Top Five Practices for Peace

  There’s lots of suggestions for practices that will make you happier and more peaceful – these five either have scientific studies to back them up or have simply stood the test of time and common sense. They are also simple and easy to incorporate into a busy life. Practice 1: The Gratitude Journal Psychologists have…

Art as Meditation

When I try to sit still and meditate, time goes very slowly. There are gaps in my mind chatter, but they never last very long. My busy brain resists the meditation every step of the way.  But I have noticed that when I am totally immersed in something, my mind relaxes, the brain chatter ceases…

10 Alternatives to Meditation

Including meditation practice as part of a daily routine is a great idea, but it’s not always easy. I’m a very active person, both in body and mind, and sitting still and quiet is really hard for me to do. So I’ve been looking around for other activities that can have the benefits of meditation

Happiness is a choice

There are usually two things that make us unhappy: Thinking about the past – and either feeling guilty, regretful or negative about it in some way, or longing to be back in happier or simpler times. Thinking about the future – and either worrying that things will go wrong or looking to it as an escape…

Feel calmer in just six seconds.

Stress and anxiety can hit us at the most inconvenient times. But even if you only have six seconds to spare you can implement one of these five techniques and feel calmer.     1. Chew gum.  When we are afraid our bodies move into fight or flight mode and we are flooded with adrenaline, which can…

Good Things Journal

Most of us have heard of the benefits of writing a Gratitude Journal. If you haven’t, I strongly suggest starting one. You simply write down three things, every day, that you are grateful for. I’ve found it to be the single most important step I have taken to improve my state of mind and to…

Journaling as Relationship Saver

  Journaling can be a powerful tool to resolve conflicts amicably. Spending some time journaling before confronting someone over an issue that is bothering you can help you be more objective and clear about the relationship and help you to manage your expectations of others in a way that creates less drama and hurt and is…