Welcome to B is for Being.

Welcome to B is for Being - Benjamin Hammersley
Benjamin Hammersley

Imagine feeling afraid to share yourself because of all the ways people might criticise and judge you.

Imagine feeling that everything you said and did was uninteresting, flawed and not good enough.

For me, this isn’t so difficult to imagine as I’ve struggled with self-repression for most of my life.

After an intense inner search, I discovered that present moment awareness and self-acceptance allowed me to share myself openly with other people with significantly less doubt and fear.

My friendships and creativity started to flow, and the people around me were enjoying the real me.

Through the podcast, I share my ongoing journey into uncovering my authenticity from the effects of fear and doubt. I talk with friends, psychologists and teachers about the most useful insights, tools and techniques which allow us to be ourselves.

053 Pausing the Podcast + Upcoming Video Series

053: Pausing the Podcast + The Courage to Create (new video series)

Sorry for keeping you hanging.

I’ve been on an extended break from the podcast after burning myself out.

I realised I was forcing myself to produce episode after episode from a place of fear instead of a genuine desire to create.

I forced myself to keep producing episodes because I thought if I stopped, you might lose interest in what I’m doing and never come back. Sounds familiar, right?

So in this episode, I explain what kept me in this fear as well as the new agreement I’ve made with myself to stop creating if I’m not having fun or being kind to myself.

Also, did somebody say ‘new video series?’ Yes, yes they did! Tune-in to learn about the new series where I will be exploring the courage to express my creativity openly.

(Note: Apologies for the clicking sound in this episode. I recorded this with my earbuds and the microphone was tapping against the zip of my jacket every time I moved :/) Continue reading

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052: The Most Effective Technique for Relieving Anxiety

Anxiety, meet the present moment.

I’ve struggled with anxiety for the greater part of my life.

It wasn’t until I went through a particularly anxious period that I went on a search to find an ‘off’ button for my incessant anxious thinking.

I discovered that by bringing my attention to the present moment the intensity of my anxiety began to lessen. Over time, by continuing to practice present moment awareness, I’ve experienced such a significant reduction in my anxious thinking that I often forget how much I was suffering previously.

In this episode, I share how we can use the present moment to diminish the power of our anxiety and begin experiencing effective relief from our worrisome thoughts.

Disclaimer: The technique outlined in this episode assumes that a low, to moderate level of anxiety is present. Practicing this technique may become difficult when experiencing high levels of anxiety. Continue reading

051 Why I Started Keeping A Compliments Journal

051: Why I Started Keeping a Compliments Journal

A short episode outlining the benefits of recording the compliments we receive.

After realising how much negative self-talk I was doing, I went searching for some ways to bring more positivity back into the picture.

I didn’t expect that writing down the compliments I received would have such a great effect on my self-worth and provide me with a source of support during times of intense self-doubt.

In this episode, I let you know why I started keeping a compliments journal and how it’s allowed me to receive the nice things people say about me, while simultaneously reducing my bias towards self-negativity.
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