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Life Origami

Life Origami

By Life Origami
Greg and Amee Dickson, Life Origami co-founders, support & coach people to learn how to bend, fold and shape life to their will, whims and wishes. We utilize a proprietary approach we call "training enhanced coaching". It blends the best of self directed online learning and 2-on-1 coaching to ensure our clients experience meaningful change in their lives and businesses.
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Starting (Over) Again: Dealing With Pandemic Grief and Loss

Life Origami

How To Deal With Pandemic Negative Thoughts
1:26 automatic negative thoughts, 12:36 four types of automatic negative thoughts and mental habits
February 08, 2021
Pandemic Puzzle: knowing when to pivot into a new direction
This is a casual conversation between Amethyst and myself discussing how to Pivot and embrace change. 0:36 The $64,000 dollar question 1:36 Knowing when to Pivot in a new direction 2:00 Backing away from the unknowns and making changes 2:35 Beware of our Comfort Zone Bias 3:30 Becoming comfortable in our own skin 4:07 Struggling in relationships that aren’t working 5:07 To bad to leave, too good to stay 6:11 Feeling uncomfortable resistance & tension 7:00 Resistance and tension are my friends, an early warning system 8:28 forcing ourselves being our comfort zones 9:32 if you stay in your comfort zone, you will never Pivot 11:00 Nothing changes into your reach your “Enough!” Threshold 12:19 Mental Switch, there has got to be something more, I’ve had enough 13:26 Getting in touch with our potential, glimpse of something better 14:29 we become aware that there’s something better 16:40 this is toxic, I’m tired of this, I have to do something else 17:07 in a relationship habit 17:57 we get a glimpse of how we are responsible & accountable to ourselves 18:50 is something getting in the way of your joy? 19:14 Middle age insights 19:39 the pandemic wallow 20:12 Pandemic Comfort zones, all we can do is respond 21:46 the pandemic is absolute chaos 24:28 we are living in an unreasonable time 27:25 most business models & revenue models are not broken, if you haven’t taken the pandemic into account 29:07 we don’t want to quit on our dream, we want to quit on the Tyranny to end 30:08 what drives Greg nuts during the pandemic 30:51 you don’t have to give up on your dream, change your path and adjust your directions 34:55 we have to know what the dream is so we can Pivot & find our path 36:11 what are some of the things that I never gave myself permission or time to do? 37:27 What are some the things on your bucket or dream or idea or project or fun that you never allowed yourself to do? 38:28 it’s very different to “have” dreams than it is to “live” your dreams 38:51 there is an opportunity for all of us in the pandemic to pivot, upgrade and accelerate the quality of our lifestyle 41:12 We Pivot our lives all the time, Greg had Pivoted 21 times over 49 years 42:11 in every economic upheaval, or time when I had to make a life pivot there was always opportunity, it just took time to see it 42:39 habitual thinking is the enemy of progress 43:24 be the student of your life, if you step behind your comfort zone 43:52 Friends, family and associates are not always going to be supportive when you are trying to make a Pivot 49:28 when quitting is an absolute appropriate response to lifes circumstances at certain times 51:20 what to do when you’ve had enough, I’m going to create something... what if this idea could be one of your finest moments in your lifetime?
January 31, 2021
Unravelling your pandemic puzzle in 4 parts
Part 1: Shaping Your Conscious mindset, begins 3:15, Part 2: Getting To Clarity brains at 29:30, Part 3: Role models, communications in business & life, begins at 54:58 Part 4: failure to understand & comprehend situation begins at 1:14:26
January 18, 2021
The Letting Go Show
It’s time to let go, get over the past and get busy living. Sometimes we have thoughts that we cling to that become obstacles to making forward movement in life. Challenges may come our way that we can’t make the necessary decisions to create change We cling to our stories and identity’s Habits associated with my identity in biological research - without using all that education, it’s a waste, I’m not enough I spent my life savings on a business that I lost in a divorce- I’m not enough Not credible - unworthy without it all - fancy career, house, clothes, vehicles, vacations, house parties, my dog ... I’m nothing without it Story about the swimmer Story about scientists who need to buy groceries during covid example
January 11, 2021
Starting Over Again: Change Sucks
Amethyst and Greg have an open conversation about change and what to do when you reached your enough point
December 29, 2020
Starting (Over) Again: Dealing With Pandemic Grief and Loss
The bloom is off the rose. 10 months following the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring a global pandemic we have become conditioned to expect the worse. What began as a shock to our comfortable life has evolved into a full blown wildfire on our health system and our way of life. Stop, Think and Learn
December 28, 2020
Is your ego a tyrant?
