Happiness · Mental Health · Self Esteem

Embodying peace and love

Whilst some may wake in the night and start pondering on the stresses of life, I found myself waking in the early hours one morning, thinking about how being a best friend to ourselves and treating people as we would like to be treated ourselves work towards one common goal. That goal is embodying peace… Continue reading Embodying peace and love

Mental Health · Self Esteem

The Self Care Project by Jayne Hardy

Today’s post is a review of Blurt Foundation CEO Jayne Hardy’s book, The Self Care Project. As a self professed self care, meditation, mindfulness, and wellbeing junkie, I will ruin this post upfront by heartily encouraging anyone and everyone who is in a tough spot to go out and buy this book. ‘Why?’, you may… Continue reading The Self Care Project by Jayne Hardy

Mental Health

Learnings from New Scientist Live: Mental Health

I had the pleasure of attending the Royal College of General Practitioners on Saturday to listen to talks by researchers and practitioners in the mental health field. The lectures were part of the New Scientist Live event about mental health. A range of topics and expertise were covered, which presented key findings in mental health,… Continue reading Learnings from New Scientist Live: Mental Health

Meditation · Mental Health · Mindfulness

Meditating during stressful times

Last week, I did not create a post, which is a rare occurrence. Writing a blog about meditation, mindfulness and happiness caused quite a stir with me last week as I was having a busy time at work, experienced some amount of poor health and had so many dreams at night that I didn’t feel… Continue reading Meditating during stressful times

Happiness · Mental Health · Mindfulness · Self Esteem

How to cultivate happiness

Today is International Day of Happiness! As my blog is dedicated to the wonderful topic of happiness, I thought I would share 5 tips of how to cultivate happiness in your life. 1. Make a happiness action plan and stick to it It’s too easy to let life happen instead of choosing what events to… Continue reading How to cultivate happiness

Happiness · Meditation · Mental Health · Mindfulness

The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Today I’m reviewing The Joy of Living : Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Eric Swanson. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a revered Tibetan Buddhist master who acquired knowledge in neuroscience, studying alongside leaders in the field. The Joy of Living is curated by Eric Swanson from transcripts by the… Continue reading The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Mental Health · Mindfulness · Self Esteem

A self care letter to myself

Six months ago, I went on a mindfulness-based stress reduction [MBSR] course at The Mindfulness Project, London. It was a tricky time of my life. Not the worst by any means, but I was still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and had gone on the course to help solidify my existing mindfulness and meditation practice.… Continue reading A self care letter to myself

Creativity · Happiness · Mental Health · Mindfulness

My Favourite Things Challenge

Last week I posted an image to my Instagram page, accompanied by the caption (and in my mind, singing voice of Julie Andrews playing Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music), “Droplets on branches after the rain, these are a few of my favourite things”. It got me thinking about how this iconic scene… Continue reading My Favourite Things Challenge

Mental Health · Mindfulness

Book Review: My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor. How our brain shapes our reality

Having been a practitioner of mindfulness and meditation on a spiritual level, I recently have become increasingly interested in the neurological and scientific aspects of mindfulness. Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight is a fascinating glance into the neuroanatomist’s personal experience of having a stroke which resulted in a conscious dual reality of being… Continue reading Book Review: My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor. How our brain shapes our reality

Creativity · Mental Health · Mindfulness · Self Esteem

Creativity and the Depression Addiction

I previously wrote a post about trying to rediscover my creativity by following a 12 week course of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way . Unfortunately halfway through the course I broke my arm and never got round to completing it. However, it still made a significant impact on me engaging with my creativity again. As… Continue reading Creativity and the Depression Addiction