In Your Right Mind with Monique Rhodes

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This is a daily bite sized podcast teaching you how to be happier

Episode Date
The Seeds In Your Storehouse
Every day, whether you realise it or not, you are putting seeds into a storehouse. Understanding this and the implications can be life-changing. 
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Aug 17, 2022
Vulnerability Brings Us Together
Vulnerability can feel uncomfortable. We naturally like to protect ourselves. And yet it is essential for us to have deep friendships and relationships. 
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Aug 16, 2022
Just Trying To Be Happy
I had a question from one of my clients who is struggling with her neighbor. He's problematic, and I'm encouraging her to view him slightly differently. 
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Aug 15, 2022
Hopelessly Devoted
The passing of Olivia Newton John was a great reminder to me of a couple of things - how short life is and what is a life well lived. 
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Aug 14, 2022
Reaching Out
Reaching out to someone we’ve not been in touch with for a while can be intimidating. There are valid reasons for that. However, a new study shows us why we should be excited to do it. 
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Aug 13, 2022
The Slot Machine
I’m not much of a gambler, and I’m not too fond of slot machines. Why is it then that each day I am being robbed by one?
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Aug 12, 2022
Sad Films Can Be Good For Us
It can be easy to think that sad films make us sad.  Researchers believe you might benefit from choosing a sad film now and then. It promotes feelings of bonding and can even increase your pain tolerance by boosting certain chemicals in your brain. 
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Aug 11, 2022
Hard Is Not Always The Best Measure
We often believe that if something is hard, then we must be making progress. But this isn’t always the best indicator of where we should put our energy. 
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Aug 10, 2022
Thank You
We had some good news today. I wanted to thank so many of you for being part of it. 
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Aug 09, 2022
Your Friends May Decide Future Earnings
A recently published study shows that friendships can pull poor children out of poverty. This gives us an insight into the power of the people we surround ourselves with. 
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Aug 08, 2022
Those 5 Friends
Who are the 5 people you spend the most time with? Why are they so important?
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Aug 07, 2022
Four Helpful Habits
People often ask me about the habits I think can make a difference in our lives. Here are 4 that I have accumulated over the years. 
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Aug 06, 2022
Ice Cream Castles in The Air
Everything we experience goes through our filters. We are usually unaware that we are mostly inaccurate in how we see the world. 
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Aug 05, 2022
Uplifting Words
It can be so easy to criticize each other. But times are complex, and more than anything, we could all use a little uplifting. 
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Aug 04, 2022
Addicted to Shopping

My podcast today is answering a question from someone who feels addicted to shopping. He’s asked for my thoughts and here they are. 

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Aug 03, 2022
My Friend Is Sick
My friend is sick right now. And I am hoping you might help me. 
Aug 02, 2022
The Ego and Meditation

We often hear about the ego. But what is it? And why is having some understanding of it important?

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Aug 01, 2022
The Struggle With Intelligence

Last week two of my students spoke about being told that they were “dumb” at school. Both of them are far from that. I think the way we measure intelligence has changed. 

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Jul 31, 2022
The Shift

My friend’s son is going through a difficult time. I’ve been talking with him about how a shift in his mindset can affect the outcome of his healing. 

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Jul 30, 2022

If you haven’t yet seen the video of Joni Mitchell appearing at the Newport Folk Festival this week, then I encourage you to watch it. It touched me so deeply in my heart. 

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Jul 29, 2022
Focusing on Possibility

What we focus on decides how we live. If we are concentrating on negative things, it disables our ability to act. 

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Jul 28, 2022
Change Your Environment

We often don’t realize how powerful a change of environment can be when we want to change our behavior. 

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Jul 27, 2022
The Courage To Ask

It’s hard to ask for help. Our society is set up to celebrate those who appear to manage everything on their own. Yet, we are fooling ourselves if we think we can do it alone. 

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Jul 26, 2022
The Wise Guide

Two entities live inside of us. Usually, we are only engaged with one. 

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Jul 25, 2022
Going Alone

I remember the first time I went out to dinner on my own. It was scary/exciting - more scary than exciting. But it taught me the art of going alone. 

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Jul 24, 2022
See Yourself

Someone asked me what spiritual practice means and what we are trying to achieve. Here is my reply. 

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Jul 23, 2022
How To Live Longer

I think most of us would like to live longer. I read a study the other day that showed me that one of my favourite things led people to live longer. So, of course, I want to share this with you.

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Jul 22, 2022
What Other People Say

It can be deeply confronting when we discover that someone has been speaking about us behind our back. But there's another way that we can deal with this. 

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Jul 21, 2022
What Does It Mean To Train Your Mind?

Learning to train your mind is probably the most important skill you could learn. What does it mean to train our minds?

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Jul 20, 2022
Reflecting What You Want To Receive

I was with some friends for dinner the other night, and the conversation became a little tricky. In some ways, this is a sign of our times. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Jul 19, 2022
More Than Enough

Most of us have more than enough. However, there are things in our life that control us. It might be food, alcohol, TV, or social media. These are sometimes hard for us to let go of, even for a day. 

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Jul 18, 2022
The Power of Decluttering

It can be easy to accumulate things, and we may struggle when it becomes clear that we must let some things go. Let me tell you why you might struggle and give you some strategies to find a way through the decluttering challenge. 

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Jul 17, 2022
The Religion of No Regret

I was reading a piece from a famous Tibetan poet today about regret. I find the thought of regret a powerful lighthouse for what it is I want my life to be. 

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Jul 16, 2022
The Perils of Gossip

Gossip is something that is built into the human DNA, I'm sure of it. When we try to shift the way we are in the world, one of our biggest challenges can be how do we stop ourselves from getting caught up in gossip? Today I have a couple of strategies for you.

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Jul 15, 2022
You Are Magnetic

A few days ago, I spoke to a friend who was struggling. It appears as though everything wasn't going her way. She asked my advice, and this is what I told her. 

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Jul 14, 2022
If You Believe You Can

A few nights ago, I got up to watch the men’s Wimbledon final. It was again a reminder of how big a role mindset makes in our lives.

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Jul 13, 2022
It's Too Hard

All of us feel at times that things are too hard. We might be trying to achieve or complete something, and we hit a wall and want to give up. How can we keep going? 

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Jul 12, 2022
It's Easy To Predict The Future

If you want to know what the future is going to look like for you then here is the podcast you need to listen to. It’s much easier to predict than you perhaps realize.

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Jul 11, 2022
The Buying Bug

We live in a world where it is so easy to buy endless things. I lived for a long time travelling the world. And it forced me to ask a question of myself that I still ask to this day. This might be helpful as you look at your habits around buying things.

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Jul 10, 2022
The Easiest Exercise
If you've listened to me for any period of time, you'll probably be aware that I really enjoy walking. I wanted to present some research today as to why walking is so good not only for your mental health but also for your physical health.
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Jul 09, 2022
No Act Is Ever Too Small

Don’t underestimate a small act. In today’s podcast, I explain how it can make a world of difference. 

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Jul 08, 2022
Saturday in the Park

Every 4th of July, a song runs through my head. It reminds me of how much information we store in our minds and its effect on us. 

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Jul 07, 2022
Two Reminders

This week I’ve had a sick little dog, Scamp. I have held onto two things as I worked through 4 worrying days. 

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Jul 06, 2022
Alone Time

Do you get enough alone time? Today’s podcast examines a couple of studies about people getting enough time alone. 

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Jul 05, 2022
Days Like These

What do you do when you wake up in the morning and you just don’t feel like facing the day? This happens to all of us. Instead of wasting your day getting bogged down in the hardships there are ways to make it better no matter what is going on. 

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Jul 04, 2022
Unattached to Outcomes
Today I answered a question from one of my students about remaining unattached to outcomes. How can we do this when we are pursuing our goals?
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Jul 03, 2022
Resting In Peace
I’m thinking a lot over these days about one of my students whose brother has just passed away. How do we manage our emotions when someone in our life dies who has been difficult for us?
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Jul 02, 2022
That's What Love Would Do

How do we manage holding people’s differing opinions and at the same not be hurt by them? This is the part of the work that is hard. And the hurt that some people are feeling right now hurts my heart too. 

