An alternate take on Mindfulness…

I’ve written a lot about mindfulness, and up until now, it’s pretty much all been about mindfulness as a way of either feeling or functioning better – sort of a ‘mindfulness for a better you’ stance. This is also the direction taken in a lot of Read More …

Your mind’s been hacked: Now what?

Happy New Year to everyone. Apologies for the radio silence over the Xmas break. I took a well needed  rest – fortnightly blogs will continue from today onwards. I’ve written a fair bit in the past about the idea that humans are hackable based on Read More …

The science and practice of Meditation (cultivating your inner daily llama)…

Today’s post comes to you from onboard a train to London – normal service should resume next week on my return home to Melbourne. I realised recently that I’ve spent a lot of time in my posts talking about the importance of meditation, including how Read More …

The perils of self-esteem (or why self-confidence is bad for you)…

This week’s blog comes to you from Paris. Last week – I wrote about how believing in a particular identity can screw you up. I was writing about how buying into the notion of what comprises an ‘adult’ can lead to all sorts of feelings Read More …

Am I a grown-up yet?

Today’s post comes to you from a coffee shop in downtown Edinburgh… (for those of you wondering where to get really good coffee in Edinburgh, try the Brew Lab in South College Street.) So, I’ve been travelling for 10 days or so, and one thing Read More …

The Zen of butt-sniffing: What we can learn about psychological wellbeing from dogs…

First up, I’m on holidays at the moment but am going to try to update the blog as often as possible (it might not be quite weekly) – will do my best! Today, I wanted to write about a topic near to my heart: dogs. Read More …

Mindfulness for Dummies…

I’ve written a lot about why people should cultivate mindfulness, but not so much on how to actually be mindful. This is both normal and strange for me – I’m used to writing about abstract concepts, but when working with my clients, there’s a lot Read More …

The brain that lied: Limited modelling systems, system errors and frustration…

Over the last six months I’ve written a fair bit on how our brains get us in trouble. In particular, I’ve focused on what I like to call the ‘inner monkey‘, our limbic system: the primitive part of our brain that tries to stop us from being eaten, and Read More …

What you should know (Part 2)…

Last week, I wrote about some basic things that we are all supposed to know about (but not that many of us do anything about) regarding our health. This week, I’d like to continue the theme with some stuff that’s equally important to your physical Read More …

What you should know (Part 1)…

I’ve been wanting to write today’s post for some time (and eventually turn it into a book). Over the years, through a lot of time in academia and private practice, I’ve picked up some great, evidence-based tips for being an effective, healthy person. Some of Read More …

It’s not the thought that counts, it’s the present

Christmas is around the corner. For something that used to be so awesome as a kid it’s amazing that, for many people, Christmas isn’t fun at all – it’s a stress-filled hell, stuffed with nightmares… So this week, I thought I’d write about being present without Read More …

Believing in mirages: The convincing illusion of reality

Last week I wrote about my spaniel, Moose, and how he’s dependent on a ‘blankie’ to help him regulate his emotions (here), mostly because he’s lacking development in the part of the brain that we use to focus our attention. Because of this limitation, his Read More …

Spanking the Inner Monkey – Part 2

Quick catch up from last time: we all have an inner monkey who has been programmed by evolution to take control when it thinks we’re in danger, or when it thinks that a behaviour (or substance) will increase out likelihood of survival. This was great Read More …

Consumerism, entitlement and the loss of personal and national identity – Part 3

In my last post I looked at some of the issues associated with being human in the modern world, and why they can limit our ability to function well; in particular limiting our resilience and raising our sense of entitlement. The irony of modern living Read More …

Consciousness, operating systems, and why we struggle with change – Part 2

In my last post I talked about how the analogy of hardware and software and the files that run on that software can be a good way of understanding why it’s difficult for us to make change easily, or to integrate new ideas into our Read More …