Mindfulness

Three Ways to Live More Simply

Sheila Bayliss | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Bayliss

As a mindfulness teacher, it's my job to support others in improving their wellbeing, often through discovering a slower pace of life. So imagine my shock when I realised just how far I'd got sucked into the doing frenzy that our culture seems addicted to.

Embrace Change and Life Becomes Easy

Jojo Furnival | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

I am currently living in a Buddhist community in northern Thailand. Everyday we practice meditation, and mindfulness is a way of life; it is embedded in the way we talk, walk, work and eat.

Kidult Culture - Why Should I Act My Age, Not My Shoe Size?

Saadia R. Chevel | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Saadia R. Chevel

Being young is no more defined by age but by lifestyle choices. There is a growing trend for adults to indulge in activities that awaken their inner child while they look for a conscious escape from the responsibilities of their mundane life.

Adopting a Traveler's Mindset in Your Own City

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

It is a good thing to keep a childlike wonder about this world. Life can get mundane and when it does, go out and try something new. Take a bit of time, that time you would take if you were on vacation, to see your surroundings in a new light. Travel a bit in whatever way you can and from wherever you stand.

How Mindfulness May Be 'As Effective' As Anti-Depressants

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

With celebrities including Emma Watson and Davina McCall among its fans, mindfulness has grown in popularity in recent years. And now, in a new stu...

Breathe your way to happiness.

Steve Halsall | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Halsall

The eternal quest for happiness has been something that has thwarted even the greatest minds and scholars over the last couple of thousand years. Happiness is something that ebbs and flows daily, hour by hour and minute by minute.

High-Functioning Sleepwalkers

David Deady | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Deady

I rarely get moved or struck by things that I read. I don't know if it's as a result of ripping books to shreds and examining their internal organs as part of my time in university, or if I'm just a cold-hearted bitch, but this sentence, and the passage which followed, really stopped me in my tracks.

Me and My Brain

Ruby Wax | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I'm in the midst of research for my next book. I feel like while I'm learning about what happens in our brains, I'm learning about 'me' and what I can do about it. Hurrah! I don't feel so crazy.

Values, Rather Than Goals, Help Us Live a Rich and Meaningful Life

Alexa Frey | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alexa Frey

Society reinforces this tendency to strive for a constant state of happiness: Hollywood and fairy tales lead us to believe that happy endings are the ultimate goal, and advertisements tell us that if we only buy this specific product it will make us feel good.

Decluttering and Wellbeing - It's So Much More Than Just a Practical Task.

Vicky Silverthorn | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Silverthorn

Quite simply it's nice to know where things are, know what you have and also make use of what you have. I don't believe this is achievable when you are disorganised or surrounded by clutter.

Diary of an Au Pair: Being Present Here and Now

Jasmine Irving | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmine Irving

The family I live with as an au pair have noticed me scribbling away and after our break over the Christmas holidays they bought me back a journal from Paris. Small acts of kindness go a long way, and this was a very touching start to my next chapter.

What Kind of Happiness Are You Seeking?

His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje

How much do we really know about happiness? From a Buddhist perspective, all sentient beings, including animals, seek happiness. We have a subconscious instinct to seek happiness - even though many of us don't have a clear idea what it is, or how to achieve it...

Feeling Unhappy? Get Walking!

Mercedes Ngoh | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mercedes Ngoh

Walking is a great metaphor for getting unstuck and moving forward - you can only walk when you put one foot in front of the other. You don't worry you cannot cover the distance because you learn that's all you have to do, keep putting that foot forward.

Colouring Inside the Lines

Charlotte Duff | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Duff

Colouring books for adults is now the latest craze. Apparently, the Tate Modern now stocks colouring books for adults, as does Waterstones and Amazon. It may sound utterly ridiculous, but some actually think it's a fantastic idea and have been singing its praises. It's said to be a great stress-reliever.

What Was That Pilot Thinking?

Ruby Wax | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

How many times can you remind people that it's one in four who have a mental disorder, that means if we prohibited everyone with a mental illness from working there would be empty floorboards in the boardrooms.

How to Find Peace in the Big City

Alice Stevenson | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Stevenson

The terrifying financial burdens that come with living in London, the sense of it increasingly becoming a steel and glass playground for the super wealthy, can make us ordinary Londoners feel disenfranchised. The huge pressure to achieve and succeed, if not just survive, leaves little scope for moments of awe and genuine peace in our frantic minds.

You Are Enough- Improving the Relationship You Have With Yourself

Lisa Regan | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

When the chips are down or things are not going exactly according to plan that's when you know you are truly living life, for I believe it is life's challenges and obstacles that make us see where we are and where and how we need to move forward.

Still Life!

David Pearl | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Pearl

A multi-disciplinary, serial professional (dentist, lawyer, coroner, judge) Bernard Pearl's life is currently restricted to a hospital bed where he has more than enough time to dwell on the moment. Around him people are whiling away their day staring at screens or into mid air. Not my dad.

Being Mindfully Frazzled

Ruby Wax | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

When I wasn't working in the past I'd feel obligated to start cramming myself with information; what disasters are happening in the world war-wise, airplane-crash wise, inflation-wise, hurricane-wise and Jeremy Clarkson-wise; the list is endless. When I don't work I start feeling like, "Dear God, who will want to see me if I don't have news or gossip to spew out?"

More Than Enough...

Malcolm Levene | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Malcolm Levene

Often, I hear people say, I'm doing my best, or, That's it, I've given it all I can give. I can identify with these comments, can't you? Sometimes, we tend to beat ourselves up, for not doing more. In fact, we often do that when we've done more than enough.

How to Build a Lean, Mean Workforce

Sean Farrington | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Sean Farrington

Prioritising employees' physical and mental wellbeing is really important. Aside from generally caring about colleagues' health, a healthy office actually helps to increase productivity and can even reduce absenteeism.

Mindfulness Is More Than Just Focus

Dr David Cox | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr David Cox

When you spend time observing your thoughts, you start to realise that that's all they are - thoughts. And then you notice things about them - not just their content, but also their emotional payload, their frequency, patterns in which ones you have when and why.

Going Down Under

Ruby Wax | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I really don't remember anyone looking up at me with curiosity, it's usually a look of "What the hell are you looking at, weirdo?"

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.

Is Your Life About a Journey or a Destination?

Malgosia Chabrowska | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Malgosia Chabrowska

We seem to be chasing the end result while convincing ourselves that once we achieve the goal we will be happier and more fulfilled in our lives. Happiness seems to be this unreachable, future thing as the end has become more important than the means.