Friday, 29 August 2014

30 Second Challenge - Lunch!

Your 30 second challenge today?

Get lunch or coffee from somewhere different. Or just order something different.

This small action can help to get you out of your comfort zone and into the magic zone.

That would be where change happens....

30 Second Challenge - Lunch!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Who can be happy?

In this TED Talk, Bjorn Grinde talks about who can by happy, who can be successful, why evolution invented consciousness, and how to make the most of it.

Bjørn Grinde got his education in natural sciences, psychology, and anthropology from the University of Oslo, with doctoral degree in biology. He currently works as Chief Scientist at the Division of Mental Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Bjørn's main area of interest is our understanding of the human brain as shaped by evolution, and how this knowledge can help improve quality of life.

The Happiness Exercises app is now available for iPhone: Designed by Bjørn Grinde, programmed by Steinar Grinde

Monday, 25 August 2014

Happiness Exercises - on your phone?

Yes! The Happiness Exercises app is now available for iPhone:

Bjørn Grinde describres happiness as, "The positive aspect of feelings, emotions and sensations are cared for by more or less the same nerve circuits, whether they are induced by love, art, finding a meaning in life, or tasting a cake; similarly, there are circuits generating negative feelings that are active whether you hurt your knee or are scolded by your boss. Your level of happiness, or well-being, can be defined as the net output of these mood modules. Happiness, in other words, is a term used for desirable states of mind."

What does the app do?

"the app focuses on a workout designed to improve well-being; that is, to affect your daily conscious experiences by elevating your mood."

Read more about the Happiness Exercises and the Happiness App here:

The Happiness App was designed by Bjørn Grinde & programmed by Steinar Grinde

About Bjørn Grinde

I work as a chief scientist with the Division of Mental Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health. I started my studies in biology at the University of Oslo being interested primarily in this one organ of one particular species - the human brain. The interest led to further studies in anthropology and psychology, and to a research career focusing on what shaped this organ - the process of evolution. I believe that insight into the inherent tendencies laid down in the brain can help us improve mental health, quality of life, and happiness. An understanding of human nature should also contribute to the question of how to organize a society in order to offer both present and future people a chance to have a good life.

Friday, 22 August 2014

If I wasn't afraid I would...

Your 30 second challenge today?

Make a list of all the things you would do if you weren’t afraid of what other people would think.

 Remember there are no limits here.

So, the sentence starts:

"If I wasn't afraid I would....."

Now you complete that sentence.

 And you only have 30 seconds…. GO!

If I wasn't afriad I would...

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

How to stop stress fast!

Want a way to stop stress in its tracks? 

Often there is nothing that we can do to change external circumstances - or what is stressing us out - but we can alter our emotional response. One very simple but powerful technique helps to release distress and bring more coherence to heart rhythms and as a result quickly neutralizes the effects of stress. The Quick Coherence technique, developed by the Institute of Heartmath, takes only one minute to do once you’ve learned the technique.  If practiced frequently, it can have a huge impact on how the body responds to stress.
The Quick Coherence Technique

Step 1: Focus your attention in the area of your heart or the centre of your chest. You may place your hand over your heart to keep your focus there.  If your mind wanders, just keep shifting your attention back to the area of your heart while you do steps 2 and 3.
Step 2: Heart Breathing – as you focus on the area of your heart, imagine that your breath flows in and out of that area.  This helps keep your mind focused on the area of the heart allowing your heart and breathing rates to synchronise.  Breathe slowly and gently in through your heart (to a count of five or six) and slowly out through the heart (count five or six). Do not force the breath, just allow the breathing to be smooth and easy.  Continue to breathe until you find a rhythm that feels natural.
Step 3: Heart Feeling – as you continue to breathe through the area of your heart, recall a positive feeling.  Imagine a time when you felt good inside and try to re-experience it.  This may be a feeling of appreciation or care for a special person or pet, a place you enjoyed or an event. Allow yourself to feel this good feeling of appreciation or care.  If you cannot feel anything positive, don’t worry – just try to find the attitude of appreciation or care.  Try and sustain this feeling by continuing the Heart Focus, Heart Breathing and Heart Feeling.
The technique may feel a little uncomfortable at first, building coherence is a process and takes practice.  Just keep a genuine intention of creating a heart feeling.
Start by practicing the technique several times a day.  Make some notes about what commonly triggers feelings of anxiety, anger or stress.  With practice you can reset your system into increasing coherence.
By Charmaine Shepherd  B.Sc. Biomed., N.dip. Ac, MBAcC
Charmaine Shepherd is an acupuncturist and Coherence Coach, Director of the Centre for Holistic Health and Author of Is it all in your mind? 10 Steps to Resolving the Underlying Causes of Anxiety and Depression. Available on Kindle! helping people regain their health with the use of natural treatments.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Qigong Classes at the Yoga Stable

