life purpose

Want to change your life in 2017? Want to discover your life purpose?

Want to change your life in 2017? Want to discover your life purpose? Feel things through daily short stories, connect to these stories, take actions to make changes in your life, each day for 30 days, in 3 minutes or less each day. See immediate benefits as you discover ways to unfold meaning, as well as a personal calling through tasks that you can fulfill, relationships that you can strengthen and enrich, and attitudes that you can develop and cultivate.This practical, inspiring, and potentially life-changing program will take you step by step through a process towards a more fulfilled and enriched life. Sign up at Calming the Storm on Avanoo

Image by Carol Knox.

 

Check out Meaning and Mindfulness | Having Difficult Times?

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Hi, here is an invitation to you to check out my updated page on Meaning and Mindfulness:

Having Difficult Times?

“…this striving to find a meaning in one’s life is the primary motivational force in man.” Viktor Frankl

Having difficult times or difficulties in life? Struggling to find your meaning and purpose? I offer you a way to discover and unfold your meaning. In my new online course, I share my thoughts on life with meaning. Introducing my new 30-Day, 3 minute per day, online training course, to help you discover your meaning in challenging times:

Introduction

A lack of meaning might be called a malaise of our times. When we encounter challenges in life, often we discover that we can’t find a center, a way to cope. What is it all about?

Studies measuring meaning and purpose in life have found that meaning in life mediates uncontrollable stress and substance abuse, depression, anxiety and self-derogation, among others. This meaning or deepest human value, this WHY, points us to reach beyond ourselves, to enrich our lives, and to unfold a deep fulfillment in our work and personal lives.

About This Program

This program offers daily ways for you to overcome difficult situations, to help you to find the WHY that will energize and animate your life. In finding your own WHY, in discovering your meaning and your purpose, your pain will be lessened. You will discover ways to unfold meaning, as well as a personal calling through tasks that you can fulfill, relationships that you can strengthen and enrich, and attitudes that you can develop and cultivate.This practical, inspiring, and potentially life-changing program will take you step by step through a process towards a more fulfilled and enriched working and personal life.

Some of the benefits:

It’s fast: Daily 2 to 3 video minutes a day over 30 days – each day a different story, lesson, and small action on discovering meaning

It’s fun: Each video contains a story, lesson, and action from me.

It works: People experience an average 46% improvement while taking the Program – and that data is tracked and available for you.

To see what’s inside, go here: Calming the Storm

Discover Renewed Purpose in 2016

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Launch and New Year Promotion – 25% off from 99.99 USD to 75 USD

Calming the Storm: How Discovering Meaning Can Change Your Life

About This Program

This program offers daily ways for you to overcome difficult situations, to help you to find the WHY that will energize and animate your life. In finding your own WHY, in discovering your meaning and your purpose, your pain will be lessened. You will discover ways to unfold meaning, as well as a personal calling through tasks that you can fulfill, relationships that you can strengthen and enrich, and attitudes that you can develop and cultivate.

This practical, inspiring, and potentially life-changing program will take you step by step through a process towards a more fulfilled and enriched working and personal life.

Some of the benefits:

It’s fast: Daily 2 to 3 video minutes a day over 30 days – each day a different story, lesson, and small action on discovering meaning and purpose.

It’s fun: Each video contains a story, lesson, and action from me.

It works: People experience an average 46% improvement while taking the Program – and that data is tracked and available for you.

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Upcoming Program Launch ~ Calming the Storm: How Discovering Meaning Can Change Your Life

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Upcoming 30 day program launch on Avanoo

Title: Calming the Storm

Subtitle: How Discovering Meaning Can Change Your Life

Categories:

Courage, Life Purpose, Mindfulness, Resilience

Full Program Description:

Introduction

A lack of meaning might be called a malaise of our times. When we encounter challenges in life, often we discover that we can’t find a center, a way to cope. What is it all about?

Studies measuring meaning and purpose in life have found that meaning in life mediates uncontrollable stress and substance abuse, depression, anxiety and self-derogation, among others. This meaning or deepest human value, this WHY, points us to reach beyond ourselves, to enrich our lives, and to unfold a deep fulfillment in our work and personal lives.

About This Program

This program offers daily ways for you to overcome difficult situations, to help you to find the WHY that will energize and animate your life. In finding your own WHY, in discovering your meaning and your purpose, your pain will be lessened. You will discover ways to unfold meaning, as well as a personal calling through tasks that you can fulfill, relationships that you can strengthen and enrich, and attitudes that you can develop and cultivate.

This practical, inspiring, and potentially life-changing program will take you step by step through a process towards a more fulfilled and enriched working and personal life.

