My values and beliefs

My Personal Values and Beliefs For me, understanding your values is one of the most important aspects of personal growth, they open the doorway to more calmness, self respect and they help you to let go of old outdated beliefs which may be disrupting your present life. Personally, my values are transient and variable, some […]

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The 10 commandments

Just for fun I thought I’d list my top 10 rules for finding a bit more calmness and happiness in life: 1. The reason we forgive others, is because we don’t want to beat ourselves up any more with the stories that go around and around in our minds. 2. Remember that nothing is more […]

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The role of humility in personal growth

There are many words that capture the essence of personal growth, like, personal development, self-awareness or enlightenment. The problem with these explanations are they are just words, a combination of letters (symbols) that have to be interpreted in a certain way to give them a meaning and for each person it will mean something different. […]

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Illusions of the mind

Should you believe what you see? As you move your eyes around the image you’ll perhaps see the circles all rotating or jiggling back and forth. However, as you focus on one single yellow ball they all freeze! Take a moment to play around and see how your perspective modifies the results you get. What is […]

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Vipassana meditation retreat

February 2012: I will be shortly attending a 10 day Vipassana residential retreat and I thought it might be interesting to track my thoughts and intent during the time leading up to the event and to explore my experience and reflections afterwards. Firstly, what is Vipassana meditation?  This is what the official website says; ‘The word Vipassana […]

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Integrity in the work place

2012 the year of integrity? It’s been quite a while since I was employed by a corporation and I would like to reflect on some of my ruminations and observations regarding work / life balance. In my own therapy practice I am very diligent about getting the right balance between; hours worked, time for research, […]

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Forgiving and forgiveness

When you are ready to let go of emotional pain it is usually time to consider forgiveness, I believe that learning how to forgive is a major element of stepping out from negative internal dialogue and an uncomfortable victim mentality. It also frees you to look forward towards the future rather than looking over your […]

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Antidepressants or therapy?

There have been hundreds of studies over the years about the effectiveness of antidepressants or SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) such as Prozac and the results have always amazed me. There is often only a minor success rate over the placebo sugar pills used as a comparison in these trials, and even these results need […]

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Being rather than Doing

It seems to me that those people who are most productive and creative are those who practise being rather than doing and that we live in a life with too much strain and too little satisfaction. Our culture is in crisis due to the gap between external success and internal satisfaction. So, is success a measure of what […]

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