"There's A Thin Line Between Pleasure and Pain"

"There's A Thin Line Between Pleasure and Pain"

I watched a great TV programme on pleasure and pain the other night and the statistics prove what we have known all along, that the things that give us most joy are; family, love and friends, closely followed by sex. An yes, you've guessed it - what gives us the most pain is; family, love and friends!! Aren't we humans are a funny lot, we go to extraordinary lengths to achieve a measure of pleasure, happiness, success and stability and then seem...

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Do You Have The 'Pre-Wedding Jitters'?

Do You Have The 'Pre-Wedding Jitters'?

'The ‘Big Day’ is just weeks away and you’re panicking!' Go on admit it, you’re imagining the worst will happen, perhaps getting ‘cold feet’ and wondering if this ‘getting married’ business is worth all the stress and expense. Before one of the most important days of your life it  might be useful to reflect on why so many people feel so nervous about getting married. Perhaps it’s because the latest divorce statistics...

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Writing The Story Of Your Life – Part 1

Writing The Story Of Your Life – Part 1

For hundreds of years philosophers, historians, neuroscientists, psychologists and psychiatrists have put forward many differing theories regarding how a child develops. This has varied from being genetically programmed to developing personality through ‘nurture or nature’. Many believe that both theories are correct. Looking back on the belief systems operating in our ancestor’s history, it’s a wonder that any of us survived with a...

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Forgiveness Starts From Within

Forgiveness Starts From Within

Are you still gnawing on the old bones of the unburied past? In 1985,  as part of my self-development programme, I spent a weekend doing a Cybernetics Workshop; and I was most impressed with not only the content of the course, but also the great people who ran it. Towards the end of the weekend we were asked to do a meditation on Forgiveness. It was explained to us that by being unable to forgive others, we keep them locked inside a prison...

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“I Just Want To Be Happy”

“I Just Want To Be Happy”

"I am responsible for my own happiness" Happiness is a feeling, just like anxiety and fear, which comes in waves; it can’t sustain itself because it’s not humanly possible to be happy all the time. And do you know why? It’s because the ancient part of our brain that’s hardwired for survival (the Amygdala) is programmed from birth to look for any ‘threats’ in our environment just like any wild animal. If we’re ultra-sensitive or...

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The Missing Man

The Missing Man

It is the dawn of my 65th birthday and I awoke at 5am dreaming about being on a trip with a lovely man.  But somehow I had ‘lost’ him and I spent most of the dream anxiously wandering around looking for him and woke up before I found him. For my birthday gift, my lovely son had bought me a framed Jack Vettriano print called ‘The Missing Man’ In the picture two women and one man, still dressed in evening clothes stand on a beach looking...

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