I shouldn’t have been surprised but I still was. The irony that I was giving a talk on the physiological influence of one’s mind upon the body was uncomfortably present. I couldn’t stop the nerves, the jitters, the fear of standing on a stage in front of 700 people.

Yet, the meditation, breathing and mind tools I employed in the weeks leading up to my talk were all essential preparation. It’s common to rehearse what you’re going to say, where you might stand, and even what you might wear – yet it’s easy to forget to consider how we might feel.

Whilst I did spend hours preparing my talk, I also spent hours preparing my mind, and even though I know this stuff, even though I write and talk about this subject I am still humbled by the fact it works.

I shouldn’t be, but I am continually blown away by the power of my own mind.