Clare Palgrave – Energy therapist and coach – London and Herefordshire

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10% Happier

This post from Peak Memory says virtually all I would want to say, except that I haven’t actually read the book, but really like the no-nonsense and pragmatic approach that Dan Harris takes in his video.
We all suffer from the voice in the head- and this video/book confirms what I have long known, that meditation can moderate that significantly.
Enjoy!

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I just finished reading 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story, by Dan Harris, a book suggested to me by my brother.

This is a great book, a case for meditation without the hype. There is evidence that meditation has real benefits and Harris does a good job of explaining how he came to the practice and why you should give it a try. The book also includes an interesting look into the office politics of television news

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Energy/Spiritual Healing: the Scientific Evidence

The Healing Trust, formerly known as the NFSH, has published an extensive review of scientific analyses of the effects of healing.

Much of their article is a summary of a review of two books by D J Benor, but the reference list includes a large number of other significant studies.

The article is so well written that I feel the best approach is to excerpt several final discussion points acting as the conclusion to the Healing Trust article, and suggest you read the whole article for yourself. Continue reading


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Meditation – a protective blanket for humanity? Part 2

Clare Palgrave Meditation and energy therapy- fractalFor the first part of this article, see here.

In the previous part of this article I discussed my understanding that a consciousness blanket had been built by hermits, recluses and spiritual ‘seekers’ over hundreds of years, which allowed us to access higher levels of consciousness and energies than we would otherwise easily access.

I want to elaborate on this. The first question that you may be asking is: how did these recluses gain access to these higher levels of consciousness – those that we do not normally experience? I have come to understand that they were able to clear the veils of many of our human belief systems, by a diligence in clearing their thought processes and allowing themselves to become a vehicle to connect with higher level intelligence. Continue reading


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Study now identifies just eight weeks of meditation practice creates significant changes in brain matter.

Meditation and healing - Herefordshire - Starlight StarbrightA recent study used MRI scans to demonstrate that a short course of mindfulness meditation makes significant changes in important areas in the brain.

“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology. “This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.Continue reading


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Meditation – a protective blanket for humanity? Part 1

Fractal image for Clare Palgrave meditation and energy therapyHave you ever wondered what the many, many hermits, recluses and spiritual ‘seekers’, closeted around the world and meditating regularly, were actually contributing? I certainly have! In fact it has been a key question for me for many years.

On the one hand I wanted to believe that their meditation was not in vain, but was building something very positive, just not tangible. On the other hand, despite my attraction to a life of seclusion and contemplation, my western mind-set would not allow me to accept that such an activity could be productive. Continue reading


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I can’t meditate! – Really?

Have you sometimes said that meditation isn’t for you – that you have tried it – and not experienced anything different?

When I first started meditating I had that experience sometimes. I would sit down, and use my mantra (as that was the style of meditation I had learned) and I would keep coming back to my mantra when I discovered that I had been rambling off on all sorts of ‘irrelevancies’. But, I never felt refreshed, or clearer at the end of 20 minutes, that is, if I managed to stick it out for 20 minutes. I guess, because sometimes I can be quite dogged, and also because I really did need to get myself more emotionally stable, I kept at it, and finally found I was becoming a lot more balanced. Continue reading


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Getting to sleep

I wanted to share a simple, and for me, effective approach to settling into sleep. It is based on a breathing exercise in yoga, and although I was aware of the exercise, this particular application of it had not come to my attention.

In a nutshell, our active rational part of the brain, left brain, is what keeps us from dropping off to sleep. And in yoga tradition our left brain is connected to our right nostril, and conversely our right brain is connected to our left nostril. Continue reading