Mental Health & Mindfulness

Making way for the new

Posted on: 20th January, 2020 in Mental Health & Mindfulness

“And now we welcome the New Year, full of things that have never been.” I no longer make New Year resolutions, but I deliberately set aside time to reflect on the year gone by and set intentions for the coming...

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The gift of being present

Posted on: 10th December, 2019 in Mental Health & Mindfulness

Acknowledging that pleasant and unpleasant moments come and go in daily life, as well as during this festive season, can help us to let go of any preconceived notions of what Christmas ‘should’ be like and ease our acceptance of...

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Looking back with kind eyes

Posted on: 6th November, 2019 in Mental Health & Mindfulness

Inclining the mind towards what is good in our lives instead of dwelling on past misadventures is so important for our mental health.  As I reflect on the past year in terms of learning and teaching mindfulness, I owe a...

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Accepting ourselves just as we are

Posted on: 8th October, 2019 in Mental Health & Mindfulness

There are many definitions of mindfulness available these days, but personally I like the simplicity of Rob Nairn’s; “knowing what is happening, while it is happening, without preference”.  In terms of being mindful, this means knowing what you are thinking...

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Making friends with silence

Posted on: 10th September, 2019 in Mental Health & Mindfulness

Silence can sometimes represent punishment or evoke unpleasant memories for us. Sometimes silence can be unsettling. There are, however, alternative, more positive ways to experience it.  Recently I have been researching the mental and physical health benefits of silence when...

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The value of sitting doing nothing

Posted on: 6th August, 2019 in Mental Health & Mindfulness

The Summer is a law unto itself in that our routines can fly out of the window.  For many of us this is a rare treat, while others find it very difficult to navigate daily life in the absence of...

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Savour life’s kindnesses

Posted on: 5th July, 2019 in Mental Health & Mindfulness

The more I practice mindfulness, the more I see my habits more clearly. I now realise how strongly our lives can be governed by deeply rooted habitual patterns. Our habits can be very subtle and take time to even notice...

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Reflecting on the ebb and flow of life

Posted on: 4th June, 2019 in Mental Health & Mindfulness

Mindfulness helps us to be ok when the unexpected happens, the things we have no control over.  On a personal note, life has thrown me some curveballs recently and truly put my mindfulness skills to the test.  I have found...

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