Take a breath and go slow

Gandhi once said “there is more to life than increasing its speed” but you’d never know by the way many of us eat. We live in a society that has a love affair with speed and it seems we’re far too busy to give food and eating the attention it deserves. We grab something quick…

Three reasons to go outside

A Stanford led study finds quatifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression. Here are our reasons for going outside. Connection “Working at home means I can go days without seeing people. I make a point of going out everyday to stay connected to the world. I smile and…

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…

“What should I do about it?”

OR How to find your answer when you have no idea Some of my biggest decisions have been surprisingly easy to make. When I bought a one-way ticket and moved to Tokyo by myself. When I left secure jobs in pursuit of a passion or hunch. When I decided on a home-birth. These were all…

A question…

Today I sat in the park on my day off, no phone, no watch, no tablet, book or other distraction. I lay on the grass, under the shade of trees and thought nothing, noticing how blue the sky is and how the trees and leaves sway and rustle in the wind! I think I could…

Take our five minute adventure

At this moment you are here. Now grab a piece of paper and pen or use your computer, tablet or phone to write down what comes up for you. Set a timer for five minutes, find somewhere quiet and work through the following. Picture this, for the next 12 months everything is taken care of; your…

Eight positive benefits of mindfulness

The relationship between mindfulness and stress is well documented. Our awareness of stress and the negative impact it has on ours and other lives is becoming more perceptible. Mindfulness, as a stress reducing therapy, is becoming increasingly used in clinical practice and its impetus in and outside the workplace is gaining steady traction. Whether it’s…

Telomeres – helping me extend my health span

I constantly seek research and findings that effectively and meaningfully link academia and the real world. This week’s example that sparked my imagination was discovering the works of Elizabeth Blackburn a Nobel prize winning, molecular biologist. In a world that constantly seeks to improve well-being she focuses on the positive application of theory and science to open the world…