The Inner Life

Looking to Achieve Certainty in Life? Embrace the Unknown Through Imaginative Meditation

Ceri Matthias | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ceri Matthias

For me, breaking old mind patterns has led me to cut my office days, giving me the time to witness the seasons as they pass, to cook from scratch, to practice my Spanish, begin writing, and meet my boyfriend with whom I'm now buying a home.

How to Live With Bad Decisions: Lessons From My Front Door

Magdalena Bak-Maier | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Magdalena Bak-Maier

Have you ever had one of those days when you got sucked into contemplating your life and questioning your decision making abilities. This was me just a few days ago returning from a trip to New York. But I never thought the process would be trigger by something as silly as point colour.

The Ethereal Age: The Blessings of Getting Old

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

It happens to all of us as we get older- we find the richness of our memories satiating, filling us with a sort of glee that the thought of things past becomes more than enough. Age is rued by many but it can be a joyful experience. When I was little I wanted to be older.

What Robin Williams Taught Me

Adrian Millar | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

It's a month on since Robin Williams died, on August 11th, and I've been doing some thinking. I've been thinking about why we were so attracted to Robin Williams and why his passing had such a powerful affect on us.

For Life, Love and Noah

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

My esteemed former colleague, a well-known cardiologist said that he has not met the love of his life yet. He said that the love of his life would be a woman who had birthed babies with her bare hands, held a beating human heart and walked fearlessly on the tightrope between life and death.

Is Love Actually All We Need?

Tony Lobl | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Indeed, so magnanimous have some seen this spiritual Love to be, that an early follower of Jesus once said (emphasis added): "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

Contemplating Death on a Sunny Day in Spain

Jaki Scarcello | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jaki Scarcello

Recently I have felt the same way when I see a mature tree being felled. I need to turn away in case I catch a  grimace in its great barked face, sometimes I even think I hear a cry under the buzz of the saw.

A Spiritual Response to Our 'Constant Inner Critic'

Tony Lobl | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Rather than projecting assumptions of what should happen, I've found that rejecting such preconceptions is what helps open my mind to a divinely grounded expectancy of good. Doing this has proved practical to myself and many others in overcoming all kinds of limitation, including emotional and physical health meltdowns and even chronic identity crises.

On Bees and Food

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Peter and I talked about bees and the recent initiative at the farm to promote beekeeping. Peter also shared some of the dark, despicable secrets of the commercial bee-keeping industry where bees are literally exploited to death. None of these practices, it should be said, are the biodynamic way.

Do You Constantly Feel Guilty?

Louise Presley-Turner | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Presley-Turner

It sounds obvious, but maybe you were a child who picked at scabs. You know you shouldn't spend time with those individuals who deplete your energy and leave you feeling guilt ridden - so stop doing it! Chose your friendships wisely and mix with those of a sunny disposition.

Seven Steps to an Unstoppable You

Annie Ashdown | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

When we feel unimportant and apologize for taking up space in the world, everyone else becomes more important, more worthy and more valuable than us and, of course, that means their needs instantly take priority.

The Long and Winding Road, Things I Saw in the Woods Today

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

A favourite song of mine and for me the best interpretation of this ultra romantic tune is by George Michael. I used to joke about George being a bit accident prone on my radio show and must say that his ordeals, trials and tribulations in life have added a large dash of pathos to his style of singing.

Say No to Being Anyone But Yourself in 2014

Adele Barlow | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

Ask 5 people to tell you the 10 things they think you're really great at. Paint it loud and proud and don't brush it off. In there lies to the clue to what you'd be good at, and again, you might not be doing it in your day job.

Is There a Deeper Connection Beyond Christmas Loneliness?

Tony Lobl | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

But do we have to let aloneness define who we are? Or can alone time, however it arises, offer the opportunity to dig deeper and find hidden resources? That's what happened to me. I found that a sense of alienation didn't necessarily need company in order to be subdued.

How to Love Yourself (and Grow Half a Brain)

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

How to love yourself (and grow half a brain) The recent furore regarding Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson is a perfect example of what is wrong with...

Seeking a Light Beyond Depression

Tony Lobl | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

For a couple of weeks I'd taken snapshots of glorious dawn skies from my bedroom window and posted them on Facebook, to modest acclaim from a few fait...

The Passage of Time (Growing Old Gracefully), Things That Matter (Part Five)

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

But getting old can be an obstacle course- what's the point of being old and miserable? There is a man who walks his dog that I see often and I estimate the last time he smiled was in the Stone Age.

Are You Losing Your Mind?

Louise Presley-Turner | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Presley-Turner

Being able to think has great advantages as it helps us function and live our lives. But it's not always an un-mitigating blessing. Our thoughts can trap us if we're not careful. If you find yourself thinking too much about the past you can wind up feeling regretful, sad and guilty.

The Need for Growth: Why Change Matters Now More Than Ever

Anna Nathanson | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK
Anna Nathanson

A year ago I went along to a three day re-educational seminar called Turning Point, delivered by best selling author and international speaker Dr Rohan Weerasinghe. I was blissfully unaware at the time that my life was about to change for good.

On Perfection, Planning and Losing

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Perfection In our facile society, perfection is glossy, fabricated, manipulated and made to order. Yet we are surrounded by unmistakably perfect momen...

The Pursuit of Happiness

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adnan Al-Daini

It is unfortunate that we are developing a culture of "self" gratification, be it fame, money or status etc. An unhealthy obsession with oneself leads to insecurity and anxiety, destroying contentment and happiness regardless of the material goods one possesses.

What Motorbiking Has Taught Me About Life Part Two

Benedict Beaumont | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Benedict Beaumont

If you have the strength to let go of your plans, if you have the courage to abandon your preconceived notions and the wisdom to admit sometimes you are wrong, you can start to trust that fate will push you in the right direction. It invariably does.

What Motor Biking Has Taught Me About Life Part One

Benedict Beaumont | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Benedict Beaumont

But the biggest lessons I learned were not just the merely mechanical knowledge and physical skills of long distance bike touring. Drifting around the snowy peaks of Himachel Pradesh and the dusty plains of Rajasthan gave me an opportunity to reflect on my own journey through life.

What Does 'Try' Mean?

Josh Taerk | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Josh Taerk

It's not about what you say but how you say it that creates the affect words have. So the next time you're faced with a situation that seems impossible at the time, remember that it's not about "trying," but about giving it all of your "try."

Life, Death and the Greatest Regret

Steven Bartlett | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Steven Bartlett

It is all too easy to let your true ambitions, your dreams and consequently yourself, be consumed by the expectations of others, by life's pressures and by fear of failure. This however; is no excuse to surrender. I often say that mistakes are things I did and regrets are things I didn't do.