Spirituality

Spituality – what even is it? I’ve viewed myself as someone who is spiritual for quite some time. We often here a comment along the lines of “I’m not religious but I am spiritual”. While I had a sense of what I meant by this, I was also very aware of my inability to fully

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Our Identity And Our Health

Identity. This blog post is inspired by a podcast I listened to this morning between Rich Roll and Zac Bush, on The Rich Roll Podcast. I highly recommend seeking it out (click here), and listening intently. Our identity, the story we have created for ourselves (or perhaps more accurately, often, the story we took on during

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Wisdom

Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul. —Epicurus (341–270 BC)2 Since I can remember I have always admired those who I have viewed

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My Psychedelic Journey Begins

I think it was Aubrey Marcus who first got me interested in psychedelic substances. This was quickly followed by Michael Pollan’s book, How To Change Your Mind. Since then, I have been reading and listening to everything I can find on psychedelics. I was instantly hooked, and intrigued by what almost felt like a calling(!). During

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Mindfulness: Part 2

In part 1 of this two part series on mindfulness (click here if you haven’t yet read it) we discussed the three components of mindfulness (intention, attention, attitude),  introduced the term “reperceiving”, and, highlighted the four direct mechanisms which lead to this shift in perspective. “Reperceiving—the capacity to dispassionately observe or witness the contents of

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Mindfulness: Part 1

What Is Mindfulness? It is “inherently a state of consciousness” which involves consciously attending to one’s moment-to-moment experience. Meditation practice is simply a “scaffolding” used to develop the state, or skill, of mindfulness. This post summarises just one paper, which must be one of my favourites in this area of health and performance (the paper

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Self-Compassion

Researchers are beginning to conceptualise self-compassion as a buffer, or moderator, of the relationships between distressing events and negative self-feelings. Self-compassion contains three components: Self-kindness versus self-judgment Common humanity versus isolation Mindfulness versus over-identification These components combine and mutually interact. Self-compassion is relevant when considering personal inadequacies, mistakes, and failures, as well as when confronting painful life

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