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Meditation’s effect on brain waves.

Meditation’s effect on brain waves.

A new study out of Brown University has found that a form of mindfulness meditation known as MBSR may act as a “volume knob” for attention, changing brain wave patterns. What is MBSR? Originally developed by a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) is based on mindfulness meditation […]

Sleepless in Cape Town.

Outside the wind is howling and the rain lashes down, my eyes spring open and my mind begins to roam. At first it goes to the poor  living in the informal settlement about a kilometer from my warm home, it peeks inside their leaking shacks and watches as the occupants huddle beneath their black plastic […]

Are you mind-blind?
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Are you mind-blind?

I am working with really brave men. Men who have endured the most emotionally excruciating episodes of their lives. Many have been brought to their knees by an unrelenting Fate who stands with her sharpened heel on their windpipe long after they have surrendered. These men, covered in sorrow and exhaustion, crawl onto the couch […]

Psychopaths and CEO’s

Psychopaths and CEO’s

In today’s selection — from “What Psychopaths Teach Us About How to Succeed” by Kevin Dutton. I share some observations on the similarity between successful people, such as surgeons or CEOs, and psychopaths. In fact, one prominent venture capitalist states that the three characteristics most predictive of success in executives are determination, curiosity and insensitivity. […]

Adventures in Going Nowhere
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Adventures in Going Nowhere

Today’s selection — from The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer. Leonard Cohen, legendary singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist perhaps best known for his song “Hallelujah,” has more recently had occasion to explore a more monastic life: “I’d come up here in order to write about [Leonard Cohen's] near-silent, anonymous life on the mountain, but […]

Wilderness Therapy

Wilderness Therapy

On New Year’s day, I went for a relatively arduous hike from Greyton to McGregor. We started a little later in the morning than I would’ve liked, possibly due to a couple of single malts the night before. Within a kilometer or two, the temperature had soared to 30+ degrees and kept climbing. As we […]

You were on your way home when you died…

You were on your way home when you died…

The Egg By: Andy Weir You were on your way home when you died. It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly […]

Mindfulness and the Brain

Mindfulness and the Brain

Neuroscience has shown that the brain changes with experience. Taxi drivers who have ferried passengers around London for years have larger hippocampi, a region of the brain important for spatial awareness and memory, compared to newer cab drivers. Similarly, experienced musicians show higher grey matter volume in motor, auditory and visual-spatial regions, suggesting their brains […]

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Meditation’s effect on brain waves.
Meditation’s effect on brain waves.

A new study out of Brown University has found that a form of mindfulness meditation known as MBSR may act as a “volume knob” for attention, changing brain wave patterns. What is MBSR? Originally developed by a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) is based on mindfulness meditation […]

Sleepless in Cape Town.

Outside the wind is howling and the rain lashes down, my eyes spring open and my mind begins to roam. At first it goes to the poor  living in the informal settlement about a kilometer from my warm home, it peeks inside their leaking shacks and watches as the occupants huddle beneath their black plastic […]

Psychopaths and CEO’s
Psychopaths and CEO’s

In today’s selection — from “What Psychopaths Teach Us About How to Succeed” by Kevin Dutton. I share some observations on the similarity between successful people, such as surgeons or CEOs, and psychopaths. In fact, one prominent venture capitalist states that the three characteristics most predictive of success in executives are determination, curiosity and insensitivity. […]

Adventures in Going Nowhere
,
Adventures in Going Nowhere

Today’s selection — from The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer. Leonard Cohen, legendary singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist perhaps best known for his song “Hallelujah,” has more recently had occasion to explore a more monastic life: “I’d come up here in order to write about [Leonard Cohen's] near-silent, anonymous life on the mountain, but […]

You were on your way home when you died…

You were on your way home when you died…

The Egg By: Andy Weir You were on your way home when you died. It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly […]

Are you mind-blind?
,

Are you mind-blind?

I am working with really brave men. Men who have endured the most emotionally excruciating episodes of their lives. Many have been brought to their knees by an unrelenting Fate who stands with her sharpened heel on their windpipe long after they have surrendered. These men, covered in sorrow and exhaustion, crawl onto the couch […]

Wilderness Therapy

Wilderness Therapy

On New Year’s day, I went for a relatively arduous hike from Greyton to McGregor. We started a little later in the morning than I would’ve liked, possibly due to a couple of single malts the night before. Within a kilometer or two, the temperature had soared to 30+ degrees and kept climbing. As we […]

Mindfulness and the Brain
Mindfulness and the Brain

Neuroscience has shown that the brain changes with experience. Taxi drivers who have ferried passengers around London for years have larger hippocampi, a region of the brain important for spatial awareness and memory, compared to newer cab drivers. Similarly, experienced musicians show higher grey matter volume in motor, auditory and visual-spatial regions, suggesting their brains […]

How we spend our days, is how we spend our lives.
How we spend our days, is how we spend our lives.

I’m appalled by the amount of burnout that’s coming into my office on a daily basis. Many corporate veterans stumble into therapy, harrowed, hollowed out from their daily grind. Often they have created a lifestyle that keeps them painfully tethered to a rigid schedule, to flawed systems that bribe them with bonuses and shiny toys […]