Mindful Summer Time, Issue#6

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.

ICF MRC June 2016 BCC presentationAnother 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,
Nina
Upcoming body-centered coaching tele-trainings and events;

Free 30 minute Introductory Calls on my Body-Centered Coaching Tele-trainings, one for each module. This is a great opportunity to get your own experience and taste of whats covered in each module, how it can help you and your clients and meet me as the teacher. The first call on Moving beyond limits will be on Tuesday August 23, at 1-1:30pm CST, register to one or more calls here.
Two different time slots to chose between at your convenience for the Body-Centered Coaching Fall Tele-trainings Series, September 20/21 – weekly until November 15/16, 2016;

Fun and light living, Issue #5

 

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?

  • Free 30 minute Introductory Calls on my Body-Centered Coaching Tele-trainings, one for each module. This is a great opportunity to get your own experience and taste of whats covered in each module, how it can help you and your clients and meet me as the teacher. You can register to one or more calls here.
  • Two different time slots to chose between for your convenience for the BCC Spring Tele-trainings;
    • Tuesdays at 12-1:25pm CST, starts April 5, 2016 – early bird pricing through March 15, 2016.
    • Wednesdays at 5-6:25pm CST, starts April 6, 2016 – early bird pricing through March 16, 2016.
  • 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! The early bird registration opens February 1st, more information here.

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Love and presence,
Nina

 

Coaching, Mindfulness and the Body’s Wisdom, Issue #3

 

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.

images (1)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. You can get more information about the Series three modules, and how to register here.

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 Womens Conference completed the sentence;
“When a woman is in charge…
….problems get solved, opportunities are realized and potentials are reached“.

Love and presence,
Nina

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Remembering the resource – by Marcia Dorfman

 

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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.

April – the month of Bluebonnets, Body-Centered Coaching Tele-training and Mindful Morning – by Nina Mioen

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.

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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.

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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!

Who is Body-Centered Coaching for? By Jeannie Campanelli

Who is Body-Centered Coaching for? 

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Body-Centered Coaching is a wonderful body of work to support coaches, counselors, therapists, social workers, psychologists, mentors, healthcare professionals, and other wellness practitioners. It can be applied to one-on-one coaching or group coaching. It can easily be applied to any leadership model geared towards organizational or team development.

It provides helping professionals with a powerful and refreshing approach to unlocking clients’ growth and creating meaningful and sustainable change. Professionals can add this skill to their range of techniques and tools to deepen the client experience. The practice of Body-Centered Coaching helps clients with decision making, accomplishing goals and moving beyond limiting beliefs for further insights, inner peace and well-being.

Body-Centered Coaching is a one-on-one coaching experience for clients who want to learn to trust their inner knowing and make life choices based on a body, mind and spirit approach.

Why use Body-Centered Coaching?

The Body-Centered Coaching Method is a unique set of skill-enhancing coaching tools created from the integration of powerful schools of wisdom that access the body’s wisdom to create deeper, more powerful sustainable impact for coaches and their clients. It taps into the natural intelligence of the body and incorporates the body’s wisdom to assist clients to access body information that creates a greater depth of insight, self-awareness and self-acceptance.

Clients are empowered when you, as their guide, help them to access the body’s insight. Clients will grow and achieve meaningful and sustainable change in the following areas: decision-making and setting goals, moving beyond limiting beliefs, fusions, fears & anxiety, embodying resources for greater insight and inner peace, and health and well-being.

What does Body-Centered approach offer that is different from other somatic trainings?

Body-Centered Coaching has a unique set of skills designed specifically for coaches, therapists and other helping professionals that incorporates multi-disciplinary approaches to deliver sustainable change.

Its foundation is based on mindfulness, simply being, reflective presence, body wisdom and embodied wholeness. It is able to be taught and practiced in-person or over the phone with equal effectiveness.

This is not a cookie-cutter approach, meaning the skills and techniques are flexible and versatile and the coach or helping professional can use them in their own style. It is a coaching model, which focuses on coaching issues such a limiting beliefs and decision making. It is not a therapy model.

Body-Centered Coaching provides helping professionals with an additional and dynamic modality that can be applied to one-on-one coaching or group coaching. It can easily be applied to any leadership model geared towards organizational or team development.

