“Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.” – Erich Fromm
When we intuit authority or truth to someone else’s words of wisdom, we could say that we are instinctively judging them on three things.
Firstly, the validity of their experience. We need to know that they have firsthand experience with the peaks and troughs of life, that they haven’t been sheltered from either the extreme good or bad sides of human nature. We also consider the ...
“Just take a deep breath.”
We all know the mantra. It’s been adopted by everyone from parents to friends to high school sports coaches, all the way to medical doctors and new age gurus.
And for good reason, the scientific benefits of deep breathing are overwhelming.
In the 1970’s, Dr. Herbert Benson, a cardiologist and founder of Harvard’s Mind/Body Medical Institute considered the impact of relaxation techniques, particularly breathing techniques, on the natural release of neurochemicals for physiological health.
He coined the term the “Relaxation ...
Why is it so difficult?
You’ve taken the most important step. You’ve sat down with someone you trust. Looking them in the eyes, you think carefully about what to say, and…..nothing.
Worse, maybe you’ve even mustered some sort of an explanation (though you know it doesn't even come close), and they’ve just looked back at you puzzled.
How can you explain this to them?!
Depression isn’t even something that makes sense to you. How the hell are you going to make it make sense to someone else?
This post ...
Joanna Jast knows a little bit about Focus.
So much so that her first book Laser-Sharp Focus: A No-Fluff Guide to Improved Concentration, Maximised Productivity and Fast-Track to Success, quickly became an Amazon bestseller.
But as with a lot of success stories, the effort behind them is often born out of a frustration. Joanna wasn’t satisfied with the way she was working, and she was becoming increasingly tired of the same old productivity advice.
This led her on a journey that took ...
About a year ago, I finally decided to try and put the small amount I’d learned about meditation into practice and start sitting for 20 minutes a day.
I downloaded one of the popular apps, found a quiet and comfortable spot where no one or thing could bother me, put on some loose clothing, and started the timer.
Then the floodgates opened.
Am I doing it right? Should I focus on my stomach or my nose? Should I feel happy feelings? This doesn’t feel so ...
There’s a big question we all need to consider.
It’s not easy — in fact, it’s pretty confronting…. but it needs to be asked.
The question is:
Are we letting fear run our culture?
With the recent shock election result, recently we’ve seen a lot of fear and confusion dominate the mainstream narrative.
But the reality is the news often profits from the perpetuation of distressing emotions, and all the time at the expense of our collective mental health.
Fear doesn’t make for good decision-making. In order ...
Gary Weber is an interesting guy.
Over 15 years ago he was the CEO of a multi-million dollar company, with a thousand or so employees under his leadership.
Everything was going normally, except on one morning when something very strange happened to Gary.
He lost his mind.
Gary was doing his morning Yoga ritual and went up into a pose that he had done thousands of times. He was practicing a simple self-inquiry meditation, and when he came down, his mind was gone.
When I say ...
Let me start off with a little bit of honesty.
You may not know why you are reading this. But I’m pretty sure I do.
And let’s be clear. It’s not because you lack a skill. Nor is it because you lack time.
It’s not because your co-workers are difficult, or you need a quick boost of motivation from the Internet.
And it’s definitely not because of that sneaky little lie your ego is harboring.
You know the one.
The one that waits gutlessly until your body ...
Tell me you haven’t had this feeling.
It’s the end of the day, and you’re sitting on the couch at home, exhausted. Your back feels stiff, and your brain is tired and fuzzy.
You’re trying to take a break, but even in your moment of rest, the idea that tomorrow you’ve got to get up and continue to work on a million and one things is still floating around in the back of your mind.
And the worst part about this?
It’s that throughout all ...