Music and your Brain

13 Mar

Why does your mood change when you listen to music? It can make us feel happy, calm, or irritated. Sometimes we are barely aware that it’s going on in the background say, in a restaurant, or when in deep meditation. Music can also help us relax or study. How does this happen? We don’t have […]

Respond rather than React

20 Jan

Reacting We are biologically hardwired to react to life.  It’s part of our survival mechanism.  For example, if you came round a corner and a lion was facing you, your instinctive ‘fight-flight-freeze’ survival mechanism would be activated, right? What if you discovered your girlfriend/boyfriend was seeing someone else? I’m pretty sure the emotions would range […]

Do art. At any age.

07 Jan

Doing art for happiness seems so sensible and obvious. Why don’t we do more of it? Vonnegut’s quote has been on social media recently. It resonates for me and I’ll tell you why. Stop the excuses How often have you wondered if you’re too old, too broke, too…? Yes, I wondered too. Until I read […]

Relationship Repair Manual

12 Dec

At last! A consignment of my book has arrived. Here is an excerpt from the Introduction: “Relationships are about connecting. Lynne McTaggart (The Bond, 2011) refers to the “essential impulse of all life”, that is, “the will to connect”. This is a basic human drive – as basic as eating, drinking and having sex. We […]

Virtual Consultations

07 Sep

Online counselling, Skype therapy, E-therapy, virtual consultations are some of the names we give to consulting with a health professional online. This is not new, of course. More and more we do business online. We purchase books, clothes, motor parts, holidays, do our banking, grocery shopping and much more via our smartphones or PCs today. […]

The Heart of Communication

12 Apr

Heart-ful Communication Almost every couple that I counsel talks about the problem of communication in their relationship. This is a vast subject, but in this blog I will focus on what I mean by Heart-ful Communication. For where there is a lack of clarity in delivering the message, then there is confusion in receiving the […]

Healing Nature of Music

01 Apr
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Music can minister to minds diseased, pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, raze out the written troubles of the brain, and with its sweet oblivious antidote, cleanse the full bosom of all perilous stuff that weighs upon the heart. –William Shakespeare   From time immemorial we have known of the healing qualities of music. […]