once you understand what it means it will change your life

“I am” is a significant word. I explored it through photography.

I am – a deep understanding of this word can change your life. “I am” is one of the more significant words.

Notice that when you ask yourself what “I am” means, a feeling arises. You feel something inside you. Isn’t it interesting?

Of course, you know you are and it goes without saying. But try to understand and feel it more deeply.

Stand with your feet on the ground and think “I am.” Repeat the word in your mind several times. Start walking with that awareness of “I am.” You can also run or dance with “I am”. Check how you feel and what you feel when you realize the meaning of the word.

I feel joy. And gratitude.

When you understand with all your heart the meaning of “I am,” it can change your life. So, please do experience. Knowing something and experiencing it are two different things.

“I am” – with this awareness everyday life is better. You notice more around you and enjoy it more. Gratitude awakens in you, which brings positive energy. It helps you live with a lighter heart.

Hardship and pain are part of life. They cannot be avoided. Thanks to them, we make effort and achieve something. We keep developing. But we have a choice to see consciously what gives lightness, relief, comfort, and what gives a sense of power at the same time.

“I am” is a powerful word.

To understand and see it better, you can go for a walk and photograph the topic “I am”. You don’t need to know in advance how to do this. Ideas will come. Walk, look around you and you will discover an unlimited source of wisdom, creativity and joy. Below are my photos of “I am”.

Inspired by Mooji.

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About the author: Dorota Raniszewska – certified professional coach, EMCC Coach and Mentor – Senior Practitioner, accredited coach Izba Coachingu, certified trainer, author of the book “ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS. Photography in personal development, healing and education. Notes from a personal journey”.

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living in peace and returning to harmony

Peace is inside you like deep in the ocean.

Peace is inside you like deep in the ocean.

I found it inside myself.

I can live in peace. I can return to harmony and rest whenever I need.

You can do as well.

There is something trans-material in the heart of our existence. As people, we suffer. We struggle. We strive for. There are also moments of joy, fulfillment and rest.

There is no life without difficult moments, or emotions that are unpleasant. Nevertheless, we are able to transcend them. We admire the beauty of nature. We find trust in an unknown future. Hope, beauty, pleasure give us a sense of freedom and lightness to life. And we can learn to find peace inside us. It resides deep within our hearts.

I will tell you my story of discovering peace. I was looking for it. I was looking for a way to find it in everyday life. I practiced body and movement awareness, meditation and breathing. But in fact, Mooji taught me how to find harmony inside my heart. I understood that peace begins inside me. I found a way to return to it. And I’m writing about it today.

When I feel tired, anxious, restless, confused, when I feel that too much is going on in my head, then I lie down. I close my eyes. I put all my thoughts aside. And I lie there for 10 minutes. I am resting.

When I find peace inside myself, I feel it around me as well. I am in the space of my peace. It begins inside the heart. You can feel it there.

But let’s go deeper into it.

What does it mean to put all my thoughts aside?

It means that I don’t think and put aside plans to be carried out, “to-do” lists, urgent and important things, missions, concerns, desires, needs, assessments. Thoughts will come back. The mind does not sleep for long. Believe me, thoughts will not fade away. So you can put them aside for a few minutes. They can wait.

Also, abandon any relaxation techniques, or motivational thoughts. And for a moment you are just as if empty. You rest in silence and emptiness. You are doing nothing. You simply are.

This is not meditation. It is just resting. Just like animals do on a hot day. You can even keep your eyes open. You are fully aware and you are present.

Notice that when you are in this ‘just-being‘ and don’t think, then you don’t feel any pressure. There is no judgement. There is no rush. There is nothing that makes you uncomfortable. You feel comfortable.

After a few minutes, get up. You will feel when you want to get up. Your body will be relaxed and your mind will be clearer.

I do it every day – even several times a day. Nothing is needed – no gadgets, equipment, techniques. Just allow yourself to put your thoughts aside for a few minutes and be.

This is how you will improve the quality of you life.

 I learned to rest on demand.

 I encourage you – try it. Don’t say ‘I know it’. Knowing and experiencing are two different things.

Experience it now.

 I wish you a real discovery of WHAT is perhaps the most important in life. When you discover peace and harmony within you, you will feel it all around you. There is gentleness, love and sense of security in it.

 This is the power of peace.

living in peace and returning to harmony

Photo by Maria Lupan on Unsplash

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When you ask your coaching client to look for his or her Most Important Photo, they will reflect on what matters to them in life.

This article is going to be a coaching exercise for me 😉. Why? I’m pretty good at spreading ideas and sharing my knowledge but I’m less good at celebrating success and showing great feedback received 😊. Sometimes I’m too busy and run fast forward, but many times, I’m simply having this kind of inner dialogue which you might know about modesty, temperance and letting things speak for themselves. 

But this time, there is a special occasion. It is about coaches feedback received after the ‘Photography in Coaching. Making the Future Visible’ presentation at the EMCC Global Coaching, Mentoring and Supervision conference that took place recently. 

Together with my colleague, Bara Belova who is a manager, mentor and coach we challenged ourselves to demonstrate a live coaching session on ‘The Most Important Photo’ – which is a coaching process that I’ve been developing based on the use of client personal photos and the model of neurological levels.

And here is what some of the conference participants shared:

This sort of topic can be filed under ‘Creative Stuff’ all too often. The use of personal visuals in our lives today is part of our everyday conversation; whether that be a visual or spoken exchange. This is so relevant to all natures and approaches to coaching. 

My comment: Yes, indeed. The experience shows that clients personal photos are very useful in all coaching niches, i.e.:

  • life coaching – think about personal resources that are visible in the photos,
  • executive coaching – think of values that drive behaviours and leadership style,
  • career coaching – think of profile photos that are our public messages about our uniqueness,
  • relationship coaching – think of emotions and thoughts that relationship photos can evoke,
  • wellbeing – think of taking photos as mindfulness practice or creative thinking,
  • team integration and coaching. 

Also, active taking of photographs is an excellent way to facilitate people communication and exchange of ideas, especially when there is a need to think out of the box and to speak beyond language limitations. 

I found this very thought-provoking and powerful. I have been incorporating pictures and art into my coaching over the last year and will use ‘The Most Important Photo’.

My comment: It’s so nice to read that other coach also uses photos. Many use ready decks of photos to stimulate thinking and communication. I’m happy that you are inspired to use this process of the Most Important Photo. The use of clients’ personal photos is something unique in terms of connecting to the true self.

Learning a new way to help the client tap into his/herself was very helpful. Especially in this day and age of “selfies.

My comment: Well, yes. Memories and emotions triggered by our personal photos remind us of parts of ourselves that we might forget in a daily race. A simple photo from holidays, work, graduation, family home or the one we took and are proud of, can be very insightful in talking about what matters to us in life generally. And authenticity is a meaningful topic today.

Great appreciation to Bara for being willing to act as a coachee and great appreciation to Dorota for taking us through the coaching exercise. Using the personal photo was very inspiring. Thank you

My comment: It was an act of openness and courage. But we also benefited a lot from it. We learned a lot. I think that the session we presented was the most reflected one I ever had. Also, we were supported by the EMCC team in all the preparatory tasks, including the pre-recorded session, conference papers, promotional interviews. The work that was done by the EMCC team to organise this conference deserves the highest admiration and gratitude. 

True coaching, thus very relevant!! 🙂

Insightful, innovative, valuable. Loved this session thank you both!

One more thing to share maybe. Besides the conference presentation, we also prepared a conference paper dedicated to ‘The Most Important Photo’ and the power of photography in coaching. I will be happy to share it with you. If it is of interest to you, send me an email at dorota@photo-in-coaching.com

Here are some of my quotes from the conference paper:

Photography assists us from birth on in all we create in life based on our dreams and hopes, strengths, relationships and achievements.

Photographs mirror, materialize and document the experiences of human life – our biography. They make it easier to connect to what matters to us. They trigger memories and provide a lot of material for the thinking process.

The Most Important Photo connects you to something meaningful in your life and to the essence of who you are and what is your core life experience. It is one of the important photos that are kept to remember important moments and people in life.

When you ask your coaching client to look for his or her most important photo, they will reflect on what matters to them in life.

If you wish to learn more about photography in coaching, you can reach my book ‘ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS. Photography in personal development, healing and education. Notes from a personal journey. It is available here

Thank you for reading this article.

Dorota Raniszewska – certified professional coach, EMCC Coach and Mentor – Senior Practitioner, accredited coach Izba Coachingu, certified trainer, author of the book “ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS. Photography in personal development, healing and education. Notes from a personal journey”.

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A portrait is a reflection of the self

A portrait is a reflection of the self

One of the training participants is Lars Neumann. Lars is a photographer and he works on personality in the portrait. Below I shared the link to some of his works: https://www.mylightphoto.de/mylightgallery/. Lars noticed that taking someone’s portrait is not only about photography and art but also the interpersonal development for both, the photographer and the person being photographed. Being a coach, I can add that the portrait and especially, a self-portrait is a very powerful technique in Photography in Coaching. It is especially useful in working on one’s values, identity and vision of the future. In my book I wrote that: “The portrait is an age-old topic of discussion. We’ve all had our portrait taken, in one way or another. Kings, queens, aristocrats and celebrities have all had their portrait done, like a painting or a photograph. To have one’s portrait taken often presupposes that it will be charismatic, representing a paragon or idealized vision of oneself. A person settled in their environment, within their role of wife, mother, artist, soldier or dancer. This is where I’d like to propose a different perspective on portraiture. In other words, a portrait that is a reflection of the self and helps a person understand him or herself. A portrait as a medium that allows us to look at ourselves through someone else’s eyes.” – “ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS. Photography in personal development, healing and education, Notes from a personal journey.” (Kindle edition, Amazon.com).

