On World Mental Health Day

Ruby Wax | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

Could we please wake up. It's 2015 for God's sake. It's time to spend some money on why people aren't mentally healthy to come up with solutions to alleviate the suffering. When I perform my show, Sane New World, I invite the audience to have a discussion or ask questions. Three times I've had people stand up and say that they've had cancer and mental illness and when I ask which is worse to them they've all said the depression. One man told me and the audience that with cancer he wanted to live, with depression he wanted to die.

Is Mindfulness the Next Must Have Business Skill?

Bev James | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Bev James

Mindfulness has recently become the latest buzz word in the west and with its increasing popularity the practice has moved from meditation and yoga carried out by monks and hippies to the latest phenomenon, the centuries old notion of 'being in the now' has far evolved beyond a new-age philosophy.

Slow Down Your Busy Mind and Connect to Your Soul

Karen Ruimy | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Ruimy

We all lost our heart desires on this path. We all lost the connection to our inner self. We listened to our mind, the leader in our life... We all created an ego to fight and succeed in the world. We got carried away. We became obsessed by the struggle of life, by the voice of our mind and sadly let go of all the treasures inside... and most importantly of the peace inside.

Darkness Even in Paradise

Ruby Wax | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

My impression was that New Zealand is a virgin, not yet corrupted by greed and ruthless competition. People here are sweet, not aggressive. Even the birds are friendly. There have never been any predators so even the robins come up and stare at you with absolutely no fear; practically feeding you crumbs

Workplace Mindfulness: Does the Science Stack Up Yet?

Jutta Tobias | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jutta Tobias

Mindfulness training programmes are en vogue in forward-looking workplaces. Advocates often refer sceptics to the impressive evidence base around mindfulness: literally thousands of scientific papers have been published on mindfulness. However, there are three problems with this...

Just Give Me Some Space!

Tara Mestre | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tara Mestre

I consider myself a strong woman and lately have met other women just like me, mamas who are trying to continue their development whilst doing a million other things. It's hard. I know I chose to have a child but I did not know how all consuming it would be and that part of me would grieve the freedom I used to have in abundance.


Kamontip Evans | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

This mind is always making noise - more so when we are not talking. To develop silence of the mind, initially you need a quiet place. Then listen to your mind without expressing any opinion to confuse the matter.

What They DON'T Tell You About Depression

Louis McIntosh | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louis McIntosh

Many sufferers do not have the vocabulary to adequately describe their personal hell experience of Depression or to shine a bright light onto that despairing darkness and verbalise what they see and feel. Sometimes words are just not enough.

More on Burning Man

Ruby Wax | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

The last night they burned the 80 foot wooden Man. It began with a firework display that kicked the ass of anything I've ever seen or heard about. The sky was filled with lattices of electric sparks that went on for hours and then the effigy of the Man exploded to the crowd's howling while fire dancers went primitive.

Can We Really Teach Britain To Be Happy Through Mindfulness?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The Dalai Lama has given his blessing to a new course of mindfulness evening classes set to hit the UK this year. The eight-week course, which will...

How to Stop Getting Cross at Work

Chris Barez-Brown | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Chris Barez-Brown

The pace of change in technology, society and innovation has accelerated continually in the last 50 years and become an exciting high speed journey along the information superhighway.

It's Just Another Year Around the Sun

Tara Mestre | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tara Mestre

Birthdays are funny ones. They are seen as milestone, a celebration, another year survived. Some dread it some welcome it but the point is it's the time you came into being on this planet. It's your first step, your first imprint. To have witnessed my son's birth makes that so much more apparent and I am starting to understand this complicated thing we call life.

How Can We Change the Experience of Pain?

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Researchers studying neuroscience have shown that just a weeks worth of sitting with awareness of pain and engaging with meditation (following the breath), changes the brains response to pain.

Action for Happiness: We Need a Movement to Promote Secular Ethics

Richard Layard | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Richard Layard

Today, as in every previous age, people are seeking. They are looking for a philosophy of life and an organisation that represents it... We hope that Action for Happiness can cater to that need, and help to provide the thousands of little gatherings that can make the world a better place.

Fearne Cotton Describes Her Positive Hypnobirthing Experience

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Parents

Fearne Cotton has shared an account of her hypnobirthing experience after recently giving birth to her second child, Honey Krissy. The mum-of-two r...

Be More Dog!

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Jack Kornfield got it spot on there, dogs experience things without judgement, analysis, or wishing they were different (as far as we know!). Have you ever noticed how much joy they find in each activity, they appreciate the little things.

Stop and Take a Deep Breath: Change How You Connect and Interact With Others

Swatee Jasoria | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK
Swatee Jasoria

It's a busy world. You run to work, have a jam-packed day and an even busier evening. But in the rush to accomplish your day's "To Do" list, you are...

Top Tips for Surviving the Witching Hour

Reneé Davis | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

With the needs of three children to meet all at once, the time between my kids finishing their tea and falling asleep is often fraught in our house. Lets face it they didn't coin the term 'the witching hour' for no reason!

Stop Chasing Well-Being and Start Practicing It

David Mochel | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

Each morning we wake up with the opportunity to practice well-being. There is nothing to wait for, nothing to chase after. We can, in this moment, bring our attention to what matters most, and then we can take action on behalf of that. We can dive into the miracle of existence over and over.

Self-Care in a Manic World

Louise Presley-Turner | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Presley-Turner

The modern world is a manic place, juggling family life with work, keeping on top of the housework, the endless barrage of paperwork, not to mention keeping up to date with technology! There are so many things that demand our time and attention. And very often it leaves very little time for getting our own needs met.

Four Ways to Make Meditation Easier

Sheila Bayliss | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Bayliss

Practising meditation sounds like it should be so simple. But there's a reason they call it 'practice'. It took me several years before I had a solid, daily practice of sitting meditation. That's not to say that I didn't get huge benefits from practising mindfulness informally, in my life - I did.

The 11 'Dangers' of Mindfulness Meditation

Alexa Frey | Posted 06.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alexa Frey

Mindfulness meditation is a wonderful tool, supported by a growing wealth of evidence which demonstrates the many benefits of the practice. However, recently there have been a few articles in the press which have highlighted the 'dangers' of meditation. Therefore, it seems a good time to look deeper into what could be considered meditation dangers, and how we can not only address them but also learn from them.

The Joys of the Empty Mind

Paula Fry | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Fry

Starting this January, I slowly began to retrain my thinking. I vowed to only do one thing at a time whether that be answering my emails, walking the dogs or cooking dinner. It hasn't been easy. My phone is like an excited toddler, constantly vying for my attention with it's emails, texts, app's and its near permanent internet connection.

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...