Should You Drink Caffeine?

I often get asked if I drink coffee, and the answer is no. But that doesn’t mean that you should or shouldn’t. In this video I share very briefly why I don’t drink caffeine and whether it is something for you to consume or not. Enjoy and any comments please drop them below.


Tom is a meditation teacher, author, corporate speaker and personal coach. He provides one on one coaching as well as group coaching in his Zen Academy for Transformational Leadership. To contact Tom about receiving his guidance or booking him to speak at your company click here.

How To Reduce Anxiety And Live More Calmly

How are you feeling? Do you currently suffer from anxiety, insomnia, depression, adrenal fatigue overwhelm, panic attacks, OCD, ADHD, tapping leg syndrome? Or all of the above?

Recently I presented a couple of talks in front a large auditorium, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne and to open both of those talks I asked the audience who was feeling any of the above symptoms. What happened was around 80-90% of the audience put their hand up! 80-90%!

Here in Australia we are blessed to have one of the most affluent lifestyles in the world. Generally speaking most people in our society have smart phones, overseas holidays, nice houses with fresh running water, more food than we can ever eat, more clothes than we can ever wear and tumeric chai lattes! We don’t have marauding tribes chasing us down or sabre tooth tigers leaping out from behind rocks threatening our survival. So why is it we have such high rates of anxiety and panic attacks? Is there a correlation between intense quest to attain and sustain such a high rate of affluence and the toll that takes on our well-being to achieve it? Is it a matter of needing to shift our perspectives on what is important to us?

For years I suffered extreme anxiety and panic attacks, and to be very honest, there are times in my life now where I still get them. Every time I would feel that wave of anxiety sweep over me it is always when I am not present and in the moment. Its when my mind has leapt ahead into a future world, one that I am creating in my head full of scary scenarios of things going wrong. This completely distorts my present moment and triggers a stress response in my body of extreme fear about what could happen.

Our minds are amazing devices that are charmed by the idea of analysing and forecasting. It thrives in the future and the past, and has very little to do in the present moment. When the mind becomes quiet what prevails is a beautiful calm watchfulness of this moment. Here now. This ‘here now’ calmness is remarkably simply and even as I write this I can sit, pause and stay in this watchful calmness. Yet I can also notice how the mind wants to hijack this moment and take me to another place in the future. Some peoples stress default mode is anger or rage, others is deep lethargy or depression, and then there is anxiety and fear. This latter one is my default stress mode. I project into the future and get anxious about what ‘might’ happen. I usually think of a worse case scenario which triggers a huge anxiety reaction in the body.

There are a number of strategies that I use that can really help reduce the debilitating side effects of panic and anxiety. It needs to be a wholistic process, as I don’t believe there is a magic pill or cure for it.

1. Daily meditation. This will play a huge role in calming the nervous system and keeping the mind disciplined and in the present moment.

2. Daily Abhyanga. This is an ayurvedic self massage that soothes the nervous system and grounds the body. It is recommended to use sesame oil or you can buy ayurvedic abhyanga oil online. Once you massage yourself all over with the oil, have a warm bath or hot shower.

3. Vitamins and minerals. Ideally see a naturopath for a guide on what are the best supplement to take however vitamin B’s, C’s and magnesium are all good to help with anxiety.

4. Stay away from stimulating environments as much as possible. Overwhelming the nervous system with lots of noise and activity will wear the nervous system down and lead to emotional disturbance. Try to spend more time in quiet environments especially amongst nature

5. Reduce technology and the use of the phone. Pick up a book, talk with a friend, observe life through the senses, or simply be. I struggle with this one also. My phone is nearly always one and I have to admit, it lures my attention much more than should allow it to. But I know the time when I put it in a draw, turn it on airplane mode or shut it off, I feel so much better in the long run. Those short highs from scoring through a feed are like a sugar fix that doesnt last.

