If Not Now, When?

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“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” – Eckhart Tolle

We have a linear understanding of time—the past, the present and the future. Dealing with three separate points in time leaves our brains dazed and confused. It’s no wonder we get confused and hung up on past experiences and become anxious about what is yet to come when we have so much going around in our head. Continue reading

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Your Life, Your Responsibility

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“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Your life is your choice, it is up to you to live it how you want. We are the navigator and the driver of the time we get on this earth, whatever choices we make we take our lives in our own direction. It is for this reason that taking responsibility for ourselves is so important. Continue reading

Man vs Ego

We typically take the word ego and apply it to someone who has an inflated idea of self-worth, however, the ego is something of our own creation that is not necessarily to do with having high opinions of oneself but an identity we develop and reinforce as our lives progress. This idea of self and other can really limit us, we can be blissfully unaware of it and even when we are aware of it, we can find it exceedingly difficult to keep it in check. Continue reading

Beginning to Let Go

We go through life with various things that get in our way, things that trip us up and can sometimes change our path; often these are things over which our control level equals something close to zero and this can be a worry and sometimes upsetting thing for us. What we want in life can often seem like it is on the other side of a raging torrent.  Continue reading

Why You Must Stop Searching For Happiness

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“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” ~ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Happiness can’t be searched for, it is something that we all already have within us. Our culture has developed in such a way that we are no longer able to recognise this, we expend so much energy looking without to find what is already within. Continue reading

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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