“We went to the Moon as technicians; we returned as humanitarians” – A pesrpective on the overview effect

A friend of mine forwarded me an interesting article on the ‘overview effect’ and how viewing the Earth from space has literally transformed the lives of several astronauts. The overview effect is described as a shift in awareness resulting from viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface. My favourite quotes of the […]

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Staying positive…and being realistic? How to conquer our inner-sceptics

We’ve all heard of the phrase “Be realistic!” It is not a foreign concept in today’s age to carry a healthy level of scepticism. We live in a society where evidence and concrete findings are favoured. Gone are the days where someone can simply sell us these amazing claims and we will blindly nod along. […]

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An approach to living

“Despite the trials and tribulations of life, always consider life the most precious gift the Cosmic ever granted human beings, because it is the medium of our spiritual evolution and the source of the happiness we seek. Furthermore, regard your body as the temple of your soul, and take great care of it.”  Rose + […]

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Let there be peace – and let it begin with me

“Peace manifests externally but begins internally–that is, in the thinking, idealism, and mental discipline of each individual. Peace must begin with the individual and work outward.” Ralph M. Lewis Many believe that peace must exist on a grand-scale, otherwise it does not exist at all. In our search for peace, we may feel a bit […]

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Unity within diversity

Unity without uniformity, diversity without fragmentation. To understand the ways of the world we must begin by understanding the workings within. In the literal sense, one cannot begin to understand the necessity of diversity in order to make the many, one, on the outside, if one cannot see it reflected inside. The alchemists of the 16th and […]

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The act of giving…

“No one has ever become poor by giving” Anne Frank I picked up this inspirational quote on the Old Vic website, which advertises an interesting Christmas event coming up about ‘The Science of Generosity’.  There is such a timeless and fundamental truth at the heart of Anne Frank’s words – it’s good to see the […]

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Positive thinking – cultivating beauty within your mind

Do you have a garden in your mind? A strange question, perhaps. What I mean by that is: do you cultivate the thoughts in your mind just as you would beautiful plants in your own garden? If you plant the most positive thoughts your mind can understand, then you’ll have a beautiful garden in your […]

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An inspiring quote from an astronaut…

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly writes in his book Endurance: “I’ve learned that following the news from space can make Earth seem like a swirl of chaos and conflict, and that seeing the environmental degradation caused by humans is heartbreaking. I’ve also learned that our planet is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen and that […]

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Are you resilient? 5 ways we can all build some resilience

The writings of the psychotherapist and author Amy Morin inspired me to enter a period of deep reflection one morning on the age-old issue of why some people succeed, survive and even thrive when others in similar circumstances fare far less well. We all face setbacks, we all face defeat at times, but why do […]

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Open your eyes! Awakening to the world around us

There’s an exercise I’m fond of doing which I don’t do often, mainly because it requires sitting comfortably outdoors for a period of time, and in the frustrating climate of the British Isles, it’s a rare occasion when it’s both dry and warm enough to do so! Having said that, it’s an exercise I’m sure […]

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