Tales of Transcendence

Here and now

Which state of mind do you choose, here and now?

Happiness is here and now. It’s a state of mind. The content can be anything. Sometimes happiness is total silence with no worries on your mind. It can be a tight situation at work, something we break through together and get a feeling that what we do makes a difference. Or it can be a sudden life-threatening situation with adrenalin crystallising the present moment and making everything else fade away. Or witnessing your baby being born,  looking at the eyes of a new human being and seeing the depth of the whole universe.

However, the most important element of happiness is this: happiness is a decision. The core of self-leadership is in controlling your mind, choosing your focus with awareness – both internally and externally. Facing the decision element leads to responsibility.  Since I can choose what I perceive, feel, think, and become aware of in the here and now, only I an be responsible of my state of mind. If I’m anxious and unhappy, it’s my fault. If I feel peaceful and happy, it’s my merit. Undeniably both states of mind happen in relationship with other people, nevertheless I’m the one who’s fully responsible.

Which state of mind do you choose, here and now?

(this video has English subtitles, if you don’t see any, choose subtitles)

… this video ended in an exciting situation. What happened to a man who got lost in the mall and separated from his family? Don’t worry, after finding his inner happiness he found an air-conditioned book store, and the family found him grinning in front of a bookshelf full of zen-books. Pure bliss!

– Pexi

By Pekka Pirhonen

I do human-centric strategic development involving individuals, teams and organizations. At all levels it’s about creating and directing energy, inner transformation, and synchronization of individual and collective awareness. A shift in being initiates a shift in action.

In my blog "Coaching Corner" at I speak mainly about individual transformation and self-leadership. However, my personal experience tells that there is no separate “me” - I happen in relationships with others and with nature. Therefore my main motto regarding transformative self-leadership says “lead yourself towards others and all living beings”.

And once you’ve established contact, open your heart and mind, listen carefully and engage in powerful dialogue. This will transform you, and the whole world. Be the transformation you want to see in the world.

I am a professional self-leadership coach with ICF PCC-certificate, with a lot of experience in virtual coaching. Interested in all kinds of virtual collaboration, coaching assignments and mutual learning.

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