On Tuesday evening I had the privilege of being interviewed on Radio Suffolk’s Tuesday Night Takeover show about mental health with Jon Wright and Suffolk User Forum. I spoke of how my spiritual and Buddhist practices have helped me to overcome depression. Katie Mottram from Emerging Proud and author of Mend the Gap talked about the link between spirituality and mental health. Listen now. You can hear Katie at about 1 hour and 17 minutes and I’m on after that at about 1 hour and 40 minutes, along with Linda talking about Mindfulness.
How often do you turn off your phone? Or at least turn off notifications? I find there are two benefits of doing this. Firstly, I am much more productive. Secondly, life is much more peaceful.
Yesterday I left work early as I felt tired and tearful. I went to bed at 9 pm, determined to wake up feeling better and raring to go. Inspired by my ex-flatmate Lottie, I’ve been challenging myself to do Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning (more about that in a later post) over the last couple of days. I set my alarm for 6.30 am, determined to have a successful day three.
As I’ve mentioned previously, Abundance is a work in progress area for me. I do feel that at the ripe age of 43, I am making improvements in this regard and I’d like to share what I’ve learned so far.
“If you want to make the world a better place,
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change” Michael Jackson, Man in the Mirror
As you may know if you’ve been following my blog posts, 2018 was a tough year for me. I started the year with high hopes of setting up my new business “The Happiness Club” and fulfilling my life purpose. All these ambitions were put on hold as I stopped taking my anti-depressants and had a number of relapses of depression. I was also stressed out about money as my income only covered less than two thirds of my expenses.
I’m reluctant to call myself a Buddhist, even though I practice Nicherin Buddhism on a daily basis. Having being part of a few different religions and practiced various forms of spirituality, I am reluctant to put a label on it. I have to admit though that out of everything I’ve done, practicing Buddhism with Soka Gakkai International (SGI) has had the most profound effect on my life.
Our unconscious mind is extremely powerful. When we harness that power, it can help us achieve more in our daily lives, overcome problems and get what we want. When I have a problem, I ask my unconscious mind for help. It’s often said that we possess all the answers within. We may not know the answers consciously, but our unconscious mind holds the key.
I have talked about the magic of Ho’oponpono in my previous blog posts. The way I understand it, Ho’oponopono is a powerful prayer that heals and transmutes karma from this life and previous existences and therefore helps us to solve our problems and achieve our goals. It is an ancient Hawaiian healing technique.
I have found Mindfulness to be a particularly helpful tool to overcome negativity and depression. It’s easy to go down a negative path. When I catch myself doing this there are three things I do to stop myself heading into a harmful spiral of self-destruction.