Psychology & Psychotherapy

Psychology & Psychotherapy

Psychology & Psychotherapy

More people need help with mental health issues which has resulted in a rapid growth of mental health care practitioners. New types of therapies are readily available and further information about the treatment of psychology or psychotherapy is needed. Put simply psychology and psychotherapy are about the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. They are concerned with how people think, act, react, and interact. They are multi-faceted disciplines which include numerous sub-fields like sports, human development, social behaviour, health, and cognitive processes.

Their Beginnings

The study of psychology & psychotherapy is fairly new and the majority of the advancements recorded in these mental health fields have occurred in the past half century. However, the origins can be traced back to ancient Greece from about 2,500 years ago. The great Greek philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle are believed to have planted the seeds of psychology. These early philosophers discussed topics that are now part and parcel of modern psychology such as attraction, free will, and memory.

Psychotherapy or Counselling

As a discipline, psychology and the treatment method of psychotherapy (also known as counselling) is primarily focused on the normal functioning of the mind. Although both explore other areas such as memory, perception, emotion, motivation, and other mental and emotional processes. Psychotherapy helps a person to understand more about their moods, feelings, behaviours, and actions. These things can impact how a person lives and whether their life is a success. Psychotherapy helps a person to take back control of their environment as it helps them respond better to difficult situations. Psychotherapy can help a person develop effective and lasting coping strategies.

Check Qualifications

Anyone can call themselves a psychotherapist or counsellor. It is recommended that the qualifications of the psychotherapist or counsellor are checked before engaging in therapy. The minimum qualification to accept is a Master of Counselling Degree. Professional psychotherapists or counsellors have usually trained for at least 4 years before obtaining their degree.

When to see a psychotherapist?

Psychotherapy can be very effective in treating many health problems like:

Anxiety disorders including phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder
Mood disorders like bipolar disorder and depression
Addictions like alcoholism, substance abuse, and even compulsive gambling
Eating disorders like bulimia
Personality disorders like dependent personality disorder and borderline personality disorder
Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders

Mental Illness

Another misconception that people have with psychotherapy is that it treats only people with very serious mental health problems. But the truth is that it can also be effective in relieving stress and addressing conflicts. For instance, it may be used in resolving conflicts between a couple. It can also help in relieving anxiety or stress due to work-related pressure. Even those who are coping with major life changes like loss of a job, the death of a loved one, and parent can benefit from a psychotherapy session.

Some people also rely on therapy to manage unhealthy reactions like road range which is related to anger management. Others attend psychotherapy sessions to come to terms with a serious health condition like cancer, chronic pain, and diabetes. Even people who have trouble sleeping or staying asleep can benefit from psychotherapy.

There are differences between the different types of approaches in therapy. If you want to find out more speak to a qualified therapist. It is important that the therapist and client have a good therapeutic relationship for the therapy to be effective.

So, take your time and choose the correct therapist for you.

Psychology & Psychotherapy

By Liz McCaughey©Copyright 2019 aMindset.HK

Date: Jun 29, 2019
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About Liz McCaughey

Liz McCaughey is a qualified psychotherapist with her own private practice in Hong Kong and Australia. If you would like, you can arrange an appointment HERE.

If you are unable to travel to Liz’s practice, there is an online portal where Skype appointments can be arranged.

Liz has opened her new business aMindset in Hong Kong. aMindset is a comprehensive mental health resource that incorporates Psychotherapy, Counselling, Mentoring and Workshops. Liz originally founded the company “Kumara“ in Perth, Western Australia in 2003. This company is affiliated with aMindset and you can read more about Kumara in the website KumaraHub.

World Disasters and Psychological Stress

World Disasters and Psychological Stress

We live in such a world of turmoil and calamity that even the news-media is struggling to keep up with the latest disaster story. It must be an interesting selection process to decide which disasters to first feature on the news. Of course, the media focus is on what will keep us, the viewers, watching their news channel. Fortunately, in this present age, there are enough disasters taking place that we have a smorgasbord of different choices and at least one of them will hold our attention. 

World Disasters and Psychological Stress

Our focus will be partially determined by our empathy with the disasters, our feelings of relief that we were not involved, the fear that it could happen to us and the horrendous potential that we could lose something in the process.

