Mindfulness Meditation

Depression-The Invisible Illness

Sharon Bull | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

It's difficult to explain an illness that can't be physically seen and one that initially swooped down on me and then held me prisoner without any notice period or early warning call.

Up to the Skies...

Caragh Little | Posted 08.08.2014 | 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.

Being With the Busy Mind

Anne Loyd | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anne Loyd

When you start to observe how the mind works, you will laugh at the impossibility of clearing your mind of thoughts. It just isn't going to happen! Having thoughts is part of being human. Some researchers say that we have around 50,000 thoughts a day (National Science Foundation) and that around 95 per cent of these thoughts are the same as you had the day before.

For True Mindfulness, Space Matters

Helen Sanderson | Posted 24.07.2014 | 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.

Poorna Bell

Meditation Comics: No Boobs Or Gore But Still Very Cool

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Inspirational illustrations designed to promote calm and peace may have once included cheesy sunsets, rainbows and puppies, but as meditation becomes ...

The Mindfulness Habit

Sharon Bull | Posted 25.06.2014 | 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.

A Day In The Life In My Head

Ruby Wax | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

Most mornings I try to drag myself into a sitting position to practice mindfulness. I do this because if I delay and say to myself, "Later," I'll never do it. My body craves to stay prone, probably forever. But sitting up and following my breath, I can check my internal weather conditions and if I don't check in, they'll unconsciously influence everything I do in the day.

Wise Up With Mindfulness: Developing Minds for the Modern World

Dr Michael Sinclair | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Michael Sinclair

A great paradox has arisen in our modern society - the more we invent faster and smarter ways of getting things done the more we are creating and caging ourselves in a frightening word of information overload, risking psychological exhaustion, burnout and a whole host of other psychological problems.

Too Busy for Mindfulness? Here's How to Try It On-the-Go

Dr Michael Sinclair | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Michael Sinclair

By practising mindfulness you can expect to feel happier and more alive and take more enjoyment from your day to day activities. You can feel less stressed as you rush about your busy life. Also you will notice how your relationships and performance at work improve. In fact you will start to function better in everything you do...

The Two Minute 'Mind Hack' for Weight Loss Success

Julia Buckley | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Buckley

This little thought technique could well be the key that unlocks fat loss for you, especially if the main reason you find healthy eating difficult is that you miss the enjoyment you get from eating fattening food.

Poorna Bell

What Does A Former Buddhist Monk Have To Say About Men Chilling Out?

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Former Buddhist monk and co-founder of online meditation app Headspace Andy Puddicombe knows a thing or two about big life decisions and taking the ti...

Depression Hurts, But There Is Help - And It's Closer Than You Might Think

Liberty Forrest | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

If you are suffering from depression, one of the most significant and powerful tools you can use is to change your thoughts. It takes some effort, yes, and it doesn't happen overnight, particularly because depression creates negative energy, which is heavy and exhausting.

Can Meditation Help Depression and Improve Well-being? The Latest Medical Research Gives Pause for Thought

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

The most recent comprehensive review of research on the benefits of meditation concludes that rigorous clinical trials find only, 'small to moderate reductions of multiple negative dimensions of psychological stress'.

Ripping Into Awareness: Mindfulness Meditation on the Fly

Dianna Dunbar | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dianna Dunbar

"Let it rip... Do it to me. Teach me this meditation stuff!"... I looked at the man sitting before me: brilliant, driven, major health problems, too wildly busy to be sick, so overcommitted that running in ten different directions simultaneously is the norm. Sound familiar at all?

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.

What Justin Bieber Can Teach Us About Mindfulness

David Mochel | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

How "The Biebs" decides to use his celebrity is completely up to him. Wouldn't it be wonderful if he pulled out of the nose dive and his example served as motivation for his rabid fans to experiment with mindful self-discipline?

This Christmas Forget Presents, Simply Be Present With Your Presence

Leanne Davis | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Leanne Davis

My advice to you this festive season is to do whatever you can to have present moment awareness. Christmas can be a tricky time with emotions running high. But the fact is that the past is gone and the future doesn't exist so all we have is the present.

Five Reasons I am Grateful for My Anxiety

David Mochel | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

Anxiety serves as a cue to reconnect with the miracle of existence. It is not an exaggeration to say that I am genuinely grateful for the role anxiety now plays in my life.

The Black Dog Is My Worst and Most Severe Critic: Let's Try to Laugh About Surviving Depression

Malory Nye | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Malory Nye

There is something about this time of year. It is both the best of times and the worst of times. For the many people who struggle with depression in the UK, this time of year can be particularly challenging.

Heartbreak Healer

Dr Michelle K. Nielsen | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Michelle K. Nielsen

Meditation combined with visualization (mental rehearsal) can help you to rid yourself of toxic emotions, and re-open the possibility for love and joy once again.

How to Cope When the Wheels Come Off

Liberty Forrest | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

What do you do when Life throws too much at you all at once? Do the wheels come off and land you in the ditch? Do you smash head first into a tree? Or even worse, into oncoming traffic, taking out a few other people in the process?

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.

Breaking "Good": My First Psychedelic Drug Conference

Christine Coco Jun | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christine Coco Jun

If the popular rise of drugs in mainstream culture is any indication of the times - just think how many viewers caught the finale of Breaking Bad - perhaps we need to especially reconsider the use of psychedelic drugs.

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?

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.