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Focus Pocus

Focusing is the technique of matching a physical sensation to an emotion.

You may have heard of the ‘body scan‘ if you do guided meditation. This is similar, except that you progress to pairing up your pain/discomfort/tension/jittering (fill in blank) with an emotion (nervous/excited/overwhelmed/sad/happy etc.)

Studies have found that people who master the skill of focusing are the ones who stand the best chance of making rapid progress during psychotherapy and personal development.


Because when you’re under pressure, you often live in your head and you can feel quite cut off from your body. This state cannot be altered by doing more thinking.

Focusing will help you to get out of your head and feel more connected to your body. You can now start to recognise the subtle signs that you’re receiving and start to take action before the emotion overwhelms you and triggers you to follow your first impulse.

You’re now one step ahead of your autopilot.

Watch this short video to learn more (Duration: 4 min 37 sec. Hit CC for subtitles)

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How to become more open-minded

When we are young, we quite naturally adopt an open mind to change as we are very aware of our lack of experience and knowledge.

However, as we get older, everyone has a tendency to become more set in their ways. We develop a fixed mindset where we start to struggle to change our points of view.

This can lead to higher levels of stress in everyday life.

This week, I’d like to share with you a few tips on how you can cultivate open-mindedness.

You’ll be relieved to hear that it’s more about awareness than about radical transformation of the way you think.

(Video duration 4:39 min. Hit CC for subtitles)

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How do you clear brain fog?

Does your brain feel a bit foggy at the moment?

Brain fog is a typical sign of stress and overwhelm.

It’s an indication that your battery is running low when you start to experience forgetfulness and disorganisation.

The good news is that it’s relatively easy to clear the brain fog and return to higher levels of cognitive functioning.

Let me share with you five easy steps that you can take today.

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Why is it good for you to be pleased for others?

When you share other people’s joy and feel genuinely pleased for them, you’re experiencing sympathetic joy.

This positive emotion has the ability to lower the body’s stress response.

In Buddhist philosophy, sympathetic joy or mudita is one of the core virtues.

But it isn’t always easy to feel pleased for others when your own life is an uphill struggle.

Yet the science on this is clear: if you can allow for other people’s happiness to rub off on you, you trigger your brain’s reward system and you get the same benefits as if you’re the one celebrating a personal victory.

Watch this short video to learn more and pick up a few simple tricks for how you can overcome barriers to sympathetic joy.

I think you’ll like it.

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