Being productive by being still

January 25, 2015

Sitting Buddha

I love my work and in many instances find it tough to distinguish between working and living. Yes, coaching, teaching, training and writing are jobs but also passions, no? Being productive by being still as such could seem an alien idea to someone like me.

Yet I learnt a big lesson when I allowed the idea of being still in order to be productive to warm my heart and indeed my mind.

A phrase from the book Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy triggered the initial spark. The writings of Jack Kornfield added logs to the fire and many meditation sessions at various centres since have fanned the flames of the notion of being productive by being still for me.

By letting thoughts, emotions, and feelings just flow as they are without any attempt to either grasp onto them or push them away for the sake of ’emptying our mind’, a meditation session can become a moment to let things settle within us naturally.

Not always will this be so, but then each session in its own way can provide learning in any case. We are being productive by being still in these moments and, quite likely afterwards too, as we go about interacting again with life, perhaps with a renewed inner sense of clarity and purpose.

Of course we all have our own approach to living our potential and I recognize being productive by being still requires the element of action afterwards to bring into being eventual external benefits obtained from the session.

However you feel about meditation, being productive by being still and the issue of mindfulness, thanks in any case for connecting here today.


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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.


Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).



August 2, 2010

Looking at Health

As stated in the previous posting, I’m using August as a time to ‘balance sheet’, observe, review, and evaluate aspects of life. The objective of this holistic, 360° assessment is to use the input to tweak plans and eventual actions for the final quarter of this year.

Starting with the area of health seems right, it’s the foundation on which the other areas of life to be looked over the coming postings are based. By health I’m referring here to general considerations only; aches, pains and suchlike are beyond the scope of this assessment.

What is my current weight? What would be an ideal weight? One I know I’ll feel comfortable with? What do I need to do to reduce the gap between the two? By when? Will I?

I’ve more or less cut meat from my diet. Coffee consumption has been reduced considerably recently, making way for caffeine free fruit flavoured herbal drinks. No complaints with the Mediterranean diet I follow. Fresh bread is always a temptation, but a manageable one.

A weak point. I am conscious of not regularly practicing sport. Stretching, the occasional jog in the park and getting around town on a bike don’t compensate for the time in front of the computer.

Lifestyle choices
I could write many words on the benefits of meditation, but I won’t. Suffice to say I am happy to have gotten into the habit of connecting with the breath. I’ve never been a smoker. Pollution is something I am conscious of, yet it is supposedly better here in this small town than in the big city in which I lived for many years before coming here.

Overall rating
6 out of 10. What would make it a 7 or 8 out of ten? Certainly some sort of scheduled exercise routine would be good for me and maybe have a positive impact on the weight at the same time. In the competition between the me of now and the me of tomorrow this is probably not a bad start. I love challenges and getting into better shape for the coming quarter is a good goal for me here.

Next time I’ll be looking at fun and recreation. In the meantime, thanks for reading this. If you decide to undertake a similar exercise of balance sheeting your life, I’d love to hear how you get on so feel free to leave a comment below. If you wish to subscribe to this blog please complete the box on the right; respecting your privacy, I will never release your e-mail address to third parties.



April 26, 2010

Meditating with Buddy

“When we take time to quiet ourselves, every human being can sense that our lives could be lived with greater compassion and greater wakefulness. To meditate is to support this inner potential and allow it to come forth into our lives.” These words by Jack Kornfield, from his book Meditation For Beginners, explain my activity last Sunday evening; meditating with a guided meditation on my mp3 player.

Nothing strange in that except for what happened after. On completing the exercise, I failed to stop the player and found myself, no pun intended, still in a meditative state with Buddy Holly singing Rave On in my ears. Rather than interrupt the performance I chose to just ‘be with’ the music and let the emotions, feelings and energy it was creating flow by me, as if I were outside the sensations.

The Clash followed with (White man) in Hammersmith Palais. Still I sat there as memories of the late 70s passed by. Billy Joel came and went with This Is The Time. The Kinks attempted to stir me with Waterloo Sunset and yet the calmness continued. My breathing was regular, for once my legs weren’t aching and even my curiosity around the stillness within the music wasn’t distracting me. It was only another thought drifting by like a leaf floating down the stream.

I was finally roused as the piece of music I use before each training session entered my head. Supertramps’s Give A Little Bit brought the sitting to an end. Somewhat taken aback by the exercise, I was nevertheless content not to have gotten up immediately after the guided meditation.

Giving ourselves moments of space to step back from the daily pace – or should that be race – of life is considered in many societies as a healthy practice. For me it is like taking off a heavy overcoat and enjoying the sense of lightness the action brings with it.

We each have our own methods of meditation, perhaps even without using that particular word. Some walk, others swim, jog or read. Maybe you prefer to be surrounded by nature. Yoga or T’ai chi might be for you. I’d love to hear what works for you in the area of well-being. Your input is always welcomed here.

Rave On!


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