Vanessa’s Blog

A brain called TED…

What can I say - it's all over now, and I have no idea what I will talk about every evening now. Thanks for having me TEDxGhent, it was fun 😉 #BitsofLove #SecondSight

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Off to Ghent…

Well I can safely say I don't think I could have practised the talk I will give this Saturday at 11.02 (!) at De Bijloke in Ghent for TEDx anymore than I have. This morning saw my last practise run to around 50 secondary school students with an interest in psychology. Not surprisingly teens don't respond in the same way as adults. At one moment when they spontaneously tittered at one comment, it was followed immediately by a collective squirming in seats as they realised they had shown...

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The lights are on

Fear does not exist, it doesn't lurk inside of me. It is a manifestation of my mind, an emotional response my mind creates when certain environmental factors shift a little too far in the wrong direction. Quite often for me, this is simply light; daylight to be exact. It happened today and I found myself having the 'clarification' conversation'. It went something like this: "Is is a bit darker here where we're walking?" (my friend and I were walking in our local park) "Umm?" "Is it subtly...

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Are you authentic?

I find I spot oxymorons all the time now. These can be annoyingly common in fact, and I log these small irritations continually throughout my day. Take internet security as a case in point. I'll come to that in a moment but I'd like to clarify, I am not here to whinge, only to comment, to notice these things. Since my visual world did a huge shift to the left (or was it to the right?) I don't see things quite in the way I used to. Take a moment to think - how many times a day are you asked to...

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Inspiration can manifests itself in strange ways. Occasionally it hits like an excited child running smack bang into me at school pick-up time. Other times it is a slow persistent idea creeping, crowbarring its way into my consciousness when I meditate, dragging me back to the surface so I have to write it down. But I like the lemmings best. Little creatures that pop up, sniff the air; alert yet eager. Unsure and tentative, they dart erratically around my mind, an impossible curiosity driving...

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A road map to meditation

Meditation is not one-size-fits-all and styles can vary enormously. From mindfulness to hypnosis to psychedelics, my consciousness road trip, covering 12 different mind-training techniques, provides a tried-and-tested roadmap of which practice might be right for you.

Second Sight

Imagine waking up one morning to find yourself blind and paralysed. In 2012 a catastrophic illness wiped out two of my senses. As I recovered I set out on a voyage of discovery to uncover the extraordinary science behind my visual rebirth.

ParkBathe Project

A citizen science green health podcast project with Dr Kirsten McEwan providing FREE 1hr mindful walks for ‘nature sceptics’ to experience the benefits of urban forest bathing in Crystal Palace Park, London. To book a free walk and find out more click below.


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