6. Get to bed by 10pm. Sounds simple enough but this change can make a huge difference to how you feel in the morning. There is a circadian rhythm in the day that peaks and troughs and there is a trough or downtime that comes around 9-10pm. This is when we ideally should be turning down lights, turning off technology, having a bath, reading, stretching and then hitting the pillow for a good night sleep from 10pm onwards. I know I feel heaps better the nights I fall asleep by 10pm and wake up around 5am or 6am!

These are just some strategies that will help reduce anxiety. There are more traditional methods like seeing doctors, psychologist and using medication which could all be an option if need be. Search in your local area for people who specialise in anxiety and panic for some further assistance and if things get severe, please please be sure to talk with someone about this.



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A Video I’d Rather Not Have To Make

It is with deep regret that we recently see another member of our community take their life leaving behind very sad family, friends and colleagues. The ripple effect of this is huge. Their deep depression and ensuing action to end that pain spreads far and wide. This person had been using medication for depression and bi-polar however it wasn’t enough to remove the darkness.
Is there more we can do when we are faced with this dis-ease and dis-connect? What else can we do to support us through these dark times and help us come out the other side into the light?
Check out my short video…

If you are experiencing anxiety, panic or depression then here is my free book to help overcome these. This book reveals a wholistic approach to living a calm, happy and purpose-filled life.

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Why Awareness About Mental Health Simply Isn’t Enough

smilingIn the last few years in Australia we’ve seen a rapid increase in organisations specialising in mental health awareness. Some are privately run through sponsorship funding and some governmentally funded. What’s inspired this growth is the dramatic increase in poor mental health in our society. These bodies are reportedly seeing huge increases in anxiety and depression across the population.

On one hand it is great that we are bringing awareness to this issue, but on the other hand, the question is….What are they doing about resolving the issue? Have we seen a decrease since these organisations have appeared on the scene or has the issue continued to balloon?

I applied as a speaker at one of the organisations a while ago, offering my services to support those who may have suffered with anxiety or depression. In the interview process, they asked me what sort of topics I would be discussing in my presentations, to which I replied:
“Effective strategies to overcome the debilitating effects of anxiety, panic and depression.”

“Oh No. We don’t like to discuss strategies, we are about awareness.” They replied.

I was a bit confused.

What does awareness alone do to help people recover from a lack of mental health? Don’t these people need strategies and a process to go through to help them recover and regain their mental health back? Apparently this was not what this incredibly well funded organisation was about.

Needless to say, they declined my application.

If someone sat down in front of you and they said they were physically unhealthy, would you talk about it or propose some steps they take to improve their health? No doubt, you might suggest they exercise 3 times a week, make veggie juices, go to bed before 10pm, stretch 2-3 times a week, drink 2 litres of filtered water a day, avoid drinking too much alcohol, decrease their sugar, gluten and processed foods.

It wouldn’t be a complex process but one that once applied would certainly bring about an improvement in someone’s physical health. It shouldn’t require huge amounts of discussion and awareness, just being proactive and empowered in making choices and presenting an option. Once they take that option and embark on those steps, invariably we see their physical health improve.

The very same goes for mental health. Being mentally healthy is a process. It requires action. It requires processes. It’s not complicated to get the basics of mental health. The foundation of being mentally healthy is quite simple and presenting the options to those suffering is the key to improving someone’s state of mind.

I once had very poor mental health. It’s certainly better these days than where it was. Is it perfect? No, I’m not sure we can reach perfect mental health. Are we ever going to feel happy all the time? (Maybe the Dalai Lama?? Even there I’d be surprised.) But by taking a series of steps and continuing with them daily I found that my mental health improved dramatically. So if someone does have a lack of mental health, what steps could they take to improve the health of their mind?

1. Read self-help books daily: There’s a Sanskrit phrase, yad bhavam tat bhavati which means what we think we become. By reading positive self-help books we continuously over-ride those negative conditioned thoughts in our mind.

