When we are stuck in negative thinking and feelings, the tendency seems to be to either try to ignore the thoughts or change them into something more positive. Both methods, while on the surface seem to be logically helpful, can actually serve to keep us stuck in negativity. Why is this? Basically, it’s because we … More Moving into the felt sense to stop worried thoughts
Recently, a friend of mine experienced a break-up and told his followers on Facebook what had happened (in a nutshell) and expressed how sad he felt about it. Afterwards, amidst the well wishes and words of advice, I was surprised to see how many people simply placed a funny picture or humorous YouTube clip on his Facebook wall in … More Laughter as medicine
One step. Forward moving but immersed – a single moment. Time is present: meaningless. The critic tries to scream but no sound is registered. It tries to wander but is instead held fast to a crunch of leaves underfoot and the stride, rhythmic. Soothing even. Air passes along skin – a delicious shiver – perhaps … More An Autumn Walk
Breaking news!! I am writing a short book that will encompass much of what I’ve learned on my journey thus far. It will contain a number of simple exercises designed to rewire the brain away from stress and towards joy, all backed a little bit by science. I am hoping that it will help others … More Feel Your Feelings
I spent Saturday at the Pulborough Brooks RSPB Nature Reserve in West Sussex. Even though the weather wasn’t great, it was wonderful to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of London and just walk and observe the natural world unfurling around me. Deep connection often comes from the simplest of activities.
I was inspired by a talk that Trevor Silvester from the Quest Institute gave at Questival 2014 last week. He was discussing ways in which we can more easily integrate good habits into our lives. His suggestion was fairly simple – to list 5 small things you can begin to do each day that can, … More A simple technique to create better habits
Mindfulness is about love and loving life. When you cultivate this love, it gives you clarity and compassion for life, and your actions happen in accordance with that. – Jon Kabat-Zinn Saturday 2nd August 11:00-17:00 Holy Trinity Church, 234 The Broadway, Wimbledon This will be a practical day exploring mindfulness and mindfulness meditation, suitable for beginners and anyone … More One Day Mindfulness Workshop in Wimbledon
“Love does not obey our expectations; it obeys our intentions.” ~Lloyd Strom Something to contemplate as Valentine’s Day approaches, but true every day of the year.
I don’t know about you, but as 2013 winds down and the holidays very quickly approach, I have been noticing a trend in the people around me, including my family and my clients. There seems to be a tendency for the build-up of the year to get on top of people, creating a powerful sense … More Dealing with overwhelm