November 24th and 25th - Budget Day

Ruby Wax | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I can't get it in my head that politicians can't get it in their heads that most of our 21st Century woes are caused by mental illness; crime, addictions, disease, rape, suicide, domestic violence, child abuse is caused by something that is mentally misfiring in our brains.

The Black Dog

Ruby Wax | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

I would love to be able to write how joyous I am that Christmas is around the corner but I'd be lying. I feel like I'm falling down the rabbit hole. I had this depression exactly at this time of year last year (after a gap of seven years). I think my mind is recalling what happened a year ago which triggered me into a mental whirlwind of despair...

The Truth About Multi-Tasking

Bev James | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK
Bev James

Multi-tasking is a skill which is increasingly becoming ingrained as a part of today's culture and whilst science may prove that our brains aren't wired to be overstimulated there are ways to use our time in more neuron friendly ways, stopping us from burning out and soldiering on.

Eight Things That I Love About Toddlers

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Parents
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Sometimes it's so refreshing to be upfront, open with emotion and then swiftly move on to the next thing with a sense of ease! Not holding on to tension, frustration and hiding opinions. What you see is what you get.

Awareness, Compassion, and Purpose: The Key Ingredients for Unconditional Wellbeing

David Mochel | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

No matter what their circumstances, human beings have a remarkable ability to flourish or suffer. After 25 years of study, teaching, and coaching based on enduring wisdom and modern research related to wellbeing, I have found that certain themes just keep coming up. Here are some of my favorites.

Miserable Children, Workforce Resilience and Why We Need Mindfulness In Schools

James Berry | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Politics
James Berry

With more and more research showing that mental health is worsening in our schools and that this problem poses serious long-term costs of as much as £105billion a year, then now is the time to be innovative, look at what's working and act. It's time to start piloting mindfulness in our schools, and measure its success.

Six Reasons to Bring Mindfulness to Your Workplace

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

In our busy workplaces we have so many things to think about, above all our health needs to come first. Bringing a culture of mindfulness to the workplace will not only support wellbeing but also working relationships, motivation, organisation and productivity.

Why I Get on the Train

Ruby Wax | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Every time I run for my train that's taking off five minutes ago (I get an adrenaline high whenever I just make it), I think, "Why am I doing this?" And every night when the audience and I have a discussion after the interval, I remember why...

Why Mindfulness Matters

Anna Grace-Davidson | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Grace-Davidson

You have to admit, if you go to the gym regularly to exercise you can change your body, likewise, if you eat healthily and watch your diet you feel better and can control your weight. But how do you nurture your mind to make it happy? To keep all the negative thoughts away in order to make your life balanced, peaceful and joyful?

From Medication to Meditation: A Brief History of Depression Therapy

Dr. Claudia Aguirre | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Claudia Aguirre

Figures indicate nearly a third of antidepressants are prescribed for non-depressive or off-label uses, such as anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. Even so, studies suggest that antidepressants are ineffective in nearly 30-50% of depressed patients, suggesting a lack of specificity in targeting the underlying biological mechanisms of depression.

Can Dealing With Death Be Positive? Absolutely

Nicola Keane | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicola Keane

It has taken me six years and a hell of a lot of dedication but, I am slowly becoming the person I once was. In fact, I'm becoming more than I once was. A new, improved version of myself that's not only able to appreciate the experiences I've had, but also use them to inspire new beginnings and be mindful of how fragile our existence really is.

Can You Imagine a Mindful Parliament in Britain?

Richard Reoch | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

If Britain's MPs started meditating, what would happen? And what if doing that became contagious among professionals, corporate leaders, health worker...

Mindfulness in '0 Seconds'

Alexa Frey | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alexa Frey

People often say that the reason they don't practice mindfulness is that they don't have the time. This is understandable; our modern lives are indeed busy. But just as brushing our teeth is important to keep our teeth clean and just as exercising a couple of times a week keeps our bodies in form, a daily mindfulness practice is important for taking care of our mental well-being.

Mindfulness: Five Mindless Tips

Noelle Reno | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Noelle Reno

If your truly engaged with the other your own thoughts (ie problems) will disappear. By taking the energy and focus off your own thoughts, instead offering that energy and focus in service of another, you dispel the power of repetitive thinking.

Can Mindfulness Improve School Grades?

Jutta Tobias | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK
Jutta Tobias

There were three school children at the Mindful Nation UK report launch in the House of Commons on Tuesday. The Mindful Nation UK report is the firs...

The wardrobe of your mind

Kamontip Evans | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

How you tidy up your wardrobe is not dissimilar to how you resolve stress in your life. When was the last time you tidied your mind? Left unattended, the mind becomes cloudy and over-cluttered with stress, anxiety and worry.

No I Won't Accept It......

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

The definition of acceptance is to realise the reality of a situation and be at peace with it. When you break it down like this you can see it's not an over night flick of a switch. For example living with pain requires a level of kindness to oneself and an ability to be with things as they are to move on and carry on in life.

You Are My Tribe

Ruby Wax | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

So after my little trip to Burning Man, New Zealand and Cape Town I've come back to London. Don't worry - I'm whipping myself with guilt how lucky I am to have gotten that kind of gig. I worked in two out of the three...

Ten Things My Guru Taught Me

Jane Egginton | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Egginton

Why didn't someone tell us this before?' a 40-year-old at the the ashram in India asks me. It is a good question. Much of what we learn on our Yoga Teacher Training we could all do with knowing. I describe the training as teaching us how to be, as much as how to be a yoga teacher.

Tracey Crouch, MP, Reveals How Mindfulness Helped Her Combat Anxiety And Depression

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Tracey Crouch has opened up about how practising mindfulness has helped her cope with high levels of anxiety and depression. Speaking at the launch...

Riding the Waves of Multiple Sclerosis

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

MS hasn't stopped Emma and she holds mindfulness responsible, she has followed her heart and felt encouraged to succeed in her dreams.

What Does an Eight Week Mindfulness Course Look Like?

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

The body is often ignored due to the fact that we live so often in our minds. So, the course will introduce body-scan meditation, which develops an awareness of each part of the body. It's not so much a relaxation technique but an exercise that brings curiosity to the entire body. Feeling things just as they are, without trying to change them.

From the Land of Hobbits to the Heart of Wisdom

Ruby Wax | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I wish this were my life, being fed by beautiful men, in the presence of great minds discussing new and better ways to live and hopefully change the world. I had these type of discussions when I was 18 when I was hopeful and then never again but here's the spark and hopefully some day all this might come to fruition and I can say I was there.

Four Reasons Why Yoga is Bliss for your Body, Mind and Soul

Charo Merida | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Charo Merida

One of the many cool things that London has brought into my life is, definitely, yoga. I walked into my first yoga class in May 2011 in Primrose Hill. What I didn't know then, but I do know now, is that I had no clue whatsoever on what yoga was all about...

Why I'm Kicking Anxiety Out of the Driver's Seat

Amber Bell | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amber Bell

Anxiety is the creature that digs its claws in and drags you out of your comfort zone. Anxiety is panic attacks, paranoia, insomnia and crippling worry. Anxiety clouds your decisions. Anxiety leaves you feeling like the dirty product of a one night stand.