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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...

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

October 23, 2016

An online search for images of mindfulness conjures up pictures that suggest calm, peace and serenity.  The reality, as many who have engaged in the practice will attest, is usually quite different.

We sit and prepare ourselves for a mindfulness practice. Our intention...

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...

I was recently leading a mindfulness session on the beach in my local town of Whitley Bay.  As we walked and moved mindfully we were surrounded by the sounds of the crashing waves, wind, dogs barking and a sports coach shouting instructions and encouragement.  One lady...

Working as a psychologist in pain management, on several occasions I have been asked whether I think a person's pain is 'in their mind'. When we think about it, this is an odd question.  The possibility that pain could be 'in the mind' implies that it may be imaginary,...

September 18, 2016

Do you remember when somebody last told you to calm down?  Chances are it didn't help.  We often feel that we, or others need to calm ourselves down in difficult situations but it can be hard to know how to do it.  In fact, one of the most common questions I am asked a...

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March 23, 2019