All the power in thought

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. Rumi Have you ever stopped to think about the power you hold in your mind? Of course most of us know about the importance of positive thinking but have you ever really thought about how your thoughts weaken you…

How I broke the link between bad days and alcohol

7.26pm. A packed commuter train. I left home almost 14 hours ago. I’m sweating. My trousers have ripped. It’s been a hard day. I’m shattered and I’m going to miss my kids’ bedtimes. This was the scene as I travelled home from work earlier this week. I felt broken. That was until it hit me…

The ‘seasons’ of happiness (Podcast)

Summer, autumn, winter, spring. They are finite and marked by predictable changes. One of the things I’ve noticed as I’ve delved deeper into the world of happiness and what creates it is that many people think it’s about a ‘year-round summer’. Thinking this way creates massive pressure to keep the good times – the summers…

Day 54: How interpretation of stressful moments changes their impact

I got so stressed this morning, I ended up hyperventilating, getting dizzy and then crying. ¬†What got me so stressed? I was trying to load an image into the background of a page I’m creating for my website and it wouldn’t work. The thing is though, explaining it like that is a bit like saying,…

66 Days of Meditation – Day 10

If you’re a zen and blissed out meditation enthusiast, my revelations today won’t surprise you. If you’re deciding whether or not to make meditation a part of your life, my experience so far may help you make the decision. These are my observations so far. What’s changed? I’m more patient. This is particularly true in…

Does focus distort perception?

66 Days of Meditation – Day 4 It strikes me that the more you focus on something the more it distorts. Over the last four days, I’ve had a laser focus on my memory and I fear I may have burned a hole in it. I started this meditation project in an effort to improve…