Mindful Resolutions – Last Minute Mindfulness

Our next option in the series on short #mindfulness practices is last minute mindfulness. This means committing to at least doing a short practice last thing before bed. You could work through any of the practices we have done so far, or follow along with a short recording or app. If we set this intention and reflect on making this a habit, it will start to come naturally to you through association.

 

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Mindful Resolutions – Gratitude, 3 Good Things 2.0

So far our short practices have covered mindfulness and compassion skills. Here is a way to do gratitude that can be integrated into daily life with ease. I find gratitude is incredibly supportive when we appreciate opportunities in the future, experiences in the present and events in the past. This version of the ‘three good things’ practice focuses on each of these aspects of gratitude.

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Mindful Resolutions – Introduction

Having a daily mindfulness or compassion meditation practice is a difficult thing for most people. We have so many commitments and we don’t always do habits that support us. Just think about the difficulties in sustaining exercise, diet, sleep routines etc. In teaching hundreds of people mindfulness I’ve found that people struggle to establish a daily practice habit. Continue reading “Mindful Resolutions – Introduction”

Daily Compassion (Guest Blog)

This was a guest blog that I wrote for the brilliant 365 Days of Compassion Blog

It’s early February and you can’t quite fathom that you are breaking all your New Year’s resolutions. You are a month in and you are already overeating, missing the gym, drinking a glass of wine, the house is a mess, you’re berating yourself with a harsh inner voice and you’ve just had a needless argument with your spouse (insert relevant New Year’s resolution here)! We’ve all been there. The 12th of January is called quitters day for a reason. Continue reading “Daily Compassion (Guest Blog)”

Have Yourself a Mindful Christmas

Christmas time can be a challenging time for many people. For those navigating difficult family dynamics, those who are grieving lost loved ones or for those who are experiencing Christmas away from family and friends it can be a lonely time of year. On the other hand, Christmas can be an extremely fun, connecting and positive time of year as well. And as our complex brains can show us, we can have a whole mix of emotions going on both positive and negative. Continue reading “Have Yourself a Mindful Christmas”

Bullet Ants, Vision Quests and Mental Health Recovery as an Endurance Event

The Sateré-Mawé tribe of the northern region of the Amazonas in South America have a sacred ritual for young warriors that is quite unique. They have to prove their worth to the tribe by remaining in a calm state whilst suffering agonising pain. The tribe sow sedated bullet ants (named as their sting is said to be as painful as being shot) into gloves made of leaves. Boys as young as twelve have their hands placed into the gloves. As the ants awaken, they are stung for five minutes or longer. The ant’s toxins interfere with their nervous system and the venom continues acting for hours after being removed. The young warriors endure pain & paralysis, disorientation and hallucinations in these hours that follow. They need to go through this herculean ordeal twenty times to earn the respect of the tribe and be recognised as full warriors. Their only distraction during the ceremony is the tribe’s ceremonial song and dance! Continue reading “Bullet Ants, Vision Quests and Mental Health Recovery as an Endurance Event”