When I was about ten one of my primary school teachers posed my class this: “Please don’t think about elephants. Just don’t think about elephants”. What happened? Without a second thought my mind began to ask, “What elephant?”. Then it conjured ideas of a large, […]
In the spirit of thinking less, I’ve been doing more. I’m not randomly filling my time with busy-ness rather I’ve begun a campaign of consciously and mindfully doing and acting. Doing more may seem to run counter to many spiritual philosophies – doesn’t yoga advocate […]
Our mind is a great analytical machine, more sophisticated than any computer. But like the promises of “less stress” and “more free time” with which the computer age has lured us in, our mind, rather than streamlining our decisions, can often be caught making life […]
After a lot of planning and prodding (thanks to everyone for all their support and encouragement) I’m excited to say that this week I’m launching a six week course in yogic thinking called The Yoga Brain. If you’ve been a regular reader of this blog, […]
As humans, we have a strange dichotomy existing in our minds. Part of us loves the familiarity of the known – the comfort of routine- and yet some other part of us finds it tedious and loathsome. Equally, while part of us craves new experiences […]
‘Being present’ is a constant theme in many Eastern philosophies, and with good reason. Have you ever noticed that unhappiness actually arises from your memory of past experiences, or from the imaginings about your as-yet-undetermined future?
Attachments. We’re all aware of the potential dangers of opening and downloading them. Some can be useful, others a mildly amusing waste of time, and the really obnoxious ones can infect your system with all manner of digital nasties. Now, I’m not the person to […]