Mindfulness

Noticing Is Half The Battle

Ruby Wax | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

Every morning I drag myself from sleep (it's so hard especially when I've been starring in my own dream and I've been a hit) to sitting up on my pillow to do 20 minutes of mindfulness. Every morning I think why am I doing this because when I look in at my thoughts it's never a pretty sight?

Why Emotions Rise in Yoga Class

Anja Brierley | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anja Brierley

Have you ever sworn at your yoga teacher whilst she/he counts S L O W L Y to eight in Boat Pose (Navasana)? Felt ecstatic in a deep backbend? Or shed a tear in Pigeon (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)? Most of us have some kind of mental and emotional reaction to the shapes we put our bodies into during yoga class. Usually we just go with the flow. But once in a while certain poses trigger us.

My Leadership Speech

Jane Fuller | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Fuller

Self responsibility and accountability are key to future happiness. Have a vision and communicate that vision. I wanted my work to have meaning. I wanted to inspire others to heal and align themselves to their spiritual path and to help them dig deep into their authentic selves and activate their true drivers and passions.

Mindful Managers Care More Readily

Michael Chaskalson | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Chaskalson

I teach mindfulness from time to time to groups of senior executives at one of the UK's leading financial services organisations. These are ambitious people with big jobs. They have only a few steps left on their career paths and the organisation wants to help them make those. That's where programmes like my Art of Mindful Leadership training come in.

Increasing Wellbeing in the City and Beyond: How to Stop Chasing Our Tails and Live a More Meaningful Life

Dr Michael Sinclair | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Michael Sinclair

In order to succeed and thrive in this cut throat culture many also turn to lying, cheating, back-stabbing and elbowing others out of the way to reach the top. People can live in a perpetual state of anxiety, worrying about not being good enough.

Learning to Manage Our Ancient Whispers

Ruby Wax | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

In the beginning things were fine, we lived in tribes with family members. We all shared the same genes so we trusted and protected each other. The bad news about this is the bit about all being related which caused infinite mutations; some of our cousins had more fingers than needed, others had their feet growing backwards.

'What's the Problem?'

Richard Layard | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Layard

Mental illness is extremely difficult to adapt to - much more so than most physical illness except for unremitting pain. So it is terrible for those who experience it. But it is also bad for business, since it gives rise to nearly half of all days off sick. And it is bad for taxpayers, since mental illness accounts for nearly half of all the people who live on disability benefits. Given all this, you would think that mental illness would be high on the priorities of every government's department of health. But not so.

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 ...

Brogan Driscoll

Why We Should Be Encouraging Young People To Practise Mindfulness

HuffingtonPost.com | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Once upon a time mindfulness was reserved for spiritual types sitting cross-legged on the tops of faraway mountains, but these days the mind-calming p...

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.

How to Survive a Panic Attack

Maria Senise | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

Panic attacks come in all forms, all of which suck tremendously. They can be brought on by specific triggers or seemingly come out of nowhere with no rhyme or reason. They can vary from feeling like you're dying to getting the shakes to anything in between. How are you to deal with these potentially debilitating moments?

Adolescents Need to Learn About Depression - Before It's Too Late

Danny Baker | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

Adolescents need to be educated about depression so that if they find themselves experiencing the symptoms, they can realise that they're suffering from an illness, and can then go about seeking treatment from there.

How to Handle Anger

Amisha Bhavsar | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amisha Bhavsar

We all loose our temper from time to time; from mild frustration, irritation or annoyance, to moments of rage. Now the problem isn't getting angry but how we handle anger. What do you do when you get angry? Do you lash out and have an all out eruption? Or do you hold it in and turn the anger inwards onto yourself?

Mind Over Platter: How to Keep Eating Healthily

Rachel Kelly | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Kelly

Even if you know what you should eat, it is still hard to break old habits. It's not what you are eating, but what's eating you. For me, and I suspect it is the same for most people, our attitude to food is as much about emotion as it is about satisfying hunger.

Tok 'The Most Inspiring Man I've Ever Met' Vanna's Triumph Over Depression

Danny Baker | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

When I met Tok, a number of very stressful occurrences were taking place in my life that had plunged me into a life-threatening bout of clinical depression. Every day was a nightmare where I yearned to kill myself, and at times I thought there was no other way out. That's what depression can do to you--it can drain any hope you have of ever recovering....

A Day In The Life In My Head

Ruby Wax | Posted 09.07.2014 | 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.

Is Teaching Mindfulness in School a Good Idea?

Maria Senise | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

Anyone look back at your tween and teen years and reminisce about how incredibly awkward and uncomfortable you felt in your own skin? Anyone, in conjunction, also realize that those quirks you felt so odd about back then have actually made you the unique person you are today? Anyone think how sad it was that you wasted all that time and energy worrying about what others thought about you? Well...I sure as hell do.

Poorna Bell

This Is How Bosses Can Make Life Less Hellish For Employees

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Stress is a natural part of work, but when it becomes long term and you find yourself weeping in the toilets, it's time to do a stock take of where yo...

Poorna Bell

How This Man Swapped Being A Financial Trader For Yoga And Writing

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The financial world is well known for being highly pressured, stressful, operating long hours and (in some cases) the inevitable burnout of employees ...

Mindfulness in Schools

Anna Moody | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Moody

Has anyone noticed that things are a bit 'off' in the world at the moment? How do we set about course correcting? Can anyone come up with a solution?

Wise Up With Mindfulness: Developing Minds for the Modern World

Dr Michael Sinclair | Posted 16.06.2014 | 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.

Step off the Roller Coaster of Life to Avoid Burnout

Carol Stewart | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carol Stewart

The demarcation between work life and personal life has become distinctively blurred. For some of us, the advance in technology means that we can be tied to our work 24/7. But whilst the increasing pace of the advancement of technology has many positive benefits, there is also a dark side to it in that we are not switching off.

From Mindlessness to Mindfulness

Sharon Bull | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

For years I allowed myself to believe material things were the key to happiness, love, admiration and friendships. I wanted people to respect me, believe in me and see me as the confident and vivacious woman that I truly didn't believe I was. Credit cards were like gifts from heaven as they hit the floor by the letterbox and the more I had in my purse, the better I would feel.

Mindfulness in Parliament (Go Figure)

Ruby Wax | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

This is one of the main points of mindfulness - that it isn't just about regulating your own thoughts and feelings but to use that clarity to communicate to the next person; it has a ripple effect. I call it neural wi-fi.

Taking Fear by the Hand

Emma Campbell | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Campbell

It's really not a walk in the park, this recovery business. It's cartwheels one minute and free falling back down to earth the next. So, what do I do with comments like that? How do I file them away so that I can sleep at night? I keep busy.