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The joy of learning

Recently, I was fortunate to have a couple of days away from work to attend two different study days. The first was a national user conference of the clinical software we use at work. The second was a general clinical update with multiple and varied subjects. This helped identify what Donald Rumsfeld described as, unknown unknowns. How do you educate yourself and identify areas of weakness that you are unaware of? Reading widely is key. Do you read? Of course you do, but what do you read? Most of what we read, and I…

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Ikigai

Perusing, as I do, for mindful life experiences, thoughts and advice, I came across this book the other day. The little book of Ikigai by Ken Mogi Click the link here to view on Amazon. It’s a compelling read. At first it sounds so obvious and simple but as with most things in life it has a deep significance. It is also typically Japanese, but as with all cultural mindsets it is embedded in the psyche of its people. Like the Swedish hegge and the British stiff upper lip. Ikigai has 5 parts to…

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Re-establishing habits after vacation

I’m recently back from vacation, Liberty Lykia Resort Hotel, Oludeniz in Turkey. And it was fabulous! It was one of the few vacations I’ve taken when I wasn’t preoccupied with events at work. I travelled with a feeling of calm. I kept noticing I was calm, amazing! One aspect of the vacation which wasn’t so positive was the change to my habit routines and so my tardiness in this post. They basically disappeared. Whilst that could be seen as a good thing whilst relaxing on vacation, it meant that I stopped doing some of my mindful…

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Vulnerability

For those of you who haven’t seen this Ted Talk before (and if you don’t know TED Talks then go here & come back in a week! One of my favourite ones, is Hans Rosling on Stats here) I’m assuming you have now watched and heard Brené’s talk above. If not, go and do it now. It lasts 20 minutes. I’ll wait. . . Ok. What do you think about worthiness now? And vulnerability? I found it interesting that she could through her research group people into those two camps – those with a strong…

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Gratitude

One of the most important aspects of mindfulness I’ve learnt so far is to acknowledge gratitude. I must admit it is something I took for granted but when I’ve actually reflected on how I have behaved over the years, it seems that much of life’s joy has indeed passed me by. This has been because I had failed to notice or I allowed it to pass by without any acknowledgment. I dismissed anyone’s praise. Without gratitude, we will potentially live a life in a quagmire of anxiety and negativity. So, what to do? Keep a gratitude…

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Autotelic experience

It is an end in itself. Look back at a recent enjoyable past event. Why was it joyful? Whilst there are several elements of joyful experience, one part is when it becomes intrinsically rewarding in itself. It is an end in itself. It is an end in itself. I was recently watching my daughter at a riding lesson. She was really concentrating bouncing on the saddle as they trotted but laughing out loud. I found myself intensely concentrating on hearing her laughter. Everything else in the world melted away. When we become so involved…

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Of joy & despair

Things happen, life happens. The last few weeks have been different. The week before last I attended the inauguration of my parents in law as Mayor & Mayoress of Bolton. We paid off our mortgage after several moves and 31 years of making payments. I was offered a new job. Liverpool FC winning their final game to ensure Champions League next season. Attending the leaving party of our popular practice nurse. Helping a good friend and also my sister, celebrate their birthdays. Listening to my daughter play Twinkle, twinkle on her violin for the first time.…

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Gratitude

It’s been a difficult couple of weeks and I didn’t know why? I could stare at my navel and come up with stuff but realistically it was just the rollercoaster of life. Sometimes we’re up and sometimes we’re down. For most, this is just minor fluctuations but for some of us, it’s quite a ride! One way to reduce the fluctuations is to use the mindful practice of keeping a gratitude log! Simply stated, one keeps a daily log of episodes of gratitude. Those of you that journal will already be doing this! It…

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Through a child’s eye

I have recently returned from a few days vacation in Norfolk, UK with my wife and daughter. She is nearly six years old and I spent a good deal of time watching her. It reminds me of how we can lose our ability to notice life. It is so easy to be focused on work and such like, and fail to observe joyful life passing us by. So on the last couple of mornings, I walked to the beach with our dog and stood for a time. Pausing to drink in with each and…

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Rest for a calmer world

As the Easter break is upon us we have a longer weekend to enjoy.  We need to have rest throughout every day, but do you notice? Did you notice yesterday how you spent any downtime? Added to my reading list this week is Haemin Sunim’s bestseller, The Things You Can See When You Slow Down. A central tenet of this book is obviously slowing down to achieve calm, but also to notice the world around us. He points out that we can feel small and vulnerable as we perceive our minds to be small…

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