Mar 31, 2020
Growing up in the 70s I had a favourite song. It was called 'Alright Now'. You probably know it. Such a good song!
It occurred to me that Alright Now is a useful mantra to help us in these times of uncertainty: that basically, when you let yourself experience the moment, everything is alright. Read more
Mar 16, 2020
Without wishing to dwell too much on the dreaded COVID 19 - after all, I am more likely to be run over by an SUV walking out of Save On Foods - I am grateful to it inasmuch as it's made me aware of something called the intention- behaviour gap. Read more
Mar 14, 2020
I got absorbed in an interview between Rick Hanson and Katherine Woodward Thomas. KWT is well-known for writing Conscious Uncoupling, a great book to read whether you're consciously uncoupling, unconsciously uncoupling, or unconsciously caught up in coupling or uncoupling. After exploring the premise of her work Hanson asked her, hey, what are you working on in your own relationships? Read more
Mar 13, 2020
Let us consider the little girl lost. The education system says it cares about her. And it does. It cares that her salvation lies in her academic attainment.
But there is, potentially, a price for such attainment. The price of autonomic state.
Your autonomic state determines your physiological sense of safety. However, education’s adherence to performativity has detached the little girl lost from her sense of safety. Yes, she needs cognitive stretch, yes she needs challenge. But it’s not her salvation. And she certainly doesn’t need what Dr Stephen Porges calls the ‘chronic shift’ of the ‘evaluative model’. This is because, according to Porges, the ‘evaluative model' is a frame within which you have to fit: and that can take its autonomic toll. Read more