What an unprecedented year the 2020 has been! There are many lessons to learn, but the one that stands out for me is to expect the unexpected. Few days ago while enjoying the beauty of nature out on the balcony, I spontaneously sat down and started my daily meditation. With my eyes closed, my hearing
What's the goal of meditation? Why should one meditate anyway? For majority of us meditation is one of the most challenging or perhaps boring and pointless things to do. But, it has countless benefits. Countless, because meditation itself is not the goal, it helps us meet our goals by learning to come back to the
If you are one of the many people who really wishes to give meditation a go but finds sitting meditation really difficult, why not try walking meditation? In fact, walking meditation can help with two of the five pillars of brain health which neuroscientists recommend (see 5 Factors to Boost Brain Health). Because it combines exercise and stress reduction through mindfulness in one activity. Particularly during the holiday season, you can take a walk down the beach, in the park, or go bush walking mindfully.
How to "Steal yourself back" From an interview with award winning author, Alice Walker, on The Importance of Being True to Yourself It is that time of the year when many people make their New Year's Resolutions and unfortunately most also break them sooner or later. So I thought I
For many people their daily car commute to work, school or other places is a major source of stress. There is not much we can do with the ever increasing traffic jams and "bad drivers"! We can however learn to drive mindfully with less judgement and more acceptance. This will help reduce stress, boost our
Live "In" the Moment; Not "For" the Moment We can seek happiness and strive to live a happy life for example by the motto “live for the moment”. But we all know that the next downturn is just around the corner. However, if we let go of seeking
In the spirit of the World Cup, which I have been enjoying so much lately (still am), here are some reflections on Lionel Messi’s magic. Time and again I’m amazed by Messi’s magic on the field which is on display with a unique blend of genius, quietness, serenity and economy. He is obviously an enormously gifted player but his success must have other ingredients too. And no it’s not simply hard work and preparation either. So naturally, I got curious about his off the field practices and came across a number article mentioning that Messi practices meditation.
In light of the recent infamous "senior moment" suffered by the NSW premier Barry O'Farrell (which cost him his job), when he forgot about the $3000 bottle of wine he received as a gift, John Elder wrote this interesting article in the Sunday Age which I thought to share with you. Some highlights of the
Following form the last post asking Rumi about time and presence; about living in the now; here are six steps that would help you understand this paradoxical practice a little deeper and at a more practical level. In The Art of Now: Six Step to Living in the Moment Jay Dixit explains mindfulness in a fresh, practical
Today we celebrate the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Madiba: 1918-2013) and mourn his passing away. We all somehow identify with the qualities that he embodied and expressed in real life. Because as he said, such qualities are “within the reach of every soul” and “crucial in assessing one’s development as a human being: honesty,