After a summer of practicality and relaxation, I’ve spent the past three to four weeks feeling as if I was in limbo as I went through the adjustment of my boys returning to school and college. In some ways, it wasn’t limbo, it was as if past feelings and behaviours that I thought were resolved came back, and my stress levels increased as my available time for my work and personal development decreased. My head started thinking. Round and round my thoughts swirled – time in my head was in abundance; but time to myself was not.

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For the past two weeks, I have been consciously trying to give myself time, focus and space. I have used all resources available to me, including people, to help facilitate my reconnection at a deeper level. Every time I have sat down to reflect or meditate it’s as though I am running around and around, not able to move into presence or stillness. This is the conundrum of finding peace, the journey on which you move to reach peace is the opposite of peacefulness. Your personal demons will call you, will itch your skin or in your brain, and you will lead yourself in the very opposite direction of where you want to be.

Call it what you will, self-sabotage, distraction, pretence even, this is a phase that many of us go through on our journey – and we go through it countless of times, and for varying lengths of time. Some people live their whole lives like this. Some people live most of their lives actively ignoring the occasional wake-up call from their soul, and most of us actively try to make changes, but often feel at a loss.

Despite the uncomfortableness of the feeling, I have worked enough on, and with, myself to know that “this too shalt pass” and I have a wealth of resources; of tools, techniques and people that I call on to move me through. I know where I might fall down, and I know that “getting up” one of the sweetest feelings; in fact, one of the freshest feelings I ever have.

Since I was 16, I knew that my passion and talent was to empower others. What it took me over 20 years to realise that I also needed to empower myself. Whilst I would say that I am empowered, I would equally say that I am still empowering myself. This is a lifelong journey. There is no magic tablet, no magic ceremony, no magic potion that instantly empowers you – but there is a magical exploration to be had if you are willing.

My working life (29 years as I type) has always been about enabling others to fulfil their potential; to be fulfilled; to shine. If you ask friends from my school days, they are likely to tell you that I have always done this; I’ve always tried to help others, and I’ve always helped others to see the best in themselves; and some of those friends have known me since I was 4! Whatever “paid work” I have done, I have brought something different to each role, to each workplace – the truth is that we all do, it’s just that what I bring is a vital life energy that frees those around to enjoy their work in a way they never knew was possible before.

Since 2005 I have focused my work on helping people like you find themselves in the middle of their busy lives. People who know that there is more to life than just getting through each day, but don’t know what that is, or (more importantly) what to do to find out what that it. I offer coaching, training, development, mentoring: fundamentally I offer facilitation. Come and work with me and you will be facilitated in a way that empowers you like you have never been empowered before. Sometimes it’s so subtle you don’t even realise it until weeks, months or years afterwards. (Not immediately obvious is not the best way for me to build my business and to reach more people; but it’s more important to me to do the work that you, my client, actually needs.) Sometimes your work with me is like a “kick up the bum!”  Mostly, it’s somewhere in between – it’s been described as a nurturing hug with a guiding hand on your lower back. My true clients feel safe and supported and definitely about moving forward. Nothing is irrelevant, everything is useful but we navigate together your personal path.

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My work falls under two umbrellas:

“Core Sense” is often a first step on the personal development path. It has a practical, pragmatic element – instantly useable in your daily life, be that as a parent, in your relationships or in your work. Working with me individually you are likely to  My Core Sense work is about reconnecting (or connecting) you to your core – we may not answer “Who I am I” but we do help you be more you every day.

“The Wisdom Experience” is a more esoteric development. Whether you choose to work with me individually or as part of one of my groups (or both) you are held in a larger community that you can choose to engage in or not – or, as is necessary, which is a vital understanding on our life journey. There are times to be with others, and times to be alone; time to give and time to receive; it is not the same for everyone, and it will be to the extent that is right for you. What is key is to find out who you are and what you need at each and every moment – without feeling like you’re “losing it.” My Wisdom Experience work is for people who are ready for something deeper from life; something freer, something above and beyond. Most of my clients who join me in The Wisdom Experience have undertaken previous self-development, whether that’s with me through Core Sense or on their own, or with other teachers, or through other ways.

Both avenues draw on a wide variety of sources such as personal development, NLP, psychometric testing, psychology, nutrition, naturopathic philosophy (Eastern and Western), spirituality, Kabbalah and Shamanism – to name a few!

Call it what you will: empowerment, peace; freedom – whatever you are seeking is there for you, and if you want to enable yourself to embrace your life, contact me to find out more about connecting with your “Core Sense” or exploring “The Wisdom Experience.”

Email: change@coresense.co.uk or call 0845 643 9668

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Naomi Martell-Bundock

Heightened awareness is the cornerstone of communication … of personal, professional and leadership development. Naomi is a finely tuned human being - a first class teacher and highly focused coach. I hired Naomi’s services with the express purpose of building a heightened sense of awareness. This has empowered me to be far more present in the stillness of the moment and to really hear in depth what is being said, with significant benefits to clients as well as in my personal life. I would strongly recommend that you work with Naomi to discover these benefits for yourself.

Denis Roberts

Coach

Naomi is an excellent coach; she is an expert at identifying deep rooted emotional issues and enabling the remedying of them. I really enjoyed working with her and would happily recommend her to anyone who's in need of some emotional spring cleaning.

Emma O'Brien

Award-winning Photographer

Naomi is a wonderful, caring, compassionate and creative coach who has helped me see a clearer way ahead on many occasions! She asks insightful questions and allows me to come to answers with encouragement and support along the way.
She is a great family coach and works brilliantly with addressing parenting issues that can make any parent question their ability to manage family life! I highly recommend her.

Lindsay de Swart

Parenting Coach

Heightened awareness is the cornerstone of communication … of personal, professional and leadership development. Naomi is a finely tuned human being - a first class teacher and highly focused coach. I hired Naomi’s services with the express purpose of building a heightened sense of awareness. This has empowered me to be far more present in the stillness of the moment and to really hear in depth what is being said, with significant benefits to clients as well as in my personal life. I would strongly recommend that you work with Naomi to discover these benefits for yourself.

Denis Roberts

Coach

Naomi is an excellent coach; she is an expert at identifying deep rooted emotional issues and enabling the remedying of them. I really enjoyed working with her and would happily recommend her to anyone who's in need of some emotional spring cleaning.

Emma O'Brien

Award-winning Photographer

Naomi is a wonderful, caring, compassionate and creative coach who has helped me see a clearer way ahead on many occasions! She asks insightful questions and allows me to come to answers with encouragement and support along the way.
She is a great family coach and works brilliantly with addressing parenting issues that can make any parent question their ability to manage family life! I highly recommend her.

Lindsay de Swart

Parenting Coach