A Talk on Effective Communication with Children

A talk for a group of mothers on the basic principles of good communication as applied to the family. A very engaged audience, with lots of relevant questions and useful comments.

Meditation: Self-Awareness, Empathy, Memory

A new study appears to back up what we already knew: meditation increases self-awareness and
empathy, improves memory, and reduces stress. The study by Harvard-affiliated researches shows that only 8 weeks of meditation can bring about changes in the parts of the brain associated with these attributes.

Reports the Harvard Gazette:

Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress. In a study that will appear in the Jan. 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Harvard-affiliated researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) reported the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain’s gray matter.

Read more here.


  I thoroughly enjoyed talking to two groups of thoroughly engaged professionals in April and May.

On 13 May, I talked to about 35 staff of the Singapore Institute of Management. It was a lot of fun because the audience was so obviously interested and engaged. We even tried two short meditations together, yes, even in that seemingly non-meditative conference room setting!

Very receptive staff, so open to new ideas. Only 2 of them had ever meditated before, but they got quite into our brief practices and listened attentively to the talk, asking a number of questions at the end.

On 30 April, I addressed journalists, sales, marketing and other staff at Thomson Reuters on Living Happily with Change. Once again, I was privileged to have a very engaged audience.

What a pleasure it is to share experiences and learning with people who are open and receptive!

Reiki Level 1 - June 2, 3

Reiki for Beginners in the tradition founded by Dr. Makao Usui.

REIKI Level 1 Workshop (Beginners Level) – June 2 & 3 (mornings) @ The Terataii Centre
Channel positive Reiki energy to yourself and others, boost immunity, remove old health problems, release stress. Channel the energy to yourself, family and friends, pets and plants.
The workshop includes 4 attunements to bring your energies into better balance, 7 hours of teachings and practice, and a free follow-up session to answer questions that may arise once you start practising Reiki. You will receive a manual to remind you of the teachings, and a certificate to say you are qualified to do hands-on healing.

The energy of the attunements stays with you for life.

Workshop Dates: June 2 and 3
Time: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (both days)
Venue: The Terataii Reiki and Counselling Centre, 04-03C Sime Darby Centre, 896 Dunearn Road, Singapore

Cost: 380 SGD per person.

Communicating Effectively with Children

For parents in Singapore. Promises to be a fun morning, with useful tips and lively discussion. 
To register, please email pamposh@gmail.com or nandininagpal@gmail.com.