12 Things That You Should Be Truly Proud Of

If asked what you are proud of, how would you respond? Would you be able to reel off a list of achievements, or would you be lost for words? Pride is a funny old emotion. It says, in no small way, that I have performed well; I have succeeded; I have surpassed expectations. But there is more to pride than this. It can be more discrete, more softly spoken; it doesn’t have to be all brash and loud as it screams, “Look at me!”...

5 Ways Being Near the Ocean Can Heal Us

For many of us, the ocean is a place we turn to for healing, peacefulness and clarity. The tides attract us and beckon us to sit by the shore, to plan vacations around sailing, diving and sunbathing and to breathe in the mineral air that soothes us. Taking in the sunshine and watching the waves crash against the shore feeds our senses and creative lives, enhancing mindfulness. We may not realize there are benefits beyond absorbing vitamin D or feeling buoyant in the water. The ocean can be a place where our minds, bodies and spirits can take a...

5 Unique Ways to Practice Mindfulness in Everyday Living

For many of us, living in a state of constant busyness through digital distractions, addiction to technology, lopsided work-life balance and heightened stress can lead to a sense of time bankruptcy, increasing the need for mindful living. But how can we find time to take on another task even if we know it will benefit us? Simple. We shift our focus. Viewing mindfulness as another responsibility tacked on to an already full day will not add value to our existence. But appreciating it as an antidote to our already crammed lives will. By choosing to practice mindfulness as “maintaining...

3 Ways to Deal with Overwhelming Emotions

Overwhelming emotions

We all struggle with our emotions. A two-year-old has a tantrum because they cannot have something they want in that moment. And equally, a 40-year-old will struggle with feelings of anger over a situation they cannot control. What's the difference? I remember back when I was around six years old, my parents were being incredibly unreasonable and stopping me walking 3 miles alone to the gas station to claim my free Smurf toy. At the time when you refuelled the car you would be given tokens which you could then trade in for little Smurf characters. They were amazing, I already...

What is happiness? Is it just a state of mind?

When I was around seven years old, I would visit my grandparent's farm most weekends. The front of the bungalow had a large area with banks and slopes perfect for playing. I remember finding an old bike on the farm and pushing it up the side, carefully balancing it on the top of the slope while getting on and then I would free wheel down the slope and try to go as far as I could without falling off. After days of repeating this same action for hours upon hours, I got to the stage that I could ride the...

Finding Meditation Hard? Try using this simple technique instead…

I first attempted meditation in my late 20s, thinking it would be a cool thing to do. I even thought it might get me a love interest being 'cool and all that!' The lotus position of sitting cross-legged and upright on a cushion was out of the question for me due to being paralysed. Insert link. So I would sit in a quiet place and attempt 'meditation' which lasted approximately two minutes. My thoughts kept coming thick and fast and there was no chance I could sit without thinking for two minutes. I wanted peace, tranquility and blissful escapism. Come on;...

What is mindfulness? | Mindfulness Series | Part 1

Beautiful girl being mindful

Mindfulness seems to be the latest buzzword, but what is mindfulness? Is it really so powerful it can help with depression, anxiety and even improve your health with just a few minutes a day? According to Google mindfulness is ‘a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.’ Here’s my definition of mindfulness Being aware of everything that is arising in the present moment without getting caught up, labelling, judging or resisting. Doesn’t mindfulness sound simple? In its minimalistic form...

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