About 8 years ago, a friend told me of a course that she had been on called the Mindstore course - she described it as a kind of positivity, life balancing, goal setting kind of course, run by the Scottish motivational speaker Jack Black.
I was impressed with how it had affected the way she was living her life, but typically did nothing and it was only a couple of years later when I became ill with an auto immune disorder, and was in need of a bit of positivity, that I remembered about it and bought Jack's book.
I find it difficult to desribe the whole Mindstore thing - and I must say that sometimes when I do so people look as though I am a bit loopy - but it basically involves creating an imaginary architectural framework - a "house on the right bank" which makes meditation, goal setting, stress management creativity and so on easy.
I can honestly say that it changed my life - I believe that being positive is something that you need to work at and over the past 6 years, despite health issues that have been constant and at times frightening, I have become much more positive, more focused, more energetic, more creative and ambitious than I was before - something that I believe stems from the 10 minutes a day that I spend pootling about in my Mindstore house. (I am aware that makes it sound like an internal Sims)
Recently though I have felt that I'm only dipping my toes in, that I haven't begun to really explore the possibilities - so I was delighted to hear that there is a Mindstore course in Glasgow on 3rd March - I booked up immediately and am so looking forward to it.
One thing that I think is brilliant too is that Jack gives free Mindstore courses to school children in Glasgow - I'm hoping that Stirlingshire will take up his offer to do some there too as I think that our teens would benefit so much. Even if they only learned how to focus before exams, how to block negativity, it would be so valuable