Life is so fast paced theses days; we have instant access to information and hyper-connectivity with each other, there is so much stuff floating around and whizzing past us that in can be difficult to keep up. This can often make it difficult for us to find escape from everything and for us to work out where our priorities lie. I am going to discuss why I think busyness can be detrimental to our balance and our happiness. Continue reading
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” – Cicero
Gratitude helps us to see how much we have to be thankful for in our lives. It takes us away from looking at our lives as lacking and helps us to see that there is an abundance of things that we can be happy to have in our lives. Continue reading
Building a habit is difficult and for a lot of people can create a lot of resistance even though they are starting something that may well be good for them. Research differs but building a habit with a very good chance of keeping at it requires 21-30 days of practice. Habits can be so difficult to keep for a number of reasons; for me the biggest reason is I make my intended habit too difficult and complicated when I first try to adopt it. Here’s the top four tips I’ve found to keep at something.
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.
You may have a home, a place where your heart is, somewhere where you feel safe and know what to expect.
I’m yet to find that exact place so far but what I have found is that seeing new places and experiencing things outside of your cultural frame of reference is so beneficial.
Here’s why… Continue reading