The meditation of mantra

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, […]

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When is enough, enough?

“Learn to go beyond your limits”. It’s a popular self-help mantra of many modern gurus. Our world seems full of people, books and billboards telling us we don’t need to live according to our limits. That instead we should push beyond them. I’m not going […]

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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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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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Is your memory keeping you stuck?

Preconceived ideas – they can certainly create whirlwinds in our mind, and like cyclones and tornadoes in the natural world, can all too often leave a trail of chaos in their wake. Think of a four year old child, playing by itself on the beach. […]

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