Category Archives: Zen

Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation – A Precious Human Life

In this episode I share a Metta Meditation technique as well as some background information to help bring it into perspective.

Mettā (Pali) or maitrī (Sanskrit) means benevolence, loving-kindness, friendliness, amity, good will, and active interest in others. It is the first of the four sublime states (Brahmavihāras) and one of the ten pāramīs of the Theravāda school of Buddhism.

The cultivation of benevolence (mettā bhāvanā) is a popular form of meditation in Buddhism.

The Dalai Lama is one of the most recognisable people on the planet today and he is a firm believer and advocate of the Metta meditation technique and worldview.

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The Dhammapada audio-ebook part 1

Below is a link to part one of the Dhammapada audio-ebook I have shared on YouTube. There are the first 6 parts on my YouTube channel and I intend to complete the book in time.

It is a great fount of wisdom, and can be easily digested and contemplated to help us in our lives.

https://youtu.be/ve62oNlZixg

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Understanding anxiety and 5 ways to manage it better

Anxiety is something we have all experienced at some stage of our lives. It could be described simply as a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear that can be mild or severe. These fears ad worries are often related to thing which may or may not occur in the future. Anxiety is a natural human response when we perceive that we are under threat.

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health issue during our life. 25% of 13-18 year olds suffer from an anxiety disorder and 80% of people diagnosed with an anxiety disorder don’t get any help.

There are many symptoms which I go into in the video and also some of the people I have worked with have given me permission to share how it manifested for them. A big part of anxiety is for us as individuals to decide when it becomes a problem and when it is time to do something about it.

At the end of the video I share 5 ways that we can manage our anxiety better. I hope you find some value in this video and it helps you going forward in dealing with your anxiety.

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Some helpful links I mention in the video

My Vlog on Mindfulness : https://youtu.be/uk3anD3wYvI

Tim Ferris’ Interview with Gabor Mate : https://youtu.be/H9B5mYfBPlY

How to overcome fear and anxiety booklet : https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/overcome-fear-anxiety

Understanding anxiety and panic attacks booklet : https://www.mind.org.uk/media/1892482/mind_anxiety_panic_web.pdf

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How to be mindful – 5 helpful tips for more mindfulness

In this episode I’m talking about all things mindfulness. What is mindfulness? Why practice mindfulness? And also sharing 5 tips to increase your mindfulness practice. By the end of the video you will have all the tools necessary, and know everything you need to begin practicing mindfulness.

I have had a mindfulness practice for close to 10 years now and it has transformed my life, its increased my level of peace and happiness and allowed me to experience every aspect of my life more fully.

The 5 mindfulness tips I share are:

  1. Mindful activities.
  2. Focussing on the breath.
  3. Become aware of the sensations in your body.
  4. Remove distractions.
  5. Include a 10 minute morning meditation into your daily routine.

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A look to the future. What’s possible?

In this episode I thought I would share briefly where my mind has been at and what things I have been thinking about.

We don’t have to accept the lot we have been given. We have the potential within us to make a massive change in our lives. Society has grown and been shaped by thousands of years of historical influence, this doesn’t mean that we must accept our current station in life.

I am super confident that an individual can change their life for the better, but these books I have been reading are turning my mind to what might be possible for us as a collective. Keep watching to see if my thoughts might well become a movement….

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The Pursuit of Happiness | Our Subjective Well-Being

The Goal is to increase happiness and well-being, and decrease suffering, depression and anxiety.

If mental health is our current condition regarding psychological and emotional well-being, this would mean that each and every one of our states of mental health is in a state of flux and fluctuation.

What influences this state? How can we develop our state of mental health and pursue happiness?

“Happiness is the soul purpose of life.” – Epicurus

“The essence of a human life is to be happy.” – Aristotle

In this episode I also speak about some of the environmental and material factors that constantly influence our mental health and well-being.

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Making Time for Mental Health

  • What is Mental Health?
  • How can we increase our awareness of it?
  • Why is it so important to make time in our life for better understanding of Mental Health?

Mental Health can be defined as a persons condition regarding their psychological and emotional well being. It affects how we think, feel and act, and is also a huge determiner in how we handle stress, make choices and relate to others.

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