Mindful March.

“When you are not fully yourself, living truly in your present moment, you lose everything” Zita

Mindfulness: Buddhism without the spiritual bits.

It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing.

Some people call this awareness ‘mindfulness’, and you can take steps to develop it in your own life.

Good mental wellbeing means feeling good about life and yourself, and being able to get on with life in the way you want.

You may think about wellbeing in terms of what you have: your income, home or car, or your job. But evidence shows that what we do and the way we think have the biggest impact on wellbeing.

Becoming more aware of the present moment means noticing the sights, smells, sounds and tastes that you experience, as well as the thoughts and feelings that occur from one moment to the next.

Mindfulness, sometimes also called “present-centredness”, can help us enjoy the world more and understand ourselves better.

What is mindfulness?

Mark Williams, professor of clinical psychology at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, says that mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment.

Professor Williams says that mindfulness can be an antidote to the “tunnel vision” that can develop in our daily lives, especially when we are busy, stressed or tired.

“It’s easy to stop noticing the world around us. It’s also easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and to end up living ‘in our heads’ – caught up in our thoughts without stopping to notice how those thoughts are driving our emotions and behaviour,” he says.

“An important part of mindfulness is reconnecting with our bodies and the sensations they experience. This means waking up to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present moment. That might be something as simple as the feel of a banister as we walk upstairs.

“Another important part of mindfulness is an awareness of our thoughts and feelings as they happen moment to moment.

“Awareness of this kind doesn’t start by trying to change or fix anything. It’s about allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly. When we do that, it can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives.”

How mindfulness can help

Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us more and understand ourselves better.

“When we become more aware of the present moment, we begin to experience afresh many things in the world around us that we have been taking for granted,” says Professor Williams.

“Mindfulness also allows us to become more aware of the stream of thoughts and feelings that we experience and to see how we can become entangled in that stream in ways that are not helpful.

“This lets us stand back from our thoughts and start to see their patterns. Gradually, we can train ourselves to notice when our thoughts are taking over and realise that thoughts are simply ‘mental events’ that do not have to control us.

“Most of us have issues that we find hard to let go and mindfulness can help us deal with them more productively. We can ask: ‘Is trying to solve this by brooding about it helpful, or am I just getting caught up in my thoughts?’

“Awareness of this kind also helps us notice signs of stress or anxiety earlier and helps us deal with them better.”

Studies have found that mindfulness programmes, where participants are taught mindfulness practices across a series of weeks, can bring about reductions in stress and improvements in mood.

How you can be mindful

Reminding yourself to take notice of your thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the world around you is the first step to mindfulness.

“Even as we go about our daily lives, we can find new ways of waking up to the world around us,” says Professor Williams. “We can notice the sensations of things, the food we eat, the air moving past the body as we walk. All this may sound very small, but it has huge power to interrupt the ‘autopilot’ mode we often engage day to day, and to give us new perspectives on life.”

It can be helpful to pick a time – the morning journey to work or a walk at lunchtime – during which you decide to be aware of the sensations created by the world around you. Trying new things, such as sitting in a different seat in meetings or going somewhere new for lunch, can also help you notice the world in a new way.

“Similarly, notice the busyness of your mind. Just observe your own thoughts,” says Williams. “Stand back and watch them floating past, like leaves on a stream. There is no need to try to change the thoughts, or argue with them, or judge them: just observe. This takes practice. It’s about putting the mind in a different mode, in which we see each thought as simply another mental event and not an objective reality that has control over us.”

Mindfulness is something you can practise anywhere and everywhere.

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Thich Nhat Hanh: Our Ancestors

In this video Thich Nhat Hanh explains how we always have access to our ancestors through the practice of meditation and mindfulness in the present moment. Despite his insights being rooted in Buddhism, his vision is deeply complementary to systemic views on children’s connection to parents.

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Addiction.

