The awesome things that mindfulness does to your brain!

“You can’t run that fast. He/She is not going to be interested in you. You look frumpy. People are not going to like your haircut. Your voice sounds funny. OMG is that a wrinkle??? They will never accept those terms. Blah blah blah.”   “Oh, hello, this is your inner voice speaking. I am going […]

Winning the Battle for Your Mind – part 2

Sometimes it is simpler to begin communicating a concept by what it is not in order to get to what it is. Mindfulness is one of those concepts. Mindfulness is a tremendously evocative word, often associated with mystical experiences, ascetic and monastic lifestyles, intense discipline, ritual and seclusion. While all these may be true to […]

Roanji Ston Garden, Kyoto. Photo by Winfried Sitte

Who is Winning the Battle for Your Mind?

Mindfulness. Like many others before it, it has become the new buzzword in success circles. It’s use has progressively surged in the last 5 years, so much in fact that in the last six years it’s Google interest rating has constantly risen from 40 (out of 100) to 92!. In 2013 it exploded onto the […]

8 Lessons I Learned from Clearing Bamboo.

Some time ago one of my neighbours called me over to show me a retaining wall that was beginning to be pushed over by a lush and tall bamboo cluster on our side of it. The numerous slender poles that were closest to the wall were swaying in the breeze and when they made contact […]

Not ready, set… Go!

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese proverb. I am sure that I am not the only person who frequently hears the umpteen variants of “Now is not a good time for me to take this on”, and I am certain that you […]

Full Steam Ahead: Why You Have Everything You Need.

The new project. Today’s to-do list. Launching a new business. Finding a soul-mate. Changing careers. Whatever it is you wish to start, accomplish, create, finish or do, you have all you need. Right now. There is absolutely nothing in the way for you be in motion, wether this is to get started, to advance it, […]

The hardest thing that most never have the courage to do.

Justice. It seems that this is one of the pivots of civilisation. The scales that balance everything, impartially. It moderates activites, it ensures appropriate behaviour, it provides a framework where righteousness bestows impunity, and wrongdoing elicits punishment. It is  the foundation of what we generally consider to be fair. Of course it has some limitations […]

Shhhhhhh…..! No NEWS please.

Since becoming a parent I have noticed that I am more aware of the information that surrounds our space, particularly at home. We hear not just for ourselves, but also on behalf of our children, filtering and observing what meanings and interpretations are attributed to that information, or what effect it may have on their […]