By Guest Contributors Penny Mallinson and Sue Coyne
It’s wonderful that there’s so much support for people during this difficult time.
What we’d like to offer you is not only a chance to maintain your connection and wellbeing during this period of isolation, but to help you start a new powerful practice that you can use for the future, taking this rare opportunity of forced change to make a really positive difference to your life.
How do you stay open, present and connected with the vast changes to both your personal life and work that isolation has brought? Such sudden change can send a shock wave through our core and bring up our fears, leaving us feeling powerless, off balance and out of sorts.
How effective are your current strategies at maintaining your best state?
In our book The Zone of Connection (ZOC) we share the Connection Practice, tools and strategies which we developed to support us through the challenging times that we’ve experienced in our lives and to turn adversity into opportunity.
From our experience and through distilling the many theories that we have studied, we believe that there are three levels for engaging and connecting with life: Disconnection, Mindful Connection and Full Connection. Understanding what happens to us when we disconnect and how we can become fully connected is crucial to maintaining our sense of wellbeing.
When events happen to us that are out of our control it can leave us feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope. Anxiety triggers our stress response which sends us into a state of disconnection and our default operating system kicks which automatically and unconsciously reacts to events. In that state, it’s difficult to be present and, due to a limited perspective, we can realise only a fraction of the potential that’s available to us. We can get stuck in our past pain, feeling powerless and are unable to respond to changes.
When fully connected your mind and body work together and you are able to be present in the moment, more aware of your senses, and you can use your innate abilities. You enter into autonomic balance and coherence, a state of neurological balance where you can access a state of flow, and have a more accurate sense of reality. In short your body chemistry and systems are optimal giving you a feeling of wellbeing and peace.
You have shifted from your default operating system, which automatically reacts to events, to a new operating system. This allows you to interrupt your habitual negative thoughts and patterns of behaviour, freeing yourself from the prison of your mind. You are connected to your true power – calm and centred yet feel vibrantly alive.
The good news is that this full-connection operating system is there all the time, and we can all easily tune into it – a beautiful, powerful state that is available to everyone. The technique we developed is the Connection Practice, a routine that consistently gives people the easiest access to a state of full connection, changing their state in the moment and it’s as easy as turning the light switch on!
The Connection Practice
The Connection Practice is a tool that you can use to take you beyond mindfulness and offers an alternative to your autopilot operating system and stress response, enabling you to shift from your default operating system to a state of full connection and reboot yourself when you choose. Waking up and getting into the ZOC is one of the secrets to living a wonderful life of your choice.
The essence of this easy and quick routine is to create a core connection that lets you feel grounded, open, present with all of who you are, and expanded in flow or in the zone – and to use it whenever you choose.
With regular practice, the Connection Practice teaches your brain to remain in this new operating system. It establishes a new way of being that will endure and have an impact on your day-to-day life, something you can always turn to. It gives you the power to manage your energetic state, reprogram yourself, thus changing the course of your life to a more positive, abundant one that you control. This is actually a natural way of being for all of us; it has been in the background all the time.
Please do give it a go, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is and how you feel. The link below gives you a guided version of the Connection Practice so that you have the opportunity to directly experience it and to train yourself in this new way of being, regular practice will mean that you can change your state in the moment.
You can download the audio version to support you with this or through this link www.thezoneofconnection.com/downloads
ABOUT PENNY MALLINSON AND SUE COYNE
(LEFT) Sue Coyne is a successful transformational leadership and team coach, and the author of the bestselling Stop Doing, Start Leading. She has also contributed to Enabling Genius by Myles Downey, Leadership Team Coaching in Practice by Peter Hawkins, and Becoming a Transpersonal Leader by John Knights et al.
(RIGHT) Penny Mallinson is a mentor, a visionary coach and an experienced facilitator in the personal development arena. Penny focused her MBA on organisational psychology and later on human psychology through Psychosynthesis.
The Zone of Connection
The Zone of Connection offers a simple but powerful practice to transform your life just 5 minutes a day, going beyond mindfulness, showing you how to shift from being on autopilot to one of full connection and experiencing flow in all areas of your life. With simple but powerful techniques, stemming from research into neuro and quantum science, you can experience internal transformation and become your own master.
This book demonstrates how to shift out of this default operating system to one of full connection and by doing so living to our full potential. It is this zone that the great masters and ancient wisdom traditions point to – a beautiful, powerful state that is now available to everyone. The authors provide a new simple approach that is easy to apply, and through this practice, anyone can be fully present, feeling happiness and love and be at their very best every day.
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