Sunil

Podcast #054: Broken But Blessed

We live in a world that celebrates success, achievement and strength. Crowds flock to watch or hear about the fastest, strongest, most beautiful and accomplished men and women of the world. However, there is another deeper and more lasting perspective.   I was recently at a conference for Christian doctors and had the unexpected privilege of meeting Rebekah Domer. She is the author of the book,  “Broken but Blessed: Journeying from Pain to Peace with Unlikely Guides.” Rebekah is a hospice chaplain who currently works at St. Michael’s Hospice in
Read More »

Podcast #053: What is your life purpose?

That is certainly a deep question to ask! Most people spend more time planning a two week holiday than the purpose of their one precious life.  In our third and final conversation with Kary Oberbrunner we explore this rich and fascinating subject from his book ‘The Deeper Path’. For a 2 minute preview see the video below: On the podcast we unpack the following inspiring quote: “The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play; his labour and his leisure; his mind and
Read More »

Podcast #052 What Is Your Secret Name?

That may well seem a strange question to ask. It comes from my conversation with Kary Oberbrunner (who I introduced in Podcast #051). Kary has released the second edition of his book, “Your Secret Name: An Uncommon Quest To Stop Pretending, Shed The Labels and Discover Your True Identity.” You can get a flavour of our conversation from the 2 minute video conversation with Kary below (apologies for the lighting changes towards the end and yes I do need to tidy up my office!): On the podcast we learn about
Read More »

Podcast #051: Living Life To The Full With Kary Oberbrunner

What does it take to live a full life? Rather than think about that in an abstract or theoretical sense, on today’s podcast I interview someone who I am proud to say has become a mentor and good friend, Kary Oberbrunner. The 2 minute video below will give you a flavour of our podcast conversation:  Kary lives in Columbus, Ohio, is married to Kelly and together they have three children. He is an author of ten books, a coach and public speaker. He helps individuals and organisations clarify who
Read More »

Podcast #050: More about the strange adventure we must all take

As we continue our conversation with John Wyatt on his book ‘Dying Well’ on this podcast we look at the specific temptations and fears that can come to occupy our minds at the end of life. In podcast #049 we looked at the positive opportunities and expectation that dying well can bring. On this podcast discussion with John we unpack the following challenges at the end of life: Doubt and questioning the presence of God. How the antidote to doubt is honesty which can lead to a deeper more honest
Read More »

Podcast #049: The strange adventure we must all take

Its not the subject of polite conversation and yet it is relevant to us all. What does it mean to not only live life well, but also to die and end this life well? On this podcast we welcome back John Wyatt. John is Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics at University College, London and a Senior Research Fellow at the Faraday Institute, Cambridge University. He is married to Celia and and they have three grown-up sons. John has written extensively on the subject of medical ethics and his latest book is
Read More »

Podcast #048: Finding meaning and direction

The pace and rate of technological change over the last few decades has been extraordinary. We have the potential to be  and do things faster, better and more efficiently in ways previous generations could never have dreamed possible. But there is also a sense that there has to be something more than just what we see around us. One writer, Tom Wright puts it in terms of four areas of concern in our culture. In these areas just being or doing faster, better or more efficiently is inadequate: – the
Read More »

Podcast #047: Healthy relationships

As we continue in our conversation with the author Andy Parnham we come to the subject of healthy relationships. How do they work and how do we restore them when they go wrong? We know from our own experience that relationships are important, but the research of the psychiatrist Robert Waldinger goes as far as to say it is the number one strongest predictor of good health. Do come and join Andy Parnham and I as we look at: The following 5 principles for healthy relationships: 1. Prioritising people over things
Read More »

Podcast #046: The problem of longing and wanting more

Longing. Its something we all experience at one time or another, but find so hard to explain or define. On this podcast Andy Parnham and I discuss this “reaching out towards or yearning for something that you can’t describe but which draws you very powerfully with a mixture of joy and sadness.” The writer C. S. Lewis put it even more potently when he called this longing  ‘joy’ and described it as ‘an unsatisfied desire which is itself more desirable than any other satisfaction…… anyone who has experienced it will
Read More »

Podcast #045 Do you want to be happy?

That seems an almost ridiculous question. Of course you want to be happy! Our world is obsessed with wanting to be happy. But what do we actually mean by happiness? Especially in our complex, challenging and chaotic world where we have so many things that promise happiness, but often fail to deliver what they promise. Do join Andrew Parnham and I as we continue to unpack this important subject from his book, “Lasting Happiness: In Search of Deeper Meaning and Fulfilment.” Together we explore: Health and wellbeing as a means
Read More »

I’m taking a break!

Thank you for receiving and interacting with my regular blog posts. They have been coming weekly for almost six years! It’s incredible to think of all the areas we have explored and discussed in this time. We also started the podcast in May 2015. So much has happened in that time and its encouraging to see how far we have come. Also over the last few years I have seen a significant change in my roles and responsibilities. I am challenged to stop and pause for a period of time
Read More »

Podcast #044 Lasting Happiness

Happiness! Who doesn’t want it? A recent google search on ‘how to be happy’ turned up 626 million results. Compare that to typing in ‘Donald Trump’ and you get 237 million items or ‘Brexit news’ where there is just 90 million! We all want to be happy. But what do we mean by happiness? I can be happy eating an ice cream and I can be happy meeting a long lost friend. But those two experiences are clearly very different. How can I find a happiness that leads to deeper
Read More »

How to get out of your head

How do I handle all the overwhelm and the many distractions I find myself having to deal with not just on a daily but even moment-by-moment basis? We have been looking at this 18 minute video by David Allen that gives much wisdom into this increasingly common life challenge: David Allen’s fundamental point is that the best way to deal with feelings of overwhelm is to get everything that is on your mind out of your head into some trustworthy external system. The simple act of writing it down is
Read More »

Why feeling overwhelmed can actually be a mind trick

I know that can seem hard to believe – but trust me on this! One of the marks of modern life is the nagging sense of all the things that need to be done. The list never seems to finish and it is so easy to feel overwhelmed and exhausted thinking about all you have to do. But does that have to be the case at all?  This 18 minute TED talk by David Allen gives a helpful perspective on how to deal with the feelings of overwhelm and never-ending
Read More »

Are you out of your mind?

That might well seem like a strange question for me to ask, especially as I work as a psychiatrist! It is actually from this 18 minute video by David Allen, who has spent many decades researching how the most productive people use their time in the least stressful way possible. I have been following David Allen’s work for approaching a decade and found his insights enormously helpful. I think you will too. Here are three ways our brains can help or hinder us: David Allen’s first main insight is that
Read More »
  • FREE e-book reveals…. 6 Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout

    Ebook

    Enter your details below to discover 6 simple tactics to avoid burnout and stress.
    You will also get regular blog updates with helpful insights delivered directly to your inbox
    .

    We take your email address very seriously and will not in any circumstance sell or pass it on to any third party

  • Podcast List

  • Disclaimer

    This information is for educational purposes only, and is in no way intended to be personal medical advice. Please ask your physician about any health guidelines seen in this blog, as everyone is different in his or her medical needs.