• Gratitude Journal
    My Approach,  Journaling

    How to make your Gratitude Journaling reap Powerful Rewards

    Keeping a gratitude journal is often recommended to help you develop more happiness. By being grateful for even the little things in life, we gain a much greater inner appreciation for what we actually have. It helps stem the tide of negative or comparative thinking which, through self-talk, brings our emotional state down. Gratitude journaling is beneficial and easy to start. Simply jot down the good things that happened to you like a promotion, hitting a goal in your fitness program, or getting some good news. You can use a piece of paper, a digital notepad or any of the myriad journaling apps or ready-made journals that exist. I prefer…

  • Muse 2 Meditation: Brain Sensing Headband
    App Reviews,  Spiritual Life

    Meditation with Muse 2: My Experience with EEG

    I have been meditating since my schooldays – not all the time, but often enough to have developed a good practice. My friends and I were interested in the occult, the paranormal and the esoteric and looked at numerous systems including tarot, meditation, shamanism, angels, Wicca, rune lore, Zen, scrying, ley lines, you name it. We visited a number of groups over the years, went to seminars teaching different spiritual practices and engaged in activities from guided meditation to overtone chanting to crystal workshops to earth energies and more. For me, it was an excellent foundation in what lay on the other side of science (see also my review of…

  • Blank Card
    My Approach,  Journaling

    Day One Templates: Elegant Simplicity

    You may have seen me mention Day One a few times in other posts – it is my go-to journaling app and great for quickly jotting down ideas too. This post is about creating Day One Templates. One of the challenges I find with a daily journaling routine is my desire to have a short set of pre-defined sections or questions which I can adopt – i.e. headings. Other apps like Evernote also offer the facility for templates, but I found Evernote too unwieldy for day-to-day journaling. Evernote is geared for a different purpose. Day One has the template facility nailed and it even comes with a few templates for…

  • White ruled notebook on blue denim textile
    My Approach,  Journaling

    The Power of the Daily Journal

    Do you journal daily? Journalling is all the rage now. There are numerous apps that range from the fluffy to the overly analytical. I have tried four different apps to date – Day One, Stoic (review here), Moodnotes and Jour – and bought three different physical methodologies – High-Performance Planner, Best Self Journal and a Blank Notebook. Some focus on specific aspects of journaling – such as gratitude – while others try to cover the full spectrum. Let’s be clear from the outset that a journal is not a diary, not a summary of what you did and who you did it with (though this can feature), but a much…

  • Am I Good Enough
    App Reviews,  Character,  Journaling

    Journaling – The Stoic Method & App

    I downloaded Stoic from the app store this week to try a different approach to journaling and this review is based on the 7-day trial period before the paywall kicked in. You’ll see from my other post (The Power of the Daily Journal) that I believe journaling is very important to leading a successful life (however you define it), but the challenge is that it can be very open-ended. I use Day One, but the current version does not prompt you with questions like the old Day One Classic used to. You can define your own prompts, but having something come at you unexpectedly makes you think outside the box…

  • Why the Constant Fear?
    My Approach

    Tim Ferriss on Fear Setting

    This is an excellent talk from 2017 by Tim Ferriss at TED about fear setting and the benefit of stoic philosophy, as well as some unexpected places it is used today and in history. If you’re unsure what fear setting is about, it’s a method to address those pesky fears you might have. All the time you remain ‘in fear’ you are paralysed and unable to make progress. Fear setting is a technique that allows you to define the fear, define what will happen (worst case) now and in the future, and help you identify steps to mitigate (prevent and repair) the problems. Defining the fear helps you conquer it.…

  • Rewrite the Past
    My Approach,  Journaling

    Rewriting Your Past – A Tool to Understand Yourself

    In her new book, Everything is Figureoutable, Marie Forleo presents a free writing exercise for 7 days which helps you figure out what you want in life. It’s a great and valuable exercise when you’re really not sure where you want to go, and I suggest you pick up a copy of the book and check it out (it’s at the end of Chapter 6). Free Writing vs Rewriting However, if you’re feeling stuck and think you might have some unconscious self-limiting beliefs which are holding you back, all the free writing in the world won’t help you overcome these blocks and let you hit the target that ignites your…