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The Surprising Truth Why Negative Self-Image Just Ain’t True



As my journey reading the life-changing book – ‘The Art Of Happiness‘ – draws to a serene and soul-enriching close, here is another bountiful Buddhist insight on a modern neurosis that’s affected us all at one time or another – negative self-image.

Shaped by our parents and upbringing, the implicit messages that we pick up about ourselves as we grow and develop can easily topple into negative self-talk that we carry with us through-out our lives.

Where Does Negative Self-Talk Come From?


Self-hatred can creep into our lives and be exacerbated when our behaviour fails to live up to our idealised self-image – a self-image culturally reinforced by environmental factors like Facebook and Twitter which can feel as stiflingly present as the air that we breathe.

Why This Negativity Ain’t Real…


But here’s the good news! The notion that self-hatred is a widespread human problem is challenged by the reality that it is virtually unheard of within cultures such as the Tibetan culture.

This strongly reminds us that this troubling mental state, like all other negative mental states, is not an intrinsic part of the human mind.

It is not something we are born with, irrevocably saddled with, nor is it an indelible characteristic of our nature.

It can be removed.

This realisation alone can serve to weaken its power, give us hope and increase our commitment to eliminate it.

How Real Are The Burdens You Carry Around?


And that’s one of the great beauties of this wonderful book – so rich in spiritual learnings. Based on a western psychiatrist’s interviews with the Dalai Lama, it unites learnings from the East and the West to powerful effect – challenging all sorts of burdensome assumptions we carry with us in the spaceless vortex of city life.

How Can You Apply This In Your Daily Life?


So next time you feel weighed down by the noise of life – like the walls of social media are caving in on you – like you can’t recall what’s special about you – or life – pick up a book like this one and treat yourself to some deep-healing, Eastern meditation that will replenish your mind and soothe your soul.







The Surprising Secret To Work Out What You Really Want



Happy Tuesday, wee one.

If You’re Struggling With…

\\ Transition of any kind whether job, relationship or environment; or

\\ You’re having difficulty blotting out what everyone is telling you you should do and working out what your instincts are really saying; or

\\ There’s so much noise around you – whether internal or external, it’s hard to get in touch with what’s really going on in the silence of your soul – read on and be taken closer to your authentic self – the real you – and what makes you truly happy, peaceful and joyful – and right where you’re meant to be. 

Sound Idealistic? It Doesn’t Have To Be – And Here’s Why…

Photo by Oriana Fowler

According to Milton Erikson, a world renowned hypnotherapist, being in a state of trance is when learning and openness to change are most likely to occur. And far from being some wacky, out of body experience, trance is actually a natural state experienced by everyone. Here’s why…

Our most familiar experiences of trance take place when we daydream, but trance-like states also occur when we:

\\ Meditate;

\\ Pray; or

\\ Exercise (‘meditation in motion’) – whether jogging, yoga or otherwise.

In these situations, we are more aware of the vividness of inner mental and sensory experiences and external stimuli such as sounds and movements assume lesser importance. Peace – yes. This leaves us with the head space to access those vital soul signposts which tell us what we really need to know – deep down inside – cleansing us of more toxic sensations like confusion, fear and doubt.

You only have to read the lovely Rachel Brathen’s tale in her incredible book, ‘The Yoga Girl‘, to observe the powerful, life-changing effects that trance can have in healing the mind, body and soul and moving us away from pain and trauma towards weight-lifting clarity and peace.

How Can You Apply This In Your Daily Life?


So next time you feel overwhelmed, disembodied, ungrounded or removed from yourself, try one of the above suggestions and sink into the power of trance – for it is in trance that people often intuitively understand what is really going on underneath – accessing their values, their truths and ultimately, their power.

The Surprising Truth On Why You Are Exactly Where You Are Meant To Be



Super special thought for the day and a huge dollop of unconditional love all the way from Madrid :)

“Growth is painful – expansion is painful and stepping into the unknown is scary. But we have to” – Wise worlds from Emily Fletcher, former Broadway dancer and CEO of Ziva Meditation. Named as one of the 100 Women To Watch In Wellness by MindBodyGreen, with clients including Harvard Business School and Google, this is a redhead whose energy and outlook will inspire your day.

Embrace growth today, wee Gazer. From destruction comes creation, from challenge comes growth, whether job, relationship or wider life shifts. Enjoy the journey and step into your power :)

You are right where you are meant to be ox







Mountain Healing





A Starry-Eyed Sight

I have a ‘wow’ moment every Saturday evening driving back from Geneva to Chamonix.

The mountains are spectacular by day but even more so by night, I’d say.

What Gives Mountains Such Dreamy Drama?


Maybe it’s their snowy peaks illuminated against the night sky or the stars sparkling a little brighter against their sleeping summits. Or maybe it’s the way they wrap themselves around you, imposing and protective all at once as you drive through the valley towards your cosy bed – almost indiscernible but definitely there – stillness and drama combined.

How Do Mountains Nourish The Soul?


Whatever it is, it’s sublime – and a relieving reminder of how small we are in a big world.

Happy Monday All :)

#mountains #nature #peace




Silk For The Soul


The Stress Factor

How do you wind down after a tough day at work? A glass of wine (yes please), some TV (oh, go on then), a few hugs (best of the lot), a hot bath (wish I had one…)?

A New Trick After A Long Day…


Here’s something else you might like to try – 3 minute spiritual massages from Inner Space I’d liken to silky luxury for a weary mind.

Who Are Guided Meditations Suitable For?


These guided meditations are wonderful if:

i) You’re keen to try meditation for the first time;

ii) You’re a practised meditation expert who’d like to try a new, multi-sensory format; or

iii) You’d just like to discover a new medium for relaxation which doesn’t involve back-breaking sweating in public parks / falling off treadmills (I like to exaggerate the risks to offset guilt).

Why Bother?


Short and sweet, these are nice and easy to fit into your day whether first thing when you’re in a sleepy daze, during a hot soak in a bubble bath or last thing at night to settle your mind. With beautiful visuals and calming narration, these are really luxurious treats for the mind, body and soul.

What Else?


Check out Inner Space’s fascinating courses, talks and lectures if you’d like to spice up your spiritual life and meet some interesting folk around Covent Garden, the City, Camden and beyond!

Watch today’s guided meditation below:

Meditation Hype Backed By Science


Theory versus Reality?

Ever wondered whether meditation is all talk and no results?

This article in the Havard Business Review by a group of scientists gives compelling evidence of the science behind the hype. 

The Benefits of Meditation?

Read it and discover how mindfulness keeps our brains healthy, supports self-regulation, enhances decision-making capabilities and reduces stress. If it sounds magical, that’s because it is.


What The Devil’s Chakra All About?

What are the 7 Chakras?

According to Buddhist teaching, there are 7 main chakras within the human body. These are the energy centers that energy flows through. Each chakra has an attachment to separate body areas including glands and organs. The word chakra means wheel in Sanskrit.

Why Should You Care About Them?


The 7 separate chakras serve a vital purpose, but they must work together to create balance in your body. With balance, your body will experience physical and emotional peace.

Blocked energy in your 7 chakras can often lead to illness so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what you can do to keep this energy flowing freely.

What does each Chakra mean?

For a visual sketch of each chakra, see below:

In other words:

1. Root Chakra - Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.

  • Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.
  • Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food.

2. Sacral Chakra - Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.

  • Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
  • Emotional issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra - Our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives.

  • Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
  • Emotional issues: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem.

4. Heart Chakra - Our ability to love.

  • Location: Center of chest just above heart.
  • Emotional issues: Love, joy, inner peace.

5. Throat Chakra - Our ability to communicate.

  • Location: Throat.
  • Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings, the truth.

6. Third Eye Chakra - Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.

  • Location: Forehead between the eyes (also called the Brow Chakra).
  • Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions.

7. Crown Chakra - The highest Chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.

  • Location: The very top of the head.
  • Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss.

What Can You Do To Take Care Of Your Chakras?

According to believers, carrying particular stones outlined in the above diagram will ease physical, spiritual or emotional blockages in that particular chakra zone.

Alternatively, to keep the 7 chakras clear, try the 3 Minute Meditation Exercise in my article below. Whether you believe or not, it’s a great way to calm a busy mind.

3 Minute Meditation for Commuters

Monday Not So Funday?

How do you feel on the way to work on Monday mornings? Irritable, anxious, contemplating why a three day weekend has never been introduced or all of the above?

How Can You Damn The Blues?

What can you do to feel less stressed and how can you achieve this on a packed tube jammed with equally irritable commuters?

Below is a 5-step guide to a short meditation exercise fit for all. If you’re a busy city-dweller with only five minutes to spare daily, this is for you. Whether on the bus, taking five minutes out from your office on a park bench or even in a toilet cubicle, this is as user friendly as it gets.

What Is Meditation?

Meditation focuses on calming the mind through observing all thoughts and feelings but letting them go so that you can focus on the present moment.

Why Should You Try It?

Long-gone are the days of meditation being something only hippies do. You may not be surprised to hear that London commuters are reportedly the ‘most anxious people in UK’. You may be more surprised to learn that stress costs employers a staggering £460m a day.

Stress is the dark side of our ‘have-it-all’ lives, which, if left unchecked, can cost you, your relationships and your sense of self more than you may care to contemplate. If you are a city-worker who tenses up the moment you leave the house for work, this simple stress-reducing technique is something you really should try.

What Do The Experts Say?

The good news is that just five minutes’ meditation a day can have a huge impact on your sense of balance, reducing stress, anxiety and depression. A leading neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin studied eight of the Dalai Lama’s most accomplished practitioners and found that meditation not only alters the brain in the short term, but also produces long-term, permanent change. In other words, the brain is capable of being trained and physically modified in ways few people can imagine.

It’s therefore a no-brainer that taking time-out from the commotion of the mind is essential. Even if this is meditating on the bus to work.

How Does It Work?

Follow these five steps every morning on your way to work this week and watch your stressful state gradually shift into one of calm. Ideally, team this with calming music (see examples below):

  1. Close your eyes and slowly inhale in through your nose. Imagine you are pulling the breath inwards from the back of your throat. Listen to the sound of your breath as it passes up through your nose along the top of your windpipe. Visualise the breath moving into your body and feel your body relax as you gently exhale. Do this a few times, concentrating on relaxing your shoulders, arms and feet as you do so.
  2. Once you’ve established a comfortable flow of breathing, turn your attention to your feet. Keeping your eyes closed, imagine a wave of red moving slowly from the tips of your toes up through your feet and legs. As you do so, keep concentrating on your breathing, regulating the motion of the red as it moves up over your knees with your breaths.
  3. When the red reaches the tops of your legs, visualise the colour changing to orange, moving slowly up through your lower abdomen to your tummy button. Then watch it turn yellow, moving gently up to the mid-point of your torso. As the colours change, keep concentrating on your controlled breathing, imagining your breath pushing the colours gently up through your body.
  4. As the yellow reaches your mid-torso, watch it merge into green, moving slowly up to chest height where it shifts into blue. Keep breathing in a deep but controlled manner, using the sound of your breath to concentrate your mind.
  5. As the blue reaches the bottom of your neck, imagine it turning purple, rising up through your head until it reaches the top. Finally, imagine a bright white light pouring northwards high above your head. Watch it shower down the length of your body all the way to your feet cleansing your body, mind and soul as it does so.

Here are some examples of calming musical accompaniments. You can download yoga or meditation music on I-Tunes for free.