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Jul 01, 2022
It Won't Happen Overnight

When we embark on a new endeavour, it is easy to become frustrated when things don’t happen quickly. We live in a world of instant results, and it can be hard to let go of the clock as we reach for what we want. 

Jun 30, 2022
Role Playing

How can we do it differently next time when we see ourselves behaving in a way that we know is not true to our best self? Here is a really good technique.  

Jun 29, 2022
Kiss the Joy As It Flies
Today I am quoting William Blake as I teach you about how to be happier. 
Jun 28, 2022
Big Feelings

The Supreme Court ruling has created some big feelings, no matter what side of the argument you land on. This is not a podcast on how we manage those feelings. It’s a podcast on how we manage each other. 

Jun 27, 2022
Eat When You Eat

One of the ways we can integrate our meditation practice is to eat when we eat and sleep when we sleep. What does that mean, and how can we use this to help us?

Jun 26, 2022
Finding Confidence

A lack of confidence can have a significant effect on our life. It can hold us back from doing things we may want to do or solving problems in our lives. However, there are ways we can nurture confidence. In today’s podcast, I will give you some insight. 

Jun 25, 2022
Matariki Day

Today has been a very special day here in New Zealand. I want to tell you a little about it and why it might be relevant for you. 

Jun 24, 2022
A Case For Boredom

Our minds are exhausted, and we are passively overstimulated. No wonder we are struggling with stress and anxiety. Let’s talk about boredom and what a gift it can be. 

Jun 23, 2022
The Garden Of Compassion

At times sorrow can overwhelm us. But as a beautiful quote from Rumi shows us, our sadness can be the garden of compassion.

Jun 22, 2022
My Wife Is Irrational

We all have irrational people in our lives; sometimes, that unreasonable person is us. What can we do when someone behaves in an adversarial way that we can't understand?

Jun 21, 2022
2 Minutes

Today I want to teach you how you can start to manage the things you put off with a 2-minute strategy. Don’t believe me? Have a listen.

Jun 20, 2022
The Battle Lines

Today’s podcast is important. We are living in a world of deep division. Why is this happening? I am hoping that today’s podcast will give you some answers. 

Jun 19, 2022
Have You Ever Been Afraid Of The Quiet?
Jun 18, 2022
I Want To Be Kinder

I want to be kinder. Where do I start? This came through as a question, and as I am aware, this world needs every piece of kindness we can muster; I loved answering it. 

Jun 17, 2022
Give Me One Reason

One of my students put down the gauntlet. They asked me this: What one thing could you say to me to help me commit to daily meditation? Here is my answer. 

Jun 16, 2022
The Turning Point

One of my students asked me about the turning point in my life that has enabled me to shift into a life of joy and fulfilment. I explain what it was in today’s podcast. 

Jun 15, 2022
The Thrill of Anticipation

Do you want to know a quick and easy way to reduce your stress and anxiety and feel happier? Here it is! One of my favourite lifelong strategies. 

Jun 14, 2022
Overwhelmed By The People Who Count On You
Jun 13, 2022
Is The Dalai Lama Wasting His Time?

A question I am often asked is how long we should meditate. One of my students points out that the Dalai Lama meditates for several hours a day. Is he wasting his time?

Jun 12, 2022
Things That Are Good For Me

Why is it so hard to do the things that are good for me? This is a big question, and there are a few pieces to this puzzle. Here is one of the pieces. 

Jun 11, 2022
I Can't Sit Quietly

Today I answer a question from someone struggling to sit quietly during their meditation practice. It can be good for us to remember why this can be so difficult. 

Jun 10, 2022
Which Interaction Changed Your Life?

I was asked a beautiful question - which interaction (with a person, place, etc.) changed your life in an amazing way, and why? Here’s my answer. 

Jun 09, 2022
Do I Need To Look At The Past?

If I am learning to stay in the present moment, is it necessary for me to look at the past? This question came up in a group discussion, and I think it’s important for us to look at the answer. 

Jun 08, 2022
How Do I Stay Positive?

We all love that feeling when the world feels good, and we feel positive. The best is when we can maintain this mindset. How can we do that?

Jun 07, 2022
Stuff That Lingers
Stuff lingers. How can we resolve it? More importantly, how can we regularly let go?
Jun 06, 2022
Let The Past Be the Past

I received a question from one of my students. What is the best way to let the past be the past and be at peace with it? Let’s look at that.

Jun 05, 2022

How can we transition from one activity to another? Is there a way to do this consciously so that you don’t end up chasing your tail?

Jun 04, 2022
All The Time

Do I have to be happy all the time? This question came from one of my students. Here is my answer. 

Jun 03, 2022
I Can Have Everything

I asked my community about what they saw as a luxury when they were a child. The responses give a deep insight into how we are living and how it might stop us from being happy. 

Jun 02, 2022
What Makes Me Happy
Someone asked me what makes me happy. Here are my thoughts. 
Jun 01, 2022
My Marriage
I'm often asked the question, should I end my marriage? As you know, I am not a marriage specialist. However, the work that we do is always aligned. Whether it's a marriage or someone in your life that you find difficult, this podcast may help. 
May 31, 2022
Inner Confidence
How can I turn the voice in my head around so that it is confident and supportive?
May 30, 2022
How Can I Be There?

As we become more conscious, one of the gifts we can give is to show up more effectively for the people in our lives. Today I answer a question about being there for someone whose husband is dying. 

May 29, 2022
Bigger Than What Is Happening

One of the ways that I keep happy is by being careful to try and see what is actually happening. Otherwise, it can be easy for my imagination to run off on me. 

May 28, 2022
Getting Beyond The Hurts Of Our Families

One of you asked me this question - How did you get beyond the hurt of a family that did not support you? In today’s podcast, I answer it. 

May 27, 2022
Allowing Friends

What happens when people come and go from your life? It can be unsettling at best and painful at worst. Here are some thoughts to manage it. 

May 26, 2022
Trusting Your Gut

Knowing how to trust your guy can make life so much easier. But how do you know which is the gut helping you or the ego hindering you?

May 25, 2022
What Are You Doing

I have seen a lot of suffering in my life. I have seen physical suffering and I have seen emotional suffering. It’s part of being human. However, it leads us to an important question that we can ask of ourselves. 

May 24, 2022
Who You Want To Be Is A Decision

Yes and No are big words when we are looking at who we want to become. Don’t be blown by the winds of other people’s lives. 

May 23, 2022
The Struggle Inside Of Us

When people are not the way we hoped they would be, it can cause us many struggles. Each one of us has people we wish were different. How do we cope with this pain of wanting them to be more than they are?

May 22, 2022
My Magic Question
I use a question as my guiding light throughout the day. Let me tell you what it is. 
May 21, 2022
The One True Path

Is there a one true path? Is there a way to be more open with others who have a different approach to us?Is there a one true path? Is there a way to be more open with others who have a different approach to us?

May 20, 2022
The Unconscious Status Quo

If we keep doing what everyone else is doing, we will keep getting what everyone else is getting. Do you want what everyone is getting?

May 19, 2022
The Shifting Habits Question

When we are trying to shift a habit, there is a question that we can ask ourselves that can make a huge difference as to whether or not we are successful in creating that new habit. 

May 18, 2022
Being More Efficient

If you hope to be more efficient in your work life or personal life, there is an easy way to get much faster results. 

May 17, 2022
What Is It That I Want

When we begin to investigate our negative emotions, there is a powerful question that we can ask ourselves. What do I want? It is a key to helping us heal. 

May 16, 2022
The Fastest Way To Energize Yourself

Energy always feels as though it is in short supply. However, there is an easy way for us to have more energy in our day. 

May 15, 2022
Getting Triggered

We all get triggered. It’s uncomfortable when we do because the emotions are usually not the fun ones. At the same time, getting triggered is a powerful sign. 

May 14, 2022
How Many Friends Do I Need?

There is a lot of research showing us how vital friendships are to our lives. But how many do we need to be well and happy?

