Keeping focus is essential for some tasks (Santa Barbara, Calif.)—If you think your inability to concentrate is a hopeless condition, think again—and breathe and focus. According to a study by researchers at the UC Santa Barbara, as little as two weeks of mindfulness training can significantly improve reading comprehension, working memory capacity and ability to… Continue reading Breathe and focus
"The rigid and inflexible will surely fail, while the soft and flowing will prevail." -Lao Tzu
One of my favourite jobs was working in a shop that sold relaxation products, self help books and beautiful jewellery. Not only did I work with wonderful women who became dear friends, I got to meet, chat with and listen to an eclectic range of people. What became clear to me over those years was… Continue reading Insecurity and the imposter syndrome
Even more reasons to listen to music...as if you needed an excuse! increases creativity and happiness, decreases anxiety and pain, helps heal parkinsons and alzheimers and much more.
This article was originally published on The Conversation and reproduced under Creative Commons — Attribution/No derivatives license. By Elizabeth Richardson, University of Edinburgh A new study sheds light on why natural spaces in cities can help keep us healthy. Researchers found that people living in neighbourhoods with a large amount of green space, such as parks… Continue reading Stress-busting effect of green spaces stronger on women
New Zealand has long been known for it’s stunning scenery, world-class golf courses and thrill seeking opportunities. However, less well known nationally and internationally are New Zealand’s luxurious yet ethical wellness resorts. Located throughout the North and South Islands these resorts, lodges and retreats are perfect if you’re seeking relaxation and/ or physical challenges, inspiration,… Continue reading Aro Ha wellness retreat
Painful recent events have brought me to delve into important aspects of my life, security, health, love, work, money happiness... and what I found disturbed me. While dealing with some intense emotions which ranged from fear, sadness and anger, I found to my annoyance a negative underlying voice whispering that it's not surprising, as I'm… Continue reading Shame and vulnerability
Happiness is when there is nowhere else you would rather be or anyone else you would rather be with or anything else you would rather be doing.
It's been a while since I posted. Blame it on a break in the flow. We go through our days, lives, routines, on auto pilot. OK... I go through life at times on autopilot. But sometimes there comes a time when that deep seated discontent stops tapping and starts thumping. When physically the body starts… Continue reading Finding flow
Before humans arrived in New Zealand the bush rang with bird song, in particular with tui and korimako (bellbird). Cook wrote of the korimako song; “it seemed to be like small bells most exquisitely tuned”. Now however, the numbers of birds have dwindled dramatically and 33% are already extinct. Some disappeared as the forests were… Continue reading Bird song in New Zealand like it used to sound