Life in the slow lane

This morning I was driving along a busy section of the road past Gateshead. The traffic was quite slow, still moving but rather packed. I wasn’t able to pull out into the fast lane because of the traffic. So I ambled along at 40 mph along the dual carriageway behind a white van.

The van in front of me found a way out and pushed into the fast lane, leaving me behind a car doing just 40 mph. There were two unusual things about this car. First, the carriageway in front of this car was clear for about a quarter mile. Second the car in questions was an Aston Martin DB7!

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Meridian Therapy on Video

If you’ve never experienced EFT it sounds far too silly to have any effect so I’ve been searching around on Google Video and You Tube for examples of EFT. I found a few, some of them I thought looked too silly!

Treating a Height Phobia with Energy Psychology

12 min 49 sec – 02-Nov-2006
This one on Google Video is a demonstration of an EFT-like procedure by David Feinstein working with a woman who has a fear of heights. One of the nice things about this video is that it was filmed in an hotel room with a balcony on the fourth floor so there’s a great opportunity to test the results of the session. It’s clear to see that there is quite a difference in the before and after shots.

The process used is similar to EFT but a little more involved. I think plain EFT would get identical results.

EFT Courses In January 2007

I’m running a variety of Emotional Freedom Technique courses in the New Year. If you’re interested in how to use this approach to personal wellbeing I’d be delighted to see there.

There’ll be a day long EFT Level 1 courses running at the Teaching Centre, St Oswald’s Hospice on Saturday January 20th.

There are two EFT Level 1 courses running at the Bodywork Centre in Hexham. Unlike the day long courses these will run on consecutive Wednesday afternoons.

Course 1: Wednesday, January 10 & 17th, 1:00pm-4:30pm
Course 2: Wednesday, January 24th, 31st & February 7th, 1:00-3:00pm

If you’d like to attend any of these let me know.

The earlier you book the less they cost.

Since it’s likely that after Christmas your wallet will be much thinner than you are you can even pay by installments!

Mindfulness the Movie

OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. What I’ve found is a Google Video talk by Jon Kabat-Zinn who’s work in using mindfulness meditation, and excellent book ‘Wherever you go, there you are’, I’ve mentioned before.

If you know something about mindfulness and his work then Jon Kabat-Zinn: Coming to Our Senses will not tell you anything you didn’t know. However it’s a very clear review of what mindfulness is and how it can help us in our stress filled lives.

You’ll need broadband and about an hour to watch it.

Jumping to the wrong conclusions

A few days ago I was waiting to be served at my favourite coffee shop in Hexham. Just in front of me a young lad, perhaps twelve or thirteen was ordering two drinks. Since it was mid-morning on a school day I wondered why he was there. I decided that he must be bunking off from school and had a few moments of silent tut-tutting to myself bemoaning the state of modern youth. He got his order and went off to the front of the cafe.

I took my welcome cappuccino and moved to the back of the cafe to find an empty table. So I could enjoy the drink and take the opportunity to catch up with a bit of work.

I’d been working for a few minutes when I looked up to see the same lad pushing a woman (his mother I assume) in a wheelchair towards the disabled toilet a short distance from where I was sitting. She looked quite fragile, trembling slightly, he manoeuvred her towards the door, wheeled her in, closing the door behind them. A few minutes later they emerged, as she passed she looked over at me and smiled, I smiled back feeling rather sheepish about misjudging her son.

It’s amazing to realise how a change of perspective can completely change the way you think and feel about things. In an instant, I went from grumbling about truancy to admiration for the care and attention of this young man for his mum.

It’s also amazing (and humbling) to realise just how many times I can jump to the wrong conclusions about people.

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