May 13, 2022
Writing About Emotions

When emotions overpower us, one of the things we can do is write about them. But as one of my students asked, how on earth can we write about our emotions? Here’s an answer. 

May 12, 2022
A Reflection On Depression

This podcast is about coping with negative emotions and thoughts. However, it also discusses depression. It is in response to a question. I hope it is helpful. 

May 11, 2022
Dear Michael

Many years ago, I wrote a song called Dear Michael. It was about a man I have been supporting for over 20 years.

May 10, 2022
Self Mothering

Mother’s Day can be tricky for many of us, and our relationships with our mothers are as different as each of us is different. In today’s podcast, I share a special and powerful piece of writing about our relationships with our mothers and encourage you to join me in a unique habit-changing process that I am embarking on. 

May 09, 2022
Everyone Is Yelling

It’s been another big week, and there is a lot of noise on the world stage, especially in the USA. It might be time to look again at how you are showing up amongst the noise. 

May 08, 2022
The Problem With Beliefs

Most of us are imprisoned by our beliefs, unaware of them. In today’s podcast, I explain why they can be such a problem. 

May 07, 2022
All Of The Little Beings

Last night a tiny bird found its way into my house. It reminded me how meaningful these interactions are for our hearts. 

May 06, 2022
When You Know Where You're Going

Nothing can stand in your way when you know where you’re going. But change also takes a shift in mindset. Sometimes we need to set things up in our minds so that we can change quickly.  

May 05, 2022
The Magic of Emotions

I was teaching a class this week and we were discussing emotions. And I realised there was something vital about them that I hadn’t told you. This piece of information might be a game-changer for you.  

May 04, 2022
The Happiness of Others

No matter how down we feel, there is a source of happiness available to us. It gifts us in 2 crucial ways. 

May 03, 2022

I’ve been contemplating a lot over this past week about happiness. It made me want to sing Hallelujah at the thought of how we can have it. 

May 02, 2022
A Powerful Question

This week I am taking a much needed rest. So, I wanted to give you the 7 most listened to podcasts over the last 2 years. Today’s podcast is one of those 7. I hope you enjoy it. 

When we are upset, or someone is upset with us, there is a quick way to get to the source of what is really going on. This is what I am going to teach you in today’s podcast. 

May 01, 2022
Putting Myself Last

This week I am taking a much needed rest. So, I wanted to give you the 7 most listened to podcasts over the last 2 years. Today’s podcast is one of those 7. I hope you enjoy it. 

One of my students wrote with a great question. She seems to do well with her self-care when everything is going OK. However, when a crisis hits, it all falls apart. She needs help in stopping this cycle. 

Apr 30, 2022
Nightly Rituals

This week I am taking a much needed rest. So, I wanted to give you the 7 most listened to podcasts over the last 2 years. Today’s podcast is one of those 7. I hope you enjoy it. 

Many of us have morning rituals that help start our days in the best way possible. One of my clients asked me if she could do things at night to help her wake up happier in the morning. In this podcast, I give my thoughts. 

Apr 29, 2022
Be Superman

This week I am taking a much needed rest. So, I wanted to give you the 7 most listened to podcasts over the last 2 years. Today’s podcast is one of those 7. I hope you enjoy it. 

When there is so much adversity in the world, how can we be happy? In today’s podcast, I answer an important question about this from one of my students.

Apr 28, 2022
A Transient Dance

This week I am taking a much needed rest. So, I wanted to give you the 7 most listened to podcasts over the last 2 years. Today’s podcast is one of those 7. I hope you enjoy it. 

Today I get you to do an exercise to help you see the transient nature of your issues and struggles. 

Apr 27, 2022
Swimming Upstream

This week I am taking a much needed rest. So, I wanted to give you the 7 most listened to podcasts over the last 2 years. Today’s podcast is one of those 7. I hope you enjoy it. 

If we want a different result we have to do things differently. Today’s podcast is an important one to listen to. 

Apr 26, 2022
Fly Me To The Moon

This week I am taking a much needed rest. So, I wanted to give you the 7 most listened to podcasts over the last 2 years. Today’s podcast is one of those 7. I hope you enjoy it. 

It can be easy for us to think that we have to contribute in significant ways to make a difference. It couldn’t be further from the truth.

Apr 25, 2022
My Birthday Gift
Today here in New Zealand, it is my birthday. And I have a little birthday gift for you. 
Apr 24, 2022
Friendships and Ageing

Do friendships affect how long we live? Yes, they do! Let me tell you about The Blue Zones and how ageing there is directly affected by friendships. 

Apr 23, 2022
Friendships and Health
Do friendships affect our health? Yes, they do. Today I share some science around this. 
Apr 22, 2022
Friendships and Stress
Do friendships affect our stress levels? Yes, they do. Today I share some science around this. 
Apr 21, 2022
My Aunt

A few hours ago, my aunt passed away. These moments always are there to remind us of what is important. 

Apr 20, 2022
In Real Life
It’s important to see people in real life - not just over our devices. Let me explain why. 
Apr 19, 2022
Time Apart

Do you ever think of having time apart from your relationship? Does the thought fill you with dread?  It can be a healthy thing to do. 

Apr 18, 2022
Your Friends Strengthen Your Relationship
There is no intro music in today's episode, thanks to Scamp the Dog, who ate an essential cord in our podcast production kit last night. 

In today's podcast, I answer a question from a student struggling with her relationship. 
Apr 17, 2022
The Power of Easter

As Easter Sunday approaches I wanted to discuss the importance of this time - even if you are not a follower of Christianity. 

Apr 16, 2022
The Attitude of Learning

When we learn new things, 2 attitudes can be a powerful combination in our process. You'll see faster results if you apply these to anything new you want to master. 

Apr 15, 2022
The 3 Boundaries

It can be hard to create boundaries for ourselves - to know that it’s ok to take care of ourselves. This podcast might give you a quick reframe on a strategy to do exactly that. 

Apr 14, 2022
Limited Attention

There is a limit to our attention. Once we realise this, we can start to take charge of where we want our attention going. 

Apr 13, 2022
Look Deeply Within

For us to help others, we need to heal ourselves simultaneously. If we don’t, it’s a bit like the blind leading the blind. 

Apr 12, 2022
The Disengagement of Outrage
Apr 11, 2022
Mantra Versus Intention
What is a mantra? What is an intention? What is the difference? 
Apr 10, 2022
Their Emotions Are Not Yours
I spoke with one of my students the other day about the difficulties of seeing her mother suffering. It could be easy to take on those emotional states as our own. However, it's not really very helpful. 
Apr 09, 2022
Knowing One, You Accomplish All
It can be easy to fall into the mentality of shopping around when looking for strategies to help us feel happier. That can be problematic. 
Apr 08, 2022
Social Beings
Today I am replying to a question from one of my students struggling with connecting with others again as she emerges from the pandemic isolation. It’s a reminder of why our social connections are vital to our wellbeing. 
Apr 07, 2022
Give Yourself A Break
Being kind to ourselves is not something we’re taught. 75% of people who find it easy to be kind to others find it hard to be kind to themselves. 
Apr 06, 2022
The Bag Lessons
For 13 years, I travelled the world living out of one bag. These are the lessons I learned from having so little. 
Apr 05, 2022
Wise Generosity

I want to discuss another way of looking at our negative emotions so that we can manage them more easily. I hope this idea of wise generosity is helpful.

Apr 04, 2022
The Power of Concern

When we show concern for others, negativity dissolves instantly. This can turn a situation around with such little effort. 

Apr 03, 2022
Social Media and Our Children

There are some new studies out from the University of Cambridge showing that there is a difference in the age that social media affects girls and boys. I would love to know your thoughts on how to address keeping a healthy relationship with technology and your kids. 

Apr 02, 2022
Water if You Don’t Stir It

A few days ago, I mentioned a famous Tibetan saying in the live class I taught. It can be helpful for us to understand the importance of settling our minds. 

Apr 01, 2022
Impermanence and Suffering

When we don’t understand impermanence, we suffer. We suffer because we hold onto things and try and make them so that we can feel safer. 