In this TED talk ‘The Power of Addiction and The Addiction of Power’ Gabor Mate discusses addiction challenging the typical thinking around this issue. He searches deeply for the roots and the wisdom of any addiction, arguing that we shouldn’t be asking ‘Why the addiction?’ – we should be asking ‘Why the pain?’

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Shifting Perspective.

 “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.” – Chinese Proverb

The therapeutic healing you experience in Life Therapy is not an all at once thing that blows you out of the water. There are many small often seemingly imperceptible shifts that occur along the way and each one takes some time getting used to. Basically you are un-learning a long-standing habit of behaviour, belief, experience and relearning the real one, yours.

Most people are used to living with suppressed fear, denial and anger as a sort of survival mode comfort level, to cope they tend to use strong fixed beliefs, opinions, and habits, to mask feelings of core rage, panic, and pain. The coping aspect requires that you will be more inclined to live in your head, on autopilot. There is significant research and study available now that clearly states to do so will eventually compromise your health and well – being and that much like a chronic low level of depression, medication simply cannot address. There is nothing in your life that requires you to look closely at the core driving mechanisms within, other than your own life. The overwhelming majority of my clients came to me because they realised that if they wanted their life to be more satisfying and fulfilling, something had to change. Seeking the support of Life Therapy with Zita at this point, was the wisest thing they could have done. In order for any kind of lasting and meaningful change to occur you have to dissolve the fears and heal the emotional wounds that are in the way by understanding them. That means you have to face them, feel them, and decode them, which most people dread. The trick is to observe the hurtful patterns of your life. Then, find a new perspective so that don’t repeat them.

Each time an emotional shift occurs you may or may not experience symptoms within your body as the cells in your body adjust to new, healthy thought patterns, and authentic behaviour dislodge suppressed fear from your subconscious mind. For some people this can feel a bit uncomfortable as you gently ease yourself out of limiting comfort zones that kept you stuck. Emotions, which are just thoughts in-motion start to move around and in many instances leave the body altogether as tears, minor ailments, headaches a healing crisis. It is quite common for people at this point to think that therapy is making them worse rather than better, some people may become more defensive as they unconsciously try to sustain the status quo. The effort of avoiding and re-suppressing subconscious blocks will eventually wear you out, and the exhaustion can cause you to feel disillusioned, unmotivated and hopeless. The good news is, this is a good indication that you have reached a turning point. It is usually at this point, when you are finally so tired of resisting and controlling, and so overwhelmed by complexity, that you stop and come to the realisation there is nothing more you can do.

The whole Life Therapy experience of healing leads you to a place where you simply come to terms with what is happening. You come to a place of peace with what it is to be with yourself and with the fears and the pain. This is an important part of the healing of your life, a simple, natural, healthy way to evolve emotionally. Once you can experience the state that you are directly in without having to judge it or act on it everything becomes much easier, simpler. You are strengthened in a way that will last you for the rest of your life.

By simply ‘being’ with Life, letting things be as they are, you return to an experience of your own ‘being’  which was always present behind the veil of distractions and illusions. And when you live from this place life becomes as it is meant to be blissful, fun, clear.

Hypnotherapy supports you to engage with silence and look deeper within where your real strengths are waiting to be discovered by you. As you tune in your intuition becomes more finely tuned. Your intuition is one of the most extraordinary and powerful skills you posses, the store house of wisdom. Your intuition becomes even more purposeful when it is balanced with your rational side. Too many people are living difficult lives simply because they rely too heavily on their sense of rational and reason, this makes life rather complicated and a struggle. You know this already, it’s why you are reading this. You already know that something needs to change. That is a good thing it means that you are ready for change, ready for personal growth. What a wonderful thing that is! If you can get along with your intuition you will unleash a force within you that has the capacity to allow you to create the life you want. Your mental acuity increases to a capacity that most of what you may have struggled with in the past becomes so much easier to navigate. Most people report back a sense of peaceful clarity. Understanding and compassion dissolved their fears. There is a gentle release, relief and a return to joy as your whole being is allowed to soften into accepting that suffering is no longer a required part of your life experience. You will feel so much better!

