Consciouness

Talking About Tantra Most of us have heard of it, and on hearing the term ‘Tantra’ make two associations – Eastern spirituality and sex. While both associations are correct, they are only two parts of the whole. And while both are important, it’s surprising as to why they are so, especially when all component parts are fused harmoniously. “Tantra is the...
Emotions are natural states of being that we naturally experience. We laugh when we’re happy, we frown when we’re serious, and we cry when we’re sad. But do we allow ourselves to cry? Most often, we don’t. In our world, sadness is often avoided or cloaked with a neutral emotion. Although the intent was to cheer one up but...
Take Bob Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’ or Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’; sometimes, in the history of music, someone will write a song that endures powerfully, forever. These classics make history and often become universally adored by people of all ages, all over the world. Below are 4 great songs that have healed millions for decades. I have handpicked these tunes from...
People are lovely. Friendships are what makes life sweeter. Bur what do you do when s friend is sometimes hurtful, unsupportive or doesn’t value you? The end result is that you part ways because often time, people choose to not give energy to a relationship that does worse for you than better. But in-between those two steps, if the...
As fundamentally social beings, relationships are essential to our wellbeing. This month the challenge is to not only explore ourselves, but to also find parts of ourselves in others. The purpose of this exercise is to nudge people to be mutually vulnerable. Intimacy is powerful. By stripping away the superficial, two people can connect on a deeper level, and...
Yes that’s me. And now that I have learnt that this trait–found in 15 to 20 percent of the population is normal as it affects too many people to be classed a ‘disorder’, I feel validated. I am not crazy after all... Lisa Durante investigates. This complex percentile I belong to however is often misunderstood, starting with myself. For as...
People often say “I only listen to music with lyrics", and, when it comes to music that heals, listening to lyrics can be beneficial because of the guidance they can offer. But sometimes all you need is a captivating melody to carry you away. I find that if a piece of music is wordless, it stimulates me more to use my imagination and...
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It has been said that more than 97% of our daily actions are implicit, that is, they are not conscious. It’s an adaptive strategy that promotes survival, so we can preserve mental energy in case of emergencies. However, this means that the majority of our behaviour is not mandated by our conscious choices.   What reins in our behaviour? Beliefs and...
I’d spent the majority of my life living within the confines of my culture. I was a rule player, a law abiding good girl, and a ‘sensible and respectable’ daughter who never dared to stray too far outside the box. It wasn’t until about six months ago when this began to change, because I’d met a person who thrilled...
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No couple is immune. Author and experienced psychotherapist Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D., outlines common relationship traps people fall into at some point, and by explaining some of these snares, we can shed light on ingrained narratives around intimacy.  Relationship Trap 1: I Will Not Confront You Because I Do Not Want To Hurt You “I didn’t tell you because I didn’t want...
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