Mar 31, 2022
Benefitting Others

Self-grasping causes us all sorts of problems. We need to see that, ultimately, we can be loving in the world through caring for other people. 

Mar 30, 2022
Will Power Versus Won’t Power

I watched the Academy Awards. I was hoping to delight in honouring only the 3rd female director to win an Oscar. Instead, it was a lesson in toxic masculinity. 

Mar 29, 2022
Daily Reflections

You may not be aware of how much progress you can make on your own. A daily reflection is a powerful tool to understand what is happening in your day and celebrate it. 

Mar 28, 2022
How To Prevent Flashbacks

We had a little bit of a traumatic experience here on the property on which I live. It was incredibly fortunate that I had learnt a completely unexpected way to help with it.

Mar 27, 2022
Mind The Shift

In today’s podcast, I am interviewed by Anders Bolling. I thought you might enjoy listening to his interview with me, and then Scamp makes a naughty appearance!

Mar 26, 2022
Ash Barty Understands Enough

Ash Barty retired from tennis a few days ago as the number one female player in the world. She understands where her happiness comes from.

Mar 25, 2022
The Goodness of My Life

In today’s podcast, I answer a question of how it is possible to be in the goodness of our lives when so much suffering is happening in the world. I feel passionate about this, so I hope this is helpful. 

Mar 24, 2022
The Set Up

One of my team members has started her meditation practise at the beginning of the day rather than in the afternoon. Let me tell you why a morning practice is so powerful. 

Mar 23, 2022
The Most Boring People

A research article came out this week from the University of Essex discussing their findings around who are the most boring people. There are a couple of pieces of information from that research that you might want to be aware of. 

Mar 22, 2022
Seeing Yourself

I spoke with one of my students this week about her husband, who was making her angry. In the end, the anger was more about herself than about him. 

Mar 21, 2022
Taking The Medicine

It can be easy to enjoy listening to what I teach. But the way that you change is by using it as a medicine. I take the medicine of what I teach you on a daily basis. 

Mar 20, 2022
Making The Right Decision

How do we know when it is our wise voice or our not so wise voice helping us make decisions? There is a way to know, and in today’s podcast, I discuss the difference. 

Mar 19, 2022
The Best Argument

It can be hard for us to see another person’s point of view. It might challenge something inside of us. 

Mar 18, 2022
The Underlying Fear

Someone wrote to me about their fear of what is happening in the world right now. We looked at what is underlying it. 

Mar 17, 2022

I am answering a question from someone who showed her writing to a friend and was criticised. It can be painful to offer the precious parts of ourselves if they are not received well. How can we open up and take care of ourselves?

Mar 16, 2022
What Are You Doing?

I have some questions today that you might want to ask yourself. In these challenging times, we can find lightness and increasing happiness if we can answer them. 

Mar 15, 2022
Positively Realistic

Someone whose work I like posted an article at the weekend about a study that has been done about who the happiest people are. It got me a little annoyed. 

Mar 14, 2022
Your Good Heart

Today I answer a question about how meditation help us to become a better person.

Mar 13, 2022
Wellness, Love and Safety

Even if we don't know them personally when someone suffers, how can we help them? Today I answered a question from one of my students about her sick friend. You can use what I suggest for anyone.

Mar 12, 2022
Your Best Self

I need your help with a new course on overwhelm, stress and anxiety. I will teach it live for a one and only time. Here’s your chance to be a part of that class. 

Mar 11, 2022
The Ocean

I want to explain how to become the ocean in your meditation practice. You might find this a powerful way to work with your thoughts and emotions as they arise in your mind. 

Mar 10, 2022

I was sent a beautiful song the other day called Glorious. It made me consider how glorious our lives actually are and that seeing the glorious is even more vital in these times of darkness. 

Mar 09, 2022
Your Inner Self In Practise
Yesterday I discussed the importance of connecting with our inner selves. But how do we use this connection with our inner self to change our life? 
Mar 08, 2022
Your Inner Self
Mar 07, 2022
I Don't Like Him

I talked with my friend, and she is concerned because she doesn’t like her daughter’s boyfriend. Sometimes we can feel this way about the people our friends choose to date. How do we deal with it?

Mar 06, 2022
Ukraine in the Heart

Many of you loved my interview last year with Joan Halifax. I was very interested to hear her thoughts on the current situation in Ukraine. Today I want to read you what she wrote. I find it powerful, not only for Ukraine but for how we live our whole lives. 

Mar 05, 2022
Every Action Has A Reaction

I have two phrases that are my pet peeves. Some of you will know them. In clarifying one of these, it gives us the chance to be more responsible for our happiness.

Mar 04, 2022
Wonder Walks

Last night I made a point of doing my nightly walk with Scamp a little differently. It was wonderful. 

Mar 03, 2022
A Few Minutes A Day

How can we do what we want to achieve when life is so busy? There is an easy answer. Let me help you be more productive. 

Mar 02, 2022
What About Ukraine?

I am receiving many questions from people on coping with the distress of the conflict in Ukraine. Here are my thoughts.

Mar 01, 2022
The Joy Jar

I spoke with a friend a few days ago about how to help her daughter. And the thoughts I gave her are helpful for us all to have more joy in our lives. 

Feb 28, 2022
Dealing With Difficult Times Part IV
In today’s podcast, I discuss the third and final technique that you can use to deal with difficulties. 
Feb 27, 2022
Dealing With Difficult Times Part III
In today’s podcast, I discuss the second technique that you can use to deal with difficulties. 
Feb 26, 2022
Dealing With Difficult Times Part II

In today’s podcast, I discuss the first technique that you can use to deal with difficulties. 

Feb 25, 2022
Dealing With Difficult Times Part I

Today I want to begin a conversation about something important. How do we deal with difficult times? We all face them. So, what skills do we need to master to manage them?

Feb 24, 2022
Peak Experiences

There’s no better feeling than when something incredible happens to us. It’s so invigorating, and we feel so good about ourselves. Is it possible to get more of these peak experiences?

Feb 23, 2022
You Are Needed

Each day I hear stories of people struggling with their mental wellness. This is a difficult time. We need to take care of each other and ourselves more than ever.

Feb 22, 2022
Now Is The Time

It can be shocking when someone we love or have a lot to do with suddenly passes away. At the same time, it can be an important lesson in the fleeting nature of life. 

Feb 21, 2022
The Future

Most of us spend a lot of time thinking about the future. Is it possible for us to affect it, to make it better? 

Feb 20, 2022
The Power of Gratitude
In today’s podcast, I am interviewed by Georgian Benta from The Gratitude Podcast. I hope you find this interview helpful and insightful.
For more information about Georgian visit his website and his podcast  The Gratitude Podcast
Feb 19, 2022
Group Mentality

It’s important to be aware of group mindsets. They can equally be damaging as they can be positive. Don’t let a bad apple in a group sow seeds of doubt. It’s up to you to question your own mind. 

Feb 18, 2022
Group Mentality

It’s important to be aware of group mindsets. They can equally be damaging as they can be positive. Don’t let a bad apple in a group sow seeds of doubt. It’s up to you to question your own mind. 

Feb 18, 2022
You Are Right

There is a magical place where you are right. Always right. Do you want to know where it is? Let me tell you.

Feb 17, 2022
The Power of the Book

Today it is my joy to bring you an interview. I know many of you will have heard me talk over these months about Joan, the head book buyer for the largest book chain in New Zealand, Whitcoulls. Joan has a section in every bookstore called Joan’s Picks where she gives her favourite current book recommendations. I was lucky enough to wrangle Joan into giving me some time to have a chat. I hope you enjoy this interview. You can also watch this interview on my Youtube channel. 

Feb 16, 2022
Changing Your Tune

This morning I woke from a dream. My dream was extremely vivid and reminded me of an important lesson about staying true to myself. 

Feb 15, 2022
Being There

It can be hard to know how to be of the most benefit when someone is struggling. Sometimes, just being there is enough. 

Feb 14, 2022
Right or Free?

Do you want to be right, or do you want to be free? It can be challenging to step down when someone disagrees with us when we have said ideas about right or wrong.

