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Formal & Informal Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness and mindfulness meditation are not one and the same. Each practice fosters different aspects. The formal mindfulness meditation practice can be practiced as sitting meditation, walking meditation, lying down meditation (body scan) and as mindful yoga. The length of the practice is up to each practitioner, most often it ranges between 10 and 45 […]

R.A.I.N. meditation practice

R.A.I.N. is a meditation practice that can help you transform difficult emotions by expanding your awareness. It is similar to the STOP exercise but differs in that it goes beyond a pause encouraging gentle investigation into what is happening inside. The acronym R.A.I.N. stands for Recognition, Allowing/Acceptance, Investigation and Non-Identification. It echoes, as Jack Kornfield writes, “the […]

What is Mindfulness?

Asking for a definition of mindfulness is a bit like asking, “What does a strawberry taste like?” or “What does your favourite piece of music sound like”? Definitions cannot capture the experience of tasting or listening. They can only give us an idea of what the actual experience is like. And each experiences is unique […]

Wherever you go there you are

In life we often think that happiness is conditional, and something we can achieve given the ideal circumstances. We think, I’ll be happy when I move to a warmer place, I’ll be happy when I get a better job, when I meet the perfect partner, when I make more money, or loose this weight.  Location […]

What is Empathy?

Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Learn in this video why “empathy fuels connection and sympathy drives disconnection.”  

Mindful Activities in Everyday Life

Reduce stress by turning everyday activities into mindful activities Sometimes stress is caused by doing one thing while wishing you were doing something else. While you cannot be expected to enjoy necessary everyday tasks and might find some rather unpleasant, bringing mindfulness to these activities can change your habitual negative reaction to them. Here are some suggestions for how to bring mindfulness […]

Walking Meditation

You’ve probably heard that meditation is a very effective way to switch from the busy “doing”-mode into a more relaxed “being”-mode. It’s a practice that helps you train your mind to be steady and focussed and as a result of that you can experience more inner space and freedom. Sometimes people think that meditation is […]

My MBSR course experience

Watch one of our recent course participants talk about her MBSR course experience (MBSR = Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction). This 8-week Mindfulness course is a highly participatory, practical, skills-based course that teaches you how to find more flexible and attuned responses to stressful situations balancing our problem solving attitude with a more joyful and nourishing way of […]

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