Mindfulness and meditation are huge buzzword these days.
Admittedly, I use these phrases myself in my written and spoken communication about my work. This is primarily because these words have become the mainstream phrases that everyone relates to. Mindfulness is being brought to schools and workplaces. This is, no doubt, progress from where we were some years ago.
The reported benefits of mindfulness and meditation are numerous – from feeling calm and peaceful, having a deep, soft voice, increased self-control and empathy, improved focus, decreased stress, among many others.
Now, let me be a little devil’s advocate. (more…)
Have you happened to notice that unlearning your habitual behavioural patterns (especially the self-defeating ones) is harder than you anticipated?
There is a reason for it. Our inner “wiring” starts early in life. The way we respond in a conflict or a stressful situation, the underlying beliefs run in the back of our minds, the coping mechanisms we develop, and our repeated emotional states – these all create engrained and well established pathways in our bodies.
Additionally, we know from science that our skills, learning patterns, and habitual behavioural responses are not in individual nerve cells or even connections amongst the nerve cells. (more…)
Imagine driving your car with one foot on the gas pedal and the other foot on the break pedal.
Now, imagine that you drive your car like this every single day.
And you drive pretty much all day long.
You fill your car with good gasoline and take it for checkups with your mechanic time to time. After a while, your mechanic tells you that there are some issues with the car, some wear and tear. He offers fixes. (more…)
Have you been curious about your personality type?
Do you sometimes even wonder if you are perhaps stuck with a certain type of personality?
Have you asked yourself why are you the way you are? Perhaps you have taken numerous personality tests to find out more about yourself because you want to change your patterns of behaviour or improve your relationships. (more…)
Inflammation is considered to be one of the root causes of pretty much every health concern known to us today.
You may likely know that a short-term inflammation is not a bad thing. It may simply be our body’s response to an infection and its aim is self-protection and healing. However, a chronic inflammation is another issue altogether. Research indicates that an overactive immune system ends up damaging our tissues. (more…)
Your gut health and brain health are related.
Have you ever noticed your stomach “in knots”? Or can you recall times when you had a “gut feeling” about something or someone, although you couldn’t find a logical reason behind it? There is a reason why our gut is very sensitive. It is the home to our enteric nervous system.
The enteric nervous system is often referred to as our second brain. (more…)
What happens when you experience challenging emotions?
I am specifically referring to emotions that are typically labeled as “bad” or “negative”. You know, the ones that we are told we should not have in the first place.
I suspect that at least once in your life you experienced a moment when you witnessed a friend or a family member feeling angry about something or someone, and you sincerely advised them: Don’t get upset. Don’t cry. It’s not worth it! Or something along these lines. Or perhaps you were the one given this advice. (more…)
Life lessons on gratitude and more…
Last year, my 13-year old daughter taught me a few lessons on life. How? She decided to raise three baby chicks in order to get her own fresh organic eggs. At first, I was quite bewildered by the idea but at the same time, I felt really intrigued.
A multitude of questions floated through my mind: How can we do this in our backyard? Will they stink? How do we manage to take care of them? (more…)
Personal Transformation – the main challenge.
Recently, I met a woman who wanted to change her life. As she shared her story with me, she intensely felt there was a lot she wanted to let go of. Some of these included the pain from her past, unhealthy relationships, lack of confidence, disempowering stories, early signs of chronic imbalances, and feeling stuck. (more…)
Fear and anxiety can be immobilizing.
I have no doubt that you remember times in your life when you struggled with fear. In fact, I believe that every human being experiences fear, stress, and anxiety at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, for many, it’s a fairly regular occurrence.
There are many different “fears”. We may feel fear when we are in a dark alley and notice a fleeting shadow. Sometimes we are afraid of what may or may not happen to us or our loved ones in the near or far future. (more…)