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,…

Your Own Personal Jesus

I am not a fan of religion. It has a lot to answer for in my opinion. People are kept down, crushed by megalomaniacs under the name of ‘faith’. Furthering their own selfish gains whilst pretending to be all for the common cause. And yet, it is one of the biggest causes of progress. Advances…

The Guesthouse – Rumi

I have often found myself drawn to the poem ‘The Guesthouse’, by Rumi. I remember first hearing it, after a yoga class. Lying on my mat, the words made so much sense. The heart, the soul, the mind, all bound up together. Yet it can feel as though many different forces occupy us. It is…

Imagining the Self: A Tool for Progress

There is power in the imagination. We know this. A child makes entire worlds in their head, spinning cookery shows out of muddy buckets, rocketing into space without leaving the living room. It is used for learning, exploring possibilities, discovering the self. Adults use imagination to create Film and TV, write books, new inventions we…