How to develop resilience

The current global crisis has certainly created new worries and fears, or at least emphasised pre-existing ones. At the same time, it offers us an opportunity to re-establish our priorities, i.e. to re-evaluate the importance we give to things based on our authentic needs. This is particularly relevant for goal-oriented individuals who have a tendency to neglect their deeper needs in favour of outward success. … Continue reading How to develop resilience

Being present in lockdown

Since the beginning of the lockdown in mid-March, I’ve been bombarded with promotional messages on how to market my online services. Coaches, therapists, yoga teachers and many other self-employed individuals and small business owners suddenly find ourselves in perilous financial situations. Being pushed out of your comfort zone isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We all know how it can help us grow and develop as … Continue reading Being present in lockdown

Why practise mindfulness?

We all want to be happy, but fewer and fewer of us seem to be achieving that goal. Statistics tell us that an increasing number of people in industrialised nations are suffering from anxiety and depression. Consumerism works to manipulate us into desiring material things and into believing that these things will make us happy. This, of course, isn’t true: an expensive new car, or … Continue reading Why practise mindfulness?

On success and happiness

The dream of success seems to be what drives the self-help publishing industry, where every other book that comes out is on how to achieve success! But success can mean vastly different things to different people. What is your definition of success? And can being successful make you happy? Our achievements can bring us satisfaction, but once a goal is reached, we soon start looking … Continue reading On success and happiness

Healthy aggression vs anger

Anger is definitely an unpleasant emotion. Like fear, it is classified as a high-energy negative emotion, as opposed to low-energy ones, such as sadness or guilt. Yet, is there such a thing as healthy aggression? Fear and excitement produce the same physiological response: a rush of adrenaline that prepares us to defend ourselves or run – fight or flight. Similarly, there is a close physiological … Continue reading Healthy aggression vs anger

Non-sectarian meditation

Meditation is often thought of as a religious practice, as certain meditation techniques involve the repetition of a mantra, which is similar to reciting a prayer. But there are other approaches that are totally non-religious and non-sectarian. One of India’s oldest meditation techniques, Vipassana means ‘insight’ or ‘seeing clearly’. It invites us to focus on physical sensations: from obvious ones, like hot and cold, to subtler … Continue reading Non-sectarian meditation

Qualities of a good coach

Choosing a coach or therapist can be an important decision, financially and emotionally, and is therefore a little daunting. It can also mark the beginning of a self-transformation journey. What are the qualities you need to look out for in a coach? First and foremost, you have to like them. The ‘chemistry’ is key to creating a successful coaching or therapeutic relationship. But if someone … Continue reading Qualities of a good coach