Feb 13, 2022
Inside and Right Now

I watched one of the figure skaters in the Winter Olympics, wondering what went on in his mind after he fell. It was more than likely the same things that happen in our minds. 

Feb 12, 2022
Changing the Ageing

A few days ago, I spoke with one of my students who was struggling with the fact that he was getting older. I gave him the same advice you can use in many situations. 

Feb 11, 2022
The Thought You Are Thinking

The world tempts us into believing there are a bunch of things that will make us happy. I wish happiness was something we could buy. 

Feb 10, 2022
Meditation Emotions

In today’s podcast, I answer a question from a student about emotions that can arise in meditation. Here is my advice about how to manage them.  

Feb 09, 2022
Everything Is Alright

This can be so hard for us to believe. However, when we do, we end up making wiser problem-solving decisions. 

Feb 08, 2022
The Young Creek

With the passing of Thich Nhat Hahn, I wanted to share and reflect on a beautiful quote from him. It may help you to slow down a little. 

Feb 07, 2022
The Intimacy Famine

I hear more and more of you struggling with a desire to feel closer to the people in your life. In this age of technology, there is no doubt that our ability to have intimate relationships is suffering. 

Feb 06, 2022
Another Option

It can be easy for us to fall into habitual patterns in how we relate to the world. This is not only on a practical level but also on an emotional level. When we start to become conscious about this, we can change the way we are showing up.

Feb 05, 2022
We Are All The Same

I am always amazed how most of us have more in common than we realize. It can be challenging for us to see that even people who appear to have it all together can be struggling. 

Feb 04, 2022
Unexpected Kindness

When we gift someone with an unexpected kindness, it can be powerful. Maybe this is something you could practice today?

Feb 03, 2022
Tribal Thinking
Feb 02, 2022
It's Precious
Our time here is precious. When others pass over, it can remind us of this. 
Feb 01, 2022
The Simulation

Staying connected is so important. One of the first triggers of depression is disconnection. Today I discuss the virtual component of these connections. 

Jan 31, 2022
This One Is On Me

Taking responsibility requires a lot of emotional maturity. It can also be a game-changer in our relationships with others.  

Jan 30, 2022
Don't Let Everybody Into Your Home

How can we allow people to be who they are and also decide who to let close? I answer this question for one of my students in today’s podcast. 

Jan 29, 2022
The Image Maker

We spend a lot of our time having thoughts about our lives and other people that cause us distress. Once we realise that we are the image-maker, our lives have the potential to profoundly change.

Jan 28, 2022
The Boating Adventure

I had a huge adventure on my boat this last weekend. It wasn’t all easy. However, it was a great reminder of how to deal with adversity. 

Jan 27, 2022
Your Job Here

What are you here for? It’s an important question as we enter into this new phase in our world. 

Jan 26, 2022
My Sister Was Mean

I spoke with one of my clients the other day. She told me about the situation recently with her sister being very unkind to her. Of course, this happens to all of us. But what is it really about when someone is critical of us?

Jan 25, 2022
Living In The Future

I remember when I was a kid being so excited about my birthday. It was a struggle for me to wait for it to arrive. I'm not sure it ever really lived up to my expectations. 

Jan 24, 2022
Who Needs To Change?

We all know the story of the butterfly effect. This also applies to our interpersonal relationships. It could be helpful to understand who it is that needs to change. 

Jan 23, 2022
No More I Love Yous

I wish we had language that was different to I Love You. Maybe one of you will come up with a suggestion. I feel that these words are a misrepresentation of what is happening. 

Jan 22, 2022
Making Up My Own Story

In this last week, I have felt quite hurt by something someone has done. It’s given me the chance to look at myself and see that the issue lay with me rather than with them. 

Jan 21, 2022
I Appreciate You

How can we do small things to bring this light to others? I have a simple few things I habitually do. You might find some ideas from them.

Jan 20, 2022
You Don't Have To Be A Power Player

Sometimes people think that to make a difference in the world, they need to have a big audience or affect many people. The truth is that it is much easier than that. 

Jan 19, 2022
The Political Heartache

What do you do if the family you love so much has opposing political beliefs? I answer this question today for one of my students struggling with her family. 

Jan 18, 2022
This New Moment

I spoke to a friend whose mother had just passed away the other night. It reminded me that we have little deaths and little births all through our day. How wonderful when we realize this. 

Jan 17, 2022
The World Is Meaningless

As we go through our lives, we must understand how we ascribe meaning to what is happening. If we can work with our minds differently, we can change the meaning of our experiences. 

Jan 16, 2022
Getting A Different Result

Imagine a science experiment where you keep putting the same ingredients together, yet you expect a different result. Often, this is how we live. We are doing the same things repeatedly, expecting a different result. 

Jan 15, 2022
100% Responsible

The world is consistently pulling us into a fearful mindset. It's difficult for us to work against us. However, it is essential if we want to have a happy life.

Jan 14, 2022
Let Me Get It Over With

Human beings are not good at uncertainty. It can leave us feeling out of control, and you know how we all like to control things. 

Jan 13, 2022
Gift These Words

I had a wonderful time this last weekend with one of my dearest friends. I realise that we give each other something profound. Something that you can give too. 

Jan 12, 2022

I have made a commitment this year to not talk about 3 things. Already I feel better for it. 

Jan 11, 2022
The Scared Kids

I took some of the kids out on the lake for some fun. I was surprised to see how scared they were. Maybe in some ways we all are right now.

Jan 10, 2022
Always Out Of Reach

Today I reflect on a few lines from Chuang Tzu, from the 4th century BC. It’s a great reminder that the issues we face today are the same issues people faced centuries ago. 

Jan 09, 2022
I Got Upset

One of my students got upset and told her friend. As we look at communicating with love and kindness, she wants to know if it is complaining even when people upset us.

Jan 08, 2022
Deep Friendships

Today I answer a question from one of my students whose best friend died a few months ago. It's a question around deep friendships.

Jan 07, 2022
The Shadow Sides

Today I answered a question from one of my students about dealing with the darker sides of herself. She asks whether the ultimate goal is not to give them energy. Actually, the answer is the opposite. 

Jan 06, 2022
You Are Choosing To Suffer

I can hear the backlash to this idea that you are choosing to suffer already. However, it is true. There is a lot you are choosing. Perhaps it's time to make some different choices. 

Jan 05, 2022

I feel that we live in a time where mentorship has got a little messed up. The young of today look up to relatively talentless people whose acquisition of fame is their skillset.  However, it's important to have people that we look up to. 

Jan 04, 2022
Loneliness and Trees

You might not believe me if I told you that trees were a partial cure for loneliness. But it's true! Science is showing it makes a big difference. 

Jan 03, 2022
Take Charge

It’s time to stop blaming everyone else for how things are. What your reality is is up to you. 

Jan 02, 2022
A Fresh Start

The New Year is the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. How are you see this very first day, can set you up for the rest of the year. 

Jan 01, 2022
Showing Up Perfect

There is a lot of pressure to show up as our perfect selves. I prefer imperfect people. They seem a lot more interesting to me. 

Dec 31, 2021
The Tea Party

A lot of people are suffering from overwhelm. One of the most important things you can do is change a little how you are in the world to settle this feeling of overwhelm down. 

Dec 30, 2021

It’s easy to get lost with all of the demands on us. What a difference it makes when we add just a little bit of intention into our lives. 

Dec 29, 2021
You Have a Choice

Your happiness and your suffering are in your hands. I know that it is easier to blame all of your circumstances, but it’s time to shift that mindset. 

Dec 28, 2021
If Only

As this New Year approaches, I wish for nothing more than for us to see each other as we truly are. What a different world we would live in. 

Dec 27, 2021
It's Time To Stop Running

When we run from our negative emotions, they end up chasing us until we hear them. How can we manage them differently? 

Dec 26, 2021
A Christmas Day Wish

Today is Christmas Day. Whether you celebrate it or not, here is my Christmas wish for you. 

Dec 25, 2021
The Suffering You Create

We usually believe that suffering comes from outside of ourselves. However, there is no doubt that a lot of the suffering in our lives right now is created within us.

