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Fun Facts About Mindfuless

The news is out! There are many great reasons to pursue mindfulness. A better life can be experienced by merely being consciously connected and paying attention to what is happening in the present moment. The following benefits are some you may not have heard before....

About Insight Focused Therapy

Insight Focused Therapy has been developed by Pauline Skeates, a therapist from New Zealand whose interest in helping clients to overcome obstacles in their pursuit of well-being, led to a search of research literature on the subject of the human fear response. What...

DNA which contains our Genes

It is July! We are over half-way through 2017 and in the Southern Hemisphere we have passed the shortest day. Yay! For those of you in the North, the longest day of summer has already been. Where-ever you are in the world we hope that your personal journey of...

Epigenetics; The relatively new branch of genetics

Epigenetics is a relatively new branch of genetics that has been heralded as the most important biological discovery since DNA. ”Only 5% of disease-related gene mutations are fully deterministic, while 95% can be influenced by diet, behavior, and other environmental...

Insight Focused Therapy – IFT

  Many people have heard of the proven benefits of mindfulness practice and even have been practicing for years without understanding how to apply it therapeutically. Insight Focused Therapy is a mindfulness-based, integrative therapeutic modality which draws from the...

Daydreaming, Embracing Your Creative Potential

Apparently you daydream a lot less as you get older, it is thought daydreaming doesn’t happen as often when we know there is less time to achieve the things we dream about. I spent a lot of time in my childhood lost in my thoughts. I loved exploring new places and...

Default Mode Network

Read more about Default Mode Network and listen to Pauline Skeate's lecture (Austria, 2016) about the topic DMN - Brain’s attention system The Default Mode Network is one part of the brain’s attention system. Dr Marcus Raichle discovered in 2001 whilst doing...

The Powerful Potential of Awe

In our modern world full of time saving gadgets most people experience life as time constrained and stressful. Generally we try to deal with this phenomenon by pushing harder, but what if there was another way?

Studies into positive emotions and more recently the emotion ‘awe’ show that an awe-inspiring moment can impact us in quite a unique way. Awe alters our subjective experience of time and space. Participants in the research on awe reported that during moments of awe, their perspective of time seemed to expand, they felt more patient and generous and more willing to help others. They reported felling less concerned by the quest for material goods and more interested in quality of life.

Gratitude and Happiness

In this age of the pursuit of happiness, we are searching constantly on social media and on the world-wide net, to find something or someone, to make us happy.  We measure ourselves against the vocational and relational success of others to see where we sit on the...

How to be happy – kindness makes you happy, and happiness makes you kind!

Wouldn’t it be great if you could tap into a flow of happiness 24/7 at no cost to yourself … Research by Sonja Lyumbomirsky shows us how. She says that 40% of our happiness can be generated by intentional activity. The focus of which she suggests, should be on cultivating relationships, philanthropy, optimism, savouring and mindfulness, physical activity, spirituality and the pursuit of personal growth goals.

How to be self-compassionate and why you should bother

Self-compassion – the anti-depressant of choice – free, affective and without any negative side effects. By enlisting the tools and skills of self-compassion, immediately we can begin to benefit from the amazing and life changing natural health-inducing neuro-chemicals our brains are capable of producing. With a simple self-compassion training schedule we can turn our mental health around and improve our general daily sense of wellbeing.

Mindfulness – The New Buzz Word!

‘Mindfulness’ has become a buzz word in the last few years…but what is all the fuss about?  Why are schools beginning to teach it to children and why are health practitioners embracing its principals? Research over the last decade has demonstrated, convincingly, that...

Self-compassion or Self Critique

According to self-compassion researcher and expert Dr Kristin Neff, we humans use self-criticism as leverage - a tool for motivation, who would have thought!  But of course, we know that – that familiar old friend, that inner voice perpetually driving us with its...

Healing Our Inner Child

“Picking Up the Pieces" - Inner-child Work Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you’ve been triggered into a state that was far younger than your chronological age? Have you ever experienced an occasion when, while talking to someone, you’ve witnessed...

Rising Anxiety – Signs of the Times

Research indicates that mental health issues are on the rise. Those positioned at the top of their scores are anxiety and depression. Stress, frustration, irritability and unhappiness, derivatives of these issues, are also rising to epidemic proportions in our age...

How Stressed Are You?

Is your health at risk - Stress self assessment Chronically high stress levels may be putting your life at risk. Use the ‘Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale to identify how at risk you may be. The final score will give a rough estimate of how your stress is effecting your...

The Tyranny of the ‘Good Thing’…

‘The tyranny of the good thing’!” The recent suicide of Robin Williams has touched many people in a profound way, reminding us yet again that Depression is not a discriminatory illness. It can effect anyone, even people who seemingly ‘have it all’. There are many...

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