If we reflect on the world, as it is today, with the indiscriminate persecution of innocent men, woman and children, it is horrible and distressing. The slaughtering of civilians in many countries and the persecution of woman in others.  There is the devastation to the forests of the world, which means that the animals are losing their habitat and fresh-air supply. The pollution that the human manages to generate through automation, and the desire for bigger, better and more comfortable, is destroying the planet.  Right now, the world may not be in the middle of a Great War, but the planet is at war with skirmishes literally breaking out all over the globe.

Planet Earth

The Earth itself is erupting, flooding and scorching when the tension and pollution become too much for even that great consciousness. We then have to consider the loss of jobs as a result of a recession or automation. The ‘disaster’ list is endless.

It is no wonder we are having a hard time getting our head around each new calamity and the potential feeling of loss that it may bring within our psyche. We are not robots, so we are affected in some way because of our connection to humanity, a home or a job. We can now start to understand why we are so stressed that we can hardly cope with life.

We might even have asked ourselves:

What is this all about?

Why does there have to be so much suffering in the world?

If we are lucky enough to get an answer from ‘The Ones on High’, then we may find solace in that omnipotent revelation and we can function for another day.  However, if we do not get an answer but still want to understand from a basic human level, then the knowledge of balance and harmony within nature may be of some comfort.  It may simply come down to the fact that the effect of world disasters on our psyche is determined by how we live our life which is determined by the way we think..

Animals – Living with Harmony and Balance in Nature

Look at how nature functions – it is a tough world in the jungle and I will give you an example. The Lion featured in the picture above is the Alpha Male of 2 prides of Lions within this safari park where my husband took this picture.  The Lion is the boss of this safari park and you can see from his demeanour that he is very balanced and content with his life.  The fact that there was a truck with 3 people in his way and there was a gun in that truck which would be used to kill him should he attack, didn’t faze him at all.

At the time of this photo he had been away from his southern pride lionesses for a few months as he had been with his northern pride family.  He was now tracking the southern pride to reacquaint himself with his harem of lionesses. Oh, and as an aside, he had killed the original alpha male of the northern pride a few years previously which placed him in the enviable position of being the boss of both prides.  However, he is 10 years old which is the usual life expectancy of a Lion and very soon a young male will challenge his leadership and this Lion King will be killed. Nothing is permanent.

The King is Dead – Long Live the King

Like most members of the animal kingdom, this Lion and all animals live in harmony and balance with nature and accept what is presented to them in their life. This lion doesn’t seem to care that he only has a few years or less to hold onto his exalted position.  He is just getting on with the present task which is to find the southern pride and he seems to be enjoying the stroll. A few years previously he may have killed off any young male who threatened his tenure-ship as the Boss. But that was then, this is now, and the future he will deal with when it happens.

What a great way to live….

In the Small Picture of the Human

It is only in this modern age with the feverish desire for comfort, safety and permanence that the human has developed a phobia about any potential loss. It is the fear of losing ‘some-thing’ that causes us to be unhappy, anxious and stressed.  It is no accident that the world-wide stress levels are at epidemic proportions at a time when humans have so many possessions and appear (some of them at least) to have all their desires fulfilled.

However, nothing is permanent and indeed, if you objectively look at what you think you possess, you really possess ‘no-thing’.  Even without a disastrous occurrence, your children will leave home (or maybe them NOT leaving is the disastrous event). The dog, cat or goldfish that you love will leave you.  Everything is transitory and, if you can appreciate this simple fact, then you will alleviate a lot of your fears, calamitous living and stress.  Psychological stress is caused because we think we have to have everything. We believe it is our entitlement (certainly in the Western hemisphere) to have all of our desires met, which is the first part of the ‘stress precipitant’.  We then become more stressed that we may lose our amazing possessions.

Try to look objectively at your job, your home, your partner and appreciate that all will move on and nothing can be held in place. The more you try to hold on to them the more unhappy you will become as your neurotic thoughts try to create the impossibility of permanence.  We are all going to die and someone else will eventually move into your home or take over your pride.

So, instead of worrying about the disasters of the world or what you personally might lose in your world, just enjoy what you have right now. Appreciate that you are allowed to enjoy what you have in the present, do not be depressed about what you perceive you may have lost in the past and allow that the future can be dealt with later. Clean out the old negative, possessive way of thinking and replace those thoughts with positive, brighter ones.  Become the Lion…….

In the Big Picture of the World

As for the disastrously mouth-watering news media world – if each power-hungry dictator or government would stop trying to set up their permanent dynasty then much of the suffering could be stopped or at least alleviated.  This philosophy applies to the seizure of land, the building of a child-army, the murdering of members of an opposition party, to the with-holding of knowledge about an aircraft that may have crashed. Just as the media do not report the stories based on the suffering involved, the individuals perpetuating the disaster stories are not doing it for the highest good of the ones that are suffering. They are doing it for their own permanent power and position.