Dec 24, 2021
The Tightness of Being Right

It can be easy for us to look at the fundamentalism of other people and see them as wrong. What's most important is to look at the fundamentalism in ourselves. Trust me. It's there.

Dec 23, 2021
What I Hope Your Kids Learn

When I grew up, we had drills at school. They weren't the drills some schools have. I wish kids weren't learning how to protect themselves. I wish kids were learning how to love and open themselves up to life. 

Dec 22, 2021
Why Is Being Happy Important?

Learning how to be happy is one of the most important things you can do. In today’s podcast, I explain why. 

Dec 21, 2021
Energy Wasters

Sometimes we feel that it is easier to be in control. It can be exhausting when things change. I want to give you an example of allowing stressful situations not to be exhausting. 

Dec 20, 2021
We Just Don't Know

We live so much of our lives in the great unknown, and the stories we tell ourselves there can hold us back.

Dec 19, 2021
Conscious Christmas
Dec 18, 2021
Relaxing Within Stress

When we are experiencing stress, it isn't easy to think effectively. There's one quality that we can bring into our mind at this time that will make all of the difference. 

Dec 17, 2021
Fooled By The Finish Line

How do we define success? When I work with people, often, the goal is the finish line. Interestingly, they eventually find the finish line deeply unsatisfying.

Dec 16, 2021
Good in The End

I was taught a simple strategy to help me do well in all sorts of situations. This is what I am going to teach you today. 

Dec 15, 2021
Person of the Year

Time Magazine just announced its Person of the Year. I want to say - are you joking me? I’ve got a much better suggestion as to who is the Person of the Year. 

Dec 14, 2021
Feelings of Fear

What does it feel like when one of your children wants to do something, and you are afraid for their safety? I answer this question in today’s podcast. 

Dec 13, 2021
Skip Instead of Walk

It’s easy to get caught up with work and jobs and things we need to get done, and it’s harder to remember that this is not all that life is about. 

Dec 12, 2021

I want to tell you a story. It’s the story of a child who could not do something. And how consistency turned that around. 

Dec 11, 2021
The Myth of Separation

Today I am going to teach you something important. It is a vital mindset shift - a mindset shift around our idea of separation. 

Dec 10, 2021
Anticipatory Fear

When there is someone in our lives who is problematic, it can be vital for us to ask what we are afraid of. Often it is anticipatory fear that causes us the most suffering. 

Dec 09, 2021

We are masters of multitasking activities, and we are also masters of multitasking in our minds. Unfortunately, both of these activities significantly affect our ability to function.

Dec 08, 2021
Are You Rich?

In today’s podcast, I discuss a client struggling to let go of a job that provides her with a considerable salary. It’s been time for her to ask the question of what being rich actually means. 

Dec 07, 2021
The Importance of Compassion

We live in a time that can feel overwhelming due to the amount of suffering in the world. Therefore, it’s not always easy to evoke compassion. 

Dec 06, 2021
How Long Should My Meditation Practice Be?

I get asked this question often. Here is the answer. 

Dec 05, 2021
True Freedom

We believe that holding on tight to things and people and situations will help us be happier. The complete opposite is the truth. 

Dec 04, 2021
Random Stuff

All sorts of random things happen in our lives. The way we relate to these unexpected occurrences can be life-changing. 

Dec 03, 2021
Is This Love?

Are we genuinely loving people, or are we doing things so they will love us? It’s important for us to understand the difference.  

Dec 02, 2021
Stranger Practice

How can we connect more to the people who are outside of our inner circles? If we don’t know someone, it can be easy for us to judge them. 

Dec 01, 2021
Knee Jerk Reactions

Today I answer a question on knee jerk reactions. How can we detach from the emotions that cause them?

Nov 30, 2021
Only The Good

….die young. I don’t know if that’s true, but when someone we love passes away, it brings everything important into focus. 

Nov 29, 2021
Compassionate Happiness

Most of us want to be more compassionate. But in reality, many of our actions are uncompassionate and don’t bring us the happiness that each of us wants. 

Nov 28, 2021
Negative Situations Bring Clarity

When things are not the way we want them to be, we have an opportunity. Instead of pushing the difficulties away, we can use them to find what we do want. 

Nov 27, 2021
Wasting Time

It’s completely normal and acceptable for us to spend hours of our day scrolling the internet. Is it a waste of our lives?

Nov 26, 2021

Whether it is Thanksgiving in your country or not, today’s podcast is a beautiful reminder of the power of gratitude. And I have a fun little challenge for everyone at the end. 

Nov 25, 2021
I'm Unaware Of My Voice

In today’s podcast, I answer a question from one of my students. She is struggling to connect with her inner voice. I give her a strategy to help her. 

Nov 24, 2021
Thank You

I talk about my 4 year old niece a lot here because she is such a source of joy and learning for me. As many of you know she is very sick right now in hospital. 

Nov 23, 2021
Sorry Seems To Be

…the hardest word. Today I am going to teach you how to say sorry. If you can master this, it will make a big difference in your relationships. 

Nov 22, 2021
Who Cares?

It can be easy for us to put the focus on ourselves and worry about what others think. Maybe it’s time for us to lighten up a little. 

Nov 21, 2021
When You Are In Distress

Being upset or in distress is an uncomfortable feeling. However, it also gives us some tremendous opportunities that we may not be aware of. 

Nov 20, 2021
Down On Ourselves

Often we don’t get things right. We sometimes have days where we act far from the kind and loving person we want to be. How can you manage these days without getting down on yourself?

Nov 19, 2021
When The Anxiety Sets In

Today I answer an email from a student who finds that she begins to get anxious during her workday. She asks me how she can quickly settle herself back down. 

Nov 18, 2021
Bringing Fears To Light

When we have things troubling us, how do we deal with them? Should we bring them into the light by discussing them? One of my students asked this question, and in today’s podcast, I answer it. 

Nov 17, 2021
Play Hard, Rest Hard

We have all heard this saying. Is it true? I think we are going at working hard. I’m not sure we do the resting part so well. 

Nov 16, 2021
It's A Partnership

For some of us, we tend to have a passive attitude to our lives. We want things to change, yet we may not feel we have to step into that change. 

Nov 15, 2021
You Are Your World

The world is challenging right now. There is a lot of anger and division. How can you make your world a better place?

Nov 14, 2021
An Optimistic Mindset

Why is an optimistic mindset so vital in our toolkit? It affects our whole life, so it is a powerful tool to investigate. 

Nov 13, 2021
A String Of Pearls

Happiness is like a string of pearls. And the best part is you can have it every single day.

Nov 12, 2021
Don't Take It All So Seriously

Why is it that the things we fear sometimes show up in our lives? We are sticky. And in that stickiness, we create problems for ourselves. 

Nov 11, 2021
Those Uncomfortable Emotions

It’s not an easy time to be kind. We are faced with a lot of stress and uncertainty. No wonder it is so challenging. 

Nov 10, 2021
Not Knowing

There is safety in knowing. We can box things and people so we can manage life. It also hinders us into a place of believing we have the world, and other people, figured out. 

Nov 09, 2021
It’s Your Mind

It can be easy for us to blame other people for our lack of happiness. Most people do. You don’t need to be one of them. 

Nov 08, 2021
Accepting Yourself

I was asked a few days ago what the most significant struggle that people face is? There is no doubt that accepting ourselves is the number one. 

Nov 07, 2021
The In-Between

The world is much more manageable when we divide it into clear cut parts. However, we miss out on so much when we do. 

Nov 06, 2021
How To Let Go

Holding onto things causes us suffering. We know that. But letting go is not easy. However, there is a way to practice it regularly to become a more effortless skill in your life. 

Nov 05, 2021
Coming Home To Your True Nature

Today I answer a question from one of my students. It gives me a chance to explain the fundamental premise of what I teach.

Nov 04, 2021
Keep Your Heart Open

If someone hurts us, the inclination is to close down. Unfortunately, the only person that hurts is us.

Nov 03, 2021
Do We Need Answers?

We live in a world of answers. We have the constant ability to find them through our information devices. I’m just not sure that solutions are what we need right now.  

