Those who do not really suffer from a mental health issue should always be mindful that our emotions are just that, our emotions. Not an opportunity to exploit the rising awareness and progress towards a world where mental health is taken seriously, each and every time.
Exploring what's inside this hidden closet of yours can be like opening a Pandora's Box. When you discover what you've stuffed in there, perhaps you might decide it's time for a spring clean. In a relationship the darkest part of you will often come out of the closet.
Music may be the solution! Listening to music, through headphones, when working on important, high-focus tasks won't just increases your productivity, it will also gives your colleagues a visual indication that you may not wish to be disturbed.
As a nation, we continue to struggle with our obesity. We know it's bad for us - it's hard not to, with people like me banging on about it all the time (sorry, but as a doctor, that's my job!). We know we should be eating healthily... but we clearly aren't managing quite as well as we could.
Society is petrified of seclusion and this is especially difficult if you are in a new city, have recently come out of a relationship, started a new job or generally have just ongoing feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Studies show that the words we use to describe what we see, determines what we see. I encourage you to be mindful about the labels you give yourself and the labels you give others. They may be words, but these words transform into images in the mind, which can become self-fulfilling prophecies.
Sure, in basic terms, doing more exercise and eating more vegetables is good for anyone. And opening up the discussion about eating healthily and getting active is great, too. But the pressure to do these things, or as the authors put it, the obsession with our wellbeing, is actually pretty damaging.
Do you wish you could trust your intuition? Do you wish you understood more about how your intuition works? And would you like to know how to distinguish between this and the monkey mind!
Stigma is powerful in it's ability to cause harm and the only way to beat it, is to bring those issues at it's foundations to the surface. As an out and proud sex worker, I've stared stigma down many times.
I feel like there is an elephant trying to hide inside me, or rather, to make itself comfortable! This elephant is throwing stuff around that doesn't allow it to stand or sit! It is not intentionally being bad, it is just a bit clumsy, as the space is doesn't fit.
When it comes to consuming media in 2015, there is literally nowhere to hide. Whether you're a check-your-phone-every-30-seconds-er, or someone who only logs into news and social media sites a few times a day, we are all constantly being bombarded with images of perfection that we couldn't escape from - even if we wanted to.
I have built an ego, yes, and society loves me for it. I really fit in with my judgments, with my set ideas, with my seductive patterns. And when it does not work as it should, we get upset, nervous, anxious... all of it!
Is this something that could benefit you or your organisation? As I learnt on my retreat - don't do it because you read somewhere it's a good idea, or someone told you its good - do it because it works and the only way to determine that is to give it a fair trial as they have within the government.
I haven't spoken a word in eight days. From my agonizing half-lotus position in the meditation hall, I watch William the English monk draw finger-circles on the table in front of him. 'Life is an uncomfortable business, but we suffer because we turn it into a 'me' experience,' he says.
As human beings we have a tremendous capacity to respond positively and purposefully in the face of challenge. We have the ability to act on our goals and commitments even when we don't feel like it.
So, I've spent the best part of four months unpicking my life, my personality, what I 'know' and how I think, and trying to absorb new mindful ways to manage whatever out of life's toolbox of suffering will fly at me next and in fact I don't feel any better equipped; I feel weakened, worried and considerably worse about myself.