Category Archives: Empowerment

The Healing Code developed by Dr. Alex Loyd

The Healing Code
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Thanks to an audio replay I came across ‘The Healing Code’ which was developed by Dr. Alex Loyd.
His wife had depression for over 12 years and none of the conventional and alternative methods have helped.

He even got the 2 doctorates (natural medicine and psychology) to help her.
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Empathy versus Sympathy

Brain Medial and lateral view of the PFCThe video below demonstrates in a funny way Brené Brown‘s way of explaining the difference between empathy and sympathy.

The definition of empathy is “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another” while the “feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune” is the one for sympathy. 

Did you ever experience that unpleasant feeling when you are telling someone your deepest emotions and their response was sympathetic?

How was it when someone was really just there with you when you expressed what is going on for you? 

May this video contribute to more connections in our times of vulnerabilities!

According to neuroscience empathy is closely related to the mirror system in the brain.

Photo Credit: Empathic accuracy on Wikipedia

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Therapeutic Benefits of Knitting


Knitting can help our Well Being

A few month ago I stumbled upon a craft group in our local library. I was given some wool and knitting needles since I was keen to join in.

One of the ladies in her seventies told me that she is a co-ordinator for Operation Cover Up(OCU) group in the Rodney area north of Auckland. You may be able to imagine my surprise and wondering if I heard  right. Yes, I did hear correctly. Continue reading Therapeutic Benefits of Knitting

Turning self-defeating Beliefs into Empowering Questions

Embroidered BrainsTurning self-defeating Beliefs into Empowering Questions

Becoming aware of our thoughts and beliefs can help us change them.

On page 82 in the book ‘Super Brain’ by Dr. Deepak Chopra & Rudolph E. Tanzi self defeating beliefs are referred to as software programs, but “they are even more pernicious since they dig in deeper with every repetition.” Continue reading Turning self-defeating Beliefs into Empowering Questions

SuperBetter introduction to the Game for getting better

SuperBetterJane McConigal had concussion which was not getting better and she started playing ‘Jane the concussion slayer’ which helped, which then led to creating Super Better (see video below).

One of the aspects of the games that appealed to me was that it builds resilience in four areas: mental, emotional, physical and social. Continue reading SuperBetter introduction to the Game for getting better

Having a Good Day with Nature and Beauty

View from the hillHow can we make each day a good day?

There are lots of things which we can do for ourselves.

One of the things would be spending time in nature.
The TED Talk below has two views on this one by a young girl and another by an elderly man.
It also has a lot of breathtaking images of nature and animals by Louie Schwartzberg.

Louie gives an interesting definition of ‘OMG‘ in the video.

TED Talk: Nature inspires Gratitude
By Louie Schwartzberg


For those times you just want to enjoy nature at home you can explore Louie Schwartzberg’s work on Moving Art. Mobile apps are also available.

Let’s live each day as if it was the first or the last, as David Steindl-Rast suggests in the video.

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Playing and Meditating with Mandalas

Playing and Meditating with Mandalas

Mandala with starsDo you think that coloring in is only for children?
Think again!

It can be very meditative and relaxing when we spend time to color in Mandalas.
Doing this is just for our own benefit and the outcome doesn’t matter. Nobody has to see it.
You don’t even have to keep the end result, the positive effects are in the process. Like with a lot of things in life.

Mandala – sanskrit for Circle – has been used since ancient times for self reflection, centering and relaxtion.

Looking at mandalas and coloring them in can be very therapeutic!
Be sure to take a break with the Mandala Medition in the You Tube video below.

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Empowering Questions help getting more Results we want

Internal KnowingTurning Affirmations into Empowering Questions

A way to engage our own powerful internal search engine we can ask ourselves questions.

The purpose of these questions is to focus on what we want and allow the answers and or evidence to present themselves.
This may happen immediatly or it may take more time.

Focusing on what we want is powerful in itself. Continue reading Empowering Questions help getting more Results we want