Spiritual Evolution: Doing No Harm, Taking No Shit

In my last article, I talked about wholehearted living as an evolutionary spiritual act. That is, living in courage, vulnerability and authenticity. This might seem like a grand statement, but I believe it to be true. I believe we are all currently living through an accelerated state of spiritual evolution, with many more people looking…

Banishing Shame: Vulnerability, Courage & Brené Brown

I am no stranger to shame. I mean, unless you are a sociopath or worse, neither are you. Shame is that little voice inside your head that whispers your worst memories. It is the critic who eats you from the inside. Shame spreads far and wide. It is present in culture, the media, and every…

‘Music for Dementia 2020’ Welcomes Lauren Laverne as Ambassador

Within the past decade, Lauren Laverne’s kind face and bright personable aura have become a staple on TV and Radio. With grace and charm, she has brought a range of topics to the minds millennial generation; from her shows on 6 Music and Radio 4, to topical quizzes and even the odd political show. The…

Who Ever Heard of Sound Meditation?

I am lying on the floor in a bookshop, oblivious to everything around me. Vibrations through sounds in the air feel at once cacophonous and far away. A cloth laced with eucalyptus and lavender shields my eyes. A sensation of joy radiates through my upper body. It is felt strongest right inside my pelvis, but it…

Identifying With The Self: Right Now (Part 2)

As a kid, time always seemed to go slower. Or faster, if having fun. But remember those long stretches of summer holidays that seemed to go on joyously forever? As children, relating to the past and future is a different ball game. The now was more immediate, more understandable. With little concept of clock-time, telling…

Identifying With The Self: Right Now (Part I)

Last night, as I lay in bed, I started thinking about whether or not I identify with the young me. The child I was then. I mean, most people would say I am still very much a 31-year-old child. But that is beside the point. Kind of. It is an odd one. Obviously, you do…

International Women’s Day celebrates women everywhere. It applauds achievement and tenacity, but also supports women who are displaced or disempowered. This years’ theme for the auspicious day is ♯BalanceforBetter. As an observed calendar occasion, IWD has only been going for 9 years, but the very first recorded Women’s Day being back in 1909 in New York….

Health Care/Self Care

It has been a while since I have written anything for Blognitive. A while since I’ve even thought about writing anything really. Well, that’s a lie, there are a couple of things I am working on, but they’re about more external things. Less personal than the one I am currently vomiting up. It is actually…

Focusing the Mind: Creativity & Productivity

Spud is a professional musician living in London. He has used his talent to help improve his mental health, and relationship with the world. Here he tells us his story…  Please Note: This story contains a Trigger Warning. “”””””” I’m a professional freelance musician. As such, I have about 10 different mini-jobs that make up…

New Year’s Grieve

I’ve never given much notice to New Year’s Eve, and all the projecting that goes with it. I have enjoyed them, some more than others, but it was never quite the landmark emotional moment that others posted about on social media. Those that personify the year behind us like “2018 you have been a prick,…