Draw a mandala: How to quieten the mind

Colouring books for adults frequently contain mandalas – beautiful circular drawings. But why not draw a mandala of your own? Jung used to draw a mandala daily and made the following observation: I sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing, … which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time. … Only gradually did I discover what the mandala really is: … the Self, the wholeness of the personality, which if all…

How to listen to sad music you love and stay well

Research has revealed that listening to music that resonates with painful emotions may detrimentally alter our levels of anxiety, anger or sadness. This link between music and mood is a serious one: our choices potentially have a long-term impact on the brain and emotional regulation. Emily Carlson, a music therapist and the main researcher states: We hope our research encourages music therapists to talk with their clients about their music use outside the session … and encourages everyone to think about how the different…

Get better sleep: 3 beautiful lullabies for grown-ups

I was in Cardiff’s Virgin Megastore at the time and I was searching for something that soothed. I happened upon an album called The Bairns (Rachel Unthank and The Winterset). It featured a track called “Newcastle Lullaby” and my obsession with the idea of lullabies for adults was born. If lullabies worked to comfort children, why were more people not exploring the idea of lullabies for adults? Could adults be soothed to sleep by being wrapped up in a gentle blanket…

How helpful are colouring books for adults?

Bookshops have been awash with publications on mindfulness for a while now. Most recently the colouring book for adults has been taking over the bookshelves. I am a little skeptical about the idea of being able to acquire the state of mindfulness from a book. Don’t misunderstand me – I would love to give into the colouring craze. But I think there is something about the culture of commercialisation that feels completely at odds with the experience of mindfulness. We…

How to breathe easy: Introducing Breathing Zone

You know those times when life is feeling a bit overwhelming? Sometimes demands can be coming at us from all directions. I call it baby bird syndrome because, however hard you work, it never seems to quieten down! Well during one such period, I discovered Breathing Zone. Simplicity is the key here with a piece of software that takes you back to the basics of breathing. Breathing Zone encourages us to take a moment out of our day to…

How to unlock your potential with MindBloom

There is a lot of goal software on the market, most of which comes with a price tag. But there have been plenty of times in my life where I’ve wanted to get serious about my goals but had no spare cash to spend on goals software! So I decided to take a look for some free goals software and discovered Mindbloom’s Life Game, which combines goal setting and games!