  • 15 September - 15 December
  • (No class on 20 October)
  • Monday mornings: 9.30 - 10.30am
  • Cost: £91/£78 conc for term
  • At the Yoga Stable, 3a Montgomery Street Lane

Tai Chi is a form of moving meditation which helps bring about calm and peace of mind whilst dynamically, yet gently exercising the whole body. It focuses on relaxation as well as the cultivation of inner strength and harmony of both body and mind. The practice of this art brings us into balance with ourselves and those around us. It can be considered a form of ”inner” martial art.

The arts of both Qigong and Tai Chi emerged initially within China during the middle of the 19th Century, yet the principles upon which it is based go back into antiquity. Both Qigong and Tai Chi is now widely practised and taught in every major country of the world. Its principles and methods make it readily accessible to people of all ages and ability. In particular, it can be very helpful to those of advancing years.

Benefits of combined Tai Chi and Qigong:
  • greater relaxation
  • reduced stress
  • improved health
  • inner calm
  • improved confidence
  • greater ability to smoothly deal with change and life challenges
  • increased joint flexibility
  • Improved breathing
  • Enhanced co-ordination

To book email Charmaine:

Charmaine Shepherd B.Sc. Biomed., N.dip. Ac, MBAcC

Charmaine ShepherdAs a teacher and therapist I am dedicated to helping individuals take control of their own health as I firmly believe in supporting the body’s natural ability to heal.
I originally obtained my degree in biomedical sciences 17 years ago and worked for several years in biomedical research before deciding to move into complementary medicine. I went on to study acupuncture for 3 years in Asia.
I qualified as an acupuncturist in 2005 after extensive training in Singapore, China and Thailand.Over the years I have also refined my practice of Taichi and Qigong and have recently qualified as a Qigong teacher. My Qigong training has taken me all over the world including Germany, Turkey and Canada.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

A nutritional and herbal approach to living with cancer workshop

Nutrition for the body and mind - taking back control!

Where: The Centre for Holistic Health, 5A York Place, Edinburgh
When: Sunday 31st August 2014. 11am - 3pm
Cost: £99.00

This workshop is designed to give an insight into the powerful properties of the food we eat, eliminate some myths about food and to give a balanced and holistic way of eating and using our food in a protective way. Call 0131 556 8440 to book your place.

By Jean R Dow B.Sc.(Hons), B.A.(Hons), M.Sc. graduated from the Scottish School of  Herbal Medicine in 2004 and has been practicing in Edinburgh, West Lothian and Glasgow since that time.

Jean works from a vitalistic philosophy and uses herbal medicine in a manner that supports the person’s own innate self healing, self regulating ability.

Jean also works closely with people living with cancer, supporting with herbal medicine and nutrition both during mainstream medical care (chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy) and/or after this has finished.  She has completed advanced nutritional qualifications with the Penny Brohn Cancer Centre in Bristol and also runs nutritional workshops teaching about the positive role of food for both the body and the mind with a particular focus on people living with cancer or chronic degenerative disease. To contact Jean, please call 0131 556 8440.

"I love what I do, Herbal Medicine is my passion and I love working with people."
 ~ Jean R Dow