Mindfulness Through Adventure

Mindfulness Through Adventure

Generally, when you think of mindfulness, you think of serenity. Of being calm and peaceful. Of sitting, silently, focusing as much as you can without straining your mind. The notion of mindfulness as a calm thing is the core of achieving a mindful state through exercises such as yoga and meditation. It works for so […]

Simple Tips To Stay Present

Simple Tips To Stay Present

Over the course of seven years, I went on a retreat three times a year. Two of the retreats were for four days and one was for 10 days every June. Even though before every retreat I was always nervous and resistant, I knew that I would benefit from it. It was on the retreats […]

Ways Stress Affects Our Bodies

Ways Stress Affects Our Bodies

We all know stress quite well. It doesn’t feel good and we definitely aren’t fond of it. You’ve probably heard that stress can lead to actual health problems that transcend psychology and delve deep into the physical aspects of our daily lives. But how do we cope with stress? Sometimes a glass of wine and […]

My Panic Attacks

My Panic Attacks

I was in my early thirties when I had my first panic attack. I wondered at the time where the word “panic” came from and found that it derived from the Greek god Pan, whose sudden appearance caused terror, like that of a stampeding herd of cattle. That’s just what it felt like. I was […]

Martial Arts For Mental Health

Martial Arts For Mental Health

When I started training in martial arts nearly 20 years ago I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would be running a club where I would use Karate as a form of therapy. At the moment I am using Karate to help in two distinct ways; I run free Karate classes for people […]

The Wisdom of OWLS Finding Liberation From Conflict And Suffering

The Wisdom of OWLS – Finding Liberation from Conflict and Suffering

Revised October 2017 Have you ever watched an owl in the wild? They seem to have endless potential for just sitting, observing, watching – turning their heads 360 degrees on whatever it is that has captured their attention. “Sometimes, simply by sitting, the soul collects wisdom” – Zen proverb There are many wisdom sayings and […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Fear Regret

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Fear Regret

Why You Should Never Fear Regret Regret is a curious part of the human condition. On some levels, it is necessary for morality and compassion to flourish. It can be the driving force behind personal development and a key part of the changes someone makes to get their life back on track. But that only […]

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig Review

Reasons to Stay Alive, by Matt Haig [Review]

In an age when depression and other mental health issues are finally being treated with the respect and solemnity they deserve, Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig is one of the most important books in circulation. It opens in the midst of Haig’s own depression, at a point when he can see no future, […]

Three Books That Help Ease Anxiety

Three Books That Help Ease Anxiety & Depression

When anxiety strikes, one of its most damaging facets is the way it isolates you from the rest of the world. It convinces you that no one wants to deal with your problems, that no one has the time to talk to you about them, that you’re nothing but a burden on your friends. This […]

3 Signs You’re Ignoring Your Inner Voice

3 Signs You’re Ignoring Your Inner Voice

Ever have those moments where you swear someone or something is trying to get your attention? There is a voice inside you cannot hear, but it’s powerful nonetheless. It can come in many forms. A gut feeling, focused thoughts or receiving certain messages. It’s like your intuition is on high alert mode. This infamous inner […]

The Joys Of Being Alone

The Joys Of Being Alone

As you sit and watch the clock strike twelve a feeling of loneliness swamps your space and invades your mind. We are taught to make friends from a young age, get into relationships in haste and surround ourselves with smiling colleagues and well-meaning family but rarely do we take a moment to absorb ourselves in […]

Five Tips To Relieving Anxiety

Five Tips To Relieving Anxiety

If you’re unfortunate enough to be afflicted with serious or chronic anxiety, It’s the kind of issue that ebbs and flows. It forces you to take every day at a time and try not to make assumptions about what the future holds from moment to moment. Here are some things you can do to help […]