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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...

Last summer I attended a conference at Samye Ling Buddhist Monastary and retreat centre which was run by the Mindfulness Association in association with the University of Aberdeen. The conference included an array of inspirational speakers as well as a variety of works...

Last month, after 16 years in a job that I was comfortable in, good at and well paid for I moved on to a new and different challenge. To do this I moved from a senior to a relatively junior position, took a substantial pay cut and increased my working hours and travel...

Mindfulness reminds us to do everything with awareness. Our formal practice strengthens our ability to be mindful in everyday life. Bringing mindfulness to our life simply means coming out of automatic pilot and doing things with awareness. As Thich Nhat Hanh says, whe...

It's Thursday and I am planning for my next few mindfulness drop-in sessions. I notice that I'm trying to make sure I include new practices alongside the core mindfulness practices of sitting and bodyscan meditation. I don't want people to get bored or to feel that the...

It seems that everywhere we look we can read about the benefits of mindfulness. Steeped in ancient tradition the practice has been increasingly studied scientifically with impressive results. Benefits have been reported in relation to stress, anxiety, low mood and pain...

Having trained and worked for several years as a Clinical Psychologist, I was already experienced in a number of techniques aimed at changing various thoughts, behaviours and emotions which can cause difficulties in life. I hoped that Mindfulness training would provide...