|In the Ayurvedic tradition, each of the seasons is ruled by a primary dosha; Vata, Pitta or Kapha. The fall – with wind, cooler temperatures, and rain – is associated with the dosha Vata. The transition into fall can bring a sense of imbalance, especially if you are already dominant in Vata energy. |
Self awareness is the first step to change! Instead of resisting the change we can learn to live in balance with our environment. Knowing your dosha can be one way to help you live a healthier and more balanced life.
Find your dohsa here.
One soothing way to balance my own excess of Vata, is to spend time outdoors. I find that connecting to the stability of earth has a very calming and grounding effect – whether it’s a mindful walk in the woods or climbing mountains! Earlier this fall I was introduced to high-altitude hiking for the first time. To hike up ‘South Sister’ (10,358 ft.) Oregon’s third tallest mountain was a very rewarding experience of incredible views and my own physical endurance. Watch my short video here.
Other self-care strategies during the fall season that I do, is to favor activities that are the opposite qualities of Vata such as heavy, warm, moist, and grounding. I dress in warmer clothes, drink warm herbal teas and try to cook and eat more warm food twice/day – which isn’t always easy when you are used to quick and cold smoothies, salads etc for lunch…but it’s worth the effort as it makes me feel more balanced.
Knowing yourself can also mean becoming aware of your inner strength and resources, as a way to enhance your ability to face and move through difficult situations. That is what I am teaching this month in my live online Body-Centered Training “Embodied Resources”. By using these three techniques with your clients, they can align with the inner resources they already have but might not be aware of.
Would you like to learn more about how to weave in mindful awareness and body sensations into your coaching conversations? Contact me for a complimentary 30 minute Introductory Call.
Love and presence,
|I love eating my breakfast outside in the summer mornings. Usually, it’s very hot around this time in Texas, but this morning is perfect! Sunny, 22 C / 72 F and a fresh breeze. A quote from yesterday’s yoga class rings in my head; “yesterday is the past, tomorrow is the future, and today is a gift – that’s why it’s called the present.”|
This morning really feels like a gift! I connect with my senses to be mindfully present; I listen to the birds, I taste the blueberries, I smell the aroma of my coffee, I feel the morning breeze on my skin and I see the sun shine through the trees.
It’s well know that practicing mindfulness gives us a greater well-being and can help us to increase our ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety and depression. It can also help us to focus our attention, aswell as to observe our thoughts and feelings without judgment. All, which is very useful in our work with clients.
In Body-Centered Coaching, mindfulness plays a key role as it’s the core foundation along with the body sensations. To be mindful is a daily practice and it doesn’t’ have to be complicated! It can be seen as an intention to be aware, inspired, curious and open for what’s going on around us and inside of us, and it’s all about our own inner experience. Here is a great article from HuffPost on easy daily practices, enjoy!
I wish you a very happy and mindful summer!
Love and presence,
Happy Fall! I love the colors in the Fall but a downside this time of the year, is that many people tend to get sick. I learnt from the Swedish Mindfulness Center that doing at least 20 minutes of daily meditation, is being as effective against the flu or a cold as physical activity. Not only do you strengthen your immunsystem by daily mediation and mindfulness, you also sleep better, feel less stressed and have fewer depression liked symptoms. Also, if you can add physical activity into your daily routine, you are increasing these benefits even further.
If we all know the amazing benefits of mindfulness – why don’t we practice it on a regular basis? Maybe because we think it’s complicated and time consuming? Well, I don’t think it has to be!
An additional way to deepen your experience of mindfulness and learn it for yourself as a coach, is to take part in any of the upcoming Body-Centered Coaching trainings, based on a method founded by Marlena Field. This method combines mindfulness with the body’s own wisdom for deeper and more effective coaching conversations.
In the training you will practice mindfulness and learn by your own experience how to trust your own body and intuition as a resource in the coaching conversation. By learning the nine processes in the method, you will be able to assist your clients to move beyond limits, make solid decisions and trust their inner resources for sustainable change.
Heads up to my Swedish readers – the early bird pricing for the training in Swedish ends in a week on October 24, 2018!
Talking about Sweden, I want to give a big shout out to ICF Stockholm for the warm welcoming when I presented there in the end of the summer. The room was filled with amazing coaches who were eager to learn about the Body-Centered Coaching method for 2,5 h. I am so grateful for these opportunities to share and bring the Body-Centered Coaching method further out in the world! If you would like to see and hear me presenting at your ICF Chapter (or somewhere else) please let me know!
Tack alla svenska ICF coacher och glöm inte er upp till 1000 SEK rabatt till min kommande BCC utbildning med start i november 2018!
