• Meditation,  Mindfulness,  Resilience,  Wellbeing

    Meditation

    Meditation has been around a long time but it can be misunderstood a lot of the time.  Meditation is a practice meaning you get better over time, with practice. Starting off can be confusing and distractions are everywhere.  In the beginning your mind wanders and you are very easily distracted but if you can stick with it and gently bring your thoughts back on track each time it gets easier and easier.  As you practice you will find that you improve a little each time and over time meditation can reduce stress, increase calmness, improve focus and promote wellbeing and happiness. The benefits are now being explored in more and…

  • Compassion,  Mindfulness,  Resilience

    The unsettled mind

    “The simplest, most fundamental, most basic, and most important meditative skill of all is the ability to settle the mind” (Chade-Meng Tan, 2016). Sometimes our daily lives are just too high stress, to competitive, too driven and sometimes life is just full of drama, and not in a good way. Regardless of age you will have experienced an unsettled mind and unsettled thoughts at some point in your life and so many of us are experiencing very unsettled thoughts at the moment.  There are times when settling your mind is a job of work and exceptionally difficult and other times when it takes just a moment to reset.  It is…

  • Mindfulness,  Resilience

    Resilience in times of crises

    Resilience is important in our usual day to day world so in these changed times it is more important than ever. Any change is difficult but changes on the scale that Covid19 has brought are unprecedented in our times.  The more resilient that you are the easier you will find it to adapt to these new circumstances and therefore you will be better off in the long run.  Adaptability is the real key to survival (just ask Darwin). Being resilient however does NOT mean that you are not worried, uneasy, scared…it simply means that you can acknowledge these feelings and still be able to change yourself and your surroundings to…

  • Mindfulness,  Resilience,  Wellbeing

    Core Values

    What are your core values? Our core values influence everything about our lives and how we live, even if we are not consciously aware of them. Identifying which of our core values are of greatest importance to us, is crucial if we are to keep your anxiety levels low and our sense of self-awareness high. In this time of change and worry it is more important than ever that you take some time to consider what your core values are and how you can live your life in line with them.  When your behaviours are not in line with your core values your life will be unnecessarily difficult. Take some…

  • Mindfulness,  Resilience

    All Programmes postponed

    Please note that in light of government advice all courses and in house programmes are postponed until further notice. Kind regards, Diane In the meantime be nice to each other! There will be lots of people cooped up and anxious over the next few weeks. There will be others that are alone and vulnerable. Please do what you can to be kind and considerate to those around you. A call can mean the world. Take time out to be alone each day for a moment if you are surrounded by people. Take 15 minutes to meditate if you can. Take some time each day to write a gratitude log, yes…

  • Mindfulness,  Resilience

    All Programmes postponed

    Please note that in light of government advice all courses and in house programmes are postponed until further notice. This situation will be reviewed on March 29th. Kind regards, Diane In the meantime be nice to each other! There will be lots of people cooped up and anxious over the next few weeks. There will be others that are alone and vulnerable. Please do what you can to be kind and considerate to those around you. A call can mean the world. Take time out to be alone each day for a moment if you are surrounded by people. Take 15 minutes to meditate if you can. Take some time…

  • Habits,  Mindfulness,  Positive Psychology

    What is mindfulness practice?

    Mindfulness can take place through meditation sessions or smaller moments throughout the day. To cultivate a state of mindfulness, you can begin by sitting down and taking deep breaths. Focus on each breath and the sensations of the moment, such as sounds, scents, the temperature, and the feeling of air passing in and out of the body. Shift your attention, then, to the thoughts and emotions that you’re experiencing. Allow each thought to exist without judging it or ascribing negativity to it. Sit with those thoughts. The experience may evoke a strong emotional reaction. Exploring that response can be an opportunity to address or resolve underlying challenges. Keep in mind,…

  • Mindfulness,  Positive Psychology,  Wellbeing

    What is Well-being?

    Well-being is the experience of health, happiness, and prosperity. It includes having good mental health, high life satisfaction, and a sense of meaning or purpose. Well-being is something sought by just about everyone, because it includes so many positive things — feeling happy, healthy, socially connected, and purposeful. Unfortunately, well-being appears to be in decline. (Psychology Today, 2015) Positive psychologists have suggested that there are two main types of well-being: hedonic and eudaimonic. Hedonic well-being means feeling good in the present moment, and includes physical pleasure, peak experiences and a sense of gratitude or appreciation. Eudaimonic well-being is more long term – it includes a sense of meaning and purpose,…

  • Mindfulness

    What is mindfulness?

    For us… Phenomenologically, mindfulness is the feeling of involvement or active engagement. How do people achieve it? Learning to be mindful does not require meditation. It is the simple process of actively noticing new things. Just Be! G.J.Johanson, PhD once discussed mindfulness in the following way: “For clinical purposes, mindfulness can be considered a distinct state of consciousness distinguished from the ordinary consciousness of everyday living. In general, a mindful state of consciousness is characterised by awareness turned inward toward present felt experience. It is passive, though alert, open, curious, and exploratory. It seeks to simply be aware of what is, as opposed to attempting to do or confirm anything.…

  • Mindfulness

    Brain training

    We can learn to train our brain.  Procedural learning and constant practice will make physical differences to our brain.  This is an excellent short talk on the neuroplasticity of our brains and how we can make them better. You can also find this video on the TED website.