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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...

We have a lot of evidence now that tells us that meditating is good for us. Many of us though have grown up in a culture that tends to separate the mind from the body. We may feel that meditation helps us mentally but struggle to see how that could have an effect on ou...

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