So, my answer to you for dealing with World Disasters and Calamity at a basic human level

Change the way you think. Focus on your own life and don’t get too caught up in the misery that is out there. Of course, if you can do something to help then great news – go for it. But, remember that the healing starts from within your own heart and mind, so you have to be balanced within your own life.  Then through that peace and harmony you can alleviate some of the suffering with your prayers, blessings or physical presence – if you are able to help at that level.

But only through detached compassion will you be able to give true assistance. And detached compassion requires you to be at balance within yourself and to learn to think clearly. Let go of trying to hold onto anything and remember nothing is permanent – including this present world or personal disasters.


World Disasters and Psychological Stress

By Liz McCaughey©Copyright 2019 aMindset.HK
Date: October 30, 2019

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Liz’s articles are available on both the KumaraHub and aMindset websites.
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About Liz McCaughey

Liz McCaughey is a qualified psychotherapist with her own private practice in Hong Kong and Australia. If you would like, you can arrange an appointment HERE.

If you are unable to travel to Liz’s practice, there is an online portal where Skype appointments can be arranged.

Liz has recently opened her new business aMindset in Hong Kong. aMindset is a comprehensive mental health resource that incorporates Psychotherapy, Counselling, Mentoring and Workshops. Liz originally founded the company “Kumara“ in Perth, Western Australia in 2003.  This company is affiliated with aMindset and you can read more about Kumara in the website KumaraHub.

Mums Also Suffer from Burnout

Mums Also Suffer from Burnout

Burnout is usually discussed as a problem that is related to workplace stress, it is not generally associated with being a mother. But mums also suffer from burnout. The term “burnout” is a relatively new expression and was first mentioned in 1974 by Herbert Freudenberger in his book, Burnout: The High Cost of High Achievement. In the book, burnout is defined as “the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one’s devotion to a cause or relationship fails to produce the desired results”.  In 2018, research by Hubert and Aujoulat[1] “Parental Burnout: When Exhausted Mothers Open Up” suggested that feelings of fear of not being a good enough mother contributed to mums experiencing burnout. The experience of burnout was further exacerbated by mums experiencing discontinuity about their sense of self.

What is the most stressful – Career or Parenting?

In my career structure, I have been a mother and an air traffic controller and believe me the stress and fear of motherhood (and being a ‘good enough’ parent) was the harder one to bear. I know there were times when I really screwed up and those were hard to forgive – yet my children seemed to have survived my misperception of myself as the ‘mum from hell’. And indeed, they are pretty well-adjusted adults, all things considered.

Parental Burnout is Prevalent in our Society

Having left the worlds of air trafficking and motherhood behind, I continued my ‘battle with burnout careers’ and trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist. Twenty years later, I am still going strong. But working in Australia and now in Hong Kong, I have discovered that there are a great many young mums who are experiencing parental burnout. Young people who really believe they are not good enough and who seem intent on burdening themselves with a guilt that is unjustified and hard to bear.

Parental Wisdom – Stop Burnout

I am a parent of 3 relatively normal, though who can really define normal, grown-up children. As a person who has had some professional training and lots of experiential exposure to parenting. I thought to write this article for all the young mums and offer my twopence worth of parental wisdom that might help them avoid burnout. Indeed I am sure a lot of people did not appreciate that mums also suffer from burnout even although they may not have stepped into the office or had a professional career.

  • As mums, we are allowed to make mistakes
    • But we want to try and stop repeating them
  • As mums, we are our children’s first teacher – remember that
    • It might help you be more determined to stop doing the same old mistakes
  • As mums, our children are guided by our behaviour so behave kindly
    • But if you, get over it and don’t carry the guilt
  • As mums, it is impossible to be perfect (whatever that means)
    • Stop beating yourself up about something you did in the past
  • As mums, we have to appreciate that all children are different
    • Stop making comparisons at school, on the sports field and anywhere else. It’s just exhausting and debilitating when you continuously play the ‘compare-game’
  • As new mums, we don’t know what we are doing half the time
    • Don’t be afraid to ask for help

A good way to help yourself is to be the observer of your own behaviour and reactions.