Nov 02, 2021
The Tooth Fairy

I had an encounter with the Tooth Fairy this week. It was a good reminder of what is possible. 

Nov 01, 2021
Vaccinations and Your Mental Health
I know, I’ve said the V Word. What one earth am I going to say here? You’d better come and listen. 
Oct 31, 2021
The Fear of Fear
It can be challenging for us to admit that we are afraid. However, we currently live in a world where we see the ramifications of this refusal to acknowledge our fears - an angry world. 
Oct 30, 2021
The Medicine of Friendship
We often see our friends as people who are there to give us advice and support. However, there is another purpose of friendship that is even more profound and healing. 
Oct 29, 2021
A Sunday Driver

I want to discuss the art of being a Sunday driver. When I was young, going for a Sunday drive was a treat. Now it is looked upon with disdain. 

Oct 28, 2021
Manifesting and God
Today I answer a question about manifesting and God. Does manifesting try to override the will of God? This question is relevant no matter what your beliefs are.
Oct 27, 2021
If Love Was A Train
So often, we try and climb on board a train that is not meant for us. This can lead us down a path that doesn’t serve us in leading a happy life. 
Oct 26, 2021
The Capacity To Enjoy Less
I read an article over the last few days about a woman who did something extraordinary. It got me thinking about how we live. 
Oct 25, 2021
An Innovative Mindset
Often we are afraid of trying things that may not work. However, an innovative mindset is a powerful tool in our life. 
Oct 24, 2021
The Fear Factor
When we want something to show up in our life one of our biggest obstacles is fear. We must learn how to manage this fear otherwise, we end up blocking what we want. 
Oct 23, 2021
Your Way Is Right
Sometimes, knowing that someone else has a different spiritual or religious belief can feel threatening. We may want to prove that our way is right. 
Oct 22, 2021
Squid Game
The highest-grossing TV series ever right now is called Squid Game. The fact that this TV show even exists is an insight into the world we are living in. 
Oct 21, 2021
The Wizard
A story from New Zealand has gone worldwide this week. It involves a Wizard and can teach us an important lesson right now. 
Oct 20, 2021
You Get To Choose
As I get ready to teach my course next week, I have taken some time to ask myself some questions. Where is it that I am not living the life I dream of living?
Oct 19, 2021
Allowing A Bad Mood
In today’s podcast, I answer a question about dealing with other people’s bad moods. Sometimes it can be too easy to get caught up in them. 
Oct 18, 2021
What About Chanting?
In today’s podcast, I answer a question from one of my students about chanting? Does it have a place in meditation? And if so, how?
Oct 17, 2021
Wanting More
Is it ok to want more? In today’s podcast I answer a question from one of my students about wanting more for herself and her kids. 
Oct 16, 2021
The Safety of Love

In today's podcast, I answer a question from one of my students about her adult daughter. The thoughts I give her I'm not only applicable to her child, but to the way we relate to a lot of the people in our lives

Oct 15, 2021
Contentment and Humility

In this final episode on how to create an environment of love, I offer three more suggestions. I hope you find them helpful.  

Oct 14, 2021
Encouraging and Listening

In today’s podcast, I give you three new tips for creating that loving environment. The last one is critical.

Oct 13, 2021
Others Opinions

Let’s talk a little about how a healthy appreciation of others’ opinions can create a loving environment. I also give you one more idea to consider.

Oct 12, 2021
Be Faithful

As we look a little more into how we can create a loving environment that people will enjoy being in, I give you three more ways to consider. 

Oct 11, 2021
Laughter, Optimism and the Kids

In this contemplation on creating an environment of love, I discuss three new elements that are important to remember. 

Oct 10, 2021
Being Generous

One of my students asked me how to be more likeable. I found this an interesting question, and I've got to teach about it in the coming days. How can we create a loving environment for others?

Oct 09, 2021
What If Tonight?

There is a question we struggle to ask ourselves. It’s not comfortable. However, if we dare to ask it, we can transform our lives. 

Oct 08, 2021
Getting My Needs Met

In today’s podcast, I discuss a question from one of my students. She asks about the connection between self-love and interdependence.

Oct 07, 2021
Toxic Positivity

Today I answer a question from one of my students about toxic positivity. I explain what it is and how we can avoid our positivity becoming toxic. 

Oct 06, 2021
Dig Deep

I met some kids a few days ago who challenged me in a conversation. It reminded me about how important it is to dig deep. 

Oct 05, 2021
You Are Like The Stars

I was lying under the beautiful New Zealand sky the other night. It got me thinking about how we, too, are just like the stars. 

Oct 04, 2021
Will It Matter?

I often ask myself a series of questions to gauge how important something is. You might find this a helpful tool.

Oct 03, 2021
Consistency Over Intensity

If I was going to go and teach my younger self anything, it would be this. 

Oct 02, 2021
I Get Knocked Down

How do we cope when we get knocked down? If we can manage this well, we could be so much more powerful in our lives. 

Oct 01, 2021
Am I Healed?

As we learn more and more of these practices, do we get to a place where we are healed? I answer this question in today's podcast.

Sep 30, 2021
I Am Resentful

In today's podcast, I answer a question from one of my students dealing with her ageing mother. This podcast will be helpful if you struggle to have boundaries with people in your life. 

Sep 29, 2021
Aches and Pains

One of my students wrote that she has many aches and pains when she sits down to do her meditation practice. How wonderful!

Sep 28, 2021
In Sync

I am not talking about the band…I am talking about a new way to connect.

Sep 27, 2021
For Granted
There is so much we take for granted. It's powerful when we stop and realise this.
Sep 26, 2021

It can be challenging for us when we come up against the ignorance of others. How do we cope? And today's podcast, I answer a question about this from one of my students.

Sep 25, 2021
Other's Experiences

It can be challenging to understand what others go through, especially if it is not our own experience. In today's podcast, I discuss one of my students finding something out about one of her friends.

Sep 24, 2021
Making The Connection

I am noticing a trend that is worrying me. The way we are connecting is more disconnecting than ever. 

Sep 23, 2021
Be SuperMan Part II

Last week I released a podcast called Be Superman. We got a lot of very positive feedback from it. However, there were some more clarifying questions that I have answered in today’s Part 2. 

Sep 22, 2021
Coping With Dullness

Some of us are currently in lockdown. This can be very challenging because the days have a tendency to bleed into each other. In today's podcast, I discuss how we can cope when things start getting dull in our lives, whether we are in a pandemic or not. 

Sep 21, 2021
The Great Productivity Hack

I was listening to an interview a few days ago, which held what the speaker said was the most significant productivity hack. Let me tell you what it is.

Sep 20, 2021
Calculating Risk

If we want to move forward, there must be some elements of risk. How do we calculate if something is worth risking? 

Sep 19, 2021
The Key Ingredient

When you want to achieve something a little bigger, like a small or even large project, a critical ingredient will save you so much time. In today’s podcast, I explain what it is.

Sep 18, 2021
Contain Your Overwhelm

How do we manage when things get out of hand in our lives? There is one easy strategy that also brings a considerable amount of satisfaction. 

Sep 17, 2021
Be Superman

When there is so much adversity in the world, how can we be happy? In today’s podcast, I answer an important question about this from one of my students.

Sep 16, 2021
Harmonious Passion

There is a way to increase our happiness consistently. It is the practice of finding activities that bring us harmonious passion. In today’s podcast, I explain that what it is. 

Sep 15, 2021
The Right Time

I was with a friend at the weekend who got distracted by an email while we were hanging out. As I watched his stress levels rise, I realized there is an important question we need to ask ourselves often. 

Sep 14, 2021
Prioritizing Our Time

It can be hard to say no. I have had a week of it. But as difficult as it may be it is also vital that we do. 

Sep 13, 2021
How To Go Gently In The World

If we want peace in our lives and our world, we need to understand it starts with us. How do we find it?

Sep 12, 2021
Joan's Picks

I want to tell you about Joan. I’ve never met her, but she plays a significant role in my life.

Sep 11, 2021
Use The Don't Wants

People often get stuck in what they don’t want. I want you to use those things you don’t want to help you get ahead in your life. 

