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?
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
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
It’s flu season again and, like most men, I’m not very good at being sick. I have fairly low pain threshold and tend to feel pathetically sorry for myself when struck by the nasty virus. It really feels as though I’ll never be well again! In the English language, there’s a colloquial term that sums up men’s inability to cope with illness: man flu. Personally, … Continue reading Man flu