Long Bio:

Carol equips individuals to overcome challenges and life difficulties, guiding them to greater fulfillment and enrichment in their work and personal lives. Her work is designed to help others reduce their stress through meditation and mindfulness. Carol is a long-time trainer, lecturer, and business soft skills coach, focusing on: Train the Trainer, Stress Management, Conflict Management, Negotiation, Diversity, and Achieving Consensus, among other topics. She is a university tutor for training teachers in Life Orientation and Adult Basic Education.

Carol has a Master of Education, cum laude, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Psychology at the University of South Africa. Her research focuses on trauma and post-traumatic stress, and on the benefits of discovering meaning and practicing mindfulness in improving life circumstances. Carol has completed several courses on mindfulness and meditation, and has practiced meditation for more than 14 years.

Carol is the mother of three daughters and currently lives in a small town in the Western Cape in South Africa. She loves animals and likes to spend her time exploring the beauty of the West Coast. In her spare time she likes to write and has recently published her first audio short story: Belongings in the Sand.

Short Bio:

Carol is a long-time trainer, lecturer, and business soft skills coach, whose work is designed to help individuals reduce their stress through meditation and mindfulness.

Keyword Bio:

Mindfulness Coach, Writer, Teacher.

 

 

This Precious Human Life by His Holiness the Dalai Lama ~ Each Day Recite This

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“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Image from a walk along Trappieskop in the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town: Sitting feet on the rock looking down.

The Unfurling of my Heart | A Young Woman’s Journey with Ayahuasca in Peru and the Amazon

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Do read the four beautiful experiences of this #YoungWoman, who journeyed alone to #Peru and the #Amazon. A journey of the heart. She encountered #LifeChanging experiences, #ReEnchantment, life meaning, with #Ayahuasca, in the most lovely, loving and life enhancing way. Do read these heart-rending and loving accounts of being true to yourself, facing your fears and living within the immediate experience of life. Someone who is trying to #actualize her #meaning in life.  A delightful read:

The Unfurling of my Heart 

“I embarked on my #journey alone with #courage and love in my heart thinking that not only would I be travelling to Peru alone but that I was going to have all my experiences alone.

I unexpectedly came across such beautiful and special people; I reconnected with my tribe and found my brothers along the way. Life is such a precious and sacred gift. Here’s to living with an open heart, being true to yourself, facing your fears, cultivating courage and love within your heart and living within the immediate experience of life, because that’s where pure joy dares to live.”

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Title Competition – Creating a Course in Meaning Making | Meaning Unfolding – Anyone?

I am creating a course around Meaning Making or Meaning/Purpose Unfolding. There are those who say that a lack of meaning is a crisis of our current times. I would like to develop a catchy title, something like:

Meaning in Uncertain Times

The person who develops the best title will get a free copy of my ebook: How to Reduce Stress. I have until Saturday 16th to finalise my title.

I would really appreciate the input of my wordpress reading community. Take a look at the tags to get some ideas.

Also see my post Provocation to Meaning

Thanks so much in advance.

The Owl House | Karoo Treasure

Photo by Robin Tweedy. Creative Commons License.

Photo by Robin Tweedy. Creative Commons License.

The Owl House and Helen Martins have fascinated me. She lived a lonely life and was ostracised by her community – yet she found her life purpose and meaning in the creation of the Owl House. The Owl House is a museum in Nieu-Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The house itself was inherited by Helen (b. 23 December, 1897) after her parents had died. The image above is from the “Camel Yard”.

For more than a century reclusive artist, in what is known as “outsider art”, Helen worked to transform her tiny home in the isolated Karoo village of Nieu Bethesda:

“…creating an intriguing world rich in personal symbolism and universal meaning. The garden became a sculpture yard populated by a throng of pilgrims and camels, owls, mermaids and other creatures, (in fact, over 300 cement/wire/glass sculptures), while the walls of the house were coated in colour and crushed glass to create sublime and unsettling effects. Anne Emslie leads us on a guided tour through the rooms of the house and along the paths of the sculpture yard, helping us towards an understanding of Helen Martins’ remarkable vision.”

From: A Journey through the Owl House.

Once the interior of her house was almost finished, Helen started to change her small garden. She was especially inspired by the Bible, the poetry of Omar Khayyam, and William Blake. Over about twelve years, she and Koos Malgas, a local sheep-shearer and builder, created hundreds of sculptures and figures that fill the ‘Camel Yard’ and cover the walls of her house. Her favourite animals, owls and camels, are mostly seen, but all kinds of real and imagined creatures are also present. She referenced not only Christian, but also eastern religious icons. All the figures in the Camel Yard face east.

Legend has it that one night when Helen was lying in bed viewing the moon shining in through her window, she realised how dull and grey her life had become and decided in that moment to bring light and colour into her life. The image below is from the interior of her home.

Photo by Robin Tweedie.  Creative Commons License.

Photo by Robin Tweedie. Creative Commons License.

Helen created an external world that expressed her need for purpose, meaning and light. Below is a YouTube walk-through for those who are interested.

Images from Wikipedia are by Robin Tweedie, 2003.