Responding To The Post-Truth Era
We start 2017, it seems, in a new era. One where certain individuals and groups seem happy to invent their own truth and promote it as the one Reality. This sort of thing has always gone on of course but, through social media, a piece of info, by trending, can become de facto truth . . . If we let it.
Your Own Reality Check
With so many untruths, if not downright lies being shared on social media these days, now more than ever we need a reliable way of separating fact from fiction. If we read something on-line, how do we know whether we can trust it or not?
Deep Breath . . .
Phew! What a last few months we’ve had around the globe. The UK have voted to leave the EU and the US has elected Donald Trump as president; both unthinkable a year ago. We sure do live in ‘interesting times’.
Designing a Future Marked by High Self-Esteem
Studies show that more than 85% of the world’s population suffers from some degree of
diminished self-worth. For most people who lack a positive self-image, the future looks like a mere extension of their troubled past. Their expectation of what is to be is consistent with what has been — with a slight and predictable level of improvement. Because of their lacking self-esteem, most are resigned to a life that lacks the excitement and passion that characterizes the lives of those who feel worthy of tapping into the best things life has to offer.
Completing Your Past
Does the following scenario remind you of anyone?
Sue was totally in love with Jim. The couple met in high school and dated for
eight years. Everyone who knew them expected them to get married and live happily ever
after together. Then Jim met Karen. Before anyone knew what was happening - including
Sue - Jim had eloped with Karen, putting an end to all of Sue's dreams and expectations.
Sue was devastated. All she could think about was Jim and how she had been cheated out
of a happy and secure lifetime with him.
Building Self-Esteem Intentionally in Children
Studies show that self-esteem is the most important ingredient responsible for
attaining success and happiness, developing effective communication, and creating
It’s Time to Use Our Minds Differently
Are you tired of ‘business as usual’? Have you had enough of the same old ways of thinking and behaving that seems to make us all unhappy and unhealthy? If so, you are not alone! A growing number are committing to a process of ‘un-thinking’, of letting go old mental attachments and allowing; of using our innate wisdom, body-knowing and ways of knowing beyond the rational.
Mountains as Metaphor
Mountains are a wonderful metaphor for the challenges we encounter in life, and for the way we meet them. They are also a metaphor for the many opportunities and possibilities that come our way, and for the way we take advantage of them. When we climb mountains, we sometimes have to face our deepest fears and find ways of overcoming them.
Anxiety Be Gone!
Notice your breath. It’s physiologically impossible to be anxious and to breathe deeply at the same time. Think about it. What’s your breath like when you’re sobbing or upset?How do you respond to a shocking surprise? What does it mean to “wait with bated breath?” Inhale for a count of four. Exhale for a count of four. Focus your mind on this eight-second count and feel anxiety melt away.
The Road Less Travelled
I think it is time that the world took the road less travelled. Our current path is a collision course with disaster. And that is because most people, and most countries, want more. And when they get more, they want even more.
Are Panda’s Wise? Review of Kung Fu Panda 3
Whether or not you’ve seen the first two films in the series or whether you’re interested in Kung Fu or not, if you are looking to fulfill your potential or live more naturally, this film is for you! It will also appeal to the child within . . . whatever your actual age.
The Best Thing to Do
It is both a major effect and a major cause of climate change, and we should take it very seriously. Although it was not news to me, I was still shocked, and wondered what the best response is for me.Today I read an excellent piece in the Guardian by George Monbiot about the pernicious effects of neoliberalism.
is a Scot with an unusual background and breadth of experience. In the early part of his life, he worked as an economist at the Bank of England, as a researcher in “scientific Chinese”, and as a lawyer in Scotland specializing in advocacy and human rights.
Why Write Down Your Goals? With David Avocado Wolfe
Actually, I’ve kept journals since I was in 5th grade, since I was 10 years old. So these 30 years of keeping journals, especially really intensely over the last 20, have really taught me something about writing things down and the importance of writing things down.
Whole Person, Whole World
Do you feel part of the world around you? Do you feel that you are a human being like everybody else? Or do you feel isolated, separate? There are certainly times when I feel very much on my own, that no-one understands me. But then, eventually, it will dawn on me that I’m probably just as guilty of not understanding . . . and that I could, actually, make a bit more of an effort to understand.
The Half-life of Facts
Last night I was watching the BBC QI programme, with Stephen Fry. It’s a very popular show in the UK, though I don’t know if you get it in other parts of the world. It’s a wonderful mix between ‘factual’ and comedy, where Fry’s guests discuss whether a given apparent fact is true or not.
Pigeon-Holes Are For Pigeons!
As those of us searching for our true identity seek to rise above the labels and expectations of others, there’s one thing that can be tough to overcome: the habit within much of society to categorise . . . to pigeon-hole. As if we’re ever only a ‘brother’ or an ‘engineering’ or ‘a Buddhist’! What with stereo-types and the way others associate us with particular labels, it can be a really challenge to say “I’m me!” .
Lucid Dreaming 2: WILD
We also talked about MILD (Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams), a powerful technique that combines the dream recall and reality checking mentioned above and adds two more elements: affirmation and visualization.
Sleep Patterns: Lucid Dreaming Part 1
In the last few blogs we have been looking at various energetics that might influence sleep patterns and insomnia. We have also suggested that not only can broken sleep patterns be natural, but also they can enhance Lucid Dreaming. I know I have skirted around this area of Lucid dreaming in several blogs over the last year, so lets take a deeper look at it.