– See more at: http://www.innerconfidencecoaching.com/body-centered-coaching/#more-5656

Change your body to change your mind – by Marlena Field

By Marlena Field, the founder of the Body-Centered Coaching Method.

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Our bodies can be powerful indicators of how we are feeling. We may notice thoughts that go with a particular way we sit or stand, or places in our body that hold a particular sensation when we have certain feelings (like a clenched belly when we are nervous or afraid).

Our body posture also lets others know how we are feeling, even if the clues are subtle. I’m sure you have noticed strangers walk down the street and had thoughts like:

  • She looks like she’s having a great day.
  • He looks like he’s depressed.

Your body is a representation of your innermost mindset. In one way or another, your body expresses your thoughts, feelings and mood. If you catch yourself in a hunched position with your head hanging down, begin to notice your thoughts. What thoughts have created this body response?

The good news is – you can change your posture and your external expression in the world by embodying new thoughts, and you can change your thoughts and how you are feeling by changing your body.

Even though it may feel inauthentic at first, acting-as-if can actually change your bio-chemistry. It is more difficult to feel dispirited when your shoulders are back, your head is held high and you have a smile on your face.

There’s a Charlie Brown cartoon that goes like this:

Charlie is standing with a slumped body posture and he says to Lucy, “This is my depressed stance. When you’re depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand.

He straightens up and says “…the worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you’ll start to feel better.”

Charlie goes back to his slumped posture and says: “If you’re going to get any joy out of being depressed, you’ve got to stand like this.”

Harvard Professor, Amy Cuddy, has done extensive research on the links between how we hold our bodies and how we feel … and further how that impacts our presence and relationships with others. Her famous TED Talk on ‘Power Poses’ is compelling and informative.

With Body-Centered Coaching, we work with our clients to support them in becoming more aware of their body, its messages, and how they can utilize the resources within it. We cannot change what we are unaware of, and for many of our clients, body-centered coaching opens up a whole new territory of awareness and possibility.

  • Pay attention today to how you hold your body when you are in different moods / states of mind … what do you notice?
  • Try on a ‘power pose’ and hold it for two minutes …. Does it shift how you feel?
  • Invite one of your clients this week to try on different poses … pay attention to what shifts in the coaching conversation. What do you notice?

Include the body in the coaching conversation – by Nina Mioen

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The new year of 2015 couldn’t have started on a better note! After a fun and exciting family-ski-trip with my husband and our three sons to Taos, New Mexico, I got to full-heartedly dive in to the work and planning of the upcoming Body-Centered-Coaching Tele-Trainings, starting in April 7, 2015.

Together with two other talented and inspiring Body-Centered Coaches, Jeannie Campanelli and Marcia Dorfman, we will offer The Body-Centered Method, founded by Marlena Field, through highly interactive and practical tele-trainings. All three of us are trained and supervised by Marlena Field, and we all share the same passion for the Body-Centered Method. We know from our own experience, as well as coaching with our clients, that including the body in the conversation is a powerful way to get to the heart of the matter with greater speed and clarity.

Its a privilege to continue and expand Marlena Fields work through teaching body-centered methods. Its also a privilege for me to be part of this experienced Trio of Trainers. I love the synergy and the vital energy to work and plan together! I also believe it will benefit the participants to have an experience of each of our styles.

So, why body-centered coaching, and not just coaching, you might ask? And I would answer, when you don’t include the body in the coaching conversation, something valuable gets missed! The practice of body-centered coaching recognizes that body, mind and spirit are different aspects of your whole being, like different doorways into the same house. Sometimes your heart wants to go in one direction and your mind in another. When you pay attention to the totality of body, mind and spirit, you listen with all parts of your being – eyes, ears, heart, soul, body, and mind – encouraging all parts to be heard and respected. The individual parts partner with each other for the greatest good – for you, those around you and for the environment. You need to listen to your heart’s wisdom, as well as your mind.  Although the Body-Centered Coaching Method focuses on the body as an avenue for insight and learning, the reality is that you as a whole person is moving toward becoming more integrated.

As a coach, I know I can make an important difference by assisting my clients to get to the heart of what really matters to them. I can be a significant witness as they move towards greater harmony in their lives. As I include the body in the coaching conversation, I witness more sustainable change and insight with my clients.

Nina Mioen, ACC, CBCC, CVCC

www.international-lifecoaching.com