When the last time comes Just over 7 weeks ago, we had to say goodbye to our beloved dog, Ziggy. Although she started to become out of sorts and then unwell since the beginning of the year, the ‘quickness’ of her passing was still a shock. For 6 years, she had been by our side […]
reflections – the blog
Nudging the negativity needle We human beings are prone to an inbuilt negativity bias. Some more than others, and some on days more than others. A 2010 article published by the University of California, Berkeley quotes psychologist Rick Hanson: “The mind is like Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positive ones.” To ensure that we don’t […]
Why you should consider mindfulness with your eyes wide open To be honest, you cannot move for having mindfulness shoved in your face. Some folk would have you believe that it is a general panacea for all ills from all manner of mental ‘dysfunction’ to unsatisfactory relationships and everything in between. However, as with most […]
After the battle is over, the fighting starts.
The mental health needs of military veterans continue to be the focus of numerous research studies and of concern to the general public.
The estimated demand for services varies widely and the impact of these conditions on individuals, which lie behind the statistics, are frequently downplayed by defence departments in their general-purpose communications…
Why it is time to distance ourselves from our emotional brain If we were all to group together on Zoom later today to design a human brain from scratch, we wouldn’t go with the current model. The current model, we all walk around with, wasn’t designed in one go. In fact, it is more like […]
When doing nothing is a viable option In all walks of life, we are encouraged to be ‘doing’. In fact, in business life, it is often frowned upon not to have ‘a big idea’ in response to every challenge. This then becomes a pattern of one-upmanship and so the stress and anxiety are ramped up. […]
The Importance of Stillness in this Busy Life Quick question: When does your mind get to have a rest? When you are asleep… your mind is still doing its stuff, so unless you want to be overwhelmed on a regular basis, maybe it is time to consider getting it a slot in your daily schedule. […]
Only recently, while running a mental resilience workshop for middle managers, I was cornered during the coffee break by the Head of Department.
“So this is a pleasant surprise – no candles, no woo-woo. This stuff is amazing. We need to teach this to all our staff.”
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been grappling with what seemed an intractable problem. Part of the difficultly around ‘fixing’ or ‘solving’ it was due to my inability to recognise and accept the current situation. The other part of it was I was being very self-critical over not being able to ‘deal with it’. After all, in my line of work it should be a piece of cake, right? No, wrong.
If you are new to meditation, you might want to set some time aside to put solid foundations under your practice. As you progress, that structure you have carefully put into place supports you and provides stability as your practice grows.
Taking time to find your own ‘best’ posture is time well spent.
The aim is to be as relaxed as best we can while remaining alert. It’s simple but not always easy. Every time we come to the chair or cushion, it is different and we are different.
The end game is clear: train our brains to stay asleep while dreaming, removing the nightmare altogether.
Mindfulness is a way of fully paying attention — without judgement and focused on the present moment. You can acquire the skill through techniques including meditation and yoga.
I make no excuse for it I’m a big mindfulness fan. It probably saved my life. Others are less enthused
It seems to me that the majority of people don’t like life, or perhaps they don’t like what life ‘does’ to them.
In a world currently obsessed with mindfulness; meditation’s natural sparring partner thinking is being left in its shadow.
If you are very lucky, life has been kind to you. If you’re like the rest of us, it has given you a good kicking more times than you care to mention.