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Spoiler warning: This article may contain spoilers about your belief system.
The characters, locations and events may be fictional, but Game Of Thrones still says a lot about how religion distorts our natural inclinations and can lead people to do destructive things that they otherwise would not.
While the invented belief systems of Westeros are different to the invented belief systems of the real world, some disturbing parallels exist.
So here are 10 Things I Learned About Religion From Game Of Thrones:… Continue reading…
Most of my life I've suffered from debilitating migraine headaches.
Now that you feel all sorry for me, here's the helpful scale I came up with for rating their intensity. It's pi-exponential so the pain slightly more than triples with each increment:
0: No pain, no gain
1: Slightly tense, no worries
2: Is that a headache coming on?
3: Push through; keep working
4: Starting to feel anxious about this
5: Just on the good side of bad
6: Get really distracting now
7: Remember to breathe
8: Take painkillers
9: With codeine
10: Call mom
11: Nausea, vomiting, want to die… Continue reading…
The annoying recent trend among popular western mindfulness meditation advocates of pretending that mental processes like consciousness are best explained by quantum theory.
In fact, while the brain and body are highly complex and not yet fully understood, they almost certainly operate via predictable biochemical neurological processes, which occur several orders of magnitude above the quantum domain.
Essentially a modern day version of The God of The Gaps, attempting to fill the hole in current scientific knowledge with wishful but empowering platitudes.… Continue reading…
A form of unsolicited advice typically launched by anger denialists in response to me saying that I feel angry about something. Especially prominent when the anger is directed towards my mother in response to some form of destructive behaviour that she has indulged in for most of my life.
The launch of The Forgiveness Speech typically goes something like this:
Graham: “I feel angry when my mother criticises and belittles my father in front of me”
Denialist: “You need to learn to forgive”… Continue reading…
I've been doing a lot of work around anger lately; an emotion that I used to suppress and internalise much to my detriment. It's not healthy to suck down your rage. Now that I've started to release the internal pressure cooker, things have become a little explosive and everything seems to be pissing me off.
So for your amusement, here are my Top 10 Things That Make Me Angry:… Continue reading…
Got a problem in your life? Thinking of using a little black magic?
Help is at hand:
I've been playing guitar for around 6 years now, and I can strum up a decent tune on my own or playing with friends. But I get nervous playing in public; I feel anxious and my mind wanders through a series of stressful thoughts like “I'm crap!”, “They (whoever is listening) won't like it”, “They won't like the song I've chosen”, “My singing sounds bad” etc etc. It's exhausting!
The first time I played guitar for an audience was in my guitar class, and although I was nervous, it went really well. The teacher wanted us to have a good experience playing in front of people, and the best way to conquer the fear was to play in front of a friendly crowd who were all in the same boat as beginner guitarists.
The next time I played in front of an audience was in a comedy club, doing a … Continue reading…
A friend of mine who has been clean for a while now recently told me that he'd come very close to taking drugs again. I was concerned, and a bit pissed off. So I made this video to help out:
Are you feeling stuck, depressed, anxious or unmotivated? Life not working out the way you would have liked? Looking for someone to blame for your unhappiness?
Perhaps you're being held back by unconscious trauma from a difficult past life!
Learn how to heal it in this exciting new video: