Posts Categorized: A meaningful life

Stoicon Brisbane 2018

A bust of Marcus Aurelius

This is the transcript of a short talk that I prepared for Stoicon in Brisbane on 28 October 2018, where I propose that there is a degree of overlap between Stoicism and Mindfulness practice, and that mindfulness practice can be a support for anyone who wishes to live a life based on Stoic principles.


Do you need to be de-hypnotised?

Hypnotic spiral with a black ball on top

If you have not already invested a fair bit of energy into your personal growth and development – and more often than not, even if you have – you most likely need to be de-hypnotised. Early childhood experiences – and many later experiences in life – result in beliefs about yourself that “feel” true even though they are simply erroneous beliefs. Just like in a hypnotic state, what you experience “feels” real even though it is nothing more than a “dream”. When the hypnosis is broken, you are again free to be who you are, and to clearly see what is right for you in your life.


The six essential ingredients that make work meaningful

Tired young man at the office

I don’t think I have ever met anyone who would not want their life to be meaningful. Yet, I find it surprising how little thought people apply to how they can make work meaningful. Based on many years of academic surveys, Brent Rosso at Montana State University has put together a list of six attributes that make work meaningful.


Life with a Purpose – workshop;
Know and Live your Life Purpose

An alignment of flat rocks in water

Life with a Purpose is an extraordinary, deep-reaching, full-day, experiential workshop where you are guided through a sequence of exercises and tasks that help you identify and put into words your Life Purpose. You start from who you have been in the past, and move toward who you will be in the future, when you live in alignment with your purpose.


Mid-life crisis, or opportunity, or both?

Man stretching arms out at sunrise

When we stop dismissing the mid-life crisis as a joke, we may recognise it as something far more important and meaningful; an opportunity for growth and self-actualisation.


How meditation can help your brain toward increased happiness

Female meditator sitting on the grass

Research has shown that “mind-wandering” decreases happiness, but also that the practice of meditation over time has the effect of reducing the mind’s wanderings, and furthermore that long-term meditators have more developed connections between brain regions involved in self-monitoring and cognitive control.