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I’m 12 years old and it’s cross-country day at school. Some distance behind everybody else, I struggle to breathe, perhaps because of my undiagnosed asthma. My PE teacher yells at me unsympathetically and I struggle to blink the tears out of my eyes. As I finally cross...

A famous mindfulness teacher once said that everybody should meditate for an hour a day. Unless they were busy, in which case two hours would be necessary. He was talking about the need to step out of the mode of constant striving and problem-solving that can seem to t...

March 7, 2019

University mental health day is an opportunity to reflect on factors relating to well-being of students and staff at the university. Much as university is a place for academic development, it is also important that we continue to look after our well-being. University c...

I have a friend who lives near Newcastle airport. We teach Mindfulness together, and when we can we like to sit together in her back garden planning our teaching sessions. Frequently we are interrupted by the sound of aeroplanes overhead drowning out our conversation....

It came as a surprise to me initially that the ongoing work we do in mindfulness training involved so much bodywork or embodiment (why is it called mindfulness? I found myself asking). This kind of training comes on the back of the settling the mind practices and this...

For most of my career I have worked as a Clinical Psychologist in Pain Management, trying to help people with long term pain to respond in a way that allows them to live as well as they can. This is rewarding, challenging and at times very difficult work, because long-...

Star Trek and mindfulness? Is that really logical?

A few nights ago, I was flicking restlessly through the Freeview channels on my TV when I came cross the original series of Star Trek. I guess most of us over a certain age might have fond memories of this series; how J...

May 5, 2018

 As exam season approaches it's natural to feel anxious. Exams, or other forms of stress can have a real impact on health and wellbeing. Stress can enhance your performance if managed well, but could also get in the way of being able to do the best that you can. Try fo...

Life might be busy and vibrant with its usual ups and downs but how does our world feel from the inside? Maybe a little grey and lifeless? Are there emotions that we have been avoiding? Can we simply be in touch with how we feel?

Prince Harry set a fine example recently...