2. Meditate daily or ideally twice a day: Meditation is like going to the gym for your body. It’s a work out and will help develop the mind into more positive space. Science has revealed that meditation increases grey matter, and the biochemical’s of serotonin and oxytocin that help you feel happy and calm. Meditation also helps move the body out of sympathetic nervous system state and into parasympathetic nervous system where it restores balance.

3. See naturopath and get your gut health checked: The gut is considered the second brain and if we have poor gut health this can affect our moods, leading to anxiety and depression. Issues like low healthy gut flora, inflammation and lack of nutrients all influence our mental health.

4. Avoid negative media and as much as possible, negative people: As per point #1, constantly being around people and reading media that is filled with negativity will affect your thoughts and your mental health. This isn’t always as easy to do, however where possible, make mindful choices about engaging in negative gossip, discussions and watching only the negative aspects of global news. There is a lot of good going on out there as well, only it doesn’t sell as well as negative news!

5. Gratitude daily: When we feel gratitude for the good things in our life it immediately changes how we feel. It’s much easier to see the negative things in our life than the good things, so it will require a structured process. I have gratitude journal by my bedside that I write 10 things I’m grateful for that day. It can be a small as having a hot shower, the warmth and light from the sun, the oxygen provided by the trees or your family.

6. Avoiding technology and going to sleep by 10pm: A good night sleep is crucial for mental health. The mind is a muscle and if it gets overworked it gets worn out and tired. Providing sufficient time each day for the mind and body to repair is key to good mental health.

7. Eating more organic healthy wholefoods: The brain needs to be fed nutrients and minerals to be healthy. If it’s starved it will suffer. I don’t subscribe to diets, but I do like to eat nutritious whole foods preferably locally sourced from my weekly growers market. Another way to feed the brain is with the powerful micro-nutrients found in Q96 Empowerplus. The vitamins and minerals feed the brain helping to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and panic.

8. Exercise: Yes this is a physical practice that will help physical health but it has been proven to also help mental health. When we exercise we release healthy endorphins into our body, increases serotonin, and reduces inflammation by detoxing through sweating.

Mental health means just that, a healthy state of mind. To achieve physical health, requires a regular regime or process, and the same too for mental health. We need to be proactive and embrace daily actions that constantly improve our state of mind. Bringing awareness about the poor state of mental health in our society, I’m all for that, but can we also offer options and strategies to help us all continuously achieve good mental health?


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daily ever since.I am SO THRILLED with the difference it has made to me after suffering from post natal depression and anxiety
for the past two years. I am finally enjoying life again.”
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How To Deal With Fear And Sadness

No doubt you have had times, or currently right now, you feel the emotions of fear and sadness. These emotions bubble up often in our lives however we feel incredibly uncomfortable when they do. So much so they we do all sorts of things to remove that feeling. Often we numb ourselves with alcohol, drugs and addictions or we find things to do to distract us from feeling it. Yet ironically at the same time, people all over the world our doing things to inspire that feeling in them like scary fun park rides or sad movies.  In this video I discuss the phenomenon and offer some thoughts on how you might be able to deal with this emotion in a healthy way.


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How To Be A Perfectionist And Not Get Stressed

spiritual-energyHi. I’m Tom. I’m a recovering perfectionist. It’s been a few years now. I no longer need to have all my shirts perfectly ironed with a crisp crease down the sleeve. They needed to be hanging facing the same way and spaced evenly apart on the rack. My kitchen had to be perfectly in order, as did the bathroom, bedroom and garage. I needed my job to be perfect, my car to be perfect, my relationships to be perfect, the weather to be perfect and everything else in my life TO BE PERFECT!

It was exhausting, it was stressful and it was frustrating because they just wouldn’t STAY perfect. Everything kept changing and nothing stayed perfect. UGH! I became depressed, I got anxiety and my life became a very unhappy place. (But my shirts still looked good in the wardrobe!)

