Spiritual me

What does spirituality mean? Why would a person be interested in becoming more spiritual? What do you get from it? What is the difference between spirituality and religion? These are the types of questions I have been asking myself over the last 10 years, these days, I find it even harder to express what spirituality […]

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Are our thoughts helpful or not?

Thoughts are a funny thing (if you think about it!) – sometimes we want them, sometimes they help us, sometimes we can’t stop them, sometimes they are happy and sometimes they are sad. Often they just bubble up out of nowhere and other times our thoughts are about other people, events, memories or perhaps future […]

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Pull your selfs back together

To me the phrase “just pull yourself together” is naive and nonsensical, because if you think about it, who is pulling who back together?  Who knows how you should be and who is the bit that has moved away? Additionally, who is the self you will be again once you have reconnected? I realise this […]

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10 self help videos I like

My favourite videos I thought I would link to some of my favourite YouTube videos. No specific topics just things that inspire me and people who are passionate about what they do, however, I do love science. Carl Sagan – Incredible symphony of life I just love this compilation and listen to it every morning […]

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My values and beliefs

My Personal Values and Beliefs For me, understanding your values is one of the most important aspects of personal growth, they open the doorway to more calmness, self respect and they help you to let go of old outdated beliefs which may be disrupting your present life. Personally, my values are transient and variable, some […]

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The 10 commandments

Just for fun I thought I’d list my top 10 rules for finding a bit more calmness and happiness in life: 1. The reason we forgive others, is because we don’t want to beat ourselves up any more with the stories that go around and around in our minds. 2. Remember that nothing is more […]

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The role of humility in personal growth

There are many words that capture the essence of personal growth, like, personal development, self-awareness or enlightenment. The problem with these explanations are they are just words, a combination of letters (symbols) that have to be interpreted in a certain way to give them a meaning and for each person it will mean something different. […]

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Illusions of the mind

Should you believe what you see? As you move your eyes around the image you’ll perhaps see the circles all rotating or jiggling back and forth. However, as you focus on one single yellow ball they all freeze! Take a moment to play around and see how your perspective modifies the results you get. What is […]

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Vipassana meditation retreat

February 2012: I will be shortly attending a 10 day Vipassana residential retreat and I thought it might be interesting to track my thoughts and intent during the time leading up to the event and to explore my experience and reflections afterwards. Firstly, what is Vipassana meditation?  This is what the official website says; ‘The word Vipassana […]

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