And if you are interested in becoming a coach, or already are a coach here in Texas, you have the possibility to experience my Body-Centered Coaching presentation at the All ICF Texas Conference&Retreat, March 28 – 31, 2019. As part of the planning team, I can promise you great conversations, ICF accredited learning, and time in nature around the beautiful Lake Buchanan – all in a great combination. Registration is open and the early bird pricing ends October 31, 2018.
Love and presence,
I am excited to share that I am going to Stockholm in the end of August to present my body-centered coaching work in Swedish! My presentation at the ICF Stockholm on September 4, 2018, is called ‘Nå förbi begränsande tankemönster/Moving beyond limiting associations’ and is based on Marlena Field’s Body-Centered Coaching Method. I am looking forward to my presentation and to meeting some of you in my Swedish community while there!
Another way of ‘meeting’ with my Swedish community will be through my teaching of Marlena Fields brilliant Body-Centered Coaching Method in Swedish, not just in English. I am in the translation process right now and at times it’s challenging to find the right Swedish words. In a way, my first coaching language is English as I have done all of my coach training in English, but my mother tongue is Swedish – my language of expressing feelings and emotions. Anyhow, I welcome the challenge and find the translation into my ’emotional language’ very rewarding. Also, I love how it will enable me to share the Body-Centered Coaching Method even further with the world!
Save the date; March 28 – 31, 2019! If you are an ICF Coach as I am, and a member of an ICF Texas Chapter, you dont want to miss next years All Texas ICF Conference&Retreat. Taking part in the retreat is a great way to dive deep, connect and learn from other coaches. Great conversations, ICF accredited learning, and time in nature around the beautiful Lake Buchanan – all in a great combination. I enjoyed this years event so much that I am part of next years planning committee. I hope to see some of you at the conference/retreat in 2019!
Further, I enjoyed The Buchanan Lake area so much that I am taking my family there hiking next week – as much as the hot Texas weather permits! I am looking forward to stepping away from my regular routine and to allow time for just being. Also, to spend time in nature, which is my favorite way to reconnect with myself as a whole being of body, mind and spirit. Giving my brain a break with time away from work, will leave it more motivated and productive upon returning to my office.
Love and presence,
Where I come from in Sweden, summers are usually short and not always sunny, and whenever the sun is shining you have to be outside. Here in Texas its the complete opposite! Also, with degrees around 100F, it’s a challenge with outdoor activities. Well, its all good and I am adjusting to my new lifestyle. Also, I am fortunate enough to go to Sweden for a couple of weeks in the end of August.
Another trip I recently did, was to the ICF Midwest Regional Conference in Indianapolis. Together with my colleague Helene Morais, we presented an interactive body-centered coaching session “Adding a body-centered tool to your practice; Moving beyond limiting associations“. It was very rewarding and fun to be able to share one of Marlena Field’s (founder of the BCC method) body-centered coaching processes in person.
It’s always nourishing and energizing to spend time with the coaching community. Marshall Goldsmith, the Keynote speaker, brought some great energy as well as many other excellent presenters.
At Ann Betz and Ursula Pottinga’s session we learnt how neuroscience can help expand our effectiveness as coaches. I love how their research shows what we already know in body-centered coaching; that our brain is not just in our head! Their work show that we have neurons in our heart and gut, and that every part of our nervous system actually participates in processing information. Therefore it’s so important to include the body-centered perspective in our coaching, because when we only deal with “head” stuff we miss major aspects of our actual intelligence and insight.
Let’s finish with some words from Marshall Goldsmith; “Life is short, follow your dreams and have fun NOW – we can’t change the play of hands but we have a choice how we play it”.
Happy playful, relaxing and mindful summer!
Love and presence,
Issue five – January 2016
Hi everyone and Happy New 2016,
This time of the year we get so bombarded with New Year’s resolutions and sometimes we forget the importance of just enjoying life and having fun! For example, did you know that research shows that having an active social life and spending time with friends and family, has the same favorable effects on the health as quit smoking? Having a fun and light living is actually good for your health and makes you live longer! If you want more to your list of proven, pleasurable and health strengthening activities, here are some recommendations (source SciLife);
- Challenge your brain and keep it active
- Have sex on a regular basis
- Get enough sleep
- Have fun and cultivate an optimistic lifestyle
A fun and light living is certainly on my personal resolution list! Additionally, I have mediation and mindfulness, as something I want to see more of in 2016. And isn’t it great how Law of Attraction works? Universe heard my message and the other day I received an invitation in my inbox to a free guided Mindful Meditation; Self-care for busy people by Kris Karr. I encourage you to check it out here, as well as other healthy lifestyle tips from Kris Karr – “The queen of Kale”. I have ordered the Mediation Album and now I am waiting eagerly to include it in my meditation practice!
So whats new in 2016 in my coaching business?
