Longing and mindfulness as a panacea or path?

Longing and mindfulness as a panacea or path?

I love this rendering of the power of longing. Saint-Exupery speaks of longing as something noble and inspiring that can take us forward towards our deepest values and draw us out into caring for the world.

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"You're a person to be met, not a problem to be solved"

"You're a person to be met, not a problem to be solved"

I don’t know who wrote the quote, where I read it or if I dreamt it but this is the quote that won’t leave me alone this year. It keeps clarifying my approach as a psychologist helping people with their suffering. It has helped me contemplate my own journey with sadness and melancholia. It is an onion with many layers and has illuminated what I believe is at the core of recovery, growth and change – the willingness to accept and embrace our inner experience. 

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Gratitude - a simple path to health and happiness

Gratitude - a simple path to health and happiness

There is now overwhelming scientific evidence that practising gratitude has positive impacts on health and happiness, and of all the things that contribute to a life well lived, a habit of being grateful might be the simplest path. The long-term positive benefits of gratitude include improvements in mental health, sleep, relationships, social connection, wellness and resilience.

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A few thoughts on authentic leadership

A few thoughts on authentic leadership

Recently we partnered with Humanity in Business to co-host a conference on Authentic Leadership where we heard from a cross section of people ranging from those of us who teach mindfulness in organisations and their clients, academics who research and teach leadership, and a number of former CEO’s who have transformed failing businesses into thriving ones.

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Being Stirred

Being Stirred

Have you ever seen or experienced something so beautiful that you were at loss for words ? In that very moment we have a deep knowing that there is nothing to add or subtract, no improvement to fix it.

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Don't try too hard to concentrate!

Don't try too hard to concentrate!



A little while back I attended a 9-day retreat with Patrick Kearney (www.dharmasalon.net), an excellent and very experienced meditation teacher. He gave some wonderfully helpful guidance for those of us with active minds (for whom isn't this relevant?) so I want to share some of those insights here. The bottom line is: "Don't try too hard to get your mind to stay concentrated, because concentration is not that important and it will only blow up in your face!"

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