The Experiment That Shows You Can Cultivate Kindness – By Holly Ashby

Kindness Blog

Random acts of kindness tend to take us by surprise.

For some reason, it’s easy to take the indifference of others as a given, a feeling that’s exacerbated if you’ve ever spent time living in the strangely isolating environment of a big city.

It seems that people who do kind things are the exception, a special sort of breed of human that’s just much nicer than the rest of us.

But should this be the case? Every person you pass on the street has the potential to do lovely things that brighten your day, as you have the potential to do so for others, and it turns out that this kind of kindness can be cultivated.

A study by Northeastern and Harvard University found that 8 weeks of group meditation had an astonishing effect on the behaviour of the people involved.

The study took around three dozen people and had…

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Great article on meditation and its effects on the brain and the surprising fact for me is that you can impact your brain structure with just 8 weeks of meditation practice.


The Washington Post : Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain

Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans. What she found surprised her — that meditating can literally change your brain. She explains:

Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans. What she found surprised her — that meditating can literally change your brain. She explains:

Mindfulness Meditation – the Washington Post

Q: Why did you start looking at meditation and mindfulness and the brain?

Lazar: A friend and I were training for the Boston marathon. I…

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Hardest lesson of all… Patience…

I have recently become a hot yoga junkie and over the weekend one of the things my yoga teacher said struck a chord with me. I was in the middle of the Fixed Firm pose ( you sit on your knees, compressing the knee joints) which is often my most difficult pose, one that always find it difficult to practice, let alone master, so at this point I often give up and sit down. At this point, my yoga teacher said ‘ you have built up resistance over 30 years in your knees and it may take couple of years for your knees to let it go, so be patient, if you don’t get it immediately’.  That’s when it stuck me; our minds are the same, we have build up years of habits and certain level of resistance to change, but once we made up our minds to change, we expect results almost immediately. When results don’t know up immediately we get disheartened and give up. 

Nowadays I try to challenge myself  when I am at the point of giving up; when what I desire doesn’t happen, even though I am doing all the positive thinking in the world and using all the tools that I know of, I think to myself,’patience’.

At the very least, next time I do yoga, I am going to give the Fixed Firm pose a real go and be patient with myself if I can’t master it; it will come to me over time. On the same basis, I know I can manifest what I want in my life, but I shouldn’t expect a neat timetable. Somethings show up in my life a lot quickly than others. The things that are slow to show up often means that there in a mental block in my subconscious, it’s just going to take a little bit of time to get around the block! 

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to to keep a good attitude while waiting” – Joyce Meyer 



Brilliant… Complexity put simply on the subject of how brain pathways change

Toni Jackson

This is a very simplified, easy to understand explanation of the theory of neuroplasticity.  The basic idea is that our brains continue to change and grow as we do; and that through repeatedly focusing on a new thought or behaviour, we can change the neuro pathways in our brains.

Toni Jackson is a compassionate, creative and experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist in Perth, Fremantle and Mundaring, Western Australia. She has worked over the past 20 years in the areas of women and adolescent mental health and wellbeing, counselling adults, adolescents, children and families from many different backgrounds. Toni uses counselling, psychotherapy, art therapy (such as drawing, painting, sand play, clay modelling and sewing), mindfulness and cognitive behaviour therapy to support her clients’ unique needs. Toni specialises in working with women who are experiencing anxiety, stress or depression; and young people struggling with anxiety, self esteem or self identity.
Toni’s qualifications…

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Interesting thoughts on using your imagination to manifest your dreams.


The Art of Daydreaming
by Darryl Dapper

VisualizationfishVisualization is one of the most powerful tools at a magician’s disposal. An imaginative mind colours a grey world and throws dirt in its face to rid it of its suffocating sterility. The right idea creatively executed has the potential to alter the whole course of history for us all. That spark, with the potential to ignite a universal change, sits active in the core of every human brain. We all have the power to change the world and to affect the flow of our own destinies.

Truly great and amazing things happen when the intentions of a mindful brain are collected and creatively focused. When ambition that’s fuelled by the power of belief and distilled by discipline is cast out in a passionate fervour, the universe takes notice and responds accordingly. By surely recognising what you need and then developing the force…

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Law of Attraction


Positive attracts positive

Have you ever been in a bad mood and had someone change it by being in a good mood? Our attitude affects others, whether it be positive or negative. It is as though we are “attitude generators” waiting to power those around us. The happier we get, the happier those around us are. Or, on the flip side, the more aggravated we are the more agitated people around us are. No matter which direction our attitude takes, it seems to multiply through others. On the battle fields, before a great confrontation, generals would call their men together and give speeches of encouragement. Their speeches echoed the fire that burned in their soul. As they proceeded they would get more passionate and that passion could be felt by their men. Soon every man had that fire burning in their soul. Victory was inevitable.

A negative attitude attracts negativity. People who delve…

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Law of Attraction.. Join my experiment…


Welcome to my blog!

This blog is an official record of my experiences with Law of Attraction. For those who haven’t heard of it, Law of Attraction is the belief that “like attracts like” and therefore the more you focus on something, the more likely you will bring it into your life. Essentially, it boils down to “what you think about, you bring about”.

Like most of you, I was oblivious to this law, until few years back, when the popular book, “The Secret” by Ronda Byrone came into my life. Before this point, I attracted many things into my life, often positive results, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on how I attracted them into my life. You see, I have been a natural “manifester” without even realising. I knew positive thinking worked for me at some level, as I had attracted great friendships, relationship, house purchases, jobs and even money by thinking positively about them, although at those points in time, I hadn’t really contextualised it as positive thinking. I put it more down to luck! When I was at University, I had a particularly successful exam sitting, even though, I only studied selected part of the syllabus and skipped almost half of it, as I was too busy partying! I still remember a friend (who is still a friend by the way) called me a “Jammy B**tch!” for getting the questions right as most of the questions were on the topics I studied. 

I am a scientist by education (BSc Neuroscience) and an Accountant by profession, so my core skill has always been analysis and I often have difficult time explaining Law of Attraction, especially how it works for me, to my friends and family. Following on from inspiration from the “Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin, I have decided to undertake my own “Experiment” into the Law of Attraction. I intend to spend this year, focus on various aspects of life and using known LoA tools and techniques, as well as a bit psychology and other mind associated tools and techniques to specific attract desired results. I intend to post regularly to this blog, by setting out my thoughts and then publishing the results, as well as outlining the methods I have used, therefore hopefully a tangible way of measuring my success.

So join me on my experiment…