Mindfulness

Being Human or Not

Ruby Wax | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

To be human is not in fashion these days. Successful people like to think of themselves as an extension of their digital hardware, that they are the software like the Wizard of Oz was behind the curtain, playing God... which is sadly the predicament we're in today.

The Sad Truth Behind Robin William's Suicide

Matt Clifton | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Clifton

It still saddens me to hear about the sad, sad loss of a much loved actor, Robin Williams. Robin contributed much effort and passion towards acting, M...

I Finally Got a Full Time Job and Now I'm Going to Do Mindfulness

Georgie Bradley | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Georgie Bradley

During the miserly search for a journo job I held down a nannying job as well as poking my way through different freelance gigs. I didn't get it. I was freelancing, actively applying my training and doing it but I didn't manage to get an actual in-house job. Freelance is a schizophrenic lifestyle, symptomatic of a range of highs and gutter lows.

What's Stopping You?

Anna Margolis | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Margolis

So, you're finally waking up to the fact that there's more to life than what you've been living - Tick! You're beginning to see yourself, others and the world in a different and more meaningful way - Tick!

Depression Is an Illness, Not a Decision

Kadie Regan | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kadie Regan

Knowing how my own mother felt, one of the worst products of suffering from depression or addiction is dealing with the social stigma attached to it. Embarrassment, shame and humiliation are some of the shattering emotions our society has smeared on a very real problem. Who deemed it so, that a person suffering from depression should be less deserving of recognition and compassion?

On Robin Williams

Ruby Wax | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Why is it such an 'out of the blue' experience for everyone that Robin Williams killed himself? Is it because we think if someone's funny they must spend their lives, head thrown back, wheezing away? I know very few comedians who in their real lives have their heads thrown back, it's not funny being funny; it's a killer.

Shared Mindfulness and the Commons

George Pór | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
George Pór

People like you and me, who have been committed to grow in consciousness throughout the millennia, have always practiced various forms of mindfulness in community. Today's fledgling "shared mindfulness" movement is both a continuation of a noble tradition, and at the same time, a timely response to our life conditions in the 21st century.

A Natural Way to Cope With Anxiety

Emma Letessier | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Letessier

Once we are more readily in touch with or conscious of the thoughts and feelings that trigger an anxious response, it may be that we are in a better position to start voicing them to someone we can trust. Often even just the verbal acknowledgement that we are feeling a negative emotion can have a hugely healing effect.

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.

The Five-a-Day For Your Mind

Hannah Grace Lodge | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Grace Lodge

It's probably about time to ask yourself the same question. What are those small touches you can make sure you're doing in your day to day life that make you feel happier, calmer, more connected and to keep your mind healthy and dosed up?

Tiredness Kills!

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Lovewell

It may seem a little drastic to compare the need for rest with risk of death. But, in terms of mental and emotional health, I believe it is. Tiredness murders patience and obliterates joy. Chronic tiredness can also crucify confidence, self-esteem and kindness.

Spiritual Surfing

Ambi Sitham | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ambi Sitham

Being spiritual is easy if you spend your life meditating on a mountain top with intermittent breaks for yoga and energy treatments (I actually know people who pretty much live like this) but for most of us attempting to live a spiritual life of sorts we simply don't have the pleasure or privilege of living in this way.

Why Mindfulness Is Just the Beginning

David Mochel | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

Knowing the benefits of exercise is not the same as going for a run, and thinking about mindfulness is not the same as practicing mindfulness. Several years ago, while getting ready to brush my teeth, I was thinking about presenting mindfulness to a group I was going to see later in the day.

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.

In Praise of a Slow Ride

Robert Hutchinson | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Hutchinson

The bikes are normally blue but this summer there's a limited number of yellow bikes to celebrate the Tour de France coming through London and as I arrived at the bicycle stand there was a special yellow bike among the blue bikes. I felt like Charlie finding the golden ticket in a chocolate bar and took it as a good sign.

Brian Cox and Me

Ruby Wax | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I'm placed next to Brain Cox and something inside me wilts because I know I am sitting next to a superior being and he will soon find out I'm a two-celled worm... This is my trigger, if I'm near someone that smart, I tailspin into the interior pre-recorded CD made in childhood that goes something like this, "You're a total idiot and people will find out that you're an idiot."

Mindfulness and the Arts: Savouring the Now Through Unconventional Means

Jana Stefanovska | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jana Stefanovska

What do you think of when you read the word 'Now'? Perhaps you can hear the distant warbling of Elvis Presley passionately proclaiming 'It's Now or Never'? The constant advertiser's dream slogan that piles on the pressure to 'Buy it Now'? Better still, you engage with your experience and senses right now to focus your attention on the present moment?

How Wonder Can Save Your Life

David Mochel | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

Wonder, a combination of curiosity and appreciation, is a powerful experience that is good for your physical and psychological health as well as your relationships, creativity, and work performance... Not only is wonder good for you, it could actually save your life.

Seven Reasons Why the Mental Health Stigma Is a Killer

Danny Baker | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

One in four people - so on average, someone in the typical two parent, two children family - will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their lifetime. Yet even though so many people are affected, mental illness carries a devastating stigma, which can harm sufferers in every aspect of their life.

Mindful Moments Make a Difference to Your Life - Personally and Professionally.

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kathryn Lovewell

Mindful moments can occur during the simplest of tasks - taking the register, hanging out the socks or making a cup of tea... Whatever profession you are in; whether a teacher, a nurse or an architect; you will be more effective, productive and creative when you include a mindful practice into your working and personal life.

Boris' City Hall Staff Get Free Help To Stay Mindful

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics

London mayor Boris Johnson may be known for bounding about the political stage in the style of a human dynamo, but his staff at City Hall are at least...

14 Self-Care Practices That Can Lead You To A Happy And Healthy Life

Danny Baker | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

My life was a train wreck, but I was committed to recovering, and over time, I learned how to manage my illness so effectively that it doesn't negatively impact upon my life anymore. Below are 14 self-care practices that I learned from various therapists, doctors, self-help books, athletes, artists and my parents that helped pull me out of the abyss and lead me to happiness.

My Life Is Great, So Why Is This Thought Keeping Me Awake at Night?

Rebecca Sparrow | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Sparrow

Wow, I thought. Life is great! GREAT! And for a moment I was flooded with happiness and joy about how well everything was going. And then, as it always does, sheer dread kicked in. This can't last, I thought. Oh my God, I'm too happy. Things are too perfect. It's just a matter of time before the other shoe drops. Horrible, awful things happen to people all the time. I should know.

Meet the Mindful Traveller

Andy Puddicombe | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Puddicombe

Travel is such a rich area for mindfulness. It's driven partly by curiosity, an interest in what's out there, and partly the essential need to take time out from routine. In a sense it's a bit like the practice of meditation... Here are a few tips we've put together to help you be a more mindful traveller.

Poorna Bell

Tried And Tested: Does Five Minutes Of Meditation Actually Work?

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Judging by one of my colleague’s reactions to my announcement I was off to a meditation class – a loud guffaw – coming out of the closet can be...