How you can find the sacred in your daily rituals

A Simple Trick for a Happier Brain by ELISHA GOLDSTEIN, PH.D.

It’s no secret that there’s more stress now than there ever has been.


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer – 2012 Edition Includes New Short Practices and Group Processes Developed By the Author

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer presents an eight-week course for MBCT which has been tried and tested over ten years of clinical use, and is targeted specifically for people with cancer.


Need to be mindful of evidence base

Eudonic rewards

Unlike hedonic reward, eudonic rewards do not easily lead to compulsive and addictive behaviour.

My post-op Book Marathon

I finished Laura Munson’s book “This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness”  yesterday ( which I loved)


The original article that sparked a whole snowball …..


I started “Wired for Joy” by Laurel Mellin today:

Antonio Damasio
” joy is the signpost that we are in a state of optimal coordination and smooth running of the operations of life. Wear and tear is at a minimum, aging slows, and, in every possible way, people are at their best”

Calmly facing the storm by Shelagh McLoughlin

NO one knows better than Trish Bartley how hard it is to cope with a life-threatening disease. She’s faced cancer — twice.

Donate here:

thought on a thread :a mindfulness project offering support to communities in South Africa affected by HIV/Aids


Psychological therapies may help cope with chronic pain by Jim May

DEAR FAMILY: I have been in pain for the last three years with a degenerative disk.


What I learnt from ‘Brain Rules’ by John Medina

This is a highly entertaining book – a feat considering the subject matter!





The brain: easily the most sophisticated information-transfer system on Earth. Most of us have no idea how our brain works.

This has strange consequences. It is impossible for our brains to multi task when it comes to paying attention e.g. talking on cell phone and driving.

  • we have created high-stress office environments, even though a stressed brain is significantly less productive
  • our schools are designed so that most real learning is done at home
  • we are not used to sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day, from an evolutionary perspective, our brains developed while working out, walking as many as 12 miles a day. Brain craves that experience, especially in sedentary populations like our own. Exercisers outperform couch-potatoes in long-term memory, reasoning, attention and problem-solving tasks. INTEGRATE EXERCISE INTO YOUR 8 HOURS AT WORK/SCHOOL/HOME
  • you’ve got seconds to grab someone’s attention and only 10 minutes to keep it. At 9 mins 59 sec do something (emotional & relevant) to regain attention and restart the clock. Also, the BRAIN NEEDS A BREAK (use stories to make a point)
  • At 3 pm your brain really NEEDS a nap. you will be more productive if you did. Take a 26 min nap.
  • Repetition: for memory
  • Terrible twos: child’s powerful urge to explore.

So there are 12 rules or principles for surviving and thriving at work, home and school according to the delightful Dr Medina who cracked me up a couple of times while reading his book:

  1. Exercise boosts brain power (mentioned in many Health & Fitness websites and mags …. not news BUT why?)
  2. The human brain evolved, too
  3. Every brain is wired differently
  4. We don’t pay attention to boring things
  5. Repeat to remember
  6. Remember to repeat
  7. Sleep well, think well
  8. Stressed brains don’t learn the same way
  9. Stimulate more of the senses
  10. Vision trumps all other senses
  11. Male and female brains are different (duh! known this for ages but but how and why?!!)
  12. We are powerful and natural explorers.

Parade or No Parade, Returning Veterans Face Uphill Battle

Omega Honors Veterans With Four Unique Programs to Address Complexities of Mental Health and Reintegration—Scholarships Available