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The Life Journal

My latest book is called The Life Journal. I have been researching and writing this for the last five years. It explains how and why a life journal can impact your life.

Journal writing is one of the most powerful and least known self-help tools. It can lead to dramatic improvements in virtually every area of our lives. In terms of personal growth, the techniques described in The Life Journal have been shown to improve your memory by a factor of 7, boost your productivity by 30{582a4cd6c5b6339d110be5919cb0de9cc71fedaf8429bffd51f3e2de8e47e79a} and increase the likelihood of achieving your goals by 50{582a4cd6c5b6339d110be5919cb0de9cc71fedaf8429bffd51f3e2de8e47e79a}!

Students attain higher grades at school, athletes better their performances in sport and, in the world of business, people who use a life journal have been shown to be 34{582a4cd6c5b6339d110be5919cb0de9cc71fedaf8429bffd51f3e2de8e47e79a} more productive than those who don’t, and sales men and women typically achieve increased sales using the simple journal writing strategies outlined in the book.

In relation to physical health and well-being, journal writing techniques are equally amazing. Medical researchers have discovered that they are as effective – and, in some cases, more effective – than many commonly prescribed medical drugs in alleviating the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.

Scientists have demonstrated that journal writing exercises can be as effective as counselling, group therapy and even anti-depressants in helping people cope during times of intense stress, trauma, loss and grief in addition to boosting our self-esteem.

Controlled clinical studies have revealed that keeping a journal can have an almost magical effect on the mind and body; it has been shown to improve liver function, stimulate the production of T-cells creating a stronger immune system, alleviate stress, reduce high blood pressure and strengthen lung function.

The astounding health benefits associated with journal writing inspired researchers to investigate the benefits it might offer to patients battling chronic, degenerative and life-threatening illnesses. Asthma, alcohol and drug addiction, arthritis, cancer, eating disorders, HIV infection, cystic fibrosis, chronic pain, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression as well as post-operative healing were just some of the conditions that were shown to respond positively to the journal writing exercises outlined in The Life Journal. Symptoms were alleviated, recovery quickened and quality of life improved, all through a notebook and a pen and a willingness to spend 15 or so minutes each day writing.

The Life Journal will be available later this year. To stay informed, follow me on Twitter and Like my Facebook page.

Beyond Carnism

Melanie Joy gives an excellent talk about the hidden ideology of Carnism, the psychology behind a meat-centred diet, explaining why we find it socially acceptable to kill and eat some animals (e.g. cows, sheep, and pigs) and, at the same time, abhorrent to eat other species (e.g. monkeys, cats and dogs).

85 Year Old Woman Shows It’s Never Too Late!

The story of Anna Pesce is remarkable by any standard. When visiting her children in Wagener, SC, in November 2014, Anna, then 85 years old, had developed severe scoliosis and struggled to walk, yet alone climb stairs. Then she took up yoga and over the following months she was literally transformed, as you’ll see in the video below. Absolutely astounding!

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7 People who gained Superhuman Abilities after Terrible Accidents

You might expect to see some of these things in a Marvel comic book. But, the stories in this video reveal that fact is often stranger than fiction. Here we see seven people who were literally transformed, finding new extraordinary abilities, following severe accidents. Tragedy can bring new opportunities and become a catalyst for personal transformation that could never have been imagined. Enjoy!

Back to blogging

It’s been a very long time since I have posted anything new to this blog but I thought I’d start sharing my thoughts on things that are of interest and matter to me. Things like the environment, religion, healthcare and technology. This weekend just gone, I watched two excellent documentaries – An Inconvenient Truth by former Vice President of the USA, Al Gore  and Cowspiracy  a film by Kip Andersen & Keegan Kuhn. Both movies are compelling, fact-based and potentially life-changing.

An Inconvenient Truth won the Best Documentary Feature in 2006 and follows Al Gore showing the causes and effects of global warming.The aerial footage and pictures of the effects of global warming are shocking as are the facts. However, more shocking is that Gore, like many other environmental groups (including Greenpeace) have ignored the most significant factor in the environmental debate…animal agriculture. I first read about the relationship between the meat industry and the environment in 1987 in Diet For a New America by John Robbins and that had a profound effect on my life at the time. Cowspiracy is, to my knowledge, the first major film production to confront the issues of animal agriculture and expose the fact that some of the world’s leading environmental organisations have been complicit in completely misleading the public by ignoring or playing down the role animal agriculture has on the environment. Are we to believe that they really were not aware that…

  • 91{582a4cd6c5b6339d110be5919cb0de9cc71fedaf8429bffd51f3e2de8e47e79a} of the deforestation in the Amazon is caused by animal agriculture?
  • 51{582a4cd6c5b6339d110be5919cb0de9cc71fedaf8429bffd51f3e2de8e47e79a} of global greenhouse emissions are caused by animal agriculture?
  • 2500 gallons of water are needed to produce a pound of beef?
  • Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and habitat destruction?

Cowspiracy is as compelling as any thriller and will make you aware of issues that humanity can no longer afford to ignore. The fact is that if we all don’t start to change the way we live, the very near future will be very bleak indeed. If you watch one film this year, watch ! Then make an informed choice about how you want to live and whether you want your life to be spent saving or destroying the future of the planet.

 

It is life’s limitations that make us limitless

This morning I came upon this beautiful presentation by artist Phil Hansen revealing how our limitations can actually free us to become limitless. When his art was destroyed by nerve damage in his hand, Phil’s neurosurgeon advised him to ‘Embrace the shake’. It was only then that something incredible happened! Enjoy!

Learning to be creative within the confines of our limitations is the best hope we have to transform ourselves and, collectively, to transform our world.