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Living fields…….living spaces

In coaching, we are rightly concerned with our personal development, our self-observational skills and our in-the-moment monitoring of our body/mind/spirit as we work with others. Indeed, this practice is evidence that we have got beyond the early stages of professional development and the attachment to our models. We can now notice who and how we […]

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Silences, mindful presence and pausing for breath

Right on cue, Amanda Ridings, CSA graduate,  has sent in this piece.  I hope that you find it useful and that it might whet your appetite to read ‘Pause for Breath’ her recent, excellent book on dialogue .  Edna Murdoch   ———————————————————————————————————————————————————  See how nature – trees, flowers, grass -grows in silence; See the stars, […]

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Mindfulness explored

There is much discussion in coaching, at the moment, about mindfulness. Fiona Adamson, who helped to establish CSA and currently supervises some of our students, writes the superb piece below. It sets out clearly, the benefits of a mindfulness approach in coaching.  Although it is written for coach supervisors, it applies just as well to […]

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A New Start

Last week, we (CSA) began the sixth annual training for coach supervisors.  You can picture this new group – training team included! – eager to get going after much pre-course preparation.  I am always fascinated by these first minutes/hours in a new situation, particularly one which brings together a group of very experienced coaches, many […]

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Unconditional Presence

“Unconditional presence is the most powerful transmuting force there is”  John Welwood. I wish that our coaching training courses could give much more time to ‘unconditional presence.’ In our (CSA’s) coaching supervision training, we work throughout the nine months to ensure that our supervisors use  ‘unconditional presence’ and mindfulness to support their work with coaches. […]

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Coaching Presence

Coaching Presence Over the next few weeks, I will be writing about coaching presence and how very important it is for us to cultivate profound presence – not  just extra awareness.  To begin, I would like to offer you a quotation that says it all in my book and then, a simple practical preparation for […]

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Coaching Supervision explores Relational Practice

A key element of coaching supervision is the exploration of the relationship between coach and coachee, as well as the one taking place inside the coach – the internal conversation often referred to as the ‘Internal Supervisor’. Coaching Supervision appreciates that while the observable business of coaching is going on – meetings, contracting, outlining coaching […]

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