Sep 10, 2021
One Small Substitute

Sometimes all it takes is one small change to make a huge difference. In today’s podcast, I explain how to use a substitute.

Sep 09, 2021
Remembering Our Goodness
Sep 08, 2021
Your Pace

The world is fast. Due to this, we can get caught up in an expectation that we put on ourselves to try and keep up.

Sep 07, 2021
The Power House

One of the most important things for me over this last year is community. Being in a community with others not only supports our mental health it also helps us grow.

Sep 06, 2021
Sunday Joy

I love the weekend because it’s a chance for me to fill up my joy well. I hope you can find your joy this Sunday too. 

Sep 05, 2021
When Difficulties Keep Showing Up

Sometimes we can find ourselves in a place where difficult things keep showing up repeatedly. There are a couple of reasons this might be happening. 

Sep 04, 2021
Am I Really Happy?

One of the questions I often get asked is, am I really happy and what has changed for me over these years?

Sep 03, 2021
Your Way Is Not The Only Way

I have been watching the Paralympics. One of my friends was a champion Paralympian, so I have been interested in the games since I was young. It’s a good reminder of how different we all are. 

Sep 02, 2021
The Lens

One of my students was concerned that someone was rejecting her. When we looked a little closer, we discovered it was merely the lens she was looking through. It’s a powerful lesson to decide our lens in life consciously. 

Sep 01, 2021
A Culture of Victimhood

I took a break this weekend from the culture of victimhood. I saw how much I am surrounded by it every day. 

Aug 31, 2021
The Wave of Happiness

Society can fool us into thinking that things need to be big to reach our goals. They don’t. There is a more powerful way for us to get to our happiness.

Aug 30, 2021
Stress and Reassurance

Sometimes we feel we need to prove ourselves to others. Needing reassurance from others can become problematic. In today’s podcast, I explain why. 

Aug 29, 2021
No Nerves

Today I want to tell you a story about performing for 10,000 people and how I accidentally learned to manage my nerves. 

Aug 28, 2021
Who Am I

A lot is stripped away when we cannot live our lives in the way that we are used to. It can lead us to ask some deep questions about ourselves. 

Aug 27, 2021
The Good Samaritan

When I was a child, I love the story of The Good Samaritan. However, in the busyness of our lives, we can often lose the art of kindness. 

Aug 26, 2021
What is Niksen

Niksen is a Dutch word for a practice that I love to do regularly. In today’s podcast, I explain what it is and how you might use it to help you relax.

Aug 25, 2021

Once again, we find ourselves in a place of opportunity. We have the chance to deeply consider what is important to us.

Aug 24, 2021
The Wisdom To Know The Difference

I have been seeing more and more over this last week that people are struggling. Let’s talk about solutions-based thinking. 

Aug 23, 2021
Eliminating the Difficulties

Is it possible to eliminate the difficulties in our lives? I am often asked this question. So it's time for me to answer. 

Aug 22, 2021
Knowing Who You Are

The most powerful thing you can do is to get to know your unique self. It has been one of the most significant opportunities that we have been given over this last year. 

Aug 21, 2021
The Mask Of Self-Importance

One of my students posted a saying on one of our groups the other day. It said You’re never too important to be nice to people. Self-importance is usually a mask. 

Aug 20, 2021
Together We Are Stronger

I have had a bit of a tumultuous last few days. I was travelling, and my little covid free island nation has gone into lockdown. It’s reminded me of the importance of taking care of each other. 

Aug 19, 2021
Where The Love Lies

What do you do if you find it hard to think of people in your life who love you? I answer this question from one of my students in today’s podcast. 

Aug 18, 2021
Your Phone Part 7

From the moment we wake up until the moment we go to sleep, we interact with our phones. Today, we look at how to shift that into a healthier place. 

Aug 17, 2021
Your Phone Part 6

Being present with other people is even more difficult today. And yet, this is precisely what we have missed so much during this pandemic.

Aug 16, 2021
Your Phone Part 5

Social media apps on our phones suck us in. That is what they are designed to do. Let’s talk about it. 

Aug 15, 2021
Your Phone Part 4

Email sucks our time, our energy and is a huge distraction when we are working and not working. How do we manage email on our phones and in our daily life?

Aug 14, 2021
Your Phone Part 3

Today we look at the “emergency” scenario, the reason so many of us feel we need to keep checking our phones. How do we manage that? In today’s podcast, I’ll give you some tools to help you. 

Aug 13, 2021
Your Phone Part 2

Today we dig a little deeper into our relationship with our phones and start to look at some strategies to assist you in reducing phone anxiety. 

Aug 12, 2021
Your Phone Part 1

Today we begin an exploration around your relationship with your phone. I hope you’ll find this helpful. 

Aug 11, 2021
Cherish The Ordinary

Often, our minds can trick us into believing that we need to have significant extraordinary experiences to be happy. In today’s podcast, I will explain why this is not the case.

Aug 10, 2021
Feeling It

How do we cope when something happens in our lives that give rise to big emotions? We must find a balance so that we don’t suppress or indulge in whatever is going on.

Aug 09, 2021
We Are All In This Together

If you are trying to motivate yourself to achieve something, it can be constructive to look around you. You might see something right there to support yourself. 

Aug 08, 2021
The Dirty Socks

When we begin to work with ourselves, sometimes things can seem to become worse. All that is happening is that we are a little bit like a pair of dirty socks.

Aug 07, 2021
Shifting The Environment

Sometimes doing our meditation practice can feel a little like a chore. What do we do when we lack inspiration? Get inspired. 

Aug 06, 2021
Tears Of Joy

I saw a video online a few days ago that moved me deeply. It reminded me of that heart-opening that so many of us are always consciously or unconsciously looking for. 

Aug 05, 2021
Just For You

We live in a world of musts, shoulds and have tos. And we’re exhausted. It’s time for a little bit of just for you. 

Aug 04, 2021
A Little Bit Of Kindness

It can be easy for us to think that being hard on ourselves will get us motivated. Unfortunately, that is not the case. 

Aug 03, 2021
Friendly Competition

If we try to get our motivation mojo kicking again, a little bit of friendly competition can be a fantastic support and strategy. 

Aug 02, 2021
Together Is Powerful

It can be easy for us to underestimate how powerful it is to have others engaged in our goals. Today I discuss the power of doing things together. 

Jul 31, 2021
Getting Clear On The Reason

Suppose we want to achieve something, then we need to get clear on the reason why. Often this is something that we overlook, believing that what we want to achieve is enough to motivate us.

Jul 30, 2021
The Power of Rewards

It can be hard to get motivated right now. We are in such a strange time. Over these next few days, I will discuss a series of strategies to get your motivation moving. Today I discuss the power of rewards.

Jul 29, 2021
Simone and Naomi

The mental health crisis is affecting our elite athletes. As they speak up, how can we learn from their example?

Jul 28, 2021
The Power of Complaints

Are you aware of how often you complain? Chances are you aren’t. However, complaints have a power of their own. Today I discuss how they can affect our lives.

Jul 27, 2021
The Loneliness Pandemic

I am seeing more and more people who are struggling with depression. Loneliness plays a big part in their struggle. 

Jul 26, 2021
I Want Time To Think

Is there a difference between meditation and just taking time to think? In today’s podcast, I answer this question.

Jul 24, 2021
Making Decisions

It can be easy to get crippled in indecision. I think I get through life quite quickly because I make decisions fast. If you struggle with making decisions or would like some tips to make decisions faster, you might find this podcast has some great strategies for you.

Jul 23, 2021
Opening Doors

This is one of my superpowers. I want to share it with you. And I’m also interested to hear back from you as well. Have a listen.

Jul 22, 2021
You Are Ready

You can’t be ready until you are ready. We can’t force things to happen faster than they can naturally occur. This can be hard for us to get our heads around. 

Jul 21, 2021
Your Essential Nature Is Happy

In today's podcast, I am answering a question from one of my students. She has asked for clarification around a statement I made that our essential nature is happy. 

Jul 20, 2021
The Marshmallow Note

My sister just called me, delighted by something I had d