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What the work of Montaigne has personally taught me!

“The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness” — Michel de Montaigne, Bayle St. John (1866). “Essays [Tr.] by Cotton” p.235

Michel de Montaigne (1533–92) — the 16th-century French philosopher credited with inventing the essay — wrote that “the plague of man is boasting of his knowledge”.

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“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.” — Thich Nhat Hanh — Author of the Book — The Miracle of Mindfulness — The Classic Guide.

I am writing this article to give my two cents on what I have learned from the topic and hopefully, this will in turn, possibly help someone out there look at these things from this perspective.

In CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Mindfulness is known to help people feel…

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“There isn’t a single child who, with understanding and patience, can’t be guided along a trajectory that leads to a rich and meaningful life.” -Dr. Stuart Shanker

If we teach school-going children (aged approximately from 7 years+ and up — when you can “reason” with a child adequately enough — if they learn before this age that may prove to be ineffective given that they are still young etc.) emotion regulation skills while they are in primary school — will we see fewer cases of anxiety and depression in our future adults?

Mental Health is so important to get right…

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Micro-management is “not good” for a business

“Employees are a company’s greatest asset. They’re your competitive advantage. You want to attract and retain the best; provide them with encouragement, stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of the company’s mission.” — Anne C. Mulcahy

If I was to name a pet peeve of mine, micro-management would be it.

You will see corporate documents like the “Dignity and Respect Policy” that write how they don’t allow these sort of behaviours to happen in their organization and yet it still happens quite frequently in the corporate world.



For anyone who does not know me, hello and welcome to my very first Medium article on here. I am Barbara and I did a Bachelors Music degree specializing in Composition and Technology back in 2003 —which was the year I graduated from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Over the past few years, I have looked at how music can improve our overall health even therapeutically. I studied Music Therapy as one of my subjects in college. The aim of this article is to briefly investigate how I suspect lately that there is perhaps a co-relation between our bodies and…

Barbara Craig

Mother of 4 | writer (on Medium) | personal site: | creator of | Inspiring others to do and be their best every day!

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