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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-...

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...

I teach mindfulness in a pain clinic in North East England as part of my role in the NHS.  There is a long history of evidence that it can be helpful, dating back to the pioneering work of Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1980's.  At first though, it can seem counterintuitive.  T...

This week, I was guiding a mindful walking and movement on the beach session in Whitley Bay.  I was enjoying the bracing feeling of the blustery February wind on my face when I noticed a group of swimmers walk past me on their way to the sea.  They were wearing swimmin...

When we practise lovingkindness we wish for ourselves and others to be safe. Often in everyday life we would like ourselves and our nearest and dearest to be safe

February 12, 2017

When we think that we can't do something, do we really have to believe that thought? So often our thoughts are a product of the past, while in the present moment we have the ability to stretch and test out our limits regardless of what we might think.

 We are living through a time when people in many countries through the world seem to be polarising against each other.  Families fleeing, with nothing, from war torn Syria are having to endure further hardship by having no welcoming place to flee to.  Throughout many...

When we are embodied, we have an awareness of our body as a whole, including sensations strong and subtle.  This awareness is highly adaptive.  Awareness of th

In my work as a psychologist I so often see people struggling to make life changes that they would reallly like to make.  I encounter the same thing in my personal life.  Despite best intentions, and some pleasing results from changing to a healthier lifestyle, it can...

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