Life Coaching Skill Development: Becoming a Mindful Coach

Life Coaching Skill Development: Becoming a Mindful Coach

Talyaa Vardar, MA, FCPC, MCC
Talyaa Vardar, MA, FCPC, MCC
Executive Coach, Psychologist & Art Therapist

Life is busy. Most of us are caught up in being busy and don’t notice what’s around us or what we are actually living. Because of that we miss most of the life.

Sad, isn’t it?

Mindfulness is about learning to be present to yourself and your own life. It is a state of being that as a life coach will help you to maintain calm and peaceful. It is

also an elegant way of attending and witnessing life through your full senses. Being mindful means experiencing the “here and now”, so that you can choose your thoughts, your actions and realize your negative habits to stop them, process past hurts and emotional grudges that are holding you, and not allowing these to take control of your one and only life. What do we say? Life coaching starts with the self.

Steps Towards Building a Mindfulness Practice for Life Coaches

Being mindful is a way of taking a non-judgmental attention. Developing a mindfulness practice helps one to build and maintain “transformational coaching presence” that is peaceful, objective, accepting and detached.

Create rituals. Daily rituals will help you to empty your mind and body after your life coaching sessions and outside your coaching practice as well.

Breathe. Breathing is an important channel of connecting to our souls and body. Ask yourself powerful coaching questions to explore about the link between your breathing, your body and soul.

Listen. ICF certified life coaches are trained in developing active listening practice. Give your attention to what other people are saying and not will help your perception and give you a chance to filter mindfully.

Have a quiet time. Even for 10 minutes make an effort to stay alone and have a quiet time with yourself every day.

Listen to a peaceful piece of music everyday. This will relax your neurons and help you to get day’s stress out of your system on a regular basis.

Make art. Making art provides an aesthetic experience to come to our senses and help us to perceive our inner and outer World in a more intuitive way.

Appreciate your achievements even small wins on a daily basis.

Keep a gratitude diary. List at least five things that you are grateful of every night (family, health, job, people around you, nature, beautiful movie you just watched, money, creativity…) .

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