  • If you have yelled at your child and then regretted it (haven’t we all)
    • Work out why it happened and do something to ensure the situation doesn’t happen again
  • If you are not getting enough sleep
    • Discuss with family and friends and allocate ‘you-time’, when you can be child-free for a short period so you can catch up with some sleep
  • If you are anxious about your children being late for school
    • Get up earlier and plan to leave 10-mins before you need to leave
  • If your child keeps annoyingly demanding your attention when you are talking with friends
    • Maybe consider their emotions. What can you do to allow a fair share of play with your child time and adult catch up time? The two generally don’t mix that well

Don’t suffer – Let Go of the Guilt

The most important thing is to just do the best you can and stop carrying the burden of guilt and fear that you are not being a good enough mum. You are condemning yourself to being guilty until proven more guilty. Some of the things I felt guilty doing to my children have been a very annoying and heavy weight that I carried for a while.  And then what made it even more annoying was when they were adults I wanted to discuss ‘this guilt’ with my offspring.  Guess what?  They had no idea what I was talking about! We parents are really our own worst enemy when it comes to piling on self-guilt and loathing.

Feeling not good enough is nonsense when you are trying your best. Burnout for mums is a result of fear of not being good enough and losing one’s sense of self.  Decide to challenge burnout by mentally accepting you are doing your best, and that is good enough. And accept you are not superwoman and ask for help when things are tough. This will enable you to maintain a sense of balance about what you need as a person and what the family need as a whole.

Allowing Yourself to Change

You may have to change old habits but that is possible. Set a daily routine that allows some time for self-care as well as child-care. It may take some effort, as old ingrained habits don’t like to lose their dominance over your thoughts, but you can learn new behaviours and ways of thinking. Be confident in your abilities as a mum and confront your fears by acknowledging them, learning how to identify the negative patterns and thoughts and simply replacing them with new more positive ones.

As young mums talk with each other, honestly share what you are feeling and don’t make those pesky comparisons. Support each other and then see what happens. Mistakes are a part of life, so don’t be afraid of not being good enough as a result of making a few. We all make mistakes; it’s actually how we learn.

Mums Also Suffer from Burnout

By Liz McCaughey©Copyright 2019 aMindset.HK

Date: Oct, 09, 2019

Liz’s articles are available on both the KumaraHub and aMindsetwebsites.
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About Liz McCaughey

Liz McCaughey is a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor & clinical supervisor with her own private practice in Hong Kong and Australia. If you would like, you can arrange an appointment HERE.

If you are unable to travel to Liz’s practice, there is an online portal where Skype appointments can be arranged.

Liz has opened her new business aMindset in Hong Kong. aMindset is a comprehensive mental health resource that incorporates Psychotherapy, Counselling, Mentoring, Professional Supervision and Workshops. Liz originally founded the company “Kumara“ in Perth, Western Australia in 2003.  This company is affiliated with aMindset and you can read more about Kumara in the website KumaraHub.

[1] Hubert, S., & Aujoulat, I. (2018). Parental Burnout: When Exhausted Mothers Open Up. Frontiers in psychology9, 1021. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01021
Meditation Reduces Stress

Meditation Reduces Stress

In Hong Kong and throughout the world modern inventions have provided humankind with many conveniences, from as basic as electricity to more recent innovations such as smartphones and tablets.  It would be hard to imagine what it would be living without all these modern conveniences. However, the advancements enjoyed by today’s society have also brought some inconveniences and troubling issues, and one of the most prevalent negatives is stress. One can argue that stress has become the bane of the 21st-century existence. Fortunately, stress is not something we have to hold onto, and meditation reduces stress simply and effectively.

Causes of Stress

Stress can be due to numerous factors such as intensified workload for increased productivity, obsession with competition, and the constant search for perfection. It can also be attributed to the difficulty of balancing work and personal life as well as major changes in social standards. There are many reasons humanity is so stressed, but the good news is there are many ways to help reduce our stress and meditation has been proven to help.

Stress is a Worldwide Problem

What’s even more worrying about stress is that it affects anyone, young and old. Stress also affects all social groups; it would be true to say there are very few who can escape its effects. In the United States alone, stress & anxiety disorders are affecting millions of people. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates that 40 million people, aged 18 years and above have anxiety. This translates to around 18% of the country’s population.  Out of that number, around 7 million suffer from general anxiety disorder while 15 million have a social anxiety disorder.  Another 15 million people are believed to have a major depressive disorder and close to 8 million have post-traumatic stress disorder.

