mindfulness, philosophy

Pranayama – take a deep breath (part 1)

Sanskrit word prana has a number of interpretations in English and is often translated as "energy" or "life force". In yogic philosophy prana refers to the life force present in all living organism and inanimate objects. The word yama means control therefore pranayama is often referred to as breath control. However, the second root of… Continue reading Pranayama – take a deep breath (part 1)

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The art of being assertive

Assertiveness is a skill which demonstrates healthy confidence. Voicing your opinions requires clear communication and recognising the rights of the other person. It is not simply getting what you want at an expense of others. Assertive people directly express their wants, preferences and needs in a considerate manner without being rude. They set clear boundaries… Continue reading The art of being assertive

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Unhelpful thinking patterns contributing to anxiety

The outside reality is created by the thoughts and beliefs we maintain about life in general. What we believe in our inner world (cause), we see in our outer world (effect) — not the other way around. We are often tested by circumstances outside of our control. Even though you may not be in control… Continue reading Unhelpful thinking patterns contributing to anxiety