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Inner peace is at your beck and call

| Aug 24, 2020 | Mental Wellbeing | 0 comments

Inner peace is at your beck and call

Inner peace must be one of the most universally sought after states of being. However, most of us are looking in the wrong place for it.

When I ask people what they want out of this experience we call life, most of the answers include health, happiness and inner peace. Inner peace must be one of the most universally sought after states of being.

However, most of us are looking in the wrong place for it. Lasting inner peace is not something you’ll find once you finish a project, start a relationship, find a job, or solve a problem. The sense of inner peace that we find in things that are external to us is, for the most part, unstable, ephemeral and sporadic.

Lasting, stable and consistent inner peace is found within us. It is our natural state of being. True inner peace is not dependent on circumstances or external situations. This state of being is deeply ingrained in our inner self.

To access this state of calmness and balance, we only need to still our mind. Whether through practising meditation, mindfulness or breath awareness, a calm mind will bring us inner peace in the moment at your beck and call.

Try these practices – they are free and available to you at every waking moment. Don’t look outside for what you already have inside.

As the words of Rumi remind us “I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside.”

Even if nothing changes, if you change, everything changes

| Aug 18, 2020 | Emotional Wellbeing | 0 comments

Even if nothing changes, if you change, everything changes

It’s mesmerising how a subtle shift in how we perceive a given situation can change what we say, do, or feel about something.

 
Reflextion of the week: “Even if nothing changes, if I change, everything changes”
 
Do you remember the last time you were upset at something someone said or did? Can you recall the emotion you felt? Was it anger, frustration, dismay, disappointment, indignation, or something else?
 
Now I invite you to review the same incident, but from the perspective of the other person. What if this person was going through some kind of struggle? What if he/she is going through a very unhappy period in his/her life?
 
Knowing this, would you have reacted differently? Would you feel differently?
 
It’s mesmerising how a subtle shift in how we perceive a given situation can change what we say, do, or feel about something.
 
Try it right now, and let me know what you experience.
 
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Please write them in the comments section below.

Do you like what you do?

| Aug 6, 2020 | Workplace Wellbeing | 0 comments

Do you like what you do?

We are all born to fulfil a purpose, have you found yours?

I’m 100% subscribed to the principle that we are all born to fulfil a purpose. Even if we think that we don’t have a purpose, our purpose in this instance is to find our purpose and then act upon it in order to serve others.  

Some people believe that they have the wrong job when in fact they might just be in the wrong role. Sometimes all it takes is putting yourself forward for a project that takes advantage of your natural strengths.  

When you get to use your strengths (talents+skills+knowledge) at work or almost anything you do, you soon begin to realise that you lose track of time. This is a great indicator that you are doing purposeful work.  

So, what strengths do you believe you have? How can you apply them in your present role?  

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Please write them in the comments section below.

Failure is an option!

| Jul 30, 2020 | Professional Wellbeing | 0 comments

Failure is an option!

The memorable phrase that came from NASA “Failure is not an option” has given people the wrong idea about the positive aspects of failure.

One afternoon, when my daughter was about eight years of age, she came into my studio with a white piece of paper and a word written in bold, big letters across the entire width of the paper. The word was F.A.I.L.

With a cheeky grin on her face, she asked me, “Dad, do you know what FAIL means?” Sensing that she was up to something, I replied, “You tell me.” With conviction and assurance, she stated, “Dad, FAIL means First Attempt In Learning.”

I was suddenly uplifted by her response because I knew deep down that if this belief became hardwired in her, the level of empowerment and sense of security that she will have to take appropriate risks in life would be a major advantage in her development.

Fast-forward four years, and I still have to remind her of her message to me. As a parent, I have realised that I still need to be on guard to keep social conditioning from eroding her positive belief.

I still remind my daughter of the response Thomas Edison gave to someone who criticised him for repeatedly failing during the development of what became the incandescent light-bulb. Edison declared: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Do we really need to be so busy?

| Jul 24, 2020 | Professional Wellbeing | 0 comments

Do we really need to be so busy?

We have more control over our workload than we think we do.

