The Source of All Knowledge

Whilst re-reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho for the article  “To Realize One’s Destiny is a Person’s Only Obligation”   I found the interactions and the different ways of learning between the main character, Santiago and the English Man particularly interesting. At the start of the journey across the desert, Santiago meets an English man who [...]

Inspiration

Two of my favourite words at the moment are Inspire and Inspiration. These two words seem to pop up everywhere right now. Inspire has two meanings: To breathe in air- inhale Fill someone the urge to do or feel something Our breathing or respiratory cycle is divided into two phases- Inspiration and Expiration. The most [...]

Silence is Golden

  As I sit here writing this, it is my third night sleeping in a small shepherd’s hut in the Welsh countryside. It is near freezing outside so the fire is crackling away in the corner. Occasionally I can hear an owl hoot or a passing car in the distance. The main noise is my [...]

Fake it till you make it!

You may or may not have heard this expression but how does it work? If you feel sad, how do you fake feeling happy? If you are shy, how do you fake feeling confident? If you are in turmoil, how do you fake internal peace? Simple! Change your posture and the way you move! Fake [...]

Team Humanity

When people work together, great feats can be achieved. A group of people with a common goal or objective is known as a team. Team members need to learn how to work together, help each other to better themselves and create a positive environment that allows everyone to flourish. To survive, early people teamed together in [...]

“To Realize One’s Destiny is a Person’s Only Obligation.”

This line is on the back cover of my favourite book- The Alchemist The author Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian who originally wrote the book in Portuguese. It has been translated into many different languages and sold over 65 million copies. It is claimed that The Alchemist was written in only two weeks in 1987. He [...]

Best Foot Forward

They say our posture and how we stand says a lot about us but how we walk says even more. There are expressions like having a spring in our step, they are dragging their feet or plodding through life. Standing and walking are some of our first great achievements as an infant. Soon very little [...]

The Limitations of Happiness 

In the blog Anger is a Gift I called anger a temporary emotion. What if all emotions should be temporary even good emotions? Recently I heard a Mysterious Universe podcast in which they talked about cultural differences regarding depression and expectations. They spoke about how in Western culture we have an expectation that we should be [...]

Anger is a Gift

When I was in my late teens/ early twenties I loved the band, Rage Against the Machine. If you played their track Freedom very loud, part way through the track the music would pause and quietly you could hear- Anger Is a Gift. The music would start again. What is anger? Anger is a natural [...]