How a wandering mind can impact happiness

I wrote an article some time ago (He said, she said) on the wandering mind. Today, I received the following email from lumosity.com (a brain training app website): How many times a day does your mind wander? Whether you’re thinking about an important meeting or your next vacation, mind wandering may be a distinctly human ...

Why anyone can learn tai chi

Why anyone can learn tai chi
From a recent Lumosity newsletter: How the brain learns: 2 key research insights Can brain research help us become better learners? Here are 2 key research insights to keep in mind next time you learn something new. 1. Learning means new connections in the brain Your brain works like an electrical circuit. Every time you learn ...

Great music for tai chi and yoga

Great music for tai chi and yoga
As a tai chi teacher, I always play music when I am running a class because: it helps to set the right mood it can hide any background noises such as things going on outside the room. For these reasons, I would also recommend that if you practice tai chi, yoga or meditation, then you, ...

Tips for a good night’s sleep

Tips for a good night's sleep
Why you need to get a good night’s sleep Rest is important for many reasons: it boosts your immunity it’s when the body grows and heals (particularly if you play sports) it’s just nice! 8 tips for a good night’s sleep make sure the room is not too hot or cold; if necessary remove the ...

Beginner’s guide to abdominal breathing

Beginner's guide to abdominal breathing
Abdominal breathing is a type of breathing whereby you breathe into the abdomen and appear to fill it with air. What actually happens is that instead of breathing so that your lungs force your shoulders upwards, you push your abdominal area outwards as your diaphragm moves downwards. To perform this type of breathing, you can ...

Pain management with EFT

Pain management with EFT
What is EFT? Emotional Freedom Techniques is an energy psychology system combining Eastern and Western philosophies and approaches. It was developed by Gary Craig who can explain best what EFT is about: How can I manage my pain? There are numerous points that EFT therapists can use to help you to overcome issues. I find ...

He said, she said

He said, she said
Relationships, whether between friends or lovers, can be a source of joy and happiness but they can also bring stress and anxiety into your life. A badly-phrased sentence or something said in the heat of the moment can lead to bad feelings and result in the conversation echoing around in your head for hours or ...

Can meditation really re-wire your brain?

Can meditation really re-wire your brain?
Yes, according to the latest scientific research! One of the many emails that drop randomly into my inbox mentioned a recent article by Dr. Marsha Lucas, an American psychologist and neuropsychologist describing how meditation can rewire the brain. The article is particularly concerned with how the brain handles relationships but reading between the lines (which ...

A smart approach to overcoming addictions

A smart approach to overcoming addictions
I was listening to a radio programme this evening talking about alcoholism. One caller told the presenter about a drug she was taking that made her nauseous whenever she drank alcohol as a way of overcoming her addiction. She went on to say that it wasn’t really helping with her addiction and that she would ...

Beating stress with chi kung

Beating stress with chi kung
Problems arise when we are constantly under pressure. Big problems! Our chi stays up, our adrenaline levels stay high, our bodies overwork themselves and exhaustion sets in. Our nervous systems become tired and worn down and cease to function properly. Our energy becomes depleted and our immune systems are no longer able to function as they should so we become prone to ...