Living with a tyrant • Beware of the ego goal setting trap
June 30, 2020
Relationship turmoil during COVID-19 #audiomo #relationships
Relationships during COVID-19 and ourselves • Beware of your need to be right • Listen and be curious • Let go of your stories and Amethyst weighs in with her perspective
June 26, 2020
The fine line of productivity #audiomo #productivity
Infinitely flexible or rigid? An obsessive need to be right can kill your dreams just as much as being rigid and there is a fine line between the two and that line is the learning line
June 25, 2020
Crisis of conscience #audiomo #Covid-19
What do you believe? Are you willing to defend your beliefs? Are you willing to live a life based on congruency instead of desire?
June 24, 2020
Becoming unshakeable in 2020 #audiomo #wellness
Internal versus external frame of reference, values, beliefs, morals and ethics… What are the principles you live by?
June 23, 2020
I’ll trade fulfillment and growth for happiness any day
The secret to happiness • trade up to joy
June 22, 2020
Impressions of the iPhone 11
If my iPhone 8 home button and hadn’t broken I probably wouldn’t have upgraded but I’m glad I did
June 21, 2020
Friday #selfcare #audiomo #rest
Sound seeing • Refresh and recharge • How’s the quality of your sleep • Friday afternoon, sunshine, birds, pretzel s and cherries
June 19, 2020
What do you say when you talk to yourself?
How we betray ourselves • Pay attention to what’s going on within your thinking box
June 18, 2020
Suffering from Mental Rigamortus? #audiomo #change #covid19
Water cooler musing about change and intellectual honesty
June 16, 2020
Coping in chaos #audiomo #chaos #covid19
Come back to center • Getting to center • Learn our way our of our problems and challenges
June 15, 2020
Potpourri of thoughts
Morning restoration of plants • Things change, self care too? • Sounds of the shoreline
June 14, 2020
What does an advocate do? #audiomo
An advocate is a Champion and What does an advocate do?
June 12, 2020
Be an advocate #AudioMo #advocacy
Sometimes all you need is a friendly ear and someone to speak up on your behalf or provide support for someone else to be their eyes and ears to think of their best interest
June 11, 2020
Random thoughts July 8 #audiomo
In this show: The 2020 Learning Journey #audiomo #learning • Slacktivism or activism? • Find the middle way • Phase 2 Alberta Relaunch June 12 • Canadian response to racial issues
June 10, 2020
Costa Rica, Camden NJ, Medicine Hat, AB Canada as examples and outliers
Costa Rica example? • Camden, NJ crime down significantly since disbanding police • Where there’s a will there a way?
June 09, 2020
Random thoughts #audiomo #socialaudio
Summer sounds, Minneapolis defunding police, Canadian policing, more thoughts about social audio
June 08, 2020
The Social Audio Problem #audiomo #socialaudio
I am not the product. Apps and developers seem to think we need them more than they need us. Not true. App developers need us more than we need them.
June 07, 2020
Decision making
Be careful who you listen to and what you read and consume.
June 06, 2020
Review of The Lost Guru, Chapter 1 and Introduction
In this episode you will find a review of the 17 episodes from our reading of The Lost Guru, Chapter 1 and Introduction. We begin reading chapter 2 on Wednesday, February 12
February 11, 2020
The Lost Guru, Chapter 1, Happiness and Longevity
We discuss how our longevity has been correlated with how happy a person is over their lifetime. How our emotional disposition also affects our attitudes and behaviours. That challenges come at us unexpectedly and quickly.
February 07, 2020
Bonus Episode 2: waiting for happiness?
In this episode Amethyst tonight discuss the challenges that “waiting“ presents in our lives how it actually becomes a stumbling block to progress and our wellness.
