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The happiness paradox

A friend recently pointed out to me that there’s an inherent contradiction in mindfulness. It says on one hand that you don’t need to do anything, achieve anything or change anything about yourself, in order to be happy. In the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, happiness is...

Letting go of goals

Last week I wrote about one aspect of approaching meditation in the right way – not trying to stop thoughts and empty your mind, but just to sit on the side of the road and watch the traffic. Another very important aspect of approaching meditation is not being...

How to fail at meditation in 5 steps

It’s very easy with meditation to run into road blocks straight away, get very frustrated, think you can’t do it and give up. It doesn’t have to be this way. Meditation can be fun, fascinating and indeed effortless. It can lead to big changes in the way you lead your...

Love in the Boardroom

Workplaces have a tendency to be a bit loveless. Not the one I work in, which is wonderful, but many of them do. They tend to be characterised by the following conditions: Fear Fear of screwing up, missing a deadline, dropping the ball to such an extent that you get...

The Hamster Wheel of Happiness

Image from Haundreis. There was no blog from me last week because I was on a silent retreat with no phone, computer, reading, writing or speaking allowed. It’s very much the antithesis to the average working day – you’re almost completely free of distractions. A lot...