I wanted to share with you a concept that my Doctor told me about last year. It’s called COAL and I think it’s a really helpful way to look at things.
So, what is C O A L?
Well, it’s an acronym that stands for Curiousity Openness Acceptance Love. And it’s a concept you can apply to your life each and every day.
I did an little bit of research (thank you Google) and found that the acronym was invented by Dr. Daniel Siegel to describe the qualities of mindfulness.
I think it describes the relationship you can build with yourself and the world around you. It can help you grow and lead a happier more fulfilled life by being more present and mindful.
Let’s talk about each one separately and how they can support you in your everyday life.
A great way to approach life is with a sense of curiousity. Ask questions, look at things from different angles, get interested in what’s happening. Look at things without judgment but rather curiosity. When we do this we bring a very different feeling to our days.
Be open to opportunities, new concepts, opinions and different ways of looking at things. When we are more open it leads to more choice and variety in our lives.
To accept the things that you don’t have control over and can’t change. To accept where you are right now. This doesn’t mean you have to stay where you are, however acceptance of your current situation allows you to decide not only where to go next but how.
To cultivate self love. To give love. To do things with love. To allow yourself to receive love. Being kind and compassionate to yourself and others. When we come to life with love we allow more joy into our lives.
Each of these things all feed into each other too.
Curiousity brings with it more openness, acceptance and the ability for love.
Openness feeds our curiousity and helps us accept and grow as well as allow more love in our lives.
Acceptance allows us to cultivate love and therefore be more open and curious.
Love for yourself and others certainly allows us more acceptance and leads to more openness and curiousity.
I think of the COAL Concept as a form of self care. If we have a solid self-care foundation we can cope much better when life throws us unexpected stresses.
Are there any situations or areas of your life where you can apply the COAL concept right now?
Will it help you be more mindful and present?
Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Love and Peace, Dee xxx
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What if you can make that change?
What if you can do that thing?
What if you can become that person?
What would that mean for you?
The truth is you can.
It may take time.
It may take persistence.
You get to choose.
You can make the decision.
To do or not to do.
To take action.
One step at a time.
How would it feel to live the life you desire?
How would it feel to be doing the things you desire?
How would it feel to be fully you?
When you live as the person you desire to be you become that person and not only is that great for you but everyone around you benefits.
When you allow yourself to be fully YOU that is a gift to the world.
That inspires real connection.
That inspires others to do the same.
That inspires true joy and happiness.
I urge you to grab a piece of paper and pen and answer the questions above.
Do your answers awaken a desire to let the world see who you really are?
It’s scary I know! But you can make a plan and start taking steps today.
Make that change.
Do that thing.
Become that person.
It is possible.
In health and happiness, Dee xxx
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