- In person BCC presentation – together with my colleague Helene Morais, we are chosen with our presentation “Adding a body-centered tool to your practice; Moving beyond limiting associations” as breakout speakers at the 5th Annual ICF Regional Conference. I hope you are making plans to join me in Indianapolis June 23-25, 2016 for the largest gathering of coaches in North America this year!
Love and presence,
Fall is here! Even if you can’t tell by the warm weather here in Texas… the Fall semester has started and it’s well on its way. The school summer break is over and everybody is back into the routine again. And it’s necessarily not a bad thing! I have been blessed with a great, fun and relaxing summer, and now I feel ready for some new work challenges!
My Body-Centered Coaching Fall Tele Training Series (12 CCUEs) starts on September 22 – weekly until November 17, 2015, with Moving Beyond Limits.
Learn proven somatic, body-centered techniques founded by Marlena Field, to encourage yourself and/or your clients to move from head to heart. Join me for this highly interactive and practical tele-trainings module and you will discover what’s possible for you and your clients when we can move beyond our limiting beliefs.
On October 15, 2015, I will attend the 16th annual Texas Conference for Women, in Austin, TX. The conference offers… “the community and connection, the information and inspiration, the motivation and momentum to help you discover what you want—and go get it!” Its a very inspirational and life learning day that I can recommend any woman!
And for the third time at the Conference, I will offer my coaching services in the Coaches Corner. Its designed to give Conference attendees an opportunity for one-on-one “speed coaching” sessions with an accredited coach from the Austin chapter of International Coach Federation (ICF). I would love for you to join me at the Conference, register here!
I am passionate about my body-centered coaching and I love sharing what I know! Therefore, I am happy for the opportunity to speak at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Austin. At a breakfast in October, I will get the chance to share some of my coaching experiences and tips with the group “Young Professional Women”. What an honor to serve these young, future leaders! Its exciting and brings to mind how an upcoming speaker of the Texas Women’s Conference completed the sentence;
“When a woman is in charge…
….problems get solved, opportunities are realized and potentials are reached“.
Love and presence,
Copyright © 2015 Nina Mioen International Life Coaching, All rights reserved.
Have you ever found yourself unsure how you are going to handle a new or difficult situation?
Let’s face it, we all have times when our confidence has gone temporarily missing and the thought of stepping into uncharted territory makes us wonder how we are going to pull it off.
It could be performance anxiety anticipating stepping onto a bigger stage; or being put in charge of a high-stakes project; or needing to have a ‘difficult’ conversation with someone.
As body-centered coaches, we particularly like working with our clients at times like this. Using a technique we call ‘remembering the resource’, we can guide our clients to remember a related previous accomplishment and by so doing they access their own internal resilience and strength. When they recognize this within themselves, body, mind and spirit are aligned, and they are ready to step out of uncertainty and forge ahead confidently.
Really all we are doing is helping our clients tune into what they already know. And it’s lovely hearing how they then sailed through whatever the challenge was, calmly and successfully.
I love the month of April! It is such a energizing and beautiful time when the light and the warmth come back. Especially in Sweden after the long and dark winter, but also here in Texas. Here it is the time when the bluebonnets are blooming, like in this picture I took recently in Marble Falls.
April is also the month when I started the first module, Beyond Limits, of my Body-Centered Coaching Tele-training. Until June 2015, I will teach Marlena Field’s (the founder of the Body-Centered Method) nine Body-Centered Coaching techniques to other coaches and helping professionals.
I am passionate about these coaching techniques, and very excited that I get to share them with likeminded. I know from my own coaching how they lead to sustainable and deeper results for my clients. Including the body in the conversation is a powerful way to help our clients get to the heart of the matter with greater speed and clarity.
On May 5, we will start the second module on Decision Making. If you would like to join us, there is still time to register. You can enroll in one module at the time or join us for the two remaining; Decision Making and Embodied Resources. You can read more about the modules and how to register here on my website.
April is also the month when I had my first Mindful Morning. Together with my talented friend and yoga teacher Kari Kiholm Hennefer, we offered a combination of yoga and Body-Centered Coaching to a group of beautiful ladies. I got the idea to do this in one of Kari’s yoga classes.
I could see how we share the same platform of mindfulness and the body’s natural wisdom. We also use the breath to tap into that inner strength and knowing we all have. And the concept of yoga and Body-Centered Coaching together worked, the combination was great! Our Mindful Morning became a fun, inspiring and mindful event.
I would love to offer another Mindful Morning with yoga and Body-Centered Coaching in the early fall of 2015. This time it would be more time for yoga and around something we all face daily – decision making. You would learn how to make sustainable and congruent decisions from a body-centered perspective. Stay tuned!
April is also the month for fun and recreation. Soon I am leaving for a week in Sweden where I will visit with friends and family. Hopefully I will get some of that Swedish, beautiful Spring weather too!