What I’ve learnt…

…about changing continents, careers and creating a completely new life I’ve made some big changes in my life in the last four years and I’ve experienced the whirl of emotions, setbacks and leaps forward that come along with any big transition. My changes involved moving back to the UK after 22 years in Dubai at…

Thinking of getting a coach?

It was 2004 when I first worked with a coach. I’m proud to say my coach at that time was Gabriella Goddard (the founder of http://www.brainsparker.com). I still remember how I felt at every session, one-hour to focus on me and what I wanted to discuss – it was a breather from my corporate life!…

Can meditation help you sleep better?

Following World Sleep Day earlier this month and the coming change of clocks this Sunday March 31 – which tends to throw everyone’s sleep patterns out for a while – I answer a few questions about if and how meditation can help improve your sleep. 1. Is there any research to back up the link…

How to practice mindful eating

In a previous article, The power of mindful eating, I explained what Mindful Eating is and why it’s really rather good, but the question I get asked is how to eat mindfully – what does Mindful Eating actually look like in practice? There are four key steps to Mindful Eating and when applied to food, they…

The eight hungers

One of the essential aspects of Mindful Eating is becoming curious about the sensations of hunger. When working with my Mindful Eating clients, we explore the sensations of hunger in detail: what does hunger feel like, where does hunger live in the body and what causes hunger to arise? The first stop is always the…

Two cities. Two tragedies. One weekend

It felt personal. I have significant connections to the locations of this weekends events. Pittsburgh and Leicester are both fantastic cities. One I called home for four years, the other I commuted to weekly for the same amount of time. I hold both with much fondness. Seeing friends, colleagues and even acquaintances impacted by these…

The cannabis conversation

So, here are two questions: Would you frequent a commercial cannabis establishment if you were in a place where it is legalised? Would you partake in any cannabis consumption with a client/colleague of that region? I know this could be a multi-faceted dilemma for some or a simple judgement call for others but for me…

Release from judgement

I have always worried about what people think of me.  I think it stems from the fact that I grew up in a small suburb of Chicago where a lot of people knew each other and where it was difficult to go unnoticed. Rightly or wrongly, I felt that people were judging me. In my case,…