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How Stress Affects Your Brain

By |Thursday, February 11th, 2016 |

Stress isn’t always a bad thing; it can be handy for a burst of extra energy and focus, like when you’re playing a competitive sport or have to speak in public. But when it’s continuous, it actually begins to change your brain. Madhumita Murgia shows how chronic stress can affect brain size, its structure, and how it functions, right down to the level of your genes.

The Most Problematic Relationship

By |Monday, February 8th, 2016 |

Frequently our most problematic relationship is with ourselves.  Contemplate who these selves are who are arguing in your head. Find a way to allow them to forgive each other.  Then ponder what is all this occurring in?

Contact Being in Touch

By |Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 |

The following are simple exercises but do not let the simplicity of the exercises fool.   They are powerful in their own right if practiced daily.

The exercises require less than five minutes of your time per day.  I call them contact exercises because they are designed to help us get in touch with different aspects of sensory experience.  It is a method of helping us be more present in our lives.

The first exercise is to hold an image in your head […]

David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful

By |Monday, February 1st, 2016 |

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.  Nice video espousing some of the complementary points I have been making here over the years.

Evangelism, Influence and Persuasion

By |Monday, January 11th, 2016 |

I happened to be watching television when a preacher caught my eye.  He was one of those evangelic ministers with a large following appearing to praise the work of God.  You know the type?

While observing him I noticed that whenever he said the words “praise Jesus”, he would point to himself.  Yes, I know right! The same thing happened when he mentioned the bible, God and the holy spirit.

In practice, its quite a clever and powerful psychological technique designed to […]

Guided Meditation for Detachment From Over-Thinking

By |Saturday, January 9th, 2016 |

People sometimes inquire into good meditation or hypnosis videos they can watch which may help improve their lives.  I found a series of videos by Michael Sealey which I thought were reasonably good.  He certainly has a good voice for hypnosis and guided meditations.

Of course, videos or audio meditations and hypnosis are not as powerful as when they are tailored to an individual by a good psychotherapist/counsellor.  Nevertheless, some of his videos may help people.

The video in this post is […]

Do

By |Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 |

If you want to understand, act.  The learning is in the doing.

To Be Calm

By |Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 |

Ramana Maharshi said to me,
“The only spiritual life you need is not to react.”
To be calm is the greatest asset in the world.
It’s the greatest siddhi, the greatest power you can have.
If you can only learn to be calm you will solve every problem.
This is something you must remember.
When you are perfectly calm, time stops.
There is no time, karma stops, samskaras stop.
Everything becomes null and void.
For when you are calm you are one with the entire energy of […]

The Price of Happiness

By |Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 |

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.

Alan Watts on Play

By |Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 |

“This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” ~ Alan Watts ..*

Which is True?

By |Friday, December 11th, 2015 |

A number of years ago while undergoing a quadruple bypass something that might be considered a little strange occurred.  During the operation they had to stop my heart and I was being kept alive by a heart and lung machine.  As such a tube was placed down my throat to help me breath while they performed the surgery.  The tube was rather thick and I had heard and read that it was an unpleasant experience to have it removed.

My recollection […]

Freudian Slips and Young Max

By |Saturday, December 5th, 2015 |

My young nephew Max, has inadvertently called me dad a few times in these past couple of months.  Max and his father are close, sharing a number of activities together.  They get on very well and enjoy each other’s company a lot.  By and large they are in a loving relationship.

Sigmund Freud bought to our attention that the unconscious mind at times communicates something important via a slip of the tongue (Freudian slip).  I am not normally a fan of […]