The 4-8 relaxation breath

2019-11-20T19:00:37+01:00By |Blog, Body, mind & spirit, Breath, Children & parenting, Expand, Health|

I'm sure you have heard of the fight or flight response. That's when your adrenaline spikes, sending superhuman power to your arms and feet and razor sharp focus to your mind set to one thing: survive. Your breathing speed and heart rate go up. Blood flow is redirected from some of your organs to your [...]

Conscious connected breathing: technique and effects

2019-11-20T00:05:04+01:00By |Blog, Body, mind & spirit, Breath, Health|

If you are familiar with breathwork, you have probably heard of the conscious connected breath. You may know it by a different name, but the basic technique is this: 1. Relax your jaw, open wide and breathe through the mouth 2. Breathe into the belly and chest 3. Simply relax on the exhale 4. Consciously [...]

Parenting with Presence (book tip)

2019-11-19T16:30:01+01:00By |Blog, Body, mind & spirit, Books, Children & parenting, Reflections on life|

A little while ago, a friend had been cradling our then 13 month old daughter as she was struggling to sleep. "She required nothing but complete presence," he said afterwards, "or she would cry." Indeed, when he picked up a book, she would wake up and cry. For her to sleep, he had needed to [...]

Liberated from prison

2019-08-15T11:52:45+01:00By |Blog, Body, mind & spirit, Books, Expand|

One of my teachers, the beloved Ananta Kranti, was liberated while doing time in a Japanese prison. The intense regime and extremely limited freedom led her to finding peace within herself, a limitless place underneath the experience of severe deprivation. Another friend woke up in the storm of heartache after losing the (then) love of [...]

Suffering and the meaning of life

2019-08-15T21:28:10+01:00By |Blog, Body, mind & spirit, Books, Conscious activism, Expand|

A couple of days ago I read Sacha Post's post about asking yourself your Most Important Questions. In it, he recommends intentionally asking the Most Important Question (MIQ) that is alive in you right now, then get into a relaxed state for the remainder of the day and revisit the question first thing in the [...]

3 breath visualisations: ease your mind, open your heart, step into action

2019-08-12T16:41:02+01:00By |Blog, Body, mind & spirit, Breath, Conscious activism, Expand, Health|

Three breathful visualisations for you today: Ease your mind Open your heart Step into action You can choose to do them separately as you see fit or combine and include them in your morning routine as a great way to start your day. You can do them one breath at a time, or take your [...]

Stop believing your mind (read The Untethered Soul)

2019-10-27T16:05:11+01:00By |Blog, Body, mind & spirit, Books, Expand, Featured, Health, Inspiration|

“There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind - you are the one who hears it.” ― Michael A. Singer, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself Here's a fun exercise: write down your thoughts for a day, or even a couple of hours. [...]

Psychedelics are back: tips for catching up

2019-11-19T15:29:07+01:00By |Ayahuasca, Blog, Body, mind & spirit, Expand, Psychedelics|

Today, April 19th, we celebrate international bicycle day. On this day in 1943, Albert Hofmann ingested a high dose (thinking it was a small one) of LSD, the molecule he had shortly therefore extracted from a fungi. It marked the beginning of a period in which psychedelics were regarded the most promising drugs in mental [...]

Bye bye coffee, thanks for everything!

2019-07-29T22:54:16+01:00By |Blog, Body, mind & spirit, Food, Health|

I have always loved my coffee (the smell of the ground beans, the brewing sounds, the heat coming from the cup...), but about three months ago I quit drinking coffee from one day to the next. As my mind and body have become more sensitive, over the years, to what I feed them, I started to notice [...]