There’s a quote attributed to the teachings of Atiśa Dīpaṃkara Śrījñāna, known generally as Atisa, one of the reformers of Buddhism from around 1000AD. It goes; “The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.”
I’ve not heard it said much recently, but one of the qualities that used to be revered in leadership was being a … / continued
Alcoholics in crisis provoke strong responses among the people around them. Some feel great sadness and sympathy for the individual; others are angered that they could have allowed themselves to get into this condition; and still more are fearful, as the behaviour of someone they know has become unpredictable and often seemingly uncontrollable.
When that … / continued
One of a generation of motivational speakers, Zig Ziglar, died last week at the age of 86. When I began to perform myself in the late 1980s, it was often tapes by Ziglar that I would listen to as I drove from ‘gig’ to ‘gig’ and which influenced my own style enormously.
Born in 1926, … / continued
This month, I’m involved in helping run a summer school in Oxford, the Adaptation Academy, for senior staff involved in climate adaptation projects. My strand embraces the human dimension – self-development, leadership, politics, and communication. Following a leadership tour of the City of Oxford, one of the participants posted this question in the Academy’s collaboration … / continued
In his address to Stanford Graduates in 2005, Steve Jobs said; “And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition”.
When we have an intuitive response to something it is often our personal values that are being touched upon. If it’s a negative feeling then we are somehow anticipating that our personal … / continued
It’s interesting how a random question from someone who doesn’t know you, can make you sit up and think for a moment. I’m a facilitator, but that probably means all kinds of different things to different people and maybe it’s time to explain what I mean by it?
I don’t normally find it very easy … / continued
Existential psychotherapy is a philosophical approach to therapy that works on the basis that conflict within a person is due to that individual’s confrontation with, what are called, the four ‘givens of existence’.
These givens are: The inevitability of death Freedom and the consequence of it… responsibility That we experience the world and all that … / continued
A new and quite extraordinary, indeed unprecedented, scientific study of cyclothymia has shown that it can be cured using a powerful combination of two different forms of psychotherapy.
WHAT IS CYCLOTHYMIA?
Most people are aware of manic depression, often refered to as bi-polar disorder, in which the sufferer experiences substantial mood swings from a period … / continued