Brain Chatter Stopped – A Stroke of Insight

Brain Chatter Stopped – A Stroke of Insight

Brain chatter creates a lot of suffering for most of us. The mind goes here, there and everywhere, compulsively and incessantly and causes much misery.  This is a story of what it felt like when a brain scientist's mind chatter stopped completely... My client Alex sent me an email with the subject line ”Watch this” and a comment inside that it is an “astonishingly beautiful” story. So I watched the TED talk and found it beautiful and moving. And, I feel inspired to share it with you also. It's the story of a brain scientist from Harvard university who woke up one morning and became quickly aware that her brain was malfunctioning. She was excited to be able to study her own brain from inside out as it completely deteriorated in its ability to process information. The logical part of her brain was shutting down and her brain chatter stopped completely. There were no thoughts for a while – just silence. She experienced...
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Resurrection: How Easter can be an uplifting time for change

Resurrection: How Easter can be an uplifting time for change

Resurrection is the symbol of Easter and spring time too.  The warm weather returns and all of nature bursts into life. I love Spring time.  It always reminds me of a line in Geoffrey Chaucer's, Canterbury Tales: The General Prologue, which I studied in English Literature: “Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote And bathed every veyne in swich licour, Of which vertu engendred is the flour;...” Modern translation by Nevill Coghill (Wikipedia): “When in April the sweet showers fall And pierce the drought of March to the root, and all the veins are bathed in liquor of such power As brings about the engendering of the flower...” As Spring 'brings about the engendering of the flower', us humans also shake off the winter as our cells respond to the universe and the warmth and renewal around us. Easter, which is about resurrection, is with us now and just over a quarter of the year has gone by- already! With all this...
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Meditating on Public Transport

Meditating on Public Transport

Meditating is the medicine for stress when travelling on crowded public transport. This may may seem weird at first but it's an antidote to tension on the tube and other forms of public transport. No one even needs to know that you are meditating and it's an inner blooming practice. I've had the pleasure of travelling on public transport in the rush hour recently and have noticed tense, miserable faces on my journey as well as anger and aggression. It's like people are sleep walking unconsciously during their journey. I saw a man bump into a woman so forcefully that she almost fell over and he just continued without batting an eyelid. The overcrowded trains and high fares seem to have become a licence for what I'm calling bad behaviour (this is a judgement, of course). People who are normally polite and friendly push, shove and swear at each other. Meditating and mindfulness are remedies for this behaviour. They are medicine for the...
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Goals -The  #1 Hang Up Keeping You Stuck

Goals -The #1 Hang Up Keeping You Stuck

The New Year is a time when new visions rise up from creative imagination or existing ones get assessed or even discarded; when goals are mapped out and New Year's resolutions see the light of day, albeit briefly for some. Research shows that most people who set New Year's resolutions on the fly at midnight on 31st December tend to give up within hours, days or a few months. One of the things that's fundamental to achieving your goals are the inner structures that are at play in your life. The inner structures that are most significant and have the most influence are your assumptions, beliefs, desires, aspirations, values.   These inner structures can inspire change, motivate, help or limit you. Think of yourself as an energy system with many sub-systems. You have physical, emotional, financial, mental, spiritual energies, for instance. From childhood onwards like sponges, our energy systems soak up many messages.  We often learn that there are particular ways to be and to do...
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Your Heart: How to Tune It

Your Heart: How to Tune It

The Heart - How do you tune it? I like this quote by Rumi: “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” 'Pure Heart' is one of the heart lines in the hands. The  heart line is the  horizontal line closest to your fingers and it tells you about your emotional style - how you express love and like love expressed to you. The 'Pure Heart' line is a gift marking or extra potential talent. It is the rarest gift marking.  When it is there, and working well for you, it says that you have the capacity for unconditional love and connection; that you are very giving/loving, nurturing and focused on others. When emotions are not working well, this gift marking means that you are not very good at receiving love (or anything), you're too focused on others, have a controlling nature and likely to suffer from over-giving...
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Emotions: Greatest Love – Day 2 Meditation Camp Challenge

