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Is peace of mind possible even during the worst times?

I’m sure as a teenager, peace of mind was not something you would write on your bucket list for things you wanted to achieve throughout your life. In my teens I remember doing a very small bucket list, it went something like this. Become an architect. Skydiving. Travel the world. Become a millionaire. Marry a beautiful women and have a family. Have my own business. Own an Aston Martin. Build my own house. Not once did I put on my list anything about health, spiritualism, living in the present moment, mindfulness, meditation, or peace of mind. I suspect you would have done the same.  As […]

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Why you will never find happiness

Why you will never find happiness

For many years I just wanted to be happy. Is that too much to ask? I’m sure you’re no different, the pursuit for happiness is present in everybody. Isn’t it quite reasonable to have a few little comforts that make us feel alive, secure, and happy. I wrote a blog a while ago ‘Why I’m Giving up My Search for Happiness’ and it has been on my mind the last few days. Did I really give up this search for happiness? No, not really. I thought working on my spiritual journey and being told to let go of the search would mean it would happen […]

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If you care about others, this is the BEST ADVICE you will ever receive!

It’s none of your business – Jun Po. This was one of the best pieces of life advice I’d ever received. Initially, though, I was thinking, “What the heck? My friend is suffering and I want to help. You’re telling me it’s none of my business?” His reply was simple. Jun Po said once more, “Yes, it’s none of your business.” Let me put it in context for you: I have spent most of my life trying to help the people I care about feel less pain. With best intentions, I wanted to solve their problems. In recent years, I have practised listening and am getting […]

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5 Ways Being Near the Ocean Can Heal Us

For many of us, the ocean is a place we turn to for healing, peacefulness and clarity. The tides attract us and beckon us to sit by the shore, to plan vacations around sailing, diving and sunbathing and to breathe in the mineral air that soothes us. Taking in the sunshine and watching the waves crash against the shore feeds our senses and creative lives, enhancing mindfulness. We may not realize there are benefits beyond absorbing vitamin D or feeling buoyant in the water. The ocean can be a place where our minds, bodies and spirits can take a timeout from the world’s digital or […]

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5 Unique Ways to Practice Mindfulness in Everyday Living

For many of us, living in a state of constant busyness through digital distractions, addiction to technology, lopsided work-life balance and heightened stress can lead to a sense of time bankruptcy, increasing the need for mindful living. But how can we find time to take on another task even if we know it will benefit us? Simple. We shift our focus. Viewing mindfulness as another responsibility tacked on to an already full day will not add value to our existence. But appreciating it as an antidote to our already crammed lives will. By choosing to practice mindfulness as “maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or […]

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Feeling exhausted, helpless and lack motivation?

Feeling exhausted, helpless and lacking confidence. You desperately want to do something with your life. Any motivation or energy you had seems to have fucked off to a sunny destination without you. What happened? How did this happen? How did I become this person? You’re spending more time alone, anxious and feeling depressed. Stuck in a rut, and although you know what you should be doing, you don’t have the energy or the drive to do anything about it. You hardly recognise the person you have become. You know you have a purpose. Inside there is deep-seated ambition desperately waiting to make a difference in […]

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How to find your happiness in 3 minutes!

Happiness, what is it? Where is it? Can I have some of it…? Wait, wait… slow down. Don’t skip! It’s right here… YES!  It’s in the mundane, the normal, going to work, the dishes, taking the children to school or doing the housework. REALLY? Why? Because, if something goes wrong, your health deteriorates, lose your job or an accident you are going to wish you were right back to the mundane. Suddenly the mundane is your new baseline for your happiness. Isn’t happiness up there with job promotions, winning, buying something, lust, desires, new relationship or great sex…? Nope… That’s amazing, that’s awesome, that’s great […]

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Full Body Healing – Guided Meditation – 14 Mins

Here is a 14 minute guided meditation that takes you through a body scan making you aware of all the different parts of your body. It is this awareness that creates the calmness in the present moment which in turn will give you more peace of mind. It first relaxes you into a deep awareness, then you start to scan your body starting from your feet and ending with your mind. You thank each part as you go. This cultivates an appreciation not only for who you are but also your body and how you are dependent on it. You do not need headphones, although […]

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How to stop thinking and enjoy peace of mind

How To Stop Thinking And Enjoy Peace Of Mind

Whether we realise it or not most of us have become addicted to thinking. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to stop thinking for a few moments whenever we wanted a break? We are addicted to thinking, we fundamentally believe it makes us who we are. And, just like any other addiction, it is hard to shake the habit. I hear it all the time, ‘I can’t to stop thinking’. With regular addictions, we the option of cold turkey. Get rid of it, kick it out of our lives for good and ‘grin and bare’ the consequences. Thinking is different We often talk about our […]

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Dealing with Hard Times | When Life Doesn’t Go To Plan

I am the perfect example of life not going to plan, I’ve had my fair share of hard times. From being paralysed at 18, bankrupt in my 30s to losing virtually everything four years ago. Even my attempted suicide did not go to plan! Luckily. I’d like to share a little story. In 2003 I decided to embark on a 900-mile challenge in my electric wheelchair. It had been a dream of mine since I realised running the London Marathon after breaking my neck at 18 was out of the question. For two years a team of us met every month to discuss my challenge […]

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