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Switching off your mind

A lot of people say to me that they can’t meditate because they can’t switch off their mind. Well, funnily enough, neither can I! Fortunately, mindfulness meditation, as I know it, does not require you to do that. If you do try to stop thoughts coming, it often...

What are you avoiding?

In a psychology experiment at the University of Maryland, a group of students were given a simple maze puzzle to solve. They had to draw a line to guide a cartoon mouse from the middle of the page to the exit. In one group there was was a picture of an owl poised to...

Be careful what you wish for

This week I would like to offer you an ancient Chinese folk tale with a timeless message: “There was once a stonecutter who was dissatisfied with himself and with his position in life. One day he passed a wealthy merchant’s house. Through the open gateway, he saw many...

Mindless Eating

At some point in recent times, it became impossible to do just do one thing at a time. Peeing started feeling too boring and unproductive so I got my phone out while I was doing it. Eating is another one. How many people just eat. No facebook, no BBC News, no radio,...

How to change your life one micro habit at a time

I recently watched a brilliant Ted Talk by BJ Fogg about how to form habits. Habits shape your life. They can make you fit or fat, happy or sad, procrastinate or produce. You can use them to learn languages, run marathons, change your diet, strengthen your body,...