Mindful Living

Understanding And Practicing Mindfulness

Rich Wigley | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rich Wigley

I'd love to walk by one day and see more people practicing mediation. It's an ancient tradition, far older than the internet or television (which we value so highly), and we should celebrate it.

In A Spin

Caragh Little | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

And what of the endless spinning of messages and comments and demands? If we fidget with our every thought to kill time, are we destroying all those moments which really matter, passing the spinning to everyone around us like a fidgety, blurring virus?

If Less Is More...

Caragh Little | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

2017 so far has made me think about what's important; what really doesn't matter and should be put aside. So I've been clearing my way gradually through cupboards, wardrobes and drawers. More than ever I've been wondering what on earth possesses me when I'm shopping... and how I've missed this when I've been tidying up before.

Is Time The Greatest Gift?

Sorcha Derkx-Mullan | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sorcha Derkx-Mullan

I travelled from my home in Glasgow last week to see my parents in Northern Ireland. This was the first visit home without my husband or kids for years. Having the opportunity to press pause on our hectic family life for just a couple of days felt like such a precious gift

Let Me Compare Thee To A Tree

Kamontip Evans | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK
Kamontip Evans

Shakespeare immortalised the beauty of a woman in his sonnet: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Over 400 years later her beauty lives on. How wo...

How To Find Time To Meditate

Sara Bussandri | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Bussandri

So you've heard about mindfulness meditation and the many ways it can help you in your daily life. You want to get started, but you just can't find the time. You have a million things to do, and if you had any spare time, you'd use it to get through your never-ending to-do list.

A Fit Mind

Kamontip Evans | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

Pick up a women's or men's magazine and the dominant features will be appearance, nutrition, fitness, work, sex and romance. We want to be strong, fit, healthy and attractive and enjoy our work and love life. We want them and expect them to go right, but we can be in for disappointments when they don't go according to plan. We need a Plan B: a fit mind to back us up.

What If Mindfulness And Meditation Don't Work For You?

Katrine Horn | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katrine Horn

Here's something I just wanted to share with you. Maybe it can inspire you to tweak your morning routine a bit. Maybe you're saying something like: "My morning routine has got nothing wrong with it" and maybe you're right. But wouldn't it be fun to try something different? It's when we change our routines that new, brilliant ideas come come to life!

Me And You

Kamontip Evans | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

A stroll through the woods, colourful leaves gently fluttering down to the ground like the wings of butterflies, the sounds of chirping birds, the sunlight turning the bare branches of trees to glistening gold - the heart absorbs such natural delights, with no words, no thoughts

We Don't Need A Secret Plan To Save Fat Britain - We Just Need Mindfulness!

Paul Adam Mudd | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Adam Mudd

We can't do that if we are not wholly present and if technology or some other medium is allowed to intercede. In this respect these can consume our Attention and paradoxically fragment this inter-connectedness.

Be Here Now: Mindfulness And Dance

Lola Maury | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lola Maury

Taking notice of details within life; being curious, observing small gestures and moves happening between bodies, enjoying small moments is key to my wellbeing. And this is actually crucial for my work, because this is where my creative ideas come from. I need this time.

Coping With Life: Five Top Tips for Making Mindfulness Routine

Cal Strode | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cal Strode

Mindfulness is a way of bringing our awareness into the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing and yoga. It helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we're better able to cope with them.

Change Is The Only Constant (Self Care)

Adrian Farrell | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Farrell

Fear of change is why I think people look to others to fix them. They want to get better, but they don't want to change! How is that even logically possible? Change is uncomfortable, often emotionally so. The familiar is so inviting, it's "home".

Looking The Tiger In The Eye: Linking Mindfulness With Leadership

Jutta Tobias | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jutta Tobias

We know from leadership research that successful leaders stand out and achieve extraordinary results because they have higher self-awareness, better able to manage their thoughts and feelings in the midst of difficulty.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Kamontip Evans | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

The new academic year will soon be upon us. Some parents will see their child head off for university. You may look at this as freedom-at-last: your child will be leaving home, allowing you to do what you have longed to do all these years. Some of you will fear the empty nest syndrome. And for others, possibly most, a mixture of both.

The Five Questions Creatives Should Ask Themselves Daily

Cat Neligan | Posted 22.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Neligan

I've never considered myself 'intuitive' in any way - until the Myers-Briggs personality test told me I am in fact, far more intuitive than I reckoned. Up until then, intuition suggested someone who acts on instinct, and gets it right every time. I would consider myself way more cautious, and definitely a fact-checker - as well as an over-thinker.

Catch 'Em All?

Caragh Little | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK
Caragh Little

Last September, rather a mischievous student at my school attempted to bemuse, outwit or irritate his teachers by making it sound as though he was exc...

The Critic Within

Kamontip Evans | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

From the moment we wake up until the moment we go to bed, there are so many things we can get annoyed with: traffic noise, your partner leaving a news...

Finding Extra Time To Connect With My Child

Liz Lowe | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

Relationships can be hard work to maintain, and this week I knew I needed to work on one of mine. The toddler, 18 days ago, became a big sister. I know it's been 18 days because I'm counting the scratches on her cot walls.

Today I Will Mostly Be Mindful

Jude Coy | Posted 08.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Coy

A recent convert to mindful living I've been slowly trying to change my life. So far I've made some significant steps to a better existence. My attitude to work is the biggest change. Instead of mindlessly driving myself into the ground trying to do a great job, I'm still doing my job well but with a few simple tweaks.

Master the Waiting Game

Kamontip Evans | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

Waiting sometimes seems to take forever. And what do we do while waiting for someone or something to happen? Eat, drink, talk, listen to music, watch tv, bite the nails, send messages, get annoyed, pick an argument with someone, stare aimlessly at whatever is in sight - anything to relieve the boredom and frustration.

Ten Ways to Do Nothing Better

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Yeah, you read that right - do nothing. It's not easy is it? What happens when we just sit quietly? Thoughts; I should be doing this or that, glimpses at past events and conversations, daydreaming about happy events, guilt for not doing something, anything - the list is endless. It's almost harder to sit still than it is to keep on doing. Isn't it?

Self Love: Lessons in Catching the Most Important Person (You)

Xochi Balfour | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Xochi Balfour

Self love is a term often banded about in spiritual enquiry and I touched on what it means to me in my blog post on vitality last week. It is not some selfish indulgence, as our minds might lead us to believe: in fact, it is quite the opposite. In order to love others fully and without judgment, conditions or limitations, we must first love ourselves in this way.

Five Easy Tips to Beat the Winter Blues

Lucy Beresford | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Beresford

It's hard to motivate yourself to go outside in grotty weather, but we are group creatures. Socialising lifts the spirits. Invite friends round to watch comedy shows on TV. Or tap into your inner child by going as a group - male as well as female - to a shopping centre or department store to have free makeovers at the beauty counters.

Silence

Kamontip Evans | Posted 01.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

This mind is always making noise - more so when we are not talking. To develop silence of the mind, initially you need a quiet place. Then listen to your mind without expressing any opinion to confuse the matter.