Month: September 2018

Learn the unlearnable from people who won’t teach you

Learn the unlearnable from people who won’t teach you

Take a list of the most valuable skills a 21st century person should have. There’ll be technical stuff on there, like decent programming and project management stuff. I leave those for better-qualified folk to talk about, because I’m focused on the rest. Most of…

The problem with personal development

If there’s one thing yours truly loves, it’s personal development. Sometimes I’m satisfied, often I’m happy, but I’m always hungry for more. I know that the person I’ll be in six years (or six months) is so incredible that I can’t wait to meet…

How to bypass meditation roadblocks

How to bypass meditation roadblocks

Take a typical meditation class. If you expect the same people to show up on the last day as the first, you’ll be disappointed. Some of the learners will bounce straight away. They’ll feel awkward, stupid or embarrassed for even considering meditation. After turning…

Meditation is my meditation

Meditation is my meditation

The funny thing about having a Google alert for ‘meditation’ is I hear about art. This painting is a meditation on compassion; that poem is a meditation on modern loneliness. Art is never just art and it doesn’t just carry a message. It’s always…

When aliens land, you’ll be ready

When aliens land, you’ll be ready

There’s a great trope in scifi. It’s the idea that only the civilisation that invents technology is wise enough to use it. It usually goes like this: advanced aliens take pity on primitive ones. They gift them the secrets to unlimited energy. Then the…

Triggered by colour??

Triggered by colour??

If you’re interested in hypnosis, then great news! The internet is full of anonymous strangers looking to hypnotise you. Some of them are probably really good. Most are in the early days of their training (I did something similar way back). A few are…

Why you should avoid meditation apps

Recently on Facebook, someone asked what the best meditation practices were. Most people answered with things like deep breathing and honing your awareness. In other words, most people had the right idea. But a few too many said things like Headspace. Honestly, I was…

How I learned to stop faking it and start making it

How I learned to stop faking it and start making it

I love Dr Strangelove. It’s a damn bizarre and tragic piece of cinema. It’s scarier than most horror films and funnier than most comedies. What’s not to like? The highlight for me is Slim Picken’s character. Right from the first frame to when he…

I’m not saying rationality is pointless…

I’m not saying rationality is pointless…

Fun neuroscience fact: 100% of your decision-making is emotional. Yep – everything. Even the stuff that seems so obvious that it doesn’t need it. If you damage the emotional centres of your brain, it can wipe out your ability to make decisions. And this…

Think walking over hot coals is impressive?

Think walking over hot coals is impressive?

Back in my university days, I spent time in a chemistry lab. That was a great experience. I might not have been great at chemistry, but it lead to a lot of great stories. Like the time octanol fumes cured my hangover (or at…

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