Life Therapy precipitates the end of a stagnant life. Your mind is now free to make the right choices for you, and since your mind has been freed of fearful choices it starts to make choices that are rooted in love, the most essential form of love, self love. By achieving greater compassion for yourself you will naturally extend the same to others. It’s a win win situation all round.

I am ready. Are you willing? Call or mail me now, to book an appointment. 07709046643

Vulnerability.

A wonderful, wonderful talk. When you have a few minutes sit and watch this. Amazing. Brene Brown is a Sociologist who was doing research into what makes people feel connected, truly connected and what makes others feel alone. Fascinating!

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The Bonds of Love.

“Enlightenment is intimacy with what is” Zita

Every single day all over the world parents teach their children the rules of the game. They teach their children how to conform, how to fit in. They teach their children the rules of their tribe. Parents teach their children that to be loved and belong; “this is how ‘we’ behave”, “this is how ‘we’ think”.

Children, for even as an adult you remain the child of your parents, are extremely loyal in love to their family, especially their parents. Even those who say they live completely different lives to their parents, the patterns will remain the same. Children will get sick for their parents, children will even die for their parents so deep is the love and the bond. People follow their parents because to not do so would threaten their existence, they have been taught to believe by inference that they will be excluded or are unlikely to survive if they stray too far from the family fold. Quite often you will hear someone say words to the effect of; “All my family vote Labour so I vote Labour.” “All my family are professionals so I became a Lawyer.” “My Mother and my Grandmother always cooked the Turkey this way.” and so on. Parents judge their children to be ‘good’ when they follow the family code. In fact for the vast majority of people breaking the family code would be experienced as a profound emotional and psychological trauma. We often witness this when marriages irretrievably breakdown and the strain of following the partner’s family beliefs and traditions is just too difficult to adjust to. And so partners are blamed for not loving you the way you are familiar and comfortable with. Every day you demand of others that they break these profound bonds of love to satisfy your own wants, desires, needs and judgments whilst refusing to give up your own.

Imagine, if you will, that for a person who is following a family tradition where men are expected to take a back seat in the affairs of the household, or a woman who experienced her father as absent, it will be quite a challenge for this woman to adjust her perception of a household and family that runs against a said truth as she has learnt and experienced it. Imagine a man who was sent away to boarding school at a very young age, or who was raised by a father who taught him that working long hours was the honourable way to earn a respectable income to support his family and teach his children a sound work ethic, that his natural reaction would be to work endless hours or remain detached from the family he creates. Whatever the differences may be they remain powerful bonds to which we are all tied.

Marriage in and of itself requires a great deal of maturity, a willingness to surrender part of your connection to your roots in order to establish new ties, create new bonds in the branches of an extended family tree as two different family systems blend and unite. If each partner can willingly let go of some of their family of origin ties to support the new, then we see a strength in the bond that can sustain a marriage and the demands it makes of each everyday. If you yourself can bring yourself to the level of understanding of how it would feel to dishonour your parents, your family, your tribe then perhaps you yourself have already taken a step closer to understanding what is required to really empathise with the other. If you expect or demand that your partner give up these invisible bonds of love and attachment they have to their family of origin the more vehemently they will fight to defend them. The only judgement you have over whether it is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ principally coming from what your parents have taught you. Mothers have the greatest influence over children and it is the same love you were unconsciously seeking when you chose your partner. The rejection of a partner is not just the rejection of the love you received from your Mother it is also intrinsically a rejection of yourself. This is why love is so painful. That which remains unresolved with your mother is carried over to be resolved with your partner, husband or wife. You are no different from your partner who loves their family with all their heart and who fears being excluded if they stray.

We have become so fixated on looking at life from a superficial perspective, making judgements based on early conditioning that we never really consider that behind much that we deem to be ‘bad’ ‘wrong’ in the other is actually a hidden loyalty of great love for that which they came from. You can’t change your life and your world from a place of judgement, blame and hypocrisy. You can only change it from a place of understanding, forgiveness, compassion and a willingness to change yourself first. As you change, your world changes with you. If it comes to a point that it is not possible to continue your life with your partner, the very least you can do is honour the love that existed between you. Acknowledge with love the seeming differences between you and graciously, gracefully move on.