Unlike conditions such as flu or a cough, where medications can be prescribed, treatment of these mental health requires a different approach. Indeed, there’s no surgery for anxiety and depression. Fortunately, meditation presents an effective and easy means of coping with depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.

How to Meditate

The concept being meditated upon can sometimes require or recommend a specific form of meditation, but we can find similarities among most meditation techniques. The first step in meditation is to calm the body by just focusing on a gentle breath. Or you can just sit in a comfortable position, eyes closed, and concentrate on relaxing the entire body, by scanning it from head to toe. When the body is relaxed, you can then focus on the meditative object. For example, mindfulness practitioners would concentrate on things related to the present moment, like their own heartbeat or sensations on their skin. Alternatively, someone meditating to reduce pain may focus on a visualisation of a healing blue light surrounding the area of pain and numbing it. Meditation is a valuable tool that can assist in many tasks by teaching you to pause, breath and let go.  

Meditation is particularly useful in reducing stress. It is good to catch the ‘stressors’ early and do short meditations. A 2-minute breathing meditation is very effective with helping the stress disappear and allowing relaxation to take its place. It is better to do more short meditations, than to hold onto the stress for a week and attempt a longer weekly meditation.

Research shows that meditation is good for the health. Give it a go, what have you to lose?

Meditation Reduces Stress
By Liz McCaughey©Copyright 2019 aMindset.HK

Liz McCaughey 

Date: 23 Sep 19

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About Liz McCaughey

If you would like, you can arrange an appointment HERE.

If you are unable to travel to Liz’s practice, there is an online portal where Skype appointments can be arranged. 

Liz is an international guest speaker who has presented workshops at business and universities in Australia. Liz has recently opened her new business aMindset in Hong Kong. aMindset is a comprehensive mental health resource that incorporates Psychotherapy, Counselling, Mentoring and Workshops. Liz’s first company, the KumaraHub  started in Perth, Western Australia in 2003. You can read more about the KumaraHub HERE.

Right Thinking & Awakening the Mind

Right Thinking & Awakening the Mind

Where you focus your attention, your energy will flow in that direction or you may know this saying better as: ‘Energy follows thought’. These days, staying focused on any thought is no small achievement. We live in a time of emotional and mental instability and no sooner do we attempt to complete one project another one pulls us in different direction. The world is full of things clamouring for our attention; even setting the sound and haptics of our smart phones is a full-time endeavour. And as if that is not enough as we watch the news on TV there is a ticker tape of breaking news distracting our thoughts from what the anchorman is showing or telling us on the screen.

Technological Advances

Each and every day we sit back dissatisfied and stressed as very little seems to be accomplished to our full satisfaction. It seems the key to getting things done is being able to concentrate for more than a few seconds on one object. We have to relearn how to concentrate our thoughts without the modern-day distractions that keep us busy doing nothing. The great technological advances which have made instant communication and global connection possible are a wonder and very useful and convenient for business and communication. But there is a flip side, these wonderful technological advances keep us so busy we fail to keep our attention on one thing for longer than a few minutes as we rush to answer another email or post on Facebook. It takes a very special person not to become overwhelmed by the demands and distractions that are presented to each and every one of us throughout the day.

Mindfulness & Meditation

One of the ways to train the mind is through the ancient practice of Mindfulness. This meditation practice has become increasingly popular in our culture and is used to help focus the mind on the present moment.  It assists an individual to develop a one pointedness of attention that stops the distractions and white noise of the external world.

More and more people are turning to meditation to bring calm, focus and even productivity into their lives. It’s as if people are appreciating, they have a mind and if they can use that mind correctly, they will be a lot happier than they are now.  Certainly, with the mind in control and not the chaotic emotions we do seems to be happier and more balanced people.

Mindfulness advocates that no daily is task is too menial to not have our undivided attention.  With everything we do we use the mind to keep us present and in the moment. If we are daydreaming and allowing the mind to go off on its own journey of thoughts and fantasies we will get nowhere.  Keeping the mind focused takes will power but it gets easier the more you do it. It is not hard to learn to control the mind, we just have to choose to take back control. With the mind back in control, our attention is not divided, and we can achieve all the things we choose to achieve each day. No matter how clever we are, we have to make choices and one of those choices may be to take back control of the mind. This is quite a relevant choice as each and every day we create thoughts by thinking. Now the trick is, we have to decide what we want to think about. Otherwise nothing will get done and our thoughts remain a distracted mess of chaotic emotional and mental reactions.