More about photography in coaching here …

A portrait is a reflection of the self

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Taking part in photography raises curiosity and openness.

Taking part in photography raises curiosity and openness.

“The children were open and curious, taking an active part in my photography.” – this sentence, as well as a short article which I’m sharing with you today is an example of how photography can engage children (and adults), activate them, bring back joy and other positive emotions, and as a result, supports healing. From the photos in this article, you can clearly see an exceptional quality of the relationship between the children and the photographer (or a coach or another type of a specialist who uses photography in their work with people). The project was done in Brasov, Romania in a big hospital for children with TB by TOBIAS Tobias Hofsäss, a photographer based in Brussels. Tobias decided to join this course “ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS. Photography in Coaching and Personal Development” and I’m really honoured that I can show this work here to you.
Have a wonderful week, Do Raniszewska

Link to Tobias Hofsass page:
http://www.tobiashofsaess.com/work/childhood-tb/

Below a screenshot from his website:

Taking part in photography raises curiosity and openness.

#oneimagemanywords #photocoaching #coaching #phototherapy #socialphotography

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I can’t put it in the right words but I took a few pictures…

Imagine a client comes to you and sais: I can’t put it in the right words but since you use photography in coaching, I took a few pictures after our last session to show how I progressed. I’m sure you will understand. This happened to me yesterday! ☺️ I was very impressed by what she showed to me. And I decided to write about it because it can be inspiring to you. At the end of our session three weeks ago, I suggested to my client to start observing time. Her life challenge is to be able to pause, to stop feeling constantly on a hurry. Yesterday, she came to the session and first, she opened her coaching diary (I usually ask my clients to have a coaching diary during the process). I saw several photos inside, that represented plants and bread. What is on these photos? – I asked. By the way, this is an example of a good coaching question about a client’s photo. “I planted flowers at home and baked bread.” “What was important in it for you?” – I asked another question. “I always dreamed about having flowers at home but never had time for it. The same about the bread. – there was a time, I used to make my own bread but with time, I forgot about it. In the last weeks, I observed flowers and took the time to bake my own bread.” “How do you feel about it now?” – I asked again. “I have satisfaction. And I feel joy and calm.” I hope you will find it useful and inspiring about using photos in coaching! Do Raniszewska

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The image is an essential element of how we experience the world.

The image is an essential element of how we experience the world.

Hello😀! It is Sunday morning in Warsaw where I am now. Let’s open this day with a beautiful quote from Aaron Siskind, an American photographer who said: “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.

I have to tell you – it is a very true sentence! I often witness how photos remind us, and my clients about things we forgot, but once we see them right in front of our eyes, memories come back! And we can return to our most important moments.

And how about you – do you keep photos you made time ago? If yes, why keeping photos is important to you? 

Do Raniszewska

The image is an essential element of how we experience the world.

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people are like trees, You can tell about yourself through photographs of trees.

You can tell about yourself through photographs of trees.

In October I am on a morning walk in the park every day. I take pictures of trees. The tree gives a sense of rest and security. It inspires me. It symbolizes life, strength, persistence and family. And the silhouettes of trees are like people. They express emotions. This leaning ‘feels’ differently than the soaring, which reaches the sky. Old massive oak raises other sensations and snow-white, slender birch the other. You can tell about yourself through photographs of trees. Man is like a tree, ingrown to the ground and crowned towards the sky. The more grounded it is, the higher it grows. I need roots – values to make the right decisions. I need a trunk – a fracture proof spine. And the entire network of relationships – the branches by which it exists. We are a combination of everything we receive from others and give to others.

people are like trees, You can tell about yourself through photographs of trees.

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A unique book on using photos in coaching

Books are a uniquely portable magic. I’m 4 months on Amazon!

A unique book on using photos in coaching“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Stephen King’s quote. I’m celebrating today because “ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS” has been 4 months on Amazon by now. I believe that optimism is a foundation of courage and is essential to achievement. But nothing would happen without a dream, a vision, and great support from people involved – and esp. Agnes Monod-Gayraud, Judy Weiser, and Jacek Szczepański. I’m happy and grateful.

You can read about and buy the book on Amazon: LINK 2 THE BOOK ON Amazon

It’s worth!

Enjoy and stay inspired, Dorota Raniszewska 🙂

 

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developing creativity

Developing creativity

One of the elements of developing creativity is discovering your inner landscapes in the external landscape. The muses, which are our inspiration, live in streams, tufts of grass, among the leaves of trees, on a park bench, on an old woman’s windowsill, just everywhere. They are colors, reflections, light and shadow, sounds, rustles, blasts of wind, movements. When going outside, we go forward with attention and interest, the world unhurriedly reveals its faces to us, and our imagination responds like a mirror – transforms the feather into an angel, leaves into a raft, a pebble in a stranger from distant sides. And suddenly, it turns out that the gray square in the city is enough to enjoy a creative look.

developing creativity

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