The Art of Strengths Coaching

S is for Stimulating Sanctuaries

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Looking back at your life, when have you spent time creating or experiencing stimulating sanctuaries?

Such places offer more than a sense of peace. They also provide stimulation that enables you to grow. Here are some answers that people have given on this theme.

I spent time in a stimulating sanctuary when I:

Grew up in my family … Studied in an adult education class … Spent a year at college … Sang in a choir … Worked in my garden … Did voluntary work helping people … Piloted a glider … Took care of my horse … Did a deeply satisfying project for two years … Wrote my book … Ran seminars on my specialist subject

Good mentors, for example, often try to create such an encouraging environment in which a person can feel at ease and explore their own agenda. They also provide practical tools that enable the mentee to achieve their personal or professional goals.

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to look back on your life and work and do the following things.

Describe a stimulating sanctuary you created – either for yourself or for other people – in the past.

Describe the specific things you did to create the stimulating sanctuary.

Describe the specific benefits of creating the stimulating sanctuary.

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Looking ahead, where would you like to create a stimulating sanctuary in the future?

You may want to do this when building a family, renovating a house, nurturing a garden, teaching a class, starting a charity, creating a stimulating website or whatever.

What can you do to create such a sanctuary? What would be the benefits – for you or for other people?

Renata Wallace and her colleagues continue to create such places at the wallacespace. These are three spaces in London that provide facilities for courses, meetings and other events.

People who visit love the natural light, the healthy food and the hospitality ethos generated by the staff. Whilst providing a sanctuary in the midst of the city, wallacespace is also stimulating. You can discover more via the following link.

http://www.wallacespace.com/

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Looking at my own life, I have benefited from spending time in stimulating sanctuaries. I have also tried to create these in my professional life when running therapeutic communities, super team workshops and mentoring sessions.

The next challenge is to try to create such a place on The Positive Approach website. This is difficult, of course, because it is much easier if one can connect with each person and their agenda.

The important thing, however, is to give it a go. The aim is to provide practical tools that people can use to build on their positive spirit and achieve their picture of success.

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

Describe a stimulating sanctuary you want to create – either for yourself or for other people – in the future.

Describe the specific things you can do to create such a stimulating sanctuary.

Describe the specific benefits of creating such a stimulating sanctuary.

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