Is Rock Bottom Inevitable? Part 1

[Don't feel like reading? Scroll down for the audio version] Ok, I don't want to get too excited about this just yet, but I think all this chasing after Spring Mind is starting to pay off (and not just because of my mindful Instagramming). I can feel myself getting closer to a Matrix moment: all … Continue reading Is Rock Bottom Inevitable? Part 1

Social Zen: Mindfulness via Instagram in 7 (Accidental) Steps

You know the expression "monkey mind"? For as long as I can remember, I've suffered from an advanced form of that, which I call "drunken fly" mind: my mind doesn't just jump about like a monkey, it zooms around, bangs against a window, then starts again, in an endless "zoom-bang!" loop. Not good if you're trying to be mindful … Continue reading Social Zen: Mindfulness via Instagram in 7 (Accidental) Steps

Coaches Anonymous no more

Hi, everyone. My name is Alex -- and I’m a coach. There, I said it. I’m a coach. (Don’t freak out if you’re working with me on other things, I’m still doing everything else too!) I’ve been keeping a (relatively) low profile about this coaching thing for a while, because I was still processing the … Continue reading Coaches Anonymous no more

How to Fail at Parenting – a Hashtagged Crash Course

Facebook very helpfully reminded me today that exactly one year ago I wrote a post on my (now defunct) MBA blog about failing at parenting. I went back and read it..and yep, I still feel pretty much exactly the same. I thought you might want to be reminded how to fail as a parent too - … Continue reading How to Fail at Parenting – a Hashtagged Crash Course

Angry Young (and Old, and Everywhere in Between) Men

I’ve recently received two comments about my blog, both from male friends (by the way, I love feedback so keep it coming please - likes and shares are also really really nice, but I don’t want to come across as too needy, so I’ll ask you for those next time).  One of these comments said … Continue reading Angry Young (and Old, and Everywhere in Between) Men

No Wonder We’re Tired – We’ve Been Battling Superheroes All Day

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an article announcing that researchers have developed an “emotional atlas” of the human body. With the help of participants in three different countries, the scientists have mapped what basic emotions feel like in the body. The photo accompanying the article (below) shows the areas of increased / decreased sensation … Continue reading No Wonder We’re Tired – We’ve Been Battling Superheroes All Day

How I made meditation hot – and I mean steamy

Some question are unavoidable on the road to Spring Mind, and one of the simplest ones (we'll just ease into this, shall we?) is whether you should be meditating. It seems like everyone swears by it these days, not just hippies and yoga teachers, but CEOs and very serious scientists. According to Harvard Business Review, meditation builds resilience, boosts … Continue reading How I made meditation hot – and I mean steamy

So Your Spring Just Got Stormy – Now What? Three Quick Tips for Bad (Internal) Weather Days

Remember that thing I said about spring in my last (and first) post? That it can be unpredictable and tempestuous? Well guess what, so can your brain – which is another good reason why aiming for spring-like internal weather is more realistic than wishing for eternal summer (unless you’re Buddha – in which case: dear … Continue reading So Your Spring Just Got Stormy – Now What? Three Quick Tips for Bad (Internal) Weather Days