritize all aspects of their lives.

    This is where I can help the most – softening the final fall and re-launching a professional after a crushing blow. This is truly the work I am here to do.

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  • feedwordpress 19:50:00 on 2020/08/26 Permalink
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    Chicken Little Is Right 


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    Photo by Sven Hornburg on Unsplash

    Who remembers the story about Chicken Little running around yelling, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”

    My thought this morning is Chicken Little is right. The sky IS falling for many of us.

    Maybe you were laid off and are struggling financially, wondering how long it will take you to get back to work.

    Maybe you’ve watched your business that took you 10 years to build go under in months or weeks. Hitting rock bottom doesn’t hurt as much the third or fourth time….

    The image I have is of a crash pad at the end of the balance beam for gymnasts. Gymnasts take incredible leaps and fly through the air, falling quickly – but the crash pad softens the landing. One of the things I do best is help clients soften the fall and stick the landing so they can move forward somehow.

    I coached a client – and his wife – into great jobs just weeks before they would have lost everything.

    I worked closely with a client while she was losing her house and losing her mind.

    I have been the person on speed dial for a client helping a parent through the last stages of life, and while the family later blew apart arguing over settling the estate.

    These professionals also needed to get back to work or rebuild their business. They needed someone who could help them strategize and prioritize all aspects of their lives.

    This is where I can help the most – softening the final fall and re-launching a professional after a crushing blow. This is truly the work I am here to do.

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  • feedwordpress 20:08:00 on 2020/08/19 Permalink
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    Between Us: Who Are You Not To? 


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    Many of us are reorienting or reinventing ourselves right now. If you’re charting a new path or trying something new, you will bump up against feeling like a fraud. Here’s how you can get around this block.

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