Mindfulness

Silence Is Golden?

Ruby Wax | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

For the end of my book Mindfulness for the Frazzled I wanted to be my own guinea pig so had a brain scan done before and after a silent six day retreat practicing mindfulness eight hours a day...

Why Meditation Illustrations And Colouring Is A Winning Combination

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Colouring books are no longer an activity limited to children, as adults are choosing to grab their crayons and get creative as a meditation technique...

The Birth Plan, Really?

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Parents
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Birth doesn't always allow for a 'heads up' on what is likely to happen. Are we giving some women the idea that they will be in control of something that really is an unknown, just by calling it a 'Birth Plan'? We can only really be in control of how we respond to some events, not the events themselves.

Pop the Kettle On ...It's Time to De-Stess

Juls Abernethy | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Juls Abernethy

beyond its role as a national streiotype what if I told you that taking one cup of tea each day could reduce your stress levels, make you feel less emotional and more in control, improve your working memory and give you more mental clarity.

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Mindfulness

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Plain and simple, anyone can develop a mindful life. Who is in the shower with you? Just think about it, how much shower time do you spend focusing on the refreshing feel of the water and the scent of the soap? Or are you thinking about your boss, neighbour, mother in-law?

You Can Be Here Now, With or Without Wifi

Adele Barlow | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

I needed a wifi-free holiday. I was sick of feeling like an ambassador of myself! Facebook: so shallow and adolescent! Screw you, Zuckerberg! If I take a photo of this moment or a video of this concert, it means I'm not BEING HERE NOW.

Why I Love Addicts (And You Should Too)

Jojo Furnival | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

Does depression/anxiety cause addiction, or is it the other way around? I think of Luke, Rick and Bjorn, and the many others I met and became friends with during my stay at New Life, and I wonder, did anyone think to ask them?

Three Essential Tools for Becoming a Better Parent

Reneé Davis | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

I'd like to share the three most useful tools that we've learnt along the way. As far as I'm concerned they are absolutely essential ace cards for all parents to have.

Waking Up

Ruby Wax | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

If I see an American Bald Eagle or my kids' kids doing a school play, I want to be able to tear my mind away from the velcro of mundanity (where it usually lurks) and pull focus to the only thing worth watching on earth at that moment. Even my cat Socks can focus.

Colour Me Mindful: The Benefits of Colouring Books as a Calming Tool

Anastasia Catris | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anastasia Catris

Through colouring in you can focus your mind on one small task at a time, whether that is shading an area, or losing yourself in the finer details. While this is by no means a cure for stress or anxiety, it can definitely be another weapon to add to your arsenal, calming and centring your mind.

Success Through Connection - Or How to Find Magic in Your World

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

I see it every day. The people I work with create incredible change in their lives leading to more fulfilled relationships, greater business and financial success and a more wonderful, empowered sense of happiness than they previously have thought possible.

Mindfulness for True Selves: From Brené Brown to Will Young and Back Again

Jana Stefanovska | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jana Stefanovska

We live in a world where we are bombarded by ideal versions of things - the media gives us constant examples of how we can be better and feeds into our deepest insecurities that we are not enough - that we need to be happier or richer, slimmer or fitter.

Moving Video Shows Joys (And Fears) Of Becoming Parents

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Parents

Digital mindfulness app Headspace has released a moving video documenting new parents bringing their babies into the world. The founders said paren...

You Can't Learn Mindfulness by Taking a Pill

Ruby Wax | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

No one can help you except you and only you. The big yawn about this is, as with any other skill, you have to practice doing it in order to break the old habits. It's the only way you'll be able to get off cruise control and start to notice the scenery, smell the roses, taste the chocolate and hear the cry of a she-wolf.

Noel Edmonds: 'Electro Smog' Is A Bigger Problem Than Aids Or Ebola

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Tech

In an astonishing interview, presenter Noel Edmonds has claimed that 'electro smog' is driving the word mad and that death is actually just an illusio...

Why Are We All So Busy?

Jody Shield | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jody Shield

Lately 'I'm busy' is all I seem to say, and I've just worked 13 days without a break. So what's the deal? Why am I so busy when it's me who controls my workflow? Between you and I, just thinking about the word 'busy' makes my stomach churn, I'm already feeling the adrenaline kick-in. Oooouffff...how has this become the norm?

Finding Peace

Laura Humphreys | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Humphreys

One of my favourite places to go and visit is the local graveyard. We live on a square block, the streets conveniently named North, East, South and West, and the cemetery is on the North side of the square. I have no relatives or friends buried there, in fact, I have no connection to anyone there. But there's something about the ambience, the peace and the love that has gone into that patch of land that permeates the air and is hard to find anywhere else.

Overwhelmed? Four Ways to Calm Down and Simplify

Amisha Bhavsar | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amisha Bhavsar

Are you over scheduling and overloading your to-do list? Keep over scheduling and overloading, and you'll end up feeling overwhelmed. When overwhelm happens, it distorts our reasoning and response-ability. It also clouds the mind from clear thinking and, as a result, not much gets done, even though we may have lots to do.

The Biggest Misconceptions of Anxiety Disorders

Georgia Coan | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Georgia Coan

You can be the strongest person in the world and still be struck down with an anxiety disorder. In all fairness, it's usually the strongest and most confident people who suffer from anxiety disorders because they hide their emotions away.

Introverts Are Doing It for Themselves at Work

Helen Sanderson | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Sanderson

It doesn't come naturally, but I'll be upfront: I'm an introvert. Some of my best friends are introverts. At the Ministry of Calm we love introverts. We're everywhere. But many of us struggle to perform at our best when at work.

Are You Who They Say You Are?

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Wood

Studies show that the words we use to describe what we see, determines what we see. I encourage you to be mindful about the labels you give yourself and the labels you give others. They may be words, but these words transform into images in the mind, which can become self-fulfilling prophecies.

This 'Negative Poem' Has A Seriously Inspiring Twist

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

After a tough day, it's all too easy to focus on the negative aspects of life and forget about all the wonderful things and people that are around us....

How To Focus When Your Mind Is Full Of Thoughts

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Mindfulness – the art of focusing your attention to the present moment - is a way to develop peace and happiness in our lives according to Thich Nha...

10 Ways to Be Happy When Alone

Annette Bette Kellow | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Annette Bette Kellow

Society is petrified of seclusion and this is especially difficult if you are in a new city, have recently come out of a relationship, started a new job or generally have just ongoing feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Stigma Begone

Laura Lee | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Lee

Stigma is powerful in it's ability to cause harm and the only way to beat it, is to bring those issues at it's foundations to the surface. As an out and proud sex worker, I've stared stigma down many times.