I love this rendering of the power of longing. Saint-Exupery speaks of longing as something noble and inspiring that can take us forward towards our deepest values and draw us out into caring for the world.
I don’t know who wrote the quote, where I read it or if I dreamt it but this is the quote that won’t leave me alone this year. It keeps clarifying my approach
as a psychologist helping people with their suffering. It has helped me contemplate my own journey with sadness and melancholia. It is an onion with
many layers and has illuminated what I believe is at the core of recovery, growth and change – the willingness to accept and embrace our inner experience.
Ever wondered if there’s a training that helps you focus better? Interested in better managing stress and feeling more emotionally balanced?
There is now overwhelming scientific evidence that practising gratitude has positive impacts on health and happiness, and of all the things that contribute
to a life well lived, a habit of being grateful might be the simplest path. The long-term positive benefits of gratitude include improvements in mental
health, sleep, relationships, social connection, wellness and resilience.
Recently we partnered with Humanity in Business to co-host a conference on Authentic Leadership where we heard from a cross section of people ranging from those of us who teach mindfulness in organisations and their clients, academics who research and teach leadership, and a number of former CEO’s who have transformed failing businesses into thriving ones.
Have you ever seen or experienced something so beautiful that you were at loss for words ? In that very moment we have a deep knowing that there is nothing to add or subtract, no improvement to fix it.
We work so hard at everything. And anything can become one more task to do – including our mindfulness practice.
A little while back I attended a 9-day retreat with Patrick Kearney (www.dharmasalon.net), an excellent and very experienced meditation teacher. He gave some wonderfully helpful guidance for those of us with active minds (for whom isn't this relevant?) so I want to share some of those insights here. The bottom line is: "Don't try too hard to get your mind to stay concentrated, because concentration is not that important and it will only blow up in your face!"
Shenanigans is such a great word. It is a noun that means: mischief, trouble, pranks, high-jinks, tomfoolery.