The Meaning of Life

What a profound subject to kick off the new year with, you may be thinking!

Well, I’m never one to turn down the prospect of an expanded readership, and if the title of the Blog Post can help achieve that without totally misleading the audience, then “Why not,” I say?

If you were looking forward to a straightforward answer to the age old question: “What is the meaning of life?” I may disappoint you. I have some ideas on that topic, of course, but there are others out there more eminently qualified to do that justice!

What I want to focus on today is how events and situations affect our lives based on the meaning we attach to them. Perhaps not as profound-sounding as the title implies, but nevertheless incredibly important in determining how we feel about ourselves and about life!

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when YOU are the answer.”

– Joseph Campbell


The meaning of life

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Promoting Happiness

The problem with the term ‘life coaching’ is that it’s just not terribly descriptive. The net effect of that is that members of the public tend to hold very different preconceptions of what life coaching is really all about.

In particular, life coaching often gets confused with counselling or mentoring, two disciplines which are, in fact very different.

At New Insights we’ve developed a fairly simple and succinct definition that we use – and ask our trained coaches to use – to promote consistency. But sometimes even that’s not simple enough.

When the situation calls for ‘brass tack’ brevity I like to explain life coaching as ‘promoting happiness’ because when you boil down everything that life coaches do, that is the end result that they seek for their clients.

So what is happiness and why does a consistent state of happiness remain so elusive for so many of us?

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

– Denis Waitley


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The Benefits of Journaling

Have you ever kept a Journal? If not – and it’s not something you feel inclined to try, I can empathise because that describes how I once felt.

I was somewhat sceptical, too, about the value of life coaching, until I agreed to try it … and look at me now, enthusiastically pontificating about the value of life coaching to anyone who is willing to listen!

It was back in 2006 and I was a few sessions into being coached by that wonderful lady, Sharon, when she asked me to keep a daily journal in which I would record my thoughts, feelings and achievements.

“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.”

― Christina Baldwin


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Power or Force?

The inspiration for this week’s post comes from my Father’s Day gift – a fascinating book called Power vs Force by David Hawkins.

Let me be frank – the book’s not an easy read. It struck me as a curious and intriguing mix of spirituality, psychology, quantum physics and applied kinesiology.

It’s probably one of those books that you derive so much more out of it the second time round as much of the first time is spent trying to get your mind round various concepts.

Nonetheless, Hawkins shares some quite breathtaking revelations about the human organism’s capacity to distinguish, with absolute accuracy, truth from falsity.

“We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become.”

― David R. Hawkins

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The Power of Love

With Valentine’s Day clearly in our sights, I thought it would be appropriate to expound on the value of Love.

I came across this rather cute fable on the Internet. It looked to me that it may have been translated from another language, so I edited it to make it a little easier to read.

Ok, it’s rather quaint … but I think you’ll agree there is a pretty powerful message that we would do well not to forget!


“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix


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