When Ms. Paltrow and Mr. Martin announced their ‘conscious uncoupling’ much mockery was made of the idea, an indication of the prevailing attitude that separation and divorce is naturally about conflict and a lack of compassion for our soon to be ex-love. The truth is, there is no off ramp in love for if there was you were never really in love in the first place. A rather sobering thought if you think about it… particularly if there are children involved. The damaged caused by such an immature notion is profound, incomprehensible and essentially rather cruel. There is no need to stamp out every ember of love to justify a decision to change. One or both of you has made a choice, accept what is and be kind about it.

When peaceful resolutions are not reached the negative fall out reaches far beyond court judgements and legal documents, they stay with you, carry over into the next relationship and have a profoundly negative impact on the generations that follow. Children are loyal to their parents after all.

If it is your heartfelt intention to live a happy, peaceful, joyful life then it is worth considering gaining a new perspective, a kind and loving perspective, a perspective that is for the greater good of all.

To bring love and harmony into your life such that you might prosper, book an appointment now. Call Zita on 07709046643 My door is open to the willing.

When Silence Speaks

“Don’t just do something, sit there, in silence.” Zita

In an art show called “The Artist Is Present,” Marina Abramović sat in the museum’s atrium for 700 hours (6 days a week for 7 hours a day) inviting the crowds of viewers to sit directly opposite her in silent dialogue.

The video below shows Abramović, sitting and waiting for her next silent interlocutor. At the end, Ulay who was her lover and collaborator for 12 years when they were young, approaches and takes a seat. Until that moment they had neither seen or spoken to each other in over 20 years. Marina Abramović looks up to what was probably the most unexpected sight of the night. Their reunion touchingly reminds us that we do not always need words to speak and communicate our most sincere feelings.

We live in a world of rapid, constant communication and input where our attention is always pulled somewhere else and we experience a seemingly endless cascade of thoughts swimming in our head.

What happens when we stop to listen to what is spoken in silence?

The Systemic Approach

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You are you

You are you. In all the world, there is no one else exactly like you. Everything that comes out of you is authentically yours, because you alone chose it. You own everything about you: your body, your feelings, your mouth, your voice, all of your actions, whether they be to others or yourself. You own your fantasies, your dreams, your hopes, your fears. You own your triumphs and successes, all your failures and mistakes. Because you own all of you. You can become intimately acquainted with you. By doing so, you can love yourself and be friendly with all your parts. You know there are aspects about yourself that puzzle you, and other aspects that you do not know, but as long as you are friendly and loving towards yourself, you can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about who you are. However you look and sound, whatever you say and do, and whatever you think and feel at any given moment in time is authentically you. If later some parts of how you looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, you can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which you discarded. You can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do. You have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of you. You own you, and therefore, You can engineer you. You are you, and You are Okay.

Forgiveness February

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Rumi

February is here! A collective sigh of relief as New Years resolutions have been left along Give Up Highway. February brings the promise of slightly brighter days. February is popular mostly because it features Valentine’s Day a chance to celebrate love, renew vows and declare our undying devotion to those partners who have been in our lives for many years loving us persistently and consistently. For just as many though Valentine’s Day can be a cause for misery and distress. Perhaps their marriage has recently ended or a long term partnership is sagging in the winds of time or maybe you just have not met that special someone yet, and are wondering if you ever will. If you are part of the latter group there is hope, don’t give up!

The greatest cure all for a lack of joy and abundance in your love life can be remedied by the sister of love, Forgiveness. Forgiveness has the power to heal your life in more ways than you can imagine. Without forgiveness the flow of love is interrupted and when love stops moving, pretty soon everything stagnates, leaving you feeling low depressed and disheartened. With this in mind it seemed natural to introduce Forgiveness February as part of the healing you can introduce into your life to make this year not just different to the one before, but also better. If you are really willing to pull the stops out and create positive change in your life, you might even find that this is the year you rediscover bliss. Everyone deserves bliss and it is possible to achieve it with a shift in perspective.

