For Your Own Sake Be Yourself!

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“Above all be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it” ~ Unknown

You might be thinking “I’m always myself, who else am I supposed to be?” I’d ask you to think for just a moment about how many times in the last month you have genuinely been true to yourself. Now take a moment to think how many things that you have said or done were because of fear or because of the way you feel others will expect you to behave. Continue reading

Mindful Meditation: Not Just For Monks!

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Eleven years ago today, only three days before my 18th birthday and just before I was about to go to university, I was hit by a car on a night out and suffered a badly broken leg. I went to university but because of my temporary physical handicap I started feeling sorry for myself. I self-medicated every night by getting smashed on booze and smoking loads of weed. Next stop: depression.

After being depressed for about four years and lacking any motivation to do anything, I read a book someone had recommended to me; ‘The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying’. This introduced me to the idea of meditation, for a year or so I started experimenting occasionally but I didn’t get much out of it.

Fast forward four years and I am now a regular meditator, generally practicing twice a day.

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12 Beautiful Lessons I Learned From Depression

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There’s no getting around it, depression absolutely sucks. Feeling helpless and hopeless all the time is a downward spiral and leads to self loathing. Let’s be honest, nobody wants that.

For me the worst thing was my change in activity, my lack of desire to do things. Before I would do all sorts of stuff and always try new things. It lead me to a cycle of having the most boring routine and lack of activity, a self perpetuating run of feeling horrible.

But, there are 12 awesome lessons I have learned from this time in my life. I reckon these are 12 lessons everyone can benefit from. Continue reading