How to Untangle Crossed Wires

For the last couple of weeks, my wife and business manager Rosa and I have continued to shed possessions that no longer serve us. We've had to make some tough decisions about what to keep and what to let go of. 

One of the fun aspects of decluttering is stumbling across hidden gems. Today, I found a poem a client had sent me after her final session a couple of years ago. Finding it reminded me that one immediate benefit of therapy is an upwelling of creativity and the confidence to share it. This always leads to greater prosperity. 

I believe that therapy must be fun and enjoyable if it's to be successful. This poem captures the process. By sharing it, I hope it inspires you, whether as someone whose wiring has gone a little astray or as a therapist who might have lost sight of why you discovered a desire to help people. 

Rewired in 42 Days

Wonky wiring?
Fuses fried?
Water damage
  Because I cried and cried?

Whatever the cause,
Whatever the reason,
Rewiring fixed me
  In half the season.

42 days.
A number of sessions
iPods and iPads
  And multiple lessons.

My part was easy,
I could do it in my sleep.
Now I have a new home and a new job,
 And I no longer weep!

Winter had come
In my heart and my soul.
Now Spring is upon us
  And I'm once again whole.

A spring in my step,
A new zest for life.
Richard, my thanks to you
  And your beautiful wife!
 

What Can a Military Sniper Teach You About Meditation?

You wouldn't normally associate the peaceful and compassionate practice of meditation with the story of "the most lethal sniper in American history", would you?

However, when wife and business partner Rosa took me to see "American Sniper" this week as our "date night" treat, I couldn't help but draw the comparison. 

Watching this film took me back to the many hundreds of hours I spent on firing ranges and on operations in the British Army. Learning to nail a target every time is not easy, especially when you're exhausted, stressed and scared. 

To make a successful shot, you need to do three things: adopt a stable firing position, control your breathing and heart rate and mentally project the flight path of your bullet to the target. 

This is also exactly what you need for a successful meditation practice. 

Get into a stable position.

Focus on the breath.

Set a clear intention for the practice. 

If you are not hitting your targets at work, in relationships or health or any other part of your life, you will certainly benefit from learning to meditate like a sniper (without joining the Special Forces.) 

If you want to attend what I call "the SAS selection" of meditation courses, then I recommend this option. I've attended two ten-day and two four-day courses there. However, I'm a recruit compared to Rosa, who has attended nine ten-day courses over the years. 

But if you'd prefer a different approach, Rosa and I are introducing a free online meditation course for you.

We call it "Learn to Meditate for Prosperity." Starting with just five minutes a day, it includes everything you need to get you going. 

Sign up is easy and free. If you need support, have questions or want to share an insight, we're always glad to hear from you, so drop us a line anytime. 

Your thoughts are like bullets. Meditation practice is one of the best proven ways to nail your target every time. See you on the meditation range! 

 

 

 

 

Why Did Alfred Hitchcock Believe in Happiness?

Who would have thought that Alfred Hitchcock, the dour "master of suspense", put so much emphasis on happiness? 

In this short interview, Hitchcock makes the point that happiness equals productivity and prosperity. 

What blocks the flow of prosperity? In three words: stress, hatred and conflict. Even a sharp word, uttered in haste, was enough to stifle his unique gifts as a visual storyteller. 

Hitchcock is one of my heroes. He overcame many social and physical disadvantages in early life to create a lasting legacy. He took enormous risks to do so. For example, he funded the production costs of "Psycho" by putting his house, assets and savings at risk, while battling the American and British Boards of Censors as well as powerful Hollywood studios.

What blocks your flow of prosperity and what's your favourite way of getting it moving again? 

Leave a comment below! We'd love to hear from you.

How to Export a Haiku Deck into a QuickTime Movie (via Apple Keynote)

We love Haiku Deck's zen-like simplicity. It's simple interface and modern fonts, combined with an ever-growing library of free as well as reasonably-priced images, make sure that technology never gets in the way of inspiration.

However, simplicity comes at a price.

There is no means (yet) to add video, audio or animations.

If you yearn to convert your Digital Vision Board into movie format, you'll need to take some extra steps.

Here's how you do it (in Haiku Deck, of course.)

You can view it as a slideshow or download it as a PDF (How to Export Haiku Deck.)

Happy creating!

Listen to Richard Margesson's Interview on Green Planet FM Radio

GreenPlanetFM

Last week, I got together with John Coombs, Founder and Director of Global Health Clinics, for a radio interview over at Green Planet FM. Section 1 sets the stage and offers our listeners some background about Rosa and myself and why we formed MindPath.

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In Section 2, we discuss the concept behind "nature's therapy room" and aspects of my  "te araroa" or "long pathway" walk down the length of New Zealand earlier this year.

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If you spend time in "nature's therapy room", you learn a lot about self-management, self-discipline and self-reliance. In Section 3, we talk about the importance of developing and maintaining these qualities as a core element of a stress-management program.

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What has working in Buckingham Palace got to do with becoming a hypnotherapist and executive coach? Find out in Section 4.

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In Section 5, we discuss how to build rapport and give examples of why many top-level business leaders and their teams are learning how to apply stress-management techniques drawn from Yoga, meditation and other "New Age" disciplines.

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Learn how to prevent "stress leakage" by putting clear boundaries between different parts of your life in Section 6. Protect your children and family from the negative consequences of stress.

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We need a certain amount of stress to perform at our best and to have the confidence to follow our life's purpose. Section 7 takes a deeper look at the benefits of understanding the difference between healthy and unhealthy stress at work.

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In Section 8, we take the conversation further by introducing the MindPath "Rewire Your Business Brain" program for greater effectiveness and productivity.

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Section 9 is all about how to manage stress by understanding how your mind works. "Knowledge is power" and at MindPath we teach business professionals, their teams and their families about the brain and developments in neuroscience.

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Section 10 is about the reasons the MindPath "Rewire Your Business Brain" is so important for business professionals. Learn more about the program and what it can do to enhance not just your performance but your enjoyment of life.

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In Section 11, we explore the biology of neuroscience for business professionals and delve into the realms of epigenetics and the "biology of belief".

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Section 12 concludes the interview with discussion about the roles of key neurotransmitters, hormones and chemicals and how anyone can learn to modulate them.

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Rosa and I hope you enjoyed the program. If you'd like to listen to the entire interview as an hour-long episode, you can make the jump to Green Planet FM by clicking here.

Do you have something you would like to add to the discussion? Leave a comment below. We would love to hear from you!