• 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 jumping over a ravine
    Life Hacks

    Fear. What is it good for? Confidence

    Over the course of February I spent some time studying confidence in more depth, and its bedfellow, fear. I thought I would share a few key takeaways with you. Confidence is Earned You don’t have or require confidence before you do something. You earn it after you have done the thing. The principle here is that confidence is like a “charge” you build up over time by doing more of the things that are just outside of your comfort zone. Everything that is inside your comfort zone is easy and not challenging, so you probably don’t feel like you need the confidence to do these things. They are automatic. However,…

  • Vagus Nerve Exercises for Anxiety
    Inspiration

    3 Easy Vagus Nerve Exercises to Down Regulate Anxiety

    Did you know that in 1921, Nobel Prize-winning German physiologist named Otto Loewi discovered that stimulating frogs’ vagus nerves caused a rush of acetylcholine, unlocking the idea that tapping into this chill-out nerve could be a fast way to dial down stress? Earlier this week, I posted about Solfeggio tones (in Can Sound Heal the Body?) and the effect they have in calming and ‘rewiring’ the nervous system due to sympathetic resonance with the Vagus Nerve. There is a lot of information coming through into the public domain now about this central nerve in the body and the essential roles it plays, especially in connection with mental health. In the video above, Sukie…

  • Singing Bowls & a Rain Stick
    Health & Fitness

    Can Sound Heal the Body?

    The Mystery of Sound In my teens, I explored the mysteries through the study of different belief systems ranging from shamanism to Buddhism. I experienced various esoteric practices which are now finding their way into the mainstream. These included Tibetan Overtone Chanting and Singing Bowls. Sound has always been important to me; everything from melodies and key changes in music in general through to more metaphysical experiences with New Age music, Gregorian Chant and the aforementioned Overtone Chanting and Singing Bowls. Headphones are great for experiencing the technical intricacies of modern music, but there is something more primal in feeling the music on the body, especially the chants, bowls and…

  • Man dressed in a suit up to his chest in the ocean, holding his head
    Life Hacks

    Five Steps to Overcoming Overwhelm

    Overwhelm. We all face it. But where does it come from and how can we better manage it? I am referring here to the overwhelm of having too many things and not enough time to do them all, not emotional overwhelm which comes from different sources. A lot of the time, overwhelm is our own fault. It’s simply because we overcommit. Either to others or to ourselves. We think we can fit more into a day than we actually can. We want to do it all because were excited. Or we say yes because we don’t want to let the other person down, even though (if we stopped to think…

  • 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…