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Articles & Quick
The articles below relate to topics I've found to recur in my counselling and coaching.
They are provided for your personal use and you are welcome to contact me if you have any
questions or comments. I hope you enjoy.
- The Benefits
of Yoga: Yoga is perhaps the most complete system of
self-maintenance the human species has come up with. Learn about
a few of the benefits of this enriching art form.
Benefits of Meditation: Meditation has likely been practised
throughout the span of human history. This artcle explores what
meditation does, and some of the many benefits to the practitioner.
- Mantra Meditation:
Meditatiing with a mantra is a simple and effective way to calm
the mind and become centred in the present moment. This article
provides simple, basic instructions for mantra meditation.
Meditation: Meditative forms are legion and mindfulness meditation
is amongst the most subtle and effective. This article provides
simple instructions on how to use the natural rhythm of the breath
to practice mindfulness.
Breath of Serenity
- To breathe is to live. Breathing
is so central to our survival, that our whole being is intimately
linked to it. This article contains breathing exercises that
can induce greater physical and emotional relaxation.
- Creating A Meditation
Ritual: Rituals can be a means of sacred observance in themselves,
but when integrated with meditation, they become a powerful avenue
for creating the atmosphere and mind state conducive to the mindfulness
Beads: Meditation Beads can be a terrific aid to your
practice. Here’s a simply way to make a set personally meaningful
Days for Seven Chakras:
This is an exercise in personal
exploration. With it, you can practice a satisfying relaxation
/ meditation method and perhaps learn something about yourself.
to Overcome Fear:
Fear is an essential human emotion
but it has both a bright and a dark side. Fears can steer us
away from things that are realistically dangerous to us, but
quite often they don't appear to do anything except limit our
lives and drain our energy.
enough high quality sleep at night is a wise priority for people
wanting to get the most from themselves and from life. Practicing
good sleep hygiene is a key element of ensuring this.
- Optimizing Your
Stress- Part 1: Excess stress is associated with myriad psychological
and physical maladies, but so is insufficient stress. Stress or
tension in the right form and amount is essential to our well
- Optimizing Your
Stress- Part 2: In this Second of three articles we will focus
on decreasing your stress levels through what may well be the
ultimate relaxation skill and through using personal stress busters.
- Symptoms of Stress:
Use this list of symptoms of long-term stress to identify your
early warning signs.
- Regular exercise:
It's Better Than You Thought: Recent studies suggest
that exercise might be better for you than previously thought.
Here are a few guidelines that may help you establish a balanced
- Productivity Aids
- Keep’m Simple: In a world where today’s cutting
edge “e-wares” are tomorrow’s dinosaurs, it
is sometimes important to sit back and take things in perspective.
- Keeping Balance in Work and Life: Here are quick tips that will help you keep your work life in balance with the rest of you.
- Power Nap For Better
Performance & Health: Getting enough high quality
sleep at night is a wise priority for people wanting to get the
most from themselves and from life. Despite our best efforts,
this isn't always possible. The Solution? The Power Nap.
- Financial Tip: Pay Cash:
Tens of millions of people in the industrialized world have amassed
crippling financial debts... The solution...pay cash.
- Career Tips: Have Some
Class: Here are 8 quick tips to developing a little career
- Focussed Space:
Our immediate physical surroundings have a powerful effect on
our thoughts and emotions. The difference between a space that
encourages productively, one that induces relaxation, and one
that feels oppressive or distracting is all in the details.
- Financial Health:
Response-ability: The first step to financial success
is financial responsibility.
- Un-Clutter Your Life:
If you try to live and work in a cluttered environment, your thinking
will tend to be cluttered and your life disorderly. One very quick
and powerful way to improve upon your life is to get rid of the
junk in it.
- Slow Food: Slow
Food? Is that when there’s a long line at the drive through?
Well, not quite, but it certainly has it’s roots in our
fast food / fast life mentality.
Copyright © 2002, G. S. Renfrey
Stephen Renfrey, Ph.D