February 07, 2020
Bonus episode: is there such a thing as as a person being broken?
We are interrupting the reading of the audiobook to include our commentary and observations around the concept of human beings being broken and why we think there is no such thing as true “brokenness“ within a person.
February 05, 2020
The Lost Guru, chapter 1, your superpower, neural plasticity of the brain
Yes believe it or not, you have a superpower and it is your brains ability to adapt and evolve and learn, in this episode we explore the brains ability to morph, evolve and change and what that means for living a healthy vibrant life at any age.
February 03, 2020
The Lost Guru, chapter 1, the second brain
In this episode we read a portion of There Lost Guru book that talks about our second brain and we discuss the importance of it to our health and well-being
January 31, 2020
Chapter 1, The Lost Guru, the drive to thrive
In this reading we explore the drive to thrive, how our primal need for self-expression helps us to fully and have it our life.
January 29, 2020
Letting go of our toxic fear stories
This is a bonus episode where we read an article Amethyst that wrote a year ago and then we discuss and share our observations
January 28, 2020
The Lost Guru, chapter 1, living as a perpetual student
Even master’s live as a perpetual student, they have a vision they work to fulfill and they are constantly refining their approach. They have figured out how to turn their life into a work of art.
January 27, 2020
The Lost Guru, Chapter 1, The Learning Curve conondrum
There is no way to bypass your learning curve, you can’t spend your way out of the learning curve, only learn your way through it
January 24, 2020
The Lost Guru: chapter 1, you don’t know what your
Despite what you think, you don’t know what you want and that’s a bigger problem than your
January 22, 2020
Chapter 1 audiobook, wisdom of the lost guru
In this episode we read to you from the first chapter of our book and discuss the fact that you are “not broken“
January 20, 2020
The Lost Guru: Evaluate Your Thoughts
In this episode we talk about why you need to evaluate your thoughts to tap can tap into the wisdom of your active witness.
January 17, 2020
Finding The Lost Guru
In this episode we continue to read from our book “The Lost Guru“ and Shera further insights around the value of storytelling and the challenge of our unconscious storytelling
January 16, 2020
The Lost Guru: Introduction, Your Active Witness
In this episode we continue our reading of the introduction to the book “The Lost Guru“ and then share our thoughts about the origination, background and significance of this insight
January 13, 2020
The Lost Guru: You have your own answers
You really do have your own answers. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays we will be sharing a portion of our new book titled “The Lost Guru” then we will discuss the audiobook amongst ourselves observations and sharing insight as the authors. We invite you to chime in, ask questions and provide feedback. The book will be published soon, stay tuned.
January 10, 2020
The Lost Guru: 10 characteristics to fully inhabit your life
Monday, Wednesday and Fridays we will be sharing a portion of our new book titled “The Lost Guru” then we will discuss the audiobook amongst ourselves observations and sharing insight as the authors. We invite you to chime in, ask questions and provide feedback. The book will be published soon, stay tuned.
January 08, 2020
The Lost Guru audiobook
Monday, Wednesday and Fridays we will be sharing a portion of our new book titled “The Lost Guru” then we will discuss the audiobook amongst ourselves observations and sharing insight as the authors. We invite you to chime in, ask questions and provide feedback. The book will be published soon, stay tuned.
January 07, 2020
What is your self care budget?
The way we manage our finances is a form of self care. Managing money is a key aspect of self care. Budgeting your self care, what do you want to experience? Then how do you plan and budget your self care? Season 2 Episode 9
September 11, 2019
Perspective and Prose
Sadness follows expectations and disappointment. Reflections on love, life, sadness and dreams.
September 10, 2019
Narcassism Commentary and Observations
Avoiding responsibility and accountability at all costs is a narcissistic trait. The best defence against a narcissist is an offensive game plan. Your game plan is made up of your personal code of morals, values, ethics, beliefs and principles that you trust.
September 09, 2019
Rigid vs Learning Mindset
We never loose our ability to learn. We loose our willingness to learn sometimes. Amethyst and I discuss balancing or desires and what we should/could do
September 05, 2019
Bitter versus Better
When we feel angry we either become bitter or better. The difference is a choice. When we confront our stress, we disarm it. We regain conscious control, instead of being trapped in the blame, shame,and guilt game. So what can you do?
