The Positive Habit Weekly Blog – 23rd April, 2018 – Sunshine

The Positive Habit Weekly Blog – 23rd April, 2018 – Sunshine

Dear Positive Habit People,

On Thursday afternoon, I cycled through St Stephen’s Green in central Dublin and could feel a tangible joy in the air; people were smiling, laughing and full of life. The citizens of Dublin were finally getting some all-important vitamin D! People were stretched out everywhere and literally soaking up the sun in as if they had never seen it before.

It has been a long winter, I don’t think anyone would argue with that.  It’s not long ago our country came to halt as it was inches deep in snow and ice. It would appear that climate change has made the weather more unpredictable now than ever.  If you compare the weather to your moods you will see that they also change, sometimes dramatically and at other times less so.

Amongst other things, developing the positive habit is about finding and maintaining your “inner sunshine” and not that which is dependent on external circumstances. The sun certainly makes everything easier; people emerge from hibernation and the world literally becomes brighter. However, it is important to remember that we need the power of contrast to be truly grateful for what we have. Think of work and rest, thirst and water, sun and snow!

If you have moments of sadness, anxiety or worry this week, give yourself time to let it pass and remember your inner sun which shines bright if you let it. The mpre compassionate you are to yourself in dealing with negative emotions the better you will deal with them and your sun will truly shine.

Have a lovely week and remember to spread some positive sunshine to anyone you can by sharing this blog post.

Please watch my latest video: “The Positive Habit, Stress-Free, Anxiety-Free, Week Twelve  “Turn Your Inner Critic into Your Inner Companion.”

I’m happy to report that these videos are really helping people so please do share with anyone you feel may benefit from some extra love, care and sunshine.

If you missed my regular slot  on ‘Mind Yourself Now’ with the uber positive Dermot & Dave (Today FM) last Monday you can hear the podcast here.

The Positive Habit – Anxiety-Free, Stress-Free – Week 12

“Turn Your Inner Critic Into Your Inner Companion”


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Positive Pause – 14th November, 2016 – Awareness and Nightmares

awareness and nightmaresThis week the world needs as much positivity as it can get: is seems almost unbelievable that Donald Trump is in power.  The less said the better…awareness and nightmares
Instead, I prefer to turn my attention to the passing of Leonard Cohen.  Death is always sad, but in this case, we have much to celebrate – Cohen has left a wealth of music, poetry, and inspirational quotes for the world to enjoy.  Before his career in music, he dedicated himself to writing, mainly poetry and lived a semi-reclusive life on the Greek island of Hydra. The world should be thankful that, due to a lack of financial success, he came out of his shell to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter.  A clear example here of every cloud having a silver lining. Cohen lived his life to the full and released his fourteenth album only last month at the age of 82, writing and creating right up to the end of his life.

This week, the political events in the USA must have crawled into my subconscious because, despite  my best efforts to remain positive, I had a number of nightmares.  If you are the type of person who remembers your dreams, you will know how disturbing a nightmare can be.  Symptoms can include hot sweats, panic and overwhelming fear. When I was younger I used to get quite upset whenever I had a nightmare and saw it as a sign that my mental health was not good. However, I now choose to embrace these disturbing dreams as a  necessary part of my mental well-being. The nightmare is a mechanism whereby the subconscious mind deals with anything that the conscious mind has not done during your waking hours.  Thank you subconscious mind! My subconscious seems to be particularly suggestible which is why I have to be careful about the information and experiences that I expose myself to.  If you think of children and how impressionable they are, you can begin to see how your subconscious mind works. awareness and nightmares

On Friday morning I had the chance to impress 200 young minds by giving a short talk on mindfulness to Luca’s school assembly.  I explained to the children aged from 4-12 that they have a choice in how they wish to feel, think and behave and that this choice lies in their ability to be aware. I sincerely believe that this is a message that needs to be sung from the rooftops or at least taught in every school and not just once, but every day.

One of my favourite Leonard Cohen quotes is,

“Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.”

Awareness is the greatest gift of the conscious mind and is what separates us from most of the animal kingdom. Choosing to use your awareness to shape your own life will allow you to rise above all the fear in the world that is created by just the opposite, a lack of awareness. Just like Cohen, you have the choice to be brave and to bring out the best in you today and everyday, no matter what is going on around you.  And don’t worry about having nightmares – your subconscious is dealing with it! awareness and nightmares