Then something changed. I learnt that I was seeking perfection in a place that perfection didn’t exist. This was such a source of suffering for me. I learnt that there is perfection but it’s not in this world as we know it or see it. Perfection is in us and all around us but it’s so subtle it’s hard to find. Our attention is usually on the dense things in life like jobs, money, people, houses, the weather, our body etc. But these tangible things and experiences are in the expressed field of time, space and matter, which is imperfect and constantly changing. Your relationship will always change, so too will your job, your money, your body and everything else in your life.

Learning to meditate led me to a subtle experience that wasn’t of the world of time space and matter. It was beyond all of that. Piercing through those layers of gross reality I could dive deep into a field of exquisite Divine bliss. Yes, perfection. It was there time and time again and it never changed. It was a constant every time I went there. Silence. Stillness. Bliss. Love. I realised that yes I was seeking perfection all along but only I was looking in the wrong places.

When I meet perfectionists through my coaching I get very excited! They may not know it yet but deep down they are yearning to experience the very essence of who they are at the subtlest level…Divine Perfection. It’s their lower self seeking Unity with their Higher Self. Once they have the tools that enable them to access it then they are on their way.

I guess in a way I’m still a perfectionist, only now I seek it in the transcendence of Being. Deep in the inner silence of my soul. I let go of trying to find it in perfectly straight bath towels and having work desk perfectly neat. Yes, my wardrobe is a lot messier, and my pantry isn’t as neat and tidy, but that all seems so inconsequential to exploring the bliss of the Divine. Perfection.

Which perfectionist are you? Tell me below…I’d love to know!


And if you’d like to find out more about how to metiate and let go of your grip on being a perfectionist then you might like to explore this meditation program I created called Faster Deeper Bliss.

This has over 20 years of my experience studying meditation, all condensed into an easy, simple and effective daily program that guarantees to have you experiencing the deep and proven benefits of meditation within just 21 days … in fact you’ll notice the benefits much sooner.

We’ve helped thousands of people and I’m sure that we can help you too … check it out here … I believe it is the best meditation training available online.

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We Have A Problem..But There’s Good News TOO!


After my recent travels of late, and meeting a diverse cross section of Australia’s population, it became more apparent to me than ever that we have a problem. A BIG PROBLEM!

In numerous conversations with people in the last 2 weeks, it was revealed to me the extent of how many people are relying on drugs for sleep, anxiety, depression, cholesterol and countless other imbalances. When I asked them what they were doing different other than taking the drugs to remove the imbalance they looked at me with rather bewilderedly.

It’s not their fault, just as I had once done the same. Why? Because I relied on the perspective of the ‘authorities’ that told me this was the best thing for me to do. These guys had done 6 years of medical school right? So they knew what they were talking about. Right?

You have high cholesterol…take a pill.
You have insomnia…take a pill.
You are anxious….take a pill.
You aren’t happy….take a pill.

I even met one woman whose 19 year old daughter was on three different medications for anxiety!

Then I started thinking, if I met this many people in the last 2 weeks that are like this, then how many more are like this across Australia, Canada, USA, UK, China and on and on? It dawned on me that we have a major problem that is perpetuated but the medical and pharma industry. The exciting thing about problems though is that there is always a solution. All that is needed is a little creativity.

I once suffered with many of these imbalances myself, and I discovered that the solution required adaptability. I had to change the model to change the results. I learnt that if I did the same thing over and over again, took a pill, and expected a long term sustainable change, that I was kidding myself. I had to make wholistic changes to my life to expect different results.

My major discovery was that I had simply become imbalanced in my lifestyle, and this resulted in an imbalanced biochemistry and body. When I rebalanced my lifestyle I rebalanced my biochemistry and body. It was simple. I see this time and time again with students of mine. Like Claire who was suffering post natal depression and anxiety for 2 years. Once she changed her lifestyle slightly, the post natal depression and anxiety went away.
She says:
“I am SO THRILLED with the difference it has made to me after suffering from post natal depression and anxiety for the past two years. I am finally enjoying life again.”

So what changes can we make to bring balance back to our mind and body? Here are some tips that could help you get back on to the road of a drug free life that is light, happy and calm:

1. Meditation. Yep this is the biggest and most effective change I’ve seen in my life and my students lives by far once they embrace twice daily meditation. If you aren’t meditating yet and would like to learn then click here.

2. Diet. Our brains are being starved of nutrition because we eat so much food that is devoid of nutrients and minerals. It doesn’t have to be fancy or have any labels to it like ‘paleo’’, ‘vegan’ or ‘raw’. I just keep my eating simple. Wherever possible I eat organic, free of dairy, processing, sugar, gluten, alcohol and caffeine.

3. Strengthening and stretching. Every day I’ll either stretch (yoga) or strengthen (gym workout). Admittedly a most yoga classes will combine both, however I do love my yin yoga which is more stretching.

4. Upgrade your software. Buddha once said “What you think you become.” If you have negative, fearful, angry, or sad thoughts, then this will transfer into your body. Read inspiring positive books, attend positive inspiring talks and workshops, be around positive inspiring people.

5. Be with nature. Every week I will take time out to spend time in nature. Either by the sea, in a forest or in a park. Even just lying on some grass and feeling the support of the Earth below me and looking at the sun and clouds above me creates a huge shift in how I feel.

This is a great foundation for bringing balance back into your life. It never ceases to amaze me how simple it is. But one thing I realized is, it’s requires a holistic approach. If someone tells you they have a magic bullet, the solution to your problem, (and admittedly, many doctors currently believe their little pills are it), then do a little more research. Because we don’t want you ending up like the lady I met last week who was taking sleeping tablets for the last 8 years as prescribed by her doctor!

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Your Guide to Improving Self-Confidence

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What is self-confidence? Self-confidence relates to the way you see yourself and the way that you believe others see you. If you would like to work at improving your self-confidence, you must first recognize that there is an optimal level of self-confidence which can help you to succeed in life. If your sense of self-confidence is exaggerated in one direction or the other, you might have difficulty coping with some of life’s stressors.

If you have too little self-confidence, you will:

  • Feel as though you have little to no control in your life
  • Feel as though you are easily manipulated or undermined by other people
  • See yourself as a “pushover”
  • Believe that other people see you as incompetent, unworthy, or useless
  • Fail to recognize your own capabilities and achievements
  • Focus on your failures and your flaws
  • Avoid seeking out new experiences or meeting new people

If you have too much self-confidence, you will:

  • Try to control or manipulate the situations and people you encounter
  • Have difficulty working cooperatively with others
  • Have a “my-way-or-the-highway” attitude
  • Believe that you are always right
  • Be overly focused on your success and inflate your accomplishments
  • Fail to recognize or accept your own flaws and fail to admit to mistakes
  • Avoid situations or experiences that you might not be able to control

So what does an optimal level of self-confidence look like? The key is to have a realistic self-image. You have to see yourself as dynamic human being, with both talents and shortcomings. In addition, you have to be comfortable experiencing new things – even when these things lead to situations that might be out of your control. A healthy sense of self-confidence will help you to successfully cope with stress and develop and grow as a person.

In order to find the right amount of self-confidence you must release fear and understand your own inner potential. Through a practise called Stillness you can realize these goals. Each time you meditate, you go through the process of quieting your mind. You can reach a level of relaxation where you no longer experience the intrusion of defeating thoughts, worries, or self-doubt. It’s at this level that you are able to accept yourself for who you are – including all your strengths and all your weaknesses. When you repeatedly focus on finding this Stillness, you will develop the sense of self-confidence you need to combat life’s many obstacles.

Find out more about meditation in our three free videos by clicking here.

How to Improve Your Self-Confidence
Too much self-confidence?
You need to step outside of your comfort zone, because deep down you’re afraid that you won’t be able to control things. If you are overconfident, you need to let go. Here’s what to do:

  • Let someone else call the shots for once – at work or at home.
  • When you want to do things your way, try to make a compromise instead.
  • Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Ask someone for forgiveness for something you’ve done wrong.
  • Try something new.

