https://youtu.be/tw9o6IJbC2Q You might have heard there is an ancient, intelligent philosophy which is currently helping to change people's lives - it's called Mindfulness. Maybe you're intrigued but don't know enough yet to feel comfortable investing in paying for a full course. Perhaps you've thought about trying it, but don't like the idea of joining a … Continue reading The Mindfulness Starter Kit
A brief mindful awareness activity for the body
What is Mindfulness and how can it help you?
What’s your favourite colour? You might have noticed that colours have the ability to affect our mood. If anyone has ever admired a colour you’re wearing (“that colour looks so good on you!”) then you’ll know it has the power to lift our spirits. We can use colour in mindfulness and we don’t have to … Continue reading Mindful Moments – Colour Yourself Happy
How do you feel when you recognise change? It’s not always easy realising that something has shifted. That change has happened. That things aren’t the way they used to be. In the Buddhist teachings, one of the causes of mental anguish can be described as our relationship with attachments. The idea that in order for … Continue reading Mindful Moments – Change
When was the last time you sat still and did nothing? I ask people in my classes what stops them, and they often tell me it feels like a waste of time. There is always so much to do. And actually if they manage to sit still, even for five minutes, they feel guilty thinking … Continue reading Reflections – Sitting
Do you ever think about what you think about? It's a strange question, I know. Often a thought pops in our head, and we get hooked in. It grabs our attention, and then it goes round and round and round in our minds. It might be something off the wall, or it might be a … Continue reading Reflections – Get Curious
Have you ever noticed how your mind is sometimes like a pin-ball machine? It flies off in different directions, at all sorts of tangents and occasional really random thoughts pop in. Like “I wonder what happened to Emilio Estevez?” Sometimes of course, they’re not funny at all. The thoughts we have can be crippling. They … Continue reading Reflections – Manage Your Mind
Do you remember Catchphrase? Roy Walker would host this weekly show where people had to guess, as images were revealed, what they were looking at. Mindfulness is a bit like that. Sometimes, random things happen and there are times when you can see the jigsaw pieces fall into place and it all starts to make … Continue reading Reflections – Say what you see
Where do you store tension in your body? When I run my classes I do an exercise where I ask that same question. We find the sensations in our body we associate with stress, and then we do an exercise to help release the tension. We now know that there are links between how the … Continue reading Reflections – Find It
Do you find you go round in circles? You make a decision to change direction, and end up in the exact same place. You go out with someone new, and find they’re the same person as the last, just with a different face. You feel like you’re moving towards something, and realise you’re back where … Continue reading Reflections – Embrace It
If I was to ask you, 'where are you?' what would you say? You might say, sat at your desk. Perhaps you're at home or at work. Maybe you're in the supermarket. But is that really where you are? 'Wherever you are, there you go there you are', says Jon Kabat-Zinn. And now is all … Continue reading Reflections – Where are you?
Reflections for the Week : Hold that Thought Are you a thinker? The mind is a funny thing. It's designed to think. If we don't give it something to think about, it will find something. Sometimes thoughts are nice. We remember a pleasant memory - a holiday or time well spent with family or friends. … Continue reading Reflections – Hold that thought