September 05, 2019
Values vs Productivity
Greg used to be a productivity geek. On the outside I was the organized, productive business coach. On the inside I was full of conflict, fear and self loathing. Avoiding facing our hypocrisy is futile.
September 03, 2019
What’s coming this week
here’s what you can expect this week in Season two, episodes four through eight. Episode 4: values versus productivity. Episode 5: bitter versus better. Episode 6 rigid versus willingness to learn. Episode 7 commentary and observations about narcissism. Episode 8 perspective via some prose.
September 02, 2019
Empathy, caring and love and relationships
Is it love or is it a habit? Can you love someone without having empathy for them and what’s the difference between empathy caring and love? We’d love to hear your perspective, reach out to us and leave a message on Anchor
August 25, 2019
Living your dream
Living your dream is hard work and we don’t recommend trying to be a solo act or attempting to do it alone.
August 22, 2019
Your life purpose, play, have FUN, be better off than you are
In this episode there’s some nice Bing Crosby music and the soundtrack from Fantasia in between I’m urging you to have fun and be playful
August 20, 2019
Transitions: yes you can revive, reengineer, revitalize your life or business
No matter your circumstances, age, sex, education you can revive, reengineer and revitalize your life or business if you’re willing to have an open mind let go of the old stories that are no longer serving you and learn to step into the learning curve
May 10, 2019
Transitions: feeling stuck in between how to get unstuck
Today we continue the transitions series talking about what you can do when you feel caught in between where you are and where you want to get to, practising self-care, avoiding the fear of missing out, how to manage your attention and 4 tips at the end of the show
May 09, 2019
Transitions: thought baggage, stinking thinking
Today we discuss thought baggage, stinking thinking and understanding that your mind has a thought baggage carousel and you have to stop assimilating other peoples thought baggage if you want to create change your life
May 08, 2019
Transitions: the gap after divorce
Moving on after divorce, or a relationship ends, or a partner dies there still is a significant opportunity to embrace your second act
May 07, 2019
Transitioning from Empty nest: creating your second act
The kids are gone, significant adjustments to be made, time to choose something for yourself, stepping into a new role
May 06, 2019
Announcement: beginning Monday five part series on transitions
Give me a little bit of a tease her about the upcoming five part series we recorded for you
May 05, 2019
Procrastination is not a time management or productivity issue
Procrastination is a complicated topic in this episode we tackle a lot of the, not so common procrastination issues
April 18, 2019
Integrity is a personal barometer
In this episode we talk about integrity how it’s a barometer to figure out when we’re out of alignment or integrity with ourselves not something we use to judge other people
April 17, 2019
The purpose of your life
Feeling stressed, confused about your life or your purpose? Have a listen, in this episode Amethyst and Greg talk about a simple definition for the purpose of your life
April 16, 2019
Morally offensive corporate behaviour
Today we went out shopping also trying to have fun but we ran into strange people, strange corporate behaviour amongst other things
April 12, 2019
Productivity: the unholy trinity
In this episode we discussed how easy it is to get trapped in three seemingly innocent but destructive habits
April 08, 2019
Amees Un-Bipolar Fibromyalgia Poem & Story
New version of 2010 poem following diagnosis of bipolar and 2019 version following new information about fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
January 27, 2019
Abuse, domestic violence, ambivalence series. 2:51 it's a long one and important topic
Amee and I share our stories. Amy story is one of the Mestic abuse and live once, mine is the story of mental illness, narcissism, ambivalence, religion
January 09, 2019
2019? Chase meaning vs happiness
My 6 decade search for meaning • 3 questions I'm asking of myself • Homegrown • Greg's 3 life lenses • Homegrown • My first 20 years, Who am I? Where do I fit in? • Homegrown • Ages 21-40, how can I grow, enjoy myself while looking after my family? • Homegrown • Age 41-60 this is who I am and how do I make the most of it? • Homegrown • Greg's closing thoughts, life purpose, what's my value? • Our Son the Potter • Stay tuned for Amees insights and observations
November 30, 2018
What’s your F factor, fun factor?
Out for a walk, people watching. It’s Black Friday but you can still have fun.
November 23, 2018
Anchor V1 veteran asks what do I need to know?
What do I need to know about Anchor V?
April 11, 2018
In The Morning: Decision to be Present in Current Relationship
Experience your feelings now... today, triggers, memories, choosing to be present and making the decision to not endlessly chase the past but live the present moment. Music in this podcast: Woody Woodpecker theme song to open. Closing song, Brother Iz - Somewhere Over the Rainbow ...
March 25, 2018
Headstrong & Heartfelt Book
90 Reflections On Living Consciously In A Chaotic World Read by the author. Available on Amazon:
March 24, 2018
Male female roles and unspoken expectations
Amee & Greg discuss male and female roles and expectations... can't we all just get along?
March 23, 2018
Enough Domestic Violence, celebrating Nicole's life
Celebrating Nicloe's life that ended too early... Enough! Domestic Violence, bring it out in the open, also celebrating joy, life in the face of grief, death and loss
February 25, 2018
Duet: Life offers So Much Magnificence
With my wife Amee we sing one of our favourite songs and share our thoughts and ideas about living and coping with life
February 24, 2018
Tribute To Our Cousin Sherry Prokopetz
Listen to Amee & Dee remember their cousin Sherry, its a touching tribute
February 24, 2018
February 23, 2018
February 23, 2018
Resurfacing past podcasts
With Anchor v3 we now have access to our archives, thought I'd bring some back
February 23, 2018
Intentions are fuel
Intentions are fuel I throw on the fire of my Drive
January 25, 2018
The role of passion
Passion unexpressed, weakens you, does it? \u2022 Passion Expressed...Hello Friend \u2764\ufe0f \u2022 Cannot experience what I will not embrace \u2022 Action is the true force that creates change
January 24, 2018
Clarity antidote for confusion
Feel lost, confused? Seek clarity \u2022 Amee's clarity story \u2022 Amee's clarity story continued with Greg \u2022 Amee and Greg about Amees Journey \u2022 Huge Emo Tip Right On! \u2022 Breaking through primitive thinking \u2022 Bacon and burnt toast \u2022 Lifestyle design vs Life Script?
January 07, 2018
Not all who wander are lost
The Un-Clampetts our Wander Lost Journey \u2022 Are we Wander Lost? \u2022 Lifestyle design, are we unrealistic? \u2022 What are you doing to live the life you desire?
January 07, 2018
Learning from relationships
Listen to Alida talk about past relationships \u2022 How settling & Not Enough-ness impacts relationships \u2022 Contrast and curriculum \u2022 Every relationship teaches us something
January 03, 2018
The Trust Economy 2018
The "Trust" Economy in 2018 \u2022 Shoutout to Bernie. Learn #Edtech \u2022 Many of the new Anchor peeps may lack the chops to engage like you say \u2022 Bernie: a step beyond needs and wants
January 01, 2018
Unconscious self aggression
Unconscious Self-Aggression (The greatest threat to our well being and health?) I think the greatest mental disorder in our society is we don\u2019t think we\u2019re sick, we think we are well. Yet, depression, suicide and isolation are at an all time high.
November 25, 2017
Marketing Personas Yes, No?
Marketing Persona perfection dues not exist
November 25, 2017
Releasing expectations
Thanksgiving expectations
November 24, 2017
More, better, faster, cheaper
Better faster cheaper and more more more is not always better.
November 22, 2017
Mental Health
Some thoughts on mental health and homelessness
November 11, 2017
Embrace the positive, no neg
Embrace net positive people, ditch the net negative. Preserve your energy for living your life
November 09, 2017
Self talk self acceptance etc
When your inner roommate is a tyrant. Self acceptance and self love. New writing workflow.
November 02, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving Canada!
A barnyard review and a happy Thanksgiving for everyone in Canada
October 10, 2017
The Last Guru
What if you are the last group, teacher or mentor you\u2019ll ever need? What if all you need is the pay attention to what\u2019s going on in your life and it will teach you everything you need to know?
