Entries by lifetalent

How deep is your sense of meaning in life?

Victor Frankl in his book Man’s Search for Meaning wrote that there are 3 forms of meaning in life: meaning through work, meaning through love and meaning through how we face unavoidable suffering. Frankl was a successful Austrian psychiatrist who was born in Austria and was sent to a concentration camp during the 2nd World […]

Personal Psychology, Spirituality and the Climate Emergency

I have been thinking about personal psychology, spirituality and the climate emergency recently, and how we need to fulfil our potential in three dimensions to get us through this crisis: An anonymous theosophical writer wrote: “To find yourself is half the way to god To lose yourself, and all the way is trod”

How is Christmas for you?

I wonder how Christmas has been for you. Christmas can be beautiful, intimate and magical, and also awkward, disconnected and even haunting… and sometimes both at the same time, or just somewhere in the middle, rather dull and flat, with lots of TV and social media! How was it for you this year?

Liberate yourself! How to feel the support of life itself

What is the most important thing in life? For me, it is to liberate myself from unnecessary suffering so I can savour the great mystery of life; to revel in the beauty of the natural world, and to open to love more and more, especially the beautiful planet which we are in danger of destroying.

How can I fulfil my potential in Life?

Once you have satisfied your basic needs for food, water and housing, what can be more important in life than fulfilling your potential as a human being? There are 3 “marriages” in Life: the marriage with your work, the marriage of love and the marriage with yourself.

Forget Mindfulness…Discover Mindlessness!

Many of you will have tried mindfulness or basic meditation, paying attention to the senses to bring you into the present moment, but many people have never got beyond a mild feeling of relaxation. If that is the case for you, you haven’t had the truly revolutionary experience that will turn the world inside out […]

What is Your Spirituality?

A simple way of thinking about spirituality is that there is an outer practice, an inner practice and a non-dual practice1. When you have all three your spirituality will really flourish. Let’s explore these three levels and reflect on how they apply to our own practise.

How to turn your old religion into a spiritual tradition

The problem with world religions is that deep truth is often mixed up with the out-dated thinking of old conservative men. As I said to a gay Muslim girl, “What men say God thinks isn’t necessarily what God thinks”. How do you keep the best of the tradition you were born into while rejecting fundamentalism […]

Everyone Senses the Great Mystery of Life

I am not a parent myself, but I have had the privilege to spend a lot of time with my friend Anna and her son, my godson, Teddy, since his birth. I have also had the honour to spend time with my girlfriend and her wonderful children. Through these families I have come to deeply […]

Learn to feel the support of Life itself

You are not alone! Our skin-encapsulated ego gives us a biological sense of identity, but we would not exist or survive without other people, our food sources, or the entire biosystem. We are part of the biosphere. At a deeper level, we are also part of a great mystery – consciousness itself, and some traditions […]

What is personal transformation?

Personal transformation is what an athlete goes through to win a gold at the Olympics; it’s what a martial arts practitioner faces on the journey of becoming a master, or an executive going up the ranks of a well-managed organisation to the top, or a junior officer seeking to become a general in a modern […]

Are you mean to yourself? If so, stop now.

Are you mean to yourself? Do you criticise yourself? Is that helpful? Does it make your life better? If not, stop. How do you stop? Create new habits. Start sweet-talking yourself. Bring your compassionate wise adult mind (yes, there is one in there somewhere) and your warm tender heart and start being kind to the […]

I will live my life more fully in 2016. Will you?

I don’t make New Year resolutions, because it is so easy to be overtaken by unrealistic enthusiasm! However I do dream about who I want to be in the year ahead, how I want the year to be, and what success looks like to me. My personal philosophy is to: Make the most of myself […]

What is “the step You don’t want to take”?

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible – St. Francis of Assisi Discipline and decisiveness are about knowing that “what you do today determines your success tomorrow”. There may be things that need to be done but you are frightened of doing them: for example, calling […]

What are you LONGING for?

Our society focuses on the outer world, not the inner life. Our inner life is a secret world of feelings, fears, anxieties, rage, fantasy and magical stories: stories which end “happy ever after”; or dark stories that end in catastrophe and humiliation; stories in which we are the hero or heroine; or the evil one […]

Doctor Who style coaching for success

Cathy Broome writes: I’ve always been a fan of Doctor Who. It’s one of those shows which sparks lots of inspiration for me, as well as being entertaining. That and he wears great coats! It struck me recently that Dr Who is a bit like a coach and the ‘enemies’ of Dr Who are a […]

Do you want to make This year your Best Year Yet?

These famous lines speak to me deeply: Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner […]