As of September 22nd, the summer has ended here in the Northern hemisphere. And we have started experiencing the effects of autumn. I am not keen on using the word “fall” for this season, as it has a saddening connotation to it, even though the reason for using that word is to emphasize leaves falling from the trees. The most significant change I observe every … Continue reading Wind of Change
Law of Attraction is a concept that appeared in our lives about 15 years ago. Especially when the book and the movie “The Secret” was published, millions of people were grappled by it. Why did it create this much noise? Because it promised us that we could do anything we want, get anything we desire, and become anyone we want to be. Even though millions … Continue reading Is Law of Attraction your friend or your enemy?
I have attended a group coaching session that was organized by one of my fellow coach friends Nicholas Selway the other day. It was eye-opening, to say the least. I was the oldest among many attendees, much younger than me. One of the young ladies said something that stayed with me since that night. She said: “You can’t force a tree to grow.” First of … Continue reading You can’t force a tree to grow
The concept of stillness is an integral part of our lives. Meditation, prayer, mindfulness, reflection and alone time quiet our bodies and minds and help us ease our feelings of anxiety and overwhelm. Though, it is hard to bring ourselves to complete stillness. Because we have learned to rush, do more and do it faster. Do you remember being a little kid when time seemed … Continue reading Slow down to speed up
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Gandhi Doing something good for someone, making them happy, gives you more happiness than you’d feel if you did something for yourself. It’s not my statement. I’m just sharing a research result that was revealed by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton. They conducted the same research both in Canada and … Continue reading Might the secret to happiness be serving others?
The relationship with the self is the most important and crucial relationship in your life. Your career, your personal relationships, your home, and your health are all a direct result of the quality of your relationship with you. Dr. Chérie Carter-Scott, Transformational Life Coaching Since I started practicing as a life coach, I have been getting questions from so many people on what it entails. Questions … Continue reading I am an Insight Coach
“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” Bryant H. McGill Even though my mom and I have a great connection, that doesn’t stop us from having the following kind of conversations quite often. Mom: – On your way to my place, will you pick Me: – Pick apples and walnuts up? (Because I know that … Continue reading The Art of Communicating
I’m not sure whether or not we appreciate enough the meaning of the word “Connection.” We, human beings, need, crave, and blossom by connections. Therefore, it’s essential to have a significant number of healthy connections to live a balanced and fulfilling life. Author Brené Brown describes the word connection best in her book “The Gifts of Imperfection” as; “…the energy that exists between people when … Continue reading Connecting with yourself and others
My name is Ipek Williamson, and I am a perfectionist. We all have seen the scene in movies or shows where the character says this sentence at Alcoholics Anonymous, though instead of “perfectionist” they use the word alcoholic. Even if you are sober for years and years, you still call yourself an alcoholic. It’s the same in my case. Because I’m not as big a … Continue reading Perfect or imperfect? That’s the question.
Do experiences make people happier than material possessions? It’s the first sentence on the research report prepared by Leaf Van Boven, the University of Colorado at Boulder and Thomas Gilovich, Cornell University. And according to the outcome of their research, they’ve found out that experiences beat material possessions by far. How and why? Here’s the explanation. Let’s say you have bought your dream house or … Continue reading What would make you happier?
Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you. – Unknown Being your real self takes guts. You have to stand strong and don’t care about what others say. But even though you try plugging your ears to other people’s comments, how can you mute the sound playing between your two ears? Well, I have a secret for … Continue reading Is it really that hard to “Be Yourself”?
In every disaster, there are also blessings. In every crisis, there is hope. People wake up to what is important, and they come out of the crisis with new, stronger energy and resolve. You need to understand that the trauma was there to teach you a lesson, acknowledge that lesson, and then thank and forgive the messenger (the person you believe caused you harm) for … Continue reading The answers you need are in you
I have just completed the Mind Mastery 101 course by Sean Webb with whom I’m connected through LinkedIn. He generously offered this $1000 worth online course for free to everyone who would like to take it during the pandemic period. And I was one of the people who were lucky enough to catch this great opportunity. It has been a nine-week course with 45 days … Continue reading Becoming the Master of Your Mind
It has been a little more than a year since I became interested in spirituality and mindfulness. The change I have been witnessing in my way of thinking has been phenomenal. I have never felt this calm yet creative and productive in my life. Also, one of the main changes I have been noticing is in my reactions. Maybe because of my Mediterranean background, I … Continue reading Conscious Reactions
“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.” Vernon Howard The other day, on the radio, I’ve heard a grocery store manager say that the most selling products in their store since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis were baking goods. Why? Because people who would never have time to bake, now had time to do it. They … Continue reading Even a disaster could have a silver lining
Would you ever willingly harm yourself, your property, your relationship, or your success? You certainly wouldn’t. And if you somehow do, you’d never think it was intentional. You would say, just an accident or a mistake. Well, what if other things are lying underneath the surface? What if behind every failure there is an underlying reason? Maybe you took that job, but you were not … Continue reading If you think you have never self-sabotaged, you are wrong
One of my highschool friends mentioned last week in our WhatsApp group a book that she read. The name of the book was; Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles. As it sounded quite interesting, I decided to read it. But when I checked our library, I have found out that there was a waitlist for it. … Continue reading What’s your Ikigai?
Your life partner whom you can never run away from is not your spouse, your child, your parent or your friend. It’s yourself. If this is a reality, which you and I both know it is, then why not to have a better relationship with yourself? Because, as you deepen your relationship with yourself, your self-love grows. And accordingly, the quality of your life improves. … Continue reading Tips to Improve Your Relationship with Yourself
Empathy is the ability to understand the emotions others are experiencing. But if you go one step further, it becomes the ability to feel what another person is feeling. Sometimes it even turns into an extreme reaction to others’ emotions. During my soul searches and my vulnerability self-checks, I have noticed that I was getting too invested in others’ problems. Especially when it’s the people … Continue reading Too much empathy might get toxic for you
There are so many misconceptions around the notion of meditation. For some reason, most people think of it as an activity for more spiritually inclined ones. The picture that comes to mind when one thinks about meditation is someone sitting up with an extremely straight back and uncomfortably crossed legs. Continue reading and see if your excuse for not meditating is mentioned below. I don’t … Continue reading Common Misconceptions About Meditation