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Have we lost our minds?

Do we even know what our minds are? We are used to thinking of our minds as located in our brain, separate to our bodies and separate to others. But we have more than one brain - we have a head brain, a heart brain and a gut brain. And we have minds that are capable of travelling beyond the notion of ourselves to other beings, beyond this moment to the past and the future and beyond the place we are standing in. I spent two days of last week with Dr Daniel Siegel at a conference in Cork and my mind is now filled with curiosity, insight and admiration. He spoke about the danger of thinking of ourselves as individuals, operating in isolation, when in fact we have evolved and developed in conne

A throw of the dice

We live in uncertain times. Certainty is an illusion - what happens to us from the moment we are conceived is dependent on such a complex interaction of genes and environment, experiences and relationships. What we become is like a throw of the dice. So let us play the game and take our chances... Where are we born - into war or peace? Who is with us as we grow - one parent, two parents? A parent with a secure job? Do we see grandparents who live round the corner? Are the people who care for us fit and healthy or do they have illnesses or been affected by accidents? How secure are the relationships around us? Do people get on or are there arguments, fights? How much impact does the state hav

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