A lot of people say to me, "I have tried mindfulness and I can't do it". I teach the acclaimed 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course and have never met someone who can't learn to be more mindful. There are many ways that your practice of mindfulness can go astray when you are learning. I've found that it helps to clarify what mindfulness is, how it is is good for you and what it isn't. Read on for some answers to these questions.
I'm getting very excited about the screening of "The Mindfulness Experiment" on ABC Catalyst this coming Tuesday 19th Feb, 8.30pm.
I'll be sitting nervously with those who attended the class watching to see what Catalyst has to report. I'm hoping that the richness of this 25-30 hour course is captured in just 1 hour.
I'm wondering what the participants will say and whether the scientific results the Catalyst team gather, will match up with my anecdotal experience and past research into the course.
The varying styles of mindfulness
I’ve been practising mindfulness meditation for about 30 years. In that time, I’ve come across so many different, flavours, styles and nuances.
Read on to discover 3 different approaches; the mindfulness marathon, the mindfulness jog and the mindfulness stroll.
A mother's question?
Ping! Last week I received this message from a mum,
“I’d love to come and do your (adults MBSR) course one day, it would be so good for me, but do you have a course for my 9-year-old?
The challenge in defining mindfulness?
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to locate a light-hearted mindfulness questionnaire so that you can pop on my website and quickly assess how mindful you are. Most questionnaires have been designed for research purposes and they are all a bit different. The differences depend on their answer to the question, “what is mindfulness?”.
Tienne Simons is a therapist and the founder of HeadRest Mindfulness training. She did her training in MBSR when she became convinced that the program was not only a useful add on to therapy for many but sometimes a more appropriate way to support people than counselling. She has had a mindfulness practice for about 30 years- well nearly!