Microcosmos in our heads

Perception is a creative process, or more precisely, an interactive process. In the interaction between the external reality and our senses and central nervous system we create what we see, what we hear, taste and smell. We can not be completely sure of what is really outside our heads, for example is the green I see…

The Importance of Being Important (to yourself)

There is nothing wrong with plans and ambition, but the constant need for fulfilling these can turn us into self-criticizing machines that only assess performance and have no understanding for our own more subtle needs. Someone would say the needs of the soul, someone else of our deeper self, but independently of how we call…

Athens, the Mighty and Beautiful

“Travel is fatal to narrow-mindedness, prejudice and bigotry.” — Mark Twain Our journey starts with the day we are born, but we can always make it more interesting by visiting many beautiful places on the planet we were fortunate to be born on. Last week I traveled to visit my friend who lives in Athens…

How by looking after others, we become more ourselves

In the times of need, during natural disasters, economic crisis, war and other forms of societal instabilities, there is an even bigger necessity to be empathetic and helpful to others. You never know when you can be struck by a misfortune and in these times even the farthest strangers can become your allies and even…

What are the chances of achieving your dreams

At this point, in your life, can you say that you have achieved your childhood dreams or the plans you created when you started college? Some people live their lives without specific plans following their inner guidance and somehow it works out for them. My life path until recently had a determent line and I…

Looking back and forward

On my way from my parents’ and childhood home to my “real” home… I feel this peculiar feeling of excitement when I travel and change environments. Even the smallest change makes me feel new and refreshed. I enjoyed my parent’s company and that comfort your childhood home can provide you, but after some time I…

Watch “How to rewire your brain with the FEED method”

The new discoveries in neuroscience shed light on how you can maximize your potential and minimize your vulnerabilities. Learning to be calm means feeling less tense, less anxious, and less easily stressed. There are parts of your brain that, when not tamed, tend to overreact and add to needless tension, anxiety, and stress. The bottom…

Overcome yourself

When I look back at my life and reflect on my desires, plans, fears and obstacles, I am not sure whether I have managed to complete the most prominent and most relevant milestones of my development. I did do everything what was expected of me concerning my education and the way I was supposed to…

Watch “How to Fight Cravings”

How to survive a snack-attack – Training against cravings The emergence of cravings happens in two phases. First, they are elicited by environmental cues, such as pictures and smells of food. This produces thoughts related to the target of craving, which again motivates the individual to contemplate on it further by using mental imagery. The…

If the self creates its own boundaries, then it can overcome them as well

What do you do when you face your limits? Are those limits fear-based or in accordance with your current stage of development? Dissatisfaction and frustration with yourself naturally follow when you face the limits and boundaries, but should we stay in this state and find peace with it, waiting for better circumstances or should we…

The Green Power

Cherish and be mindful of our natural resources. Rest your eyes and mind with this beautiful images. Green is a color with the powerful relaxing effects that can bring us back to our inner peace.

Self-criticism and it’s toll to our mental health

We are our own worst enemies. The mind can be an excellent servant, but a lousy master as well. If you believe every thought that comes to your mind and you make a whole ceremony around it by thinking, brooding, creating scenarios in your head, making plots and enemies of others, you will certainly not…

Go with the flow: The science of optimal experience

One of the fulfilling experiences one can have is being in the “flow” or having an optimal experience. This concept was suggested and thoroughly investigated by a Hungarian psychologist M. Csikzentmihalyi. Being in the flow means that a person is completely focused and fully immersed in an individual activity (e.g. creating music, writing, dancing, reading),…

Passion led us here

Life is constantly reminding us of its richness and complexity, independently of our current state of mind, whether we are bored or unhappy with our present situation. The moment we wake up, our stream of consciousness is back, together with our identity and memory. Although these memories may not be pleasant, every day provides us…

What do your interests say about you?

Have you thought about why you find certain things attractive and pleasing, while others neutral, unpleasant or even repugnant. Of course, your unique upbringing and genetic make up interaction is to be held responsible, but it is not always possible to trace back specific events and modeling behaviors of our parents or siblings in order…