Too little self-confidence?
Confidence can be easily faked. If you start acting the part of a confident and capable person, other people will treat you as one.

  • Give your opinion.
  • Own your anxiety but don’t let it control you.
  • Reflect on all of your accomplishments from the past year.
  • Breathe deeply, stand tall, and hold your head up high.
  • Dress the part of a confident and successful person.
  • Make eye contact.

Releasing Fear
At the root of both a lack of self-confidence and overconfidence is fear. If you can’t seem to control your fear – of the unknown, of failure, or of social ridicule – you need to start developing the ability to calm yourself down and have faith in your own inner potential. Meditation can help you to filter out all of those negatively-charged thoughts – the ones that are broadcasting the worst-case scenario over and over again. When you are in a state of Stillness you can see your inner potential in a positive, but realistic light and you won’t feel fearful towards new situations.

How can Stillness help you?
Find out in our three free videos by clicking here.
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What This Man Did To Save His Family

I’d like you to meet a wonderful man, Tony Stephan. He has done something quite remarkable which has not only saved the lives of his family, but thousands of other lives all over the world. In this interview you’ll hear about the journey Tony has been on and how this powerful micronutrient he created is lifting so many people out of depression, bi-polar and anxiety. (Sorry about the quality of the recording, I’ll get it right next time!)

Isn’t it time we rethink our approach to mental health? Are pharmaceuticals really the answer? Or can meditation and these micronutrients for the brain be the solution?

Check this interview out, it’s very enlightening and humbling.

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“I am off all psych-meds and feel right for the first time in my life.” ~ Terry P. California, USA

“My son who is now nine is no longer on psych meds.  What a life he can have now!” ~ Susan R.

“It’s just like a fog lifted and I could see what was right and wrong and how I should be acting.” ~ Joseph Stephan

“In just one day, I no longer wanted to die. Stress, anxiety and depression no longer exist in my life.” ~ Donna J. Alberta Canada

“We decided to try it and it worked.” ~ Dr. Miles Simmons Psychiatrist Brunswick, Maine

“I am bipolar and have been taking Q96 EMPowerplus and nothing else for over four years now. I have not had any episodes at all during that time and no side effects. I feel like I have my life back.” ~ M.F.

“I have an extensive background in mental health, with graduate degrees from Harvard and U.C. Berkeley. I spent 25 years as a clinical social worker and never saw any results with bipolar clients like the results I have had from Q96 EMPowerplus.” ~ P. Silveman Oregon, USA

How Meditation Can Help Cure Depression

Depression is fast becoming a global epidemic. You may have experienced it at some point in your life or know of someone that has. Currently in the USA 1 in every 10 people suffer depression and a recent article from India suggests that for Indian women it is now 1 in 4!

A lot of this is a result of the increase of stress in our lives. In this video I share with you why depression has risen so much in our society and how meditation can help reverse this situation. If you know of anyone that is suffering depression please share this with them and let them know there is hope. And if you have some thoughts on this subject, please share them with us below the video. I’d love to hear from you.

If you’d like to try meditation to help with stress, anxiety or depression, you might like to try my 21 day meditation program called Faster Deeper Bliss.  You’ll receive daily guidance from me PLUS receive 37 support videos, ebooks,  and a yoga video! By the end of this course you will be totally trained in the art of meditation and living a more peaceful happier life.

You’ll also receive 30 days COMPLIMENTARY access to my Inner Sanctum group coaching program.

We receive testimonials like this below every day from all over the world.

“Dear Tom, Just to say you have changed my life! I started meditating with your technique in May of last year. I have been religiously meditating every day. My life has been transformed. I am a better, more peaceful, thoughtful, nicer person. In my 59 years on this planet, I have finally found ‘IT’ ….through you. Thank you.” ~ Kate


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