Self Esteem

Self Esteem

” If the diver always thought about the shark, he would never find the pearl” (Sadi)

Self esteem, or feeling good about myself, has from time to time been “short of a full tank”, and this area of personal development has always fascinated me both in my work with clients and in myself;    how to get it in the first place, how to hang on to it once you have got it both short term and long term, and where to find it again if the car goes out of control and crashes, as it inevitably does from time to time. Continue reading

7 principles of a happy life

Seven Principles of a Happy Life

Now in my 50s, I have been facing up to mid life crisis, bearing the ominous words of Dante in mind. He described his own mid life situation in the Inferno. My mid life is more positive than that, but still it’s proving to be a time of thought and reflection, and questions about what next?a picture of a lake

“I found myself in a dark wood, for the straight way was lost. Ah, how hard it is to tell what that wood was; wild, rugged, harsh. The very thought of it renews the fear!”  (Dante)

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Daily Meditation practice

Meditation practice in the everyday

Reflection imageI recently went to a Meditation seminar run by a Buddhist monk, and he provided some colourful and helpful thoughts about Meditation practice and why it’s important.

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Emotional intelligence

Emotional Intelligence


I was listening to someone in a meeting the other day talking at great length about a particular topic.  Perhaps an unkind thought, but it occurred that he could have appeared on “just a minute” and done justice to any topic for the full minutes ranging from space travel to light refraction, to the theory of Transactional Analysis. Continue reading

Personality Traits

Personality Traits


“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves”. (Carl Jung)  

Have you ever wondered why you get on really well with some people, and why you struggle with others?  There can be a multitude of reasons for this related to shared experiences (or lack of them), values and background, but it’s always worth considering respective personality traits as part of the mix. Continue reading

Principles of happiness

The Principle of Happiness

Whilst on holiday in Scotland recently, I picked the weekend Guardian, and having time to sit down and read the supplement all about happiness (being on holiday and chilled…and it was raining…), I liked a lot of the principles.

The various articles outline the fact that happiness research has come a long way. Continue reading

Developing personal resilience

Developing Personal Resilience

To accept that damage is not total destruction; a good experience does not mean heaven forever; it’s loss is not the end of the world, but a real manageable grief mitigated by hope for good experiences in the future. Continue reading

Personal Growth

 Personal Growth

“What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself.” Hecato, Greek philosopher

The area of personal growth is a personal passion for me, and has been for many years. I do believe the maxim that its vital to find ways of reflecting on ourselves and our circumstances, the better to understand them, and grow as people.

The areas the blog articles cover are wide ranging and hopefully will be of interest to people reflectively navigating through their lives.This section of our resources covers areas like:

  • Spirituality
  • Ideas and resources around personal resilience
  • Principles of happiness
  • Meditation practice
  • Self esteem
Please select the resources you are interested in from the menu on the right hand side.