Take a break from worry with ideas from Pooh and Piglet

Looking at  heffalumps of worry? Time to take back control of our thoughtsThe adventures of a small teddy bear and his friends have charmed generations of both children and adults for decades. The characteristics of timid Piglet, bouncy Tigger, bossy Rabbit and the sullen but lovable Eeyore have made us laugh at or sympathize with their predicaments.

But these stories are not so fluffy and mindless as one might believe at first glance. They are modern parables that can teach us much about love, patience and humour. There are also some subtler lessons for us to ponder, like when fear takes hold of the imagination.Continue Reading

Is there a universal solvent for mental clutter?

Is there a universal solvent for mental clutter?The first time I went on a cruise I experienced a big surprise – using the Internet was very expensive. I therefore decided to use it sparingly, which meant emails were seriously rationed and texts were non-existent. No Facebook, Twitter or phone calls for me! I was also determined not to waste precious time on shore looking for an Internet café.

So, how was I going to use this golden, technology-silent opportunity?

The pristine beauty of the glaciers and the wild ruggedness of the Alaskan scenery was a perfect setting for contemplation. But I noticed during the first few days that my thoughts were cluttered with useless information or unresolved issues. I would suddenly find myself thinking back to some old encounter or worrying about some future event.Continue Reading

Fasting or feasting? Finding a better recipe for health

Fasting or feating? Finding a better recipe for health Fasting has long been considered a religious practice that focuses on abstaining from food and drink for periods. The purpose is to free oneself from materialism through cultivating a closer connection to the divine.

However, as religious life fades and food becomes increasingly abundant and accessible in Western culture, fasting as a religious practice is on the decline in our more secular society. At the same time, there has been a dramatic increase in the so-called “lifestyle” diseases – diabetes, some cancers and heart disease – which studies indicate have their origin largely in the quantity and type of food we eat.Continue Reading