Six Ways We Give Away Personal Power

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Power runs every aspect of our lives.  I’ve been paying more attention to how I use power and have noticed that how we define, perceive and use it differs massively.  In this post I will explore six ways we give away personal power. Based on our experiences, we tend to …

Finding Strength in Sadness

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Chasing happiness is overrated.  We tend to put so much of our focus on being happy, or trying to be happy.  When moments of grief, sadness and suffering hit our life, our tendency is to usually avoid it, numb it, distract ourselves or push it away.  I’ve recently become more …

What I Learnt from 10 Days of Silent Meditation

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When I arrived at the Vipassana meditation centre and handed in my keys, wallet and phone, I had a feeling of relief.  I was switched off from the outside world and had this time to focus on myself.  This was immediately followed by a feeling of dread.  I would be spending time with just myself.  …

5 Levels of Consciousness Development

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When you decide to follow your own path, it becomes difficult to quantify your growth.  I mean – how can you measure your growth when the only benchmark for comparison is against yourself? Growth is not linear either – we might plateau at one point, then have a massive shift …

Is Your Ego the Master or Slave? – Part 2

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In Part 1 we lay the foundations for understanding what is the ego.  In Part 2 of Is Your Ego the Master or Slave, let’s explore how we can identify when the ego is at work and learn to let go of its negative influence.  It’s not an easy task – …

Is Your Ego the Master or Slave? – Part 1

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Ego is our tricky friend. On the one hand, it’s an essential part of us to survive, thrive and relate to others in a competitive world.  On the other, it’s always hungry for more and never happy with what its got.  Whatever your take on the ego, it’s a fascinating …

Does Intelligence Make You Wise?

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The word intelligence is thrown around a lot.  In my experience, people are seen as ‘intelligent’ based on how much information they can retain, explain and apply.  The problem I find with this narrow view of intelligence is that the more knowledge someone believes they have, the more inflexible they …

5 Life Lessons From a Tree

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I often sit, meditate and observe a tree sitting outside my balcony.  Over a year, i’ve asked myself: what life lessons can this tree teach me?  When you consider that a tree represents life and how interconnected we are, there’s far more to appreciate than just meets the eye.  So …

How to Embrace Change – Part 2

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Bruce Lee taught us that how to embrace change requires us to be fluid like water – and you may be asking: what the hell does that mean in practical terms?  It comes down to two approaches for dealing with change. Reactive Living reactive means you hold on to your …

How to Embrace Change – Part 1

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Only one thing is guaranteed in life – and that’s change.  While most of us may know this in theory, we tend to not be equipped with the knowledge of how to embrace change.  We have naturally evolved to seek stability and comfort during periods of change – or homeostasis. …