A while back I came to a simple yet powerful realisation: the more I hurried, the less I got done. And to top it all off, the end result was not what I had envisioned in the first place.

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How can you express solidarity?

| Jul 9, 2020 | Mental Wellbeing | 0 comments

How can you express solidarity?

Increase your sense of belonging and fulfilment through acts of solidarity

As I was driving my daughter to school this morning, she asked me “Dad, what does ‘solidarity’ actually mean”. Given the current context, I wasn’t surprised that this word had been lingering in her mind. (more…)

Why I am thankful that my dishwasher broke

| Jun 15, 2020 | Mental Wellbeing | 0 comments

Why I am thankful that my dishwasher broke

The unexpected joy that derived from a trusted broken appliance

This is a strange thing to admit, but I never thought that a broken dishwasher could give me so much. Allow me to explain.

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The emotion and action that will give you instant fulfilment

| Jun 4, 2020 | Mental Wellbeing | 0 comments

The emotion and action that will give you instant fulfilment

How simple acts of gratitude will trigger persistent feelings of pleasure and wellbeing.

Gratitude is not just an emotion or an attitude. Gratitude is an intentional act to recognise the positive aspects of our lives and the things that bring us joy and fulfilment.

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How to get rid of the toxicity of resentment

| May 29, 2020 | Emotional Wellbeing | 0 comments

How to get rid of the toxicity of resentment

An effective way to help you move from resentment to liberation

Are you feeling bitter about having been treated unfairly? Are you still annoyed with someone for what this person said or did? Resentment is one of those difficult or unpleasant feelings which, if left unchecked, could do us more harm than good. As humans, we are emotional beings by nature. Emotions are part of the human dynamic, so if we ever feel resentful, we should not feel guilt or be too hard on ourselves.  

What creates the damage, however, is holding on to resentment. This is an emotion that should have a shorty life cycle; otherwise, the toxic fumes of long-lasting resentment will begin to contaminate our physical, mental and emotional health.  

The most effective way to deal with resentment is forgiveness, the conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of vengeance or resentment toward someone. When you forgive, you are not necessarily forgetting, denying, excusing or condoning the seriousness of the wrongdoing. You are not even obligated to seek reconciliation with the other person.  

By consciously releasing your unpleasant feelings, you are giving yourself peace of mind. You are liberating yourself from the corrosive properties of unchecked anger. By letting go, you empower yourself to recognise the pain you suffered without letting the pain define you, enabling you to heal and move on with your life.  

So, whom will you forgive today?

Why are we so attracted to bad news?

| May 20, 2020 | Mental Wellbeing | 0 comments

Why are we so attracted to bad news?

The reason why we look for negative views over transformative stories

I’m still dumbfounded by the minuscule focus that has been given to one of the most important topics that should be on everyone’s mind: How to strengthen our immune response. Our attention is unfortunately being bombarded with information that promotes hysteria.

The media is cleverly exploiting our genetically hardwire “negative bias”. For as long as we have existed, our tendency has been to pay more attention to threats (and dwell on these events) and overlook rewards. From an evolutionary perspective, being attuned to danger would make us more likely to survive. This positive-negative asymmetry as it is known, makes us pay more attention to the potentially harmful things that could happen and make them more important than they really are.

An effective way of countering our negative bias is to choose our news sources wisely and to set up a “news update” schedule to avoid overexposing ourselves unnecessarily to the barrage of negativity and dramatic stories that the media consciously serve us.

A study pointed out that “watching just three minutes of negative news in the morning makes viewers 27% more likely to report having a bad day six to eight hours later.” On the other hand, “those who watched transformative stories, reported having a good day 88% of the time”.

So le’s be more responsibly informed and less obsessively informed.

 César Gamio - Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist - CesarGamio.com
 César Gamio - Executive Life Coach - EMCC-EIA - CesarGamio.com
 César Gamio - Chopra Center Certified Instructor - CesarGamio.com
César Gamio - Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist - CesarGamio.comCésar Gamio - Executive Life Coach - EMCC-EIA - CesarGamio.com
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