Technology has brought numerous benefits but at what cost to our emotional skills and relationships?
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
Taking a holiday from an over active brain and endless self-observation seems a logical route to bliss. But how do we ease the burden of acute self-awareness, that endless chatter: Did I talk too much? Why didn't I say anything? They must think I'm an idiot? I am an idiot! A route growing in popularity… Continue reading Meditation to calm the mind
In one of life's weird coincidences, I recently encountered two people in the space of two weeks, who had studied nonviolent communication (NVC). I was intrigued. Apparently NVC is a method of resolving conflict so successful, it has been used in hot spots such as the Balkins and Israel. So, I checked out the website… Continue reading Peace through Nonviolent communication
Regrets are as much a part of being human as happiness and sorrow. Yet we are encouraged to live life without regrets, to move on and learn. Oddly enough the regrets that seem to stick for me are disturbingly banal...the stunning dress I procrastinated over and eventually left in the quirky store in New York,… Continue reading Regrets – I've had a few
I recently had to give a presentation. It has been a long time since I've given one and while preparing found myself anxious way and above what was required. As it turned out I ended up having to re-write it an hour or two before presenting...another story. This meant I went in unrehearsed. No-one walked… Continue reading It's all about perspective
“Sit all together in meditation. Become peacefully calm and quiet, without motion, without stillness, without birth, without destruction, without coming or going, with no judgments of right or wrong, neither staying nor going. This, then, is the Great Way.” Hui Neng, Sixth Zen Patriarch Mindfulness is a central concept in Buddhism, which basically means paying… Continue reading Zen and the art of Mindfulness