Being alive to living
Connecting to the vibrancy of life
I love walking through the woods. Buzz (the labradoodle) gallops through the leaves trying to catch squirrels; a never ending whirlwind of energy on a fruitless mission. He zig zags through the trees, his nose to the ground occasionally barking with frustration as the squirrel nimbly leaps away.
There is something about his optimism and good spirits that makes me smile. He never gives up and I could swear he is smiling as he looks at me, eyes dancing and tongue lolling out of his mouth.He lives in the moment, expectant, hopeful and alert. There is something in his spirit and energy that awakens me to the presence of the exquisite gift of life that we both share.
It was great to reconnect with this feeling as I walked through the woods at Bovey Tracey on the edge of Dartmoor. This had been the location of our Coaching Connect conference last Friday and I went back at the weekend to enjoy a walk. As I strolled through the mucky sludge and puddles (and Buzz sprayed me with mud from his racing) I reflected on the event.
Coaching Connect always seems to attract a group of good-hearted generous people. As I sat amongst the audience I reflected on how blessed I feel to be on my current life journey. The quote on our Coaching Connect programme sums it up. It is from Sydney Banks:
“We have the most wonderful job in the world. We find people in various stages of sleep. And then we get to tap them on the shoulder and be with them as they wake up to the magnificence of life.”
Over the past couple of years I have been waking up to the magnificence of life. I have become present to the spiritual energy that flows through me. When I am in tune with it I experience life in a different way.
Have you ever picked up wet stone from the beach and admired its vibrant colour? When the water dries off the stone it loses that incredible depth of colour, but when wet again the colours return.
This is often how I experience life. A walk with Buzz comes alive with a deeper vitality. Nothing has changed other than I am in touch with this spiritual flow and this flow, like the water on the stone, brings an additional depth and vibrancy to the experience.
As a coach I am drawn in this direction. A Three Principles Coaching approach is one that points people to their own spiritual wisdom.
Both myself and Stu are developing our coaching in this direction. Would you like to join us on a similar coaching journey? If the answer is yes then we invite you to come to an event in April 2016.
Ian Watson (one of our speakers at Coaching Connect) will be running a weekend that is focussed on Principle-based coaching. In other words how do you share the 3Ps with clients in a meaningful way? It’s not just for coaches, if you are keen to share the 3Ps (to friends, family or at work) and you wonder how you might do that, then this event will help.
Ian Watson and Coaching Connect are collaborating on an exciting weekend in the spring of 2016. Ian is leading a 2 day event exploring how coaches can integrate a Three Principles approach into their work.
Ian Watson is one of the UK’s most sought after 3P facilitators and educators. He is able to combine his deep grounding in the Three Principles with an engaging, clear presentation style.
Ian works extensively in London so we are delighted that he is coming to the South West to collaborate with Coaching Connect.
About Liz Scott & Stuart Newberry
Liz Scott & Stu Newberry are Coaching Skills trainers and 3P practitioners. They help develop coaching cultures within schools and organisations. Liz & Stu use their understanding of the 3Ps within their training and are experiencing great successes and results in the organisations they are working in. Download an Introduction to the Three Principles here. Find out more about Liz & Stu at Liz Scott Coaching and Training