Mindfulness

Mindful Moments Make a Difference to Your Life - Personally and Professionally.

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kathryn Lovewell

Mindful moments can occur during the simplest of tasks - taking the register, hanging out the socks or making a cup of tea... Whatever profession you are in; whether a teacher, a nurse or an architect; you will be more effective, productive and creative when you include a mindful practice into your working and personal life.

Boris' City Hall Staff Get Free Help To Stay Mindful

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Politics

London mayor Boris Johnson may be known for bounding about the political stage in the style of a human dynamo, but his staff at City Hall are at least...

14 Self-Care Practices That Can Lead You To A Happy And Healthy Life

Danny Baker | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

My life was a train wreck, but I was committed to recovering, and over time, I learned how to manage my illness so effectively that it doesn't negatively impact upon my life anymore. Below are 14 self-care practices that I learned from various therapists, doctors, self-help books, athletes, artists and my parents that helped pull me out of the abyss and lead me to happiness.

My Life Is Great, So Why Is This Thought Keeping Me Awake at Night?

Rebecca Sparrow | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Sparrow

Wow, I thought. Life is great! GREAT! And for a moment I was flooded with happiness and joy about how well everything was going. And then, as it always does, sheer dread kicked in. This can't last, I thought. Oh my God, I'm too happy. Things are too perfect. It's just a matter of time before the other shoe drops. Horrible, awful things happen to people all the time. I should know.

Meet the Mindful Traveller

Andy Puddicombe | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Puddicombe

Travel is such a rich area for mindfulness. It's driven partly by curiosity, an interest in what's out there, and partly the essential need to take time out from routine. In a sense it's a bit like the practice of meditation... Here are a few tips we've put together to help you be a more mindful traveller.

Poorna Bell

Tried And Tested: Does Five Minutes Of Meditation Actually Work?

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Judging by one of my colleague’s reactions to my announcement I was off to a meditation class – a loud guffaw – coming out of the closet can be...

A Simple Meditation For Your Brilliant Mind

Mercedes Ngoh | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mercedes Ngoh

Meditation is not a religion. Nor is it a tradition involving levitation while sitting cross-legged on the floor pretending to be an all-knowing master of the universe. Meditation, sometimes disguised as boredom, slows our breath, lowers our heart rate, relaxes our mind and provides space for self-exploration while restoring our natural energy.

Being With the Busy Mind

Anne Loyd | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anne Loyd

When you start to observe how the mind works, you will laugh at the impossibility of clearing your mind of thoughts. It just isn't going to happen! Having thoughts is part of being human. Some researchers say that we have around 50,000 thoughts a day (National Science Foundation) and that around 95 per cent of these thoughts are the same as you had the day before.

For True Mindfulness, Space Matters

Helen Sanderson | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Sanderson

Mindfulness is everywhere. It's a wellbeing buzzword. Most people have an idea of what it represents - the desirable ability to be 'in the now' instead of letting mind (and body) gallop ahead to the next thing and the next. But many are unsure how to access this sought-after mental state.

On Getting Old

Ruby Wax | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

One thing I really will never recover from is the realization that I am an adult as in a grown up person. I never thought this would happen. I only realized when one day I was called 'ma'am' instead of 'miss'.

Toxic Education

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kathryn Lovewell

The main culprit is not the curriculum content or assessment design or even the management style. It's actually the lack of space and time within the structure that causes so much of the stress and disharmony. Education toxicity swells as basic human needs are left unattended in the system.

Does Your Lover Double as Your Therapist?

Danny Baker | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

Having someone to help you reach the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is one of the best things about being in a relationship. But when your lover crosses the line from "supportive partner" to "therapist", it can have catastrophic results - both for the relationship, and also for your health.

15 Signs You May Be Hitting the Bottle Too Hard

Danny Baker | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

15. You've changed your drinking patterns to get drunk quicker. Have you been having increasingly more rounds of shots on a night out? Have you switched from beer to whiskey? Are single rum and Cokes becoming doubles?

Change and Acceptance on the Road to Happiness

Sandi Wassmer | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Wassmer

This is not to say that you should be skipping in the fields when sad or upsetting things happen. Acceptance is not about resignation, ignoring reality or doing nothing. It's about fully acknowledging what has happened, seeing it for what it is and then finding your way to let it go.

Letting Grief Re-Define What Time and Success Mean

Debbie Leven | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Leven

Losing friends or family always makes you contemplate about life. Maybe it's also about being older and having different priorities, understanding that it's not the material things that really make a difference or bring happiness. When I was told the news that my friend had passed away I remember my immediate reaction was 'I thought there was more time.'

Why You Don't Want to Meditate (And Why It Is Worth It Anyway)

David Mochel | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

I stand here silently for about 5 minutes paying attention to the sensations of my breathing and heartbeat, as well as the sound of birdsong all around me. I find this silence and solitude deeply enjoyable, but this has not always been the case -- in fact, I used to hate it.

Three Things Your Children Can Teach You About Resilience

Angela Smith | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Smith

I have a bugbear, and that is the way resilience is described as simply bouncing back. Here is the thing. We all bounce back from the rubbish life throws at us one way or another. That in itself is not resilience. Resilience is the way we adapt and respond to the rubbish life throws at us. This will either strengthen or weaken your resilience over the years.

Alone Amongst Many

Ruby Wax | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I had a dinner party last week where I invited a few famous people I knew from when I did my interview shows. Many of them suffer from something I call 'movie star disease.' They live in their own time zone so when invited to dinner at seven they either come in at eleven with no apology or not at all.

Should You Date Someone With a Mental Illness?

Danny Baker | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

Not everyone has a propensity to deal with such difficulties - even if those difficulties are likely to be temporary because the mentally ill party is receiving treatment. And I don't think that's being prejudiced or discriminatory. That's just the reality.

Mindfulness and Compasssion Go Hand in Hand

Sharon Bull | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

Across the world animals are being hunted and killed in vast numbers (some on the brink of extinction) by human hands and unlike animals that kill purely to survive, for most humans this is not the case.

Why We Lose Sight of What Is Most Important

David Mochel | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

It is useful to understand that human beings have two distinct systems in the brain that are in charge of choosing how time and energy are spent. One system - the habitual survival system - is only interested in getting you through the day...

Conscious Living, What Is It, Why and How?

Mercedes Ngoh | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mercedes Ngoh

What exactly does "conscious living" mean? In a nutshell, it means to be aware of your thoughts, speech and actions in every moment without causing harm to yourself or those around you. This basic approach to life may sound simple, but after centuries of tribal conditioning, living with absolute awareness requires deliberate observation and on going personal development.

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.