Mindful Living

The Pond and the Mind: A Parallel Universe

Kamontip Evans | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

When you watch the mind, you will find there is a beginning, middle and an end to each troublesome thought or emotion. Sometimes before you even get to the end of it, the mind will jump onto something else.

When It's Time to Plan Less and Surrender More

Michaela Horan | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michaela Horan

If having kids has taught me anything, it's the utter unpredictability of any given moment. Unwittingly they have taught (or forced - depending on the day) me to accept that I am not entirely in control.

Oh Do Behave! How to Behave Your Way to the Life You Want With Acceptance and Committed Action

Dr Michael Sinclair | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Michael Sinclair

If we want relationships we have to boldly face the vulnerabilities that come with dating. If we want to excel in the corporate world we have to make room for fears around public speaking. How willing are you to 'behave your way' to the life that really matters to you?

The Judge, Jury and I

Kamontip Evans | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

It's too easy to judge prematurely. Often we don't bother to find out why others do what they do. Judge them unfavorably and we get irritated, angry, annoyed; judge them favorably and we distort the reality to fit with our preference.

The Precious Present - For Xmas and Beyond!

Alison Goodwin | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Goodwin

Breathe. Feel your feet on the floor. Really get a sense of this contact on the floor. Notice your body and how it is moving. Notice any tension or sensations in the body.

What a Buddhist Nun and Starbucks Can Teach You About Personal Presence

Mandy Lehto | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Lehto

So someone ticks you off. You get the wrong milk in your Starbucks' latte. Your boss berates you during a meeting. A jerk cuts the queue when you're already late. It rains on your new suede shoes (I've been there, and feel your pain).

The Art of Being Mindful

Malminder Gill | Posted 01.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

Do you ever find yourself rewinding the movie you're watching over and over again? Do you have to read the same paragraph multiple times? Most people are unmindful several times a day; simply being unaware of their surroundings or what's going on. Practicing mindfulness improves both your mental and physical health.

Up to the Skies...

Caragh Little | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

The International Space Station is making bright, low passes through the late summer night sky this month. On a cool, clear night, I watched its smooth, stately progress from west to east - seemingly just at the top end of my street.

For True Mindfulness, Space Matters

Helen Sanderson | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Sanderson

Mindfulness is everywhere. It's a wellbeing buzzword. Most people have an idea of what it represents - the desirable ability to be 'in the now' instead of letting mind (and body) gallop ahead to the next thing and the next. But many are unsure how to access this sought-after mental state.

Conscious Living, What Is It, Why and How?

Mercedes Ngoh | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mercedes Ngoh

What exactly does "conscious living" mean? In a nutshell, it means to be aware of your thoughts, speech and actions in every moment without causing harm to yourself or those around you. This basic approach to life may sound simple, but after centuries of tribal conditioning, living with absolute awareness requires deliberate observation and on going personal development.

The Mindfulness Habit

Sharon Bull | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

I liken 'Mindfulness' similar to any other new activity or skill we wish to master and bring into our life. In other words just as an instrument will not learn itself, needs practise and dedication, so does a change in our thought process. In whatever way we wish to enhance our life and well being, we have to put in the effort.

Slow Down!

Kamontip Evans | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

Try meditation to help you slow down - to spare your heart and cardiovascular system from wear and tear due to stress. When you practise meditation, the awareness of your breathing or bodily movements becomes enhanced.

Strictly Spinalicious or Not!?

Ladan Soltani | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ladan Soltani

I know its that time of year where you all want to detox and divorce yourself from that lovely extra few pounds which magically happened to take residence on your body whilst you have no idea why it chose 'you'! 

Battle of the Post-Christmas Bulge

Kamontip Evans | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

Are my clothes shrinking in the wash or what? Following non-stop dinner and cocktail parties over the Christmas/New Year period - with over-indulgence in food and drink and little rest - the evidence is now on display. A bulge at the waistline, skin filling out in the wrong places, extra layers added to chin and thighs.

'Tis the Season to Be Truly Jolly

Kamontip Evans | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

Christmas is the time of cheer and happiness. But how many of you are fretting about the getting together of relatives and in-laws, panicking about what to cook, wear, eat, do, buy, how to get on with the extended family, let alone your own - under the same roof, and for some, how to cope with loneliness at Christmas?

Happy Days?

Kamontip Evans | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

We can spend all our life procrastinating to be happy! We forget to be happy right here and right now. But we may answer 'yes' to the question anyway because we don't want people to know how we really feel.

Be Your Own Therapist...

Kamontip Evans | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

Does a professional know as much about you as you do? Does he or she know your innermost depths of emotion? Will you hold back on what you say due to reluctance to reveal your deepest, possibly darkest secrets? Can we not rely on ourselves to deal with our troubled emotions?

Feeling Stuck in a Rut? Try Doing a "Life Audit"

Jackie Mendoza | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jackie Mendoza

A life audit could literally save your life and sanity. It can be the difference between living life by default or living the rest of your life by design. Yes, that's right, you do have choices and you can design your life the way you want it to be. The first steps are being honest and aware of what's not working in your life right now and knowing how you'd prefer things to be.

Lost for Words? Be Mindful...

Kamontip Evans | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

Going back to university at 50+ was never going to be easy. One day I was talking to my tutor, discussing aspects of my thesis, when a hot flush struck. Blood sped to my face, increasing pressure alarmingly like a kettle on the boil. My face bubbled with sweat. The discussion stopped abruptly and my mind went blank.

'F**k It' Therapy

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Stress has made the headlines this week – disturbingly the perception of stress can almost double the chance of a heart attack, and the number of pe...

Taking Time to Reflect: The Importance of 'Me-Time'

Sam Owen | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Owen

Encouraged to drink in order to manage career related stress, many of these women are said to have gone on to become career women and mothers who have exchanged their beers for wine, and from drinking heavily in public to drinking heavily behind closed doors. In other words, they have become reliant on this vice, one that can destroy careers, relationships, and mental and physical health.

A Daily Guide to Mind Mastery

Ladan Soltani | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Ladan Soltani

Did you know we have on average 70,000 thoughts a day. As there are 86,400 seconds in a 24 hour day, this means we produce a thought every 1.2 seconds. Now remember, this is simply an average quote.

Talent Isn't Always Enough...

Malcolm Levene | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Malcolm Levene

A number of the individuals I work with are very talented, however, in my considered opinion, talent is often not enough. To be able to use your talent most effectively, you also need a strategy.

Dreaming of a Life Change?

Louise Presley-Turner | Posted 12.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Presley-Turner

Dreaming of changing your world, your environment can be hugely positive. Daydreaming or 'seeing' how your life could be better, can be the wake-up call you need to start making changes now.

Walk it off! De-Stress on the Concrete (or Grass if You're Lucky)

Harbir Kaur | Posted 19.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Harbir Kaur

Feel enraged, confused, tired or (forbid) happy? Go for a walk!