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Posts tagged "mindfulness"

Get your brain in gear: 4 Brain Training tips you can try in the shower

During my Brain Training Weekly Challenge I started to get my brain in shape. Now I’m so incandescently bright (and smug about it) I’m going to show you exactly how I got there. Okay, it’s obviously not that simple, but with life expectancy soaring and pension funds crashing, one thing is for sure: we can...
6 lessons learned from 6 months in flux

6 lessons learned from 6 months in flux

Half a year ago today my wife and I hit the pause button on our careers, waved goodbye to everything and began our quest for a new lifestyle. For me it also signalled the beginning of My Year In Flux, and today is the half way point in this, my life experiment of a lifetime....

Rise of the photo zombies

Following a week experimenting with Mental Photography, I’m here to deliver the inconvenient truth: we spend too much time with chunks of plastic and glass in front of our faces. Forget the imminent threats of environmental catastrophe and economic meltdown, it’s the camera we should be worried about. For while our backs have been turned,...

Weekly Challenge #23: mental photography

Mental Photography is the second of the two new challenges I’m undertaking this week. As with the brain training Memory Challenge, it has to do with improving brain function through precise, active use of the old grey cells. I’ll definitely be more brainy by the end of the week…if that’s even possible What is Mental...
Listen, and the world begins to makes sense

Listen, and the world begins to makes sense

Listen. Stop. Close your eyes, then really listen. Now rinse and repeat for at least 10 minutes every day. I carried out this simple listening exercise for one week, and now I’m in love with listening. Here’s why… Breathing and listening Since investing some time in exploring a little zen breath meditation, inspired by this...

Weekly Challenge #13: listen

Since arriving in Costa Rica a couple of weeks ago I’ve been struck by the rich array of sounds that greet your ears at all times of day and night. Dawn chorus is more like a dawn disco for the wildlife, locals start noisily at daybreak, and the weather can be thunderously loud. This week,...

Weekly Challenge #9: meditation

Have you ever wanted to just stop? I mean, really stop, set everything aside and just have a breather? In the first two months of My Year In Flux, I expected to steadily recover from the stress of work and London life and emerge a more serene human being. Instead, I’ve racked up several thousand...