After two successful gentle life courses in 2017
the next one runs February 2018.
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Of everyone I speak to - friends, colleagues, clients - the theme of slowing down, being less busy and feeling more in control comes up again and again.
We want balance but we're not exactly sure what it means to have it.
We want to be on time, not rushed, clear our diaries more and feel healthy but it takes a lot of work.
We want some quiet time, space and time to be, but are a little cautious - surely that means we don't get anything done?
"Why don't you stop, slow down, take a break" they say, without knowing that feels impossible, like failure, maybe even like you won't come back from it again.
What if we were to adjust the way we live - think, feel, act, react - enough to feel good (great!) again, but without having to turn out whole lives upside down?
What if we became aware of what we're aiming for in feeling less rushed, calmer, more in control and we took the steps we needed to actually get there?
What if we bought acceptance into how we are feeling - both positive and negative - which freed us from anxious thoughts about trying to be the best or get the most or have it all?
What if we were more gentle
When we're more gentle we're...
Yeah yeah, we know this.
So how do we get there?
With great difficulty at times.
Living the kind of life where you feel in control and neither rushed nor overwhelmed doesn't always feel possible in our fast-paced and connected world.
We find it hard also because we can't usually see where we've made things hard for ourselves to know what and where to change.
We know it's not as simple as taking a self-care day because we have our whole lives to go back to.
Nor is it as simple as 'try meditation or yoga' (those things are brilliant, I do them, but it doesn't get to our core beliefs and blocks and barriers and motivations and goals.
We find it hard to be gentle because no-one teaches us this (and school, home, anywhere!) and we're rarely exposed to anything other than constant achievement being OK.
Also, being busy, even if it's in the wrong way and we're exhausted from it, feels satisfying.
And we don't know what exactly we're aiming for - what our gentle life looks, feels even sounds like yet - to know how to even start.
This is where I come in
and I try to lead a gentle life.
Because really that's all there is - us making attempts to lead the life that's right for us and those we love.
And when I don't try or when I don't have gentleness, I can feel it in my core.
I'm also an ex-NHS bod, a health psychology specialist and a cancer survivor.
You'd think I'd know this stuff. The thing is, I do, it's just that knowing it, and putting it into practice are two very different things.
But when I discovered that these were common thoughts and feelings amongst everyone, I did know that I could help.
And this is where the gentle life course comes in.
The gentle life course contains everything you need to design and create the gentle life you would like.
The course comprises of:
Here's what previous course participants have said about it. They're lovely.
Lucy, self-employed business owner and mum of two
"The Gentle Life course opened my mind to how I can treat myself gently on a daily basis. I went in hoping to learn how I could better control my migraines. Now I have the gentle tools to do this successfully - and I also feel that I've become a better person, wife and mother as a result. I'd thoroughly recommend this course to anyone struggling with the stresses of modern living."
Lindi, corporate accountant and cancer survivor
"When I first looked at the course I felt sceptical about what I would be able to change, like my thinking and habits, however I've made lasting changes and my husband is really happy at how happy I seem to be now! I can thoroughly recommend this course with Emily, from week one it enables you to think of things in a new light and make positive and constructive changes in your life."
Emily, yoga teacher and trainer
"Such a thought provoking time on this course and since, I'm 100% clear this was the best decision I've made this year. It's truly changed the way I think and act in simple yet profound ways. You and the group have been a ray of light for my change going forward. Thank you."
Sara, self-employed business owner and mum of three
"I'm SO grateful that I took the opportunity to slow down the madness and take time to reflect on all this - my life as it is now and what I want it to be.The discovery continues - it's never over. And that's the beauty of it. Thank you Emily for getting me on this path. Step by step, I feel like I can get there, if I keep the destination in mind."
You may have questions. Here's answers to some of those:
What's the time commitment?
Each weekly video is less than 15 minutes. Each week's activities will take as little as 20 minutes or up to as much as you want to spend thinking and acting on the changes throughout the week. The more quality time you're able to make, the more you're likely to benefit from the mindset and habit change.
What if I miss a group coaching call or I'm away during the course?
No problem - all coaching calls are recorded and placed in the community space for you to access. The course is designed to keep you on track throughout the weeks but you can access the videos, activities and material when you want from your email and wifi connection
When are the group coaching sessions?
These have previously been on Thursday evenings but that might change depending on the requirements of the incoming group members. Either way I try to ensure you attend at least 50% of the group calls through changing the day and time for some weeks.
It's not a good time for me should I still join?
Only you can tell if you're able to make space and time for the course. I will say that making a commitment to do this for yourself will make a huge difference because you're choosing to make time. We will always have other commitments and things that compete for our time so making the choice to focus on this for this period of time will bring benefit in the short and long term for you and those around you.
In addition, the group is a coaching course as opposed to a therapy space. However we cover many parts of your life in the detail you are willing and feel safe to do so.
If the course is online, how is this gentle?
The irony of running an online course that supports you to be gentle, which may for you be about getting off line, is not lost on me.
But if accessing me and my expertise online as well as other people who are as committed to creating their gentle lives as you are, and all these resources and accountability, means that you're going to be motivated and create long term change that you wouldn't otherwise have done then online can be a force for good and positive usage (as opposed to endless scrolling and constantly flipping our attention from one thing to another).
I ask you to balance your time online with what your gentle goals are and we cover this closely in discussion with the group.
The change is real
With the gentle life course, you can expect real, genuine, measurable change (yes, we measure!)
The kind where you know you've felt real shifts in how you think about and see your world.
The kind that means you are still finding new things about your gentle life to discover, months down the line, because of how the concept becomes such a part of your everyday life.
The kind where others around you see and feel the difference in you too.
Through the course you:
The gentle life course starts again in February 2018.
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