My part in the Egyptian Revolution – Positivity Podcast

my part in the Egyptian Revolution

Listen to my interview about my part in the Egyptian Revolution on the Positivity Podcast with Andrew Culture.

I throughly enjoyed recording it and listening to it. I loved that I found it interesting even though it was about me and it made me laugh!

“Sometimes a podcast guest doesn’t quite turn out to be what I expect them to be.

When this happens it is often a delight, but not always.

I booked Sam Brook for an interview to talk about her ‘Happiness Club’ project. But before we got into that discussion I wanted to find about a little bit more about the background of my guest. This is where things took a quite shocking and unexpected turn.

Sam disclosed that she took part in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. Not only was she there, she was also one of a handful of Western journalists who wrote about the unfolding events for news websites and blogs. Continue reading “My part in the Egyptian Revolution – Positivity Podcast”

When feeling the pain doesn’t work

When feeling the pain doesn’t work

As I mentioned in my previous post, feeling the pain is a great way to deal with difficult emotions, but what can you do when feeling the pain doesn’t work?

Learning to be Happy is an ongoing lesson and in particular I have realised that it’s okay not to be okay. I still experience periods of depression; usually they pass very quickly but occasionally they linger.

Sometimes the emotions are so painful I have even considered suicide. I don’t want to die, I just want the pain to stop.

I have experienced feelings of depression on and off over the last few months. It’s no wonder that my emotions are still coming into balance. I was on anti-depressants for 26 years!

A few weeks ago, I started to feel better after having a healing and seeing my homeopath. I had an aha moment when I realised I had fallen into the trap of not just feeling the pain, but dwelling on it. I had become stuck in a pattern of talking and thinking about being depressed.  I had to focus on what I want instead of focusing on what I don’t want, I had to change my story.

As well as my regular Happiness practices such as my Buddhist chanting, Tapping and meditation, there are three particular techniques I find helpful to avoid getting sucked into a vortex of negativity and I share them in this post. Remember though, it’s important to allow ourselves to feel the pain before we use other Happiness techniques. I find it can be a tricky balancing act.

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