It is empowering when you reach a place of offering genuine compassion to those who have wronged you. If you allow anger towards another to fester, it will end up eating away at you and taking the shine out of your potential to experience real joy in your life. When you are angry with another person, it does not harm them, it causes the greatest harm to you. Forgiving someone who has wronged you does not mean that you have to condone what they have done to you. It does give you peace, and there are only a few things in life that can give you that kind of true, lasting peace.

Forgiveness simply means accepting the other person as they are. Forgiveness means that you are not judging the other person, that you are non-judgemental. Why is this important? How you judge others is how you judge yourself, when this compassion to others is missing it means that you are unable to be compassionate towards yourself and that inevitably causes you to suffer. Traditionally we think that forgiveness means you know that the other person has done wrong and you decide to forgive them. First you judge and then you forgive. This approach essentially makes the forgiveness false. The truth is that real forgiveness has no judgement. Real forgiveness simply accepts the other person as they are. There is no complaint, no grumbling, there is no anger. Now, you may or may not agree with this idea, that is your prerogative. However, if it is your intention to experience joy in your life, to free yourself of negative emotional entanglements, then this is the only course of action that will get you there. It is human to make mistakes and it is human to forgive. The struggle for many people starts when they assume otherwise. A person experiences a certain richness in their life when they can learn to enjoy forgiveness, when they can learn to ask for an apology or even better when an apology can be humbly given without asking for it. “I am sorry, I was wrong’” is a powerful statement for the giver and the receiver.

Love knows how to forgive. It is not only important to know how to forgive others it is just as important to forgive oneself too! So many people struggle in their lives every day because they really struggle to forgive themselves. We are constantly taught to judge ourselves, often quite harshly. We are taught to feel guilty. Guilt is a terrible burden for anyone to carry. Guilt has the power to rob us of all joy and will eventually lead to all manner of ills, some conscious, many unconscious, whether that is a loss of wealth, the loss of a relationship, the loss of being at peace with oneself or even physical ailments, chronic disease and depression.

So, Forgiveness February comes with the impetus to create change, a chance to heal the past by forgiving others and more importantly to forgive yourself. From here there is the chance for great love to arise, forgiveness of oneself enhances your capacity to love yourself. Self love is important for the simple reason that love grows and improves everything. Self love allows the seeds of new beginnings to take root, flourish and grow. The dis-ease of pain and suffering, addictions and unhealthy dependency is no longer part of your life, they become irrelevant because you simply do not have a want or need for them. Over-eating, alcohol abuse, recreational drug use, low self worth and a poverty or victim mentality lose their appeal. There is simply no room for that kind of thinking in a person that loves themselves. And amazingly you actually become more interesting, loveable and a joy to be around. So you see compassion to self, forgiveness of self, love of self is the path to living a happier healthier, successful life.

If you are interested in improving your life and are not quite sure where to start, if you are struggling with weight issues, stressed out, struggling financially or experiencing difficulties in your relationships then there is a way to start to address those issues at their foundation and bring your whole life into balance. Life Therapy with Zita takes a unique approach, one that assures success if success is what you really want. It is a much more enjoyable way to live your life when you experience good health, wealth and peace of mind. Happiness creates more happiness…

So now that you are done with the old fashioned, inadequate and inefficient method of making resolutions, why not try something different. After all insanity is doing the same thing year in year out and expecting a different outcome. Let Forgiveness February be the month you really truly fall in love. Fall in love with yourself. Forgive yourself, heal yourself and see how wonderful life can really be. Life is supposed to fun, it is supposed to be amazing and beautiful. It is up to you, if you want that kind of life LifeTherapy can support you in creating that change. For more information call or email.  Contact

You are worth it, even if you don’t yet believe it!

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