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The Stages of Sitting Meditation

Mindful sitting meditation is made up of five distinct stages. You may like to begin with practicing one stage and move on to add a stage when you feel you’ve understood it. Alternatively, if you’re feeling [more…]

Practice Loving Kindness Meditation

Loving kindness meditation also is called compassion or metta meditation. Try loving kindness meditation after you’ve had some experience with the body scan and sitting meditation. [more…]

Practice the Mini Breath Meditation for Mindfulness

The mini breath meditation is one of the simplest and yet most powerful meditations that you can use when practicing mindfulness. Here’s how it goes: [more…]

How Mindfulness Helps Relationships

Mindfulness helps improve the quality (and perhaps quantity!) of your relationships in three different ways. Dr Marsha Lucas, the author of Rewire Your Brain for Love [more…]

Treat Relationships as a Mindful Practice

Relationships can be a challenging yet fulfilling mindfulness practice. Mindful relationships are an oasis of sanity in a world of high-speed communication but less real connection. Making a relationship [more…]

Discover Yourself through Relationships and Mindfulness

All relationships, whether with a partner or work colleague, are like a mirror. Relationships can help you see your own desires, judgments and expectations. Seeing relationships as a mirror can be hugely [more…]

Deal with Difficult Relationships with Mindfulness

Most people experience at least one difficult relationship. Perhaps many of your relationships are difficult — that’s not something to be ashamed of. Relationships can stir up all sort of challenging emotions [more…]

The Elements of Mindful Physical Activity

Practicing mindfulness while your body is moving is an important step in your journey to mindful living because you probably spend a fair amount of your day moving about engaging in all sorts of physical [more…]

Overcome Insomnia with Mindfulness

Sleep. If it comes naturally to you, you’re a lucky person. A good night’s sleep is so easy to take for granted. For many people, insomnia is something they battle with every night. [more…]

Make Time for Formal Mindfulness Practice

Consider different times you could practice meditation every day. If you think you don’t have time for even ten minutes of daily meditation, ask yourself the following questions: [more…]

How to Stay Awake during Meditation

One of the challenges of mindfulness meditation is to stay awake. If you do fall asleep, don’t worry too much about it. Even the Dalai Lama falls asleep when meditating sometimes, so you’re following in [more…]

How to Overcome External Distractions to Mindfulness Meditation

A distraction is something that takes your attention away from whatever you’re focusing on. As a meditation beginner, you may want to reduce external distractions as far as you can, but beyond that, distractions [more…]

How to Cope with Physical Discomfort when Practicing Mindfulness

Working with physical discomfort is an important learning process in mindfulness. