When was the last time you were angry? Finding out about why we stress out is just the best thing we can do for ourselves. Learning how to deal with anger and stress is good for our health and wellbeing, and better for the people around us, too.
Hot flush of anger
Anger is a stress response. Your pulse went up and so did your blood pressure. Hormones flooded your body. You may have felt hot or flushed. Can you remember what it was because of..? How long did it take you to calm down again? (That is, how long until the body turned off the hormonal response, your pulse returned to normal and your blood pressure lowered to a healthier rate…) Which is the best way to handle it – by meditating, practising mindfulness….or maybe by finding a way not to be angry in the first place?
Feeling ill after a week of wildly fluctuating pulse rates… weak, cold, poor concentration, feeling so unwell… loved ones insisted on taking me to Emergency Department (ED) at the local hospital. Me expecting to have to wait at least four hours. But no… triage put me straight into care. And to my astonishment, kept me overnight. So … my night progressed with being “plugged in” to monitors and automatically timed blood pressure machines squeezing my arm, and an IV catheter (which was never used) plugged into my other arm, right in the curve of my elbow. It was quite sore by the morning. And so many questions, constant questioning! And odd experiences…. Continue reading
Resilience…really, I wish that everyone who has learnt meditation and mindfulness from me – or from anyone else – would also take the Resilience program that I teach. And I wish that people who have learnt resilience with me would follow up by learning meditation with me, too. They are two different, but very complementary techniques – together, they give you a stronger, more flexible mind that can be both forbearing and insightful, calm and purposeful, peacefully quiet but also fully engaged and self-validating while active. Continue reading
Four hacks for handling Christmas Stress – and change your life:
When you begin to feel stressed – particularly Christmas stress – and you feel frustrated, put upon, rushed, angry, remember these fours simple truths that will change your Christmas – and your life. Continue reading
There is a plethora of meditation research – the biology of meditation, the psychobiology of meditation, health and well-being outcomes, and research that shows that meditation changes brain structures. Continue reading
Spring – Time of Renewal and Growth – and the Equinox
Spring, lush, optimistic
Spring has come to Melbourne with it burst of lush and colourful growth. And with it, a magical moment – the Vernal Equinox. Two fantastic aspects of the natural cycle. Do you feel the change in yourself? Continue reading
New to meditation? Here are some tips on getting yourself established. Continue reading
Your physical body, spiritual body… can it be so, or do you suppose that the body is totally matter, perishable and not at all spiritual? That the mind is spirit while the body is only the vehicle?. There could be something quite back-to-front about that. Continue reading
Hello, here is a brief rundown on Christmas 2016
I’m at Buln where it is very peaceful.
Uncertainty is a major stress factor for most people. It goes hand in hand with lack of control, which often freaks people right out. We can face uncertainty in a strong and empowered way, or we can be irrational, inept and unhealthy. Continue reading