• Morning Routines: Breakfast
    Health & Fitness,  Life Hacks,  Intellectual Life,  Character

    Turning Morning Routines into Morning Bliss

    Do you have a morning routine? And do you struggle with it somedays, or every day? The problem here is the word ‘routine.’ If the first things you are going to do in the day don’t light you up, you’re more likely to snooze than excitedly leap out of bed. 生き甲斐 – IkigaiThe thing that gets you out of bed in the morning – your sense of purpose. There are a gazillion morning routines in books and all over the Internet. You may have tried one or more of them and given up. No single routine is better than any of the others because the question is not “What is…

  • Forest Bathing - A Walk on the Wild Side
    Health & Fitness

    The Therapeutic Benefits of Forest Bathing

    I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees Henry David Thoreau Walking among the pines and catching a shaft of sunlight is a magical thing. Letting yourself feel the joy in the moment (and nothing else) is one of the greatest reliefs there is. The Japanese practise of Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing is the simple and therapeutic act of spending time in a forest. If you’ve ever been in a forest, listened to the birds, and watched the sunshine filtering through the leaves, you’ve already participated in one of the best things you can do for your physical and mental well-being. Even Japanese doctors…

  • Man Meditating Outdoors
    Health & Fitness,  Emotional Life,  Inspiration,  Spiritual Life

    Meditation Made Easy

    In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche explains the essence of meditation and describes some common misunderstandings about practising meditation. He also shares some tips for bringing meditation into our day-to-day lives. From my own learning about meditation and mindfulness since my initial forays with meditation 30+ years ago, these are 2 key essences of meditation: We are not our thoughts. We are the observer of our thoughts. Meditation is not about achieving the absence of thought, but remaining aware and centred while the thoughts ebb and flow around us. Over time, the thoughts will learn they don’t have your undivided attention and will recede. We will feel greater serenity and greater…

  • A Small Ambulance
    Health & Fitness

    A Stroke of Luck? 9 Keys to Surviving a Hemorrhagic Stroke

    On Wednesday 15 January 2020 I suffered a minor hemorrhagic stroke in the afternoon. It had shown itself earlier at work and, thinking about how I felt over the preceding month, had been trying to warn me of its arrival. It was a huge shock and it made me realise just how fragile life is and that my priorities were way off from where they should be, despite all the learning I had taken in from self-help books about creating a balanced life and despite what I said was important yet clearly did not honour my words. The Wrong Life I said health was my priority, but in reality, I…

  • Elizabeth Gilbert
    Inspiration

    Your Elusive Creative Genius

    Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk. Update – Oct 2017. I have been reading about Buddhism recently and this concept also appears in the writings. The idea of a second entity from which intuition and guidance come appears to have been around for a very long time.

  • Joshua Walters
    Inspiration

    On Being Just Crazy Enough

    At TED’s Full Spectrum Auditions, comedian Joshua Walters, who’s bipolar, walks the line between mental illness and mental “skillness.” In this funny, thought-provoking talk, he asks: What’s the right balance between medicating craziness away and riding the manic edge of creativity and drive?

  • Yin Yang
    Health & Fitness,  Spiritual Life

    Chi Kung (Qigong) for Health

    Qigong (often spelt Chi Kung, 氣功) is a powerful type of health exercise, which has been practised for centuries by millions of Chinese people. It is based on repetitions of very precise sets of movements, specifically designed to benefit health on many different levels. It is a set of gentle exercises suitable for all ages. Historians believe Chi Kung to be over 2700 years old. The origins of Qigong date back thousands of years, probably to ceremonial dances carried out by tribes in various parts of China. It is believed that specific rhythms and movements of the dances were developed in order to strengthen the dancers, both physically and mentally and…