How does your language affect your state of mind?

When I was growing up, phrases like “watch your language”, “mind your P’s and Q’s” or the exclamation “language, please!” regularly flew round the classroom. Unsurprisingly, teachers were generally referring to the colourful profanities of excited teenagers. Now pipe down at the back – this […]

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Learning your Limits

Almost four decades ago a book called “The Limits to Growth” was released. Funded by the Club of Rome it modeled the possible consequences of a rapidly growing population and the finite resources our environment can supply: it outlined limits. Yet the idea that growth […]

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How chanting Aum can change your mind

The repetition of the syllable “Om” or “Aum” has long been practised by people throughout India to help calm the mind and to maintain a relaxed state. The sound Aum is considered an audible symbol of the energy that sustains our lives, energy that has […]

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Do your senses tell you the truth?

Our mind is constantly bombarded by thoughts, impressions and messages. To help get us through the day our mind retrieves hundreds of memories and combines this with real-time data from our senses. In a previous article I questioned the truth of memory, but how often […]

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The changing brain

Watching a documentary last week about the brain and how it functions I was struck by how important perseverance and enthusiasm are to achieving our goals in life. Yet it seems these two psychological states are all too often the first things to go out […]

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