Mindfulness insights

Avoiding disappointment

We live with two motivations: avoiding what we don’t want, and seeking what we do want. Inherent to this approach is disappointment, failure, loss, self-criticism and depression. So why do we do it, and is there another way? From about two years old, we begin to understand that we are separate from our mother, and …

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Happiness from within

In the light of Happiness Day, here are my three top tips, and an offer to take our mindfulness Taster course at half price. The key message is this – that happiness can take two forms.  The first is getting a high on something, like having a laugh, going for a meal, or buying a …

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Can stress be good for you?

Yes it can – it all depends on your attitude and beliefs. We all need a balance between stimulation and coping. Many of you will be familiar with the parabolic curve that shows that being under-stimulated can cause stress, as much as being overburdened. We need a level of challenge to perform at our best. …

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Enlightenment sometime – compassion now

Enlightenment is not that difficult to find. In fact, the real trick is just to let go enough to see what’s already there. Not that letting go, fully, to the point where there is no ‘you’ left, is straightforward; it takes practice and preparation. But it is, and must be, simple. If it seems like …

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How to be Brilliant

How much of the time are you totally amazing? What gets in the way? How can you let your light shine? Most of us are not all we could be. Something gets in the way. So if you’re ready to hear it, it’s probably you. You get in the way. I sometimes set an exercise …

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Dealing with Anxiety

Anxiety is very common; 3 million people in the UK have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is a response to a real or perceived stress or danger. As a threat is identified by the amygdala or ‘fear centre’ in the brain, cortisol is released and adrenalin gets pumped through the body to enable it to cope …

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