Browsing articles in "Food For Thought"

Memories start in the womb

Feb 9, 2010   //   by Steve Wooding   //   Food For Thought  //  No Comments

Research published last year and summarised in this article in the latest issue of Scientific American Mind shows that developing babies begin forming memories before they’re born, including voices, music and even threatning vs. safe noises. This supports what many therapists and other personal development specialists have suspected for years – that even our pre-birth womb experiences shape our post-birth lives.

Makes you think…

Refusing a Gift

Jan 12, 2010   //   by Steve Wooding   //   Food For Thought  //  No Comments

I came across this fantastic quote today, courtesy of Clive Gott, from a conversation between Buddha and one of his followers:

“If I offer a gift and you refuse that gift, to whom then does the gift belong?”

The follower answered “It belongs still to you.”

“So,” said the Buddha “if I offer an insult and you refuse to accept it, to whom then does that insult belong?”

The Final Act

Sep 25, 2009   //   by Steve Wooding   //   A Slice of Lemon, Food For Thought  //  1 Comment

(831 words, approx 5-8 mins to read)

(This article appeared in issue 13 of ‘Liverpool Lifestyle’ magazine from Aintree Publishing – the version here is a slightly different draft to the magazine article, which can be viewed at

I’d like to talk about New Year’s Resolutions.

Yes, I know we’re not even into autumn properly yet and Christmas is still months away, but bear with me and I’ll explain myself in what follows.

You see, I think we have it all wrong when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. Read More »

Relaxation Affects Your Genes..!

Aug 28, 2009   //   by Steve Wooding   //   Food For Thought  //  No Comments

Just found this article about a research study from Harvard that shows how relaxation techniques such as meditation can affect your body at a genetic level, enhancing your ability to stay well, fight disease, handle stress and even in some cases fight cancer and improve fertility.

Thinking vs. Doing

Jul 1, 2009   //   by Steve Wooding   //   Food For Thought  //  No Comments

Just a quick post – I came across this old Italian proverb a few days ago – something to ponder about the need to follow your thinking with doing:

“A hundred wagon-loads of thoughts will not pay a single ounce of debt.”

"It's the Climb"

May 31, 2009   //   by Steve Wooding   //   Food For Thought  //  No Comments

I ran the Edinburgh marathon today – toughest thing I think I’ve ever done so far actually. I didn’t beat my target time of 4 hours and, as I was driving back to Liverpool with aching legs and a sense of disappointment, a song on the radio caught my ear – “The Climb”. Yes, it’s teen-pop, sung by Miley Cyrus, but the words to the chorus struck a neat little chord:

Ain’t about how fast I get there,
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side,
It’s the climb.


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