After Global Wellness Day on Saturday 8th June 2019, we hear from Ros Toynbee, LL.B, Director & Head Coach at The Career Coach, on how The Zone of Connection has changed her life for the better and gives her advice to those wanting to use The Connection Practice in their own lives.
1) When were you introduced to the concept of The Connection Practice and why did you need it?
I first heard about The Zone of Connection practices in about 2010 after seeing an email advertising Sue and Penny’s two-day workshop for coaches through the Association for Coaching. The workshop “Connective Coaching” was all about how to be fully connected to who you are so that you could connect to your client’s full potential and transform them. I was attracted to the idea of using breath and bodywork to access my inspiration, passion and vision and that of my clients. As a coach, I was looking for tools to work more deeply with emotions and energy, but experienced profound transformation for myself in the process. I had been going through a difficult time in my home life and the workshop and practices gave me the space to speak out loud what was truly going on for me and to be listened to at a very deep level by Sue, Penny and the other coaches validating my experience and helping to heal me.
2) How has The Zone of Connection impacted you?
After the workshop, I began experimenting with the practices daily. I would connect my head, heart and gut and reach down into the earth and up to the sun to feel grounded before expanding my energy out to the universe. Being someone who is a bit of a thinker and often in her head I found this valuable for getting beyond my own ruminations (not always so helpful) to feeling able to connect with myself, others and life. I had the pleasure of receiving follow up coaching with Penny and over three sessions by phone combined her experience, curiosity and energy to create radical shifts in my thinking and being about how to connect with and parent my young daughter. I was a first-time mum and so overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. My coaching – and the practices – helped me source my intuition and to feel strong, powerful and connected. Penny’s coaching has the incredible lightness of touch – and it’s clear she lives and breathes these practices every day. She is a fantastic role model for this work!
3) Do you have any advice for those who are just about to start using The Connection Practice?
For those who have done a lot of personal development work or are coaches and facilitators the idea of tapping into Quantum Intelligence to tap into creativity and wisdom is a natural extension of the way you have been trained to coach. For others who are not, the idea of working with the breath, body and quantum intelligence won’t make logical sense. Since I did the workshop in 2010 neuroscience and quantum physics is giving us evidence this stuff works. But really, the best evidence is your own from suspending disbelief and just doing the zone of connection practices. The more you do them, the more automatic they become and you will feel more connected to yourself, others and life. Life will feel more joyful, easier, more inflow. Give it a try.
Ros Toynbee LL.B, Director & Head Coach at The Career Coach
Ros Toynbee LL.B, Director & Head Coach at The Career Coach, has over sixteen years’ experience a career management and leadership coach. Her business backgrounds are in law, media and financial services and in her spare time is a trustee for a local charity. She is passionate about helping professionals build careers that are rewarding for them financially, intellectually and emotionally and who want to make a difference. Ros has trained with many bodies including CoachU, Fireworks Career Coaching, the Centre for Right Relationship (CRR UK), and Newfield and is an NLP Practitioner. She is accredited at Master Certified Coach (MCC) level with the ICF, making her one of the top 1% coaches globally, and is regularly invited to speak at networking associations and in the press.
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