by Stephen Russell-Lacy. When on life’s path we are all likely to be blown off course by the myriad unsettling and distracting things in the world in which we live. By worries and stress to do with, for example, gaining social esteem, earning a living, keeping friends, or finding a mate. And so you may … Continue reading Spiritual practice – Which one is best?
An ideal home is an attractive thought. There are exhibitions and magazines which promote smart and aesthetically pleasing furnishing and house design. What is your ideal sense of home? Journeying to my ideal home would be aiming to live in the same community as other people with whom I feel at ‘home’. It also is … Continue reading Journeying home – But how?
According to established research, one in four of us experience some form of mild mental health difficulty each year. Even if you do not suffer – what the medics call – identifiable psychiatric morbidity – nevertheless you still may feel bad; fed up, irritable, worried or distressed. In which case, if you are to be … Continue reading Heal distress — Can spiritual practices help?
Do you ever say to yourself “I can’t help how I feel.” Part of the humour of the long running radio show Just a Minute is the mocking of its chairman Nicholas Parsons. When panellist Graham Norton was given the topic ‘Freudian slips’ he talked about ‘man love’ revealing his ‘gruntaffilic attraction to Parsons’ and … Continue reading I can’t help how I feel — can I?
Feeling grateful may be good for you. Research on feeling grateful, summarised by Dr Robert Emmons University of California, has been conducted on thousands of people around the world. Those who practice gratitude tend to be more creative, bounce back more quickly from adversity, have a stronger immune system, and have stronger social relationships than … Continue reading How can I give thanks when I don’t feel grateful?
Who hasn’t responded with laughter to one of the most famous sketches in the history of British television comedy, the ‘Dead Parrot Sketch’ from Monty Python’s Flying Circus? [youtube_sc url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6Lq771TVm4] Well, one person comes to mind. A rival political party had adopted the image of a bird for its logo. Margaret Thatcher’s speech … Continue reading Is all laughter healthy?
People who moan about the bitter pills of life can get you down. For instance I don’t like Lawrence. He is the sort of individual who you may also know. Someone who comes across as a bit of a moaner and much to my embarrassment is not slow to criticise even his own children behind … Continue reading How can I swallow the bitter pills of life?
Being religious seems to be going out of fashion. However, one growth area is the new spiritual self-help industry. This is said to be a commercial filling of the gap left by the decline of Christianity. These days you can pay for any amount of books, courses, residential retreats, audio tapes, videos and conferences. All … Continue reading Do I have to be religious to be spiritual?
So there might be some questions that don’t seem to get the answer you want. Why aren’t you giving me better stuff? Why don’t you give me what I want? Why aren’t you making my life easier? But how is this helping you grow? Find out more by watching this eye catching and attractive short … Continue reading Are you asking the right questions?
Most people suffer at least one misfortune during a lifetime, but if you have been experiencing a series of things going wrong, — for example losing your career, partner, home, and social standing — then perhaps you should be asking if there is something going on here you really need to know more about? No … Continue reading Misfortune – Why does everything go wrong?