Right Thinking

Right thinking is not just about accomplishments and doing a good job in the home and office. Right thinking is clear thinking, based on right values and a sense of good will. Right thinking is not clouded with criticism, doubt, worry or fear. Very simply, right thinking raises us up; wrong thinking brings us down. And we are not just pulling ourselves down with wrong thinking, usually we managed to drag everyone else into the pit with us. Who would want to do that to their friends, colleagues or family?   As we focus on right thinking, we help others rise up as they are influenced by our right thinking and decide to think clearly and more compassionately.

As a human being it is a great responsibility to recognise and appreciate that energy follows thought. If the energy behind the thought is negative, then we are having a negative affect not just on our own psyche but also on the people within our environment.

Thoughts are things and with each thought, and indeed each word, we are building, creating something. Thoughts are creative because energy follows thought and on the mental plane something is created and will grow if fed. Once it is created, it leads and conducts energy according to its qualities of right or wrong thinking. Our whole system (mental, emotional and physical bodies) respond to these energies. The nature of the thoughts we have determines the kind of energy that builds our life.

This reminds me of that story about the wolf you feed.

An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life…

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

“One is evil — he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.

“The other is good — he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

“This same fight is going on inside you — and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,

“Which wolf will win?”

The old chief simply replied,

“The one you feed.”

Pause for a moment and consider the thoughts you have about yourself. What wolf are you feeding? Are you raising ourselves up or pulling yourself down?

What Do We Want to Build?

The next consideration is; what do we want to build? What do we want to create? And how do we do that? Whether it’s something personal, political, social, or spiritual, we can create a great and wonderful vision and a plan, and we have the ability to hold onto it.  But it may require effort and only we can choose whether we have the right stuff to ensure right thoughts are the ethos we live by.

And of course, as we look to the world there seems to be so many problems that are overwhelming in their magnitude and complexity. We may become disheartened and think what’s the point, what can my little-self do to change things, the world is a mess I may as well join it.

Changing Ourself Not the World

However, we are not talking about changing the world we are talking about changing ourselves. Like each brick that creates the building, if we work at right thoughts, we ensure our particular brick is strong and secure. Our part of the tower will be safe. We will continue to influence the surrounding bricks with our right thinking. Eventually more and more bricks become safe as their quality is good and eventually, we have a solid tower that will stand for centuries because it has been created with the right stuff and is of good quality.

Are we prepared to work towards those solutions? Are we prepared to attempt to do what can be done with our own way of thinking? Are we able to think clearly and critical? Can we think in a detached way and with discernment? Are we willing to support other people, with our thoughts and speech? Will we work with them? There is so much to be done on the personal level. But the good news is this work we do at a personal level is already changing the world for the better.

We need to reclaim our thoughts and eradicate the criticism, fear and judgements that cloud our vision and minds.  We do that through focusing our intention on right thinking and awakening the mind to clear thoughts that are free of judgment. We do not need to meditate to do this, although meditation is a good training ground.

No-one else can do this for us, it requires our daily effort and endeavour to change ourselves. “This will not be accomplished by someone else, somewhere else, nor by any one leader or nation.”[i]

People believe the problems are too great and they ask, “What can we do?” The answer is simple, start thinking right thoughts and training the mind and the heart to think rightly. This is something we all can do, and we really must do if we want to live in a better world or more importantly leave a habitable world for our children and the generations that follow.

I will close with the wonderful words of Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

The idea for this article came from the Lucis Trust global Triangles Meditation program to heal the world.

Right Thinking & Awakening the Mind

By Liz McCaughey©Copyright 2019 aMindset.HK

Date: Aug 30, 2019

Liz’s articles are available on both the KumaraHub and aMindsetwebsites.
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About Liz McCaughey

Liz McCaughey is a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor & clinical supervisor with her own private practice in Hong Kong and Australia. If you would like, you can arrange an appointment HERE.

If you are unable to travel to Liz’s practice, there is an online portal where Skype appointments can be arranged.

Liz has opened her new business aMindset in Hong Kong. aMindset is a comprehensive mental health resource that incorporates Psychotherapy, Counselling, Mentoring, Professional Supervision and Workshops. Liz originally founded the company “Kumara“ in Perth, Western Australia in 2003.  This company is affiliated with aMindset and you can read more about Kumara in the website KumaraHub.

[i] Talk given by Alex Ratcliffe: Right Thinking: August 7, 2019. Retrieved from URL: