“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” ― Lao Tzu We spend so much of our lives living inside our own heads, it’s a wonder we ever have the time to […]Read More This is the Now
“Listen–are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?” ― Mary Oliver The core of Mindfulness meditation practice is the use of the breath, as one of the tools to bring yourself into the present moment. After all, we carry it with ourselves throughout our lives. It is always there and we, […]Read More The essence of the Breath
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons One of my life’s pleasures, perhaps an addiction, has been reading. I can remember reading from a very early age. In fact, I used to use a […]Read More One of life’s pleasures is on the decline, Reading
“Life is half delicious yogurt, half crap, and your job is to keep the plastic spoon in the yogurt.” ― Scott Adams Something I have come to realize through my own practice and reading on Mindfulness is that our brains are not fixed and unchanging. Society has taught us that by the time you […]Read More What on earth is Neuroplasticity?
Oddball: “Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves Moriarty? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don’t you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?” ― From the Film “Kelly’s Heros” So what are we going to do about being hard wired with a negative […]Read More We can change our negative wiring!
“The trouble is if you don’t spend your life yourself, other people spend it for you.” ― Peter Shaffer, Five Finger Exercise: A Play I was asked recently to try to help some graduates in my organisation prepare for a training course. The course was entitled “Personal Impact” and it concerned your own personal […]Read More The power of 5
“Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone. Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own.” ― Adam Lindsay Gordon The lead up to Christmas is always a stressful time. The preparation for this single day of the year eclipses almost every other life event, even more so as it occurs every […]Read More Life stress bubbles
“How the theater of the mind could be generated by the machinery of the brain” – Charles Bonnet (1720-1793) A couple of articles I have read recently have resonated with both memories of my grandmother and also my current mindfulness practice. The theatre of the mind quote at the start of this article comes from […]Read More The Theatre of the Mind, hallucinations and Mindful Presence
“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.” ― Rita Mae Brown I love this quote so much I’ve used it again. Further to the previous article I wrote on memories – Are memories really real? How do they work?, I wanted to follow up on the idea that memories are not “real”, […]Read More A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF STRUCTURED HELP THROUGH RAPID MEMORY CHANGE
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” ― Mahatma Gandhi We all have habits; good ones; bad ones; dangerous ones; ones we love; ones we would rather not have. Habits help us […]Read More Mindfulness and the power of non-habit