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  • Surviving the Stress of the Festive Season

    It’s that time of year again. For some people, the end of each year is filled with excitement as they prepare for parties, family gatherings, giving and receiving gifts, fireworks and perhaps even travel. For others it can be a time of stress, over-indulgence and even loneliness. One thing is for sure, if you live in … Continue reading Surviving the Stress of the Festive Season

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  • Meditation Isn’t Weird

    When I was 10 years old my Year 5 teacher told us a story about a scientist who happened to be a microbiologist. I don’t remember who she was or the context of the story but I clearly remember deciding at that very moment that this would be my future profession. And it was. Eleven … Continue reading Meditation Isn’t Weird

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  • The Science of Happiness

    In this week’s blog I’m posting a video of an interview with one of the top experts on the Science of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky. Happiness is something that most people think they have little control over. In fact it turns out that about 50% of happiness is genetically determined, 10% depend on life circumstances, which … Continue reading The Science of Happiness

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  • Mindfulness Clarifies Your Mind

    Imagine a light bulb attached with a diffuser. Light from that bulb is soft, mellow, unfocused. You can probably see everything in that room but without clarity. For example it may be difficult to read a notice or a restaurant menu under such a light. Even though you will see that some words are written … Continue reading Mindfulness Clarifies Your Mind

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  • Mindfulness: An Answer To The Challenges Of Today’s Men

    Mindfulness is one tool today’s man can use to develop the emotional resilience to successfully surf the ups and downs that are unique to his generation. Ever-Evolving Gender Roles When my parents married nearly seventy years ago, a man’s role was clear: support your family. My parents were refugees from war-torn Europe and as such, … Continue reading Mindfulness: An Answer To The Challenges Of Today’s Men

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  • Playing To Your Strengths

    It was such a beautiful day that I decided to finish planting vegies on my patio. As many of you know, I have some physical challenges due to past injuries and suffer chronic pain almost every day. But what I find interesting is how the heavy labour of gardening: shopping for pots, soil and plants, … Continue reading Playing To Your Strengths

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  • How To Better Manage Cravings

    A craving is an absence of something that fills a need in the body. Most of the substances we crave have a particular function in the body or connect with specific receptors in the brain, and as such, the brain thinks we need that substance. Although the basic principal is similar to most things we … Continue reading How To Better Manage Cravings

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  • Would Hypnosis Help Me?

    When we get stuck in an unwanted behaviour, we may know what we need to do about it but just can’t get it going. Perhaps you want to lose some weight or just eat more healthily. You’ve probably read everything you can get your hands on about dieting, portion control, exercise, paleo, five two, low … Continue reading Would Hypnosis Help Me?

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  • Endless Possibilities

    When my first daughter was 5, she was invited to a birthday party at a gym. At one point they decided to play hide and seek. All the children found hiding places and the birthday girl had to find them. One by one she found their hiding spots but when they did a head count … Continue reading Endless Possibilities

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  • Are You Living With Chronic Pain?

    When you read the title of this week’s blog you may think I’m only referring to physical pain. But what about chronic psychological pain? If you regularly experience anxiety, stress, recurring sleeplessness then you’re living with chronic pain. If you often feel loneliness, grief, sadness then you’re living with chronic pain. If you struggle with … Continue reading Are You Living With Chronic Pain?

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