Defuse Negative Thoughts and Stories

Negative thoughts are a part of living – we all tend to have them. However, if we entertain them, they undermine our self-belief and self-confidence.  They can be persistent and destructive. Jon Kabat-Zinn reminds us, “We are not our thoughts”.  Our minds make up negative stories all the time and we come to believe that … Continue reading “Defuse Negative Thoughts and Stories”

Compassion Meditation

Sometimes it is difficult to show compassion when we are suffering or in pain ourselves.  When we experience pain, particularly if it is intense and/or constant, we tend to become self-absorbed.  A lot of our attention, energy and focus go into managing the pain whether by distraction or different forms of alleviation such as painkillers, … Continue reading “Compassion Meditation”

Developing Mindfulness through Playing Tennis

I have enjoyed playing tennis since I was about 10 years old. It is only recently that I have come to realise what an opportunity playing tennis represents in terms of developing mindfulness. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness in the following words: Mindfulness is awareness that grows through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, … Continue reading “Developing Mindfulness through Playing Tennis”

Developing Habits through Mindfulness

In his presentation for the Mindfulness & Meditation Summit, Leo Babauta discussed the topic, Mindfulness: The Key to Habit Change.  He is the author of the e-book, The Habit Guidebook: My Most Effective Habit Methods & Solutions and the creator of the Zen Habits blog. Leo spoke about how to develop habits through mindfulness and ways to … Continue reading “Developing Habits through Mindfulness”

The Power of Awareness

In an interview with Tami Simon, Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach share their insights on The Power of Awareness to Change Your Life.   In exploring these ideas, I will be building on my previous post based on Albert Flynn DeSilver’s ideas about developing mindfulness and awakening through writing. Jack & Tara have developed together an online … Continue reading “The Power of Awareness”

Mindfulness: Realise Your Potential

This post comes to you from Venice, the city of inspiration, a few days before New Year’s Eve and the beginning of 2018. The closeness to the end of the year and the beginning of the next, prompted Seth Godin recently to write about the power of the possible in these words: Next year is … Continue reading “Mindfulness: Realise Your Potential”

Mindful Leadership: Self-Awareness

Self-awareness can be developed in many ways and it underpins much of what is involved in effective leadership. I will discuss a few ways to develop self-awareness but this is a lifetime pursuit! 1. 3 Minute Journaling I discussed this process in more detail in a previous post on journaling.  This free form of writing … Continue reading “Mindful Leadership: Self-Awareness”

Mindful Self-Compassion

Compassion is an integral element of mindfulness and emotional intelligence. It involves being concerned for the pain and suffering of others, having the desire to reduce that suffering and taking action, at whatever level, to redress the suffering of others.   Taking action is a key aspect that differentiates compassion from empathy. Self-compassion, then, is exercising … Continue reading “Mindful Self-Compassion”

Somatic Meditation: A Pathway to Mindfulness and Trauma Healing

Somatic meditation involves grounding your meditation in your body and not in your mind.  We spend so much time in our minds, thinking about the past and the future. This form of meditation enables us to take advantage of the “natural wakefulness” of our own bodies and to really connect with the present moment. Conscious … Continue reading “Somatic Meditation: A Pathway to Mindfulness and Trauma Healing”

Singing: A Pathway to Mindfulness

Chris James, internationally acclaimed singer, musician and voice teacher, believes that we all have a natural, beautiful voice.  Having been a Buddhist monk, he is also very aware of the power of mindfulness and is firmly convinced that singing is a pathway to mindfulness.  He teaches singing around the world at events large and small, as … Continue reading “Singing: A Pathway to Mindfulness”