Many mindfulness practitioners will tell you the most challenging time to keep their mindfulness practice going is when the going gets tough.
When we are going through a difficult time it can be really hard to remember to breathe, to find the time to meditate and to remember all the teaching about letting go of thoughts non judgementally.
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Kindness. It’s something we often hear in relation to other people isn’t it? Be kind to others. Have compassion for those in greater need than yourself. Offer kindness to those around you.
But when we start thinking about the kindness and compassion we offer ourselves, we often discover we’re pretty low down on our own list of priorities
Why do we put ourselves last?
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Using mindfulness at the dentist
I write a lot about mindfulness in the wider sense and its benefits but I thought it would be useful to start writing about how to use mindfulness in action at specific times. So today having a trip to the dentist was the perfect time to start.
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Following on from the last blog about what is mindfulness, it feels natural to me to look deeper into definitions of mindfulness and mindful living.
So for this post I am going to turn to the masters, the experts, the people who say it better than me. They will define mindfulness for us through video and word. I want this post to be a curated collection really of those different views of what mindfulness is. A reader commented on my last post that mindfulness is different for all of us, and this collection of definitions definitely shows us it is. Hopefully if you’re new to mindfulness you’ll find one that resonates for you, drop me a line in the comments about anything that speaks to you.
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OK so it probably doesn’t come as any surprise to you that we’re not immortal right? We’ve all got to die sometime. However when you’re in your teens and 20s that fact feels far away: You’re too busy concentrating on living life, making career moves, doing crazy stuff. Even as you move into your 30s you’re likely to be focusing on relationships, the next power move at work, maybe nesting with a new partner, or creating a family to be too worried. Then suddenly 40 starts creeping up and so does the thought you could be over halfway through this life you’ve created and strived for? Anyone else get the cold sweats? OK warning here, I’m going to be talking about death.
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