October 03, 2017
Remove the perfection mask
Remove the mask of perfection, stop trying to be the perfect business, perfect entrepreneur, be real, be open and vulnerable it is very attractive to customers, seeking the real deal, be authentic
September 27, 2017
Look beyond transaction
Look to build a relationship with your customers, look beyond the transaction and see the person. You might be surprised what you can learn and the opportunities that may arise because you are open
September 27, 2017
Look for light in your life
Just because it is cloudy didn't mean there is no light, no hope.
September 27, 2017
Pain & Suffering Manifesto
This is a series of recordings I called the pain and suffering manifesto or in other words how to free yourself from pain and suffering
September 24, 2017
Whats possible?
Mussing about what is possible and how to manage toxic relationships
September 07, 2017
Alert: Joy and Happiness ahead
Reflections on my suffering from excessive joy and happiness
August 29, 2017
A love story of my own
Here are a few recordings reflecting on falling in love getting married
August 17, 2017
Love life everyday vacations
My thoughts about love, life and how we can make everyday like a vacation
August 02, 2017
Living the dream
Before you can move forward sometimes you have to stop doing one thing so you can do another thing. Same is true with living our dreams.
July 27, 2017
Courage compromise living
It takes courage to live a life of your own choosing. We must learn to resist compromise.
July 26, 2017
Fear and excitement
We all face fear, we all feel excited sometimes but what if the secret to dealing with fear was learning to deal with fear in learning to live for my consciousness of excitement?
July 20, 2017
Stop being Weasel-nable
All the excuses, reasons simply give weasel room and they are self-destructive to live in the life we want to live, stop being weasel-nable
July 17, 2017
Writing workflow experiments
This was an experiment in using audio to text transcription and the mixed results I got. Nothing beats my workflow from a year ago, using My Script Nebo app on my iPad Pro
July 13, 2017
Parking lot of my mind?
This is just an idea about how the mind is like a parking lot and different behaviours I can do to "Park my thoughts"
July 12, 2017
Simplicity from a clean mind
Three segments examining Steve Jobs quote about simplifying life and beginning from a clean mind.
July 12, 2017
Anchor update social posts?
Observations and questions about using Anchor with the new Facebook and Twitter posting capability
July 12, 2017
Reflections of thoughts about some quotes from Steve Jobs
July 12, 2017
Life skill: perspective
One of the most valuable skills we can develop is to maintain perspective despite what is going on in our lives or business. In these two segments I discuss something I call "zooming"
July 10, 2017
Using Anchor
Reflections and thoughts about using Anchor
July 09, 2017
Rules of Life
Summarizing the segment from Debbie Bridge, all about the rules of life and self-care as well as some thoughts for Just Jenafer
July 09, 2017
Self-care: life, death etc.
Here are a series of segments focus on life, death, living life to the fullest, enjoying yourself and taking care of yourself and begin a self-care practise
July 08, 2017
Self care
Self-care even the most important skill sets we can develop. It will continue to reap rewards in our lives for years to come
July 07, 2017
iPhone Effect: a better life
If you really stop to consider exactly how your behaviours of changed and what a powerful tool you're holding in your hand, how can you not be impressed and amazed by the gift that you been given
July 06, 2017
IPhone Effect 4: social issues
There are a number of different social impact, implications and costs with the advent of the proliferation of the smart phone going mainstream. Here are a few viewpoints.
July 05, 2017
iPhone Effect Series 3
This is the conclusion, I think, of my observations of the impact and effect did the invention of the iPhone has had on our society, business and personal lives.
July 04, 2017
Conversations with a tyrant
I am exploring writing a book called conversations with a tyrant, tell my own story and how I learned to live with the eagle. How I experienced more calm, peace and equanimity.
July 04, 2017
iPhone Effect series 2
The second in the series about the fact of the iPhone on our lifestyle, technology and business I continue to explore the opportunity created by the ongoing evolution of the iPhone platform
July 04, 2017
iPhone Effect Series 1
First in this series, my observations on how the iPhone not only transformed an industry but also opened up opportunities for creativity, business and innovation.
July 03, 2017
Writing workflow
More writing workflow tips @topgold • New workflow addition @things iOS app • @topgold 3 essentials writing books, visit Red Deer anytime • Freemium is great | Make your own podcast:
June 29, 2017
June 28, 2017
June 28, 2017