Emotions: Greatest Love – Day 2 Meditation Camp Challenge

Review of Day One Emotions - what came up for you? How did Day One's meditation go? What happened when you focused on your thoughts? What kind of thoughts were there...? Share your comments: Click here to join private Facebook page. The theme for Day 2 of the camp is Greatest Love. Day one focused on the mind because in western societies that's where we spend most of our time. Our culture, education system and science teach us to trust the mind, not ourselves or our hearts. Mind is king/queen - it rules. So emotions often get suppressed. But what we really want to do is to loosen the strings of the mind, and tighten the strings of the heart in order to access our true nature and authenticity. I was looking through my notes from a meditation camp in 2003, and I want to share some of guruji's  words on 'love'. This is a time for reflection and contemplation as well as getting together with loved...
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Meditation Camp Challenge: I Can’t Get Them Out Of My Head

Meditation Camp Challenge - Join my wind-down, FREE, 12 minutes a day, 12-Day Challenge to get you peaceful,  relaxed and recharged over the festive holiday period. I use to do these meditation camps years ago in India over the Christmas-New Year period. They were a great way to integrate what was useful from the current year, leave the unhelpful behind and move towards the new. In the spirit of looking inwards, I offer these to you this holiday. There's a different theme each day and I hope you will join in these reflections.  Thanks and gratitude to Guruji.  His unorthodox approach taught me to ask questions and trust my experiences. This is a short journey for you to also trust your meditation experiences There's a short downloadable mp3 audio guided meditation at the end. You just can't get them out of your head (as I think of Kylie Minogue's song). It's: La la la La la la la la La la la La la la la la Thoughts...
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Three Things Between You and Happiness

Happiness is winning as your number one goal in life . Happiness is what makes a good life. Here is some very revealing information about creating more happiness in your life. According to psychiatrist, Robert Waldinger, the people who are most satisfied in their relationships at the age of 50 are most happy at age 80. This finding comes from a Harvard study of adult development conducted over 75 years. It identified three top factors for happiness and living a fulfilled life. They are: Having good relationships. Social connections to family, friends and community keeps us happier, physically healthier and living longer. The quality of your close relationships matters. Living in a conflict infested relationship is the antithesis to happiness. Conflict-ridden relationships whether at home, work or in the community are bad for your health e.g. a high conflict marriage without much affection is perhaps worse than having a divorce. What about also being bullied at work or else where. Being...
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Fear v Faith – A Stream of Consciousness

On awakening this morning, I immediately started to think about fear v faith. Then I thought, it's really fear v unconditional love. So I remembered an experience I had many years ago, which I have never labelled, but which my friend Elizabeth called my 'awakening' – a state of blissed out unconditional love, which came out of a period of deep uncertainty and some fear. My consciousness then moved to a state of deep, deep peace that I sometimes get into (not often enough I daresay). Then I recalled that from scientific hand analysis my spiritual schools are love and peace. Is there a message here, I wondered, as I have been asking for inner guidance regarding MY message from a business context. Next, I contemplated my inner challenge with using an interpretative metaphysical tool like hand analysis, which has a terrible public relations image as most people move into fear assuming it is 'fortune-telling', which it is not....
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Hidden Talents – Leadership Using Your Gifts

Hidden Talents – How do you lead a massive organisation using the gift of unconditional love? Leadership comes in many forms and Amma has comforted and embraced more than 33 million people and runs a massive humanitarian organisation. My friend and I went to see her earlier this week. We woke up very early to get to Alexandra Palace, North London, to receive our token for her darshan (her hug or embrace). Neither of us had been before and I didn't really have any expectations. There was a seated area at the front of the huge, cavernous, cold hall, stalls in the middle and a refreshment area at the back. We were seated quite early with a video playing on the big screen revealing Amma's work. There was a lot of emphasis on Amma's Darshan as we watched the video. According to the booklet I received, Amma's Darshan or embrace “...allows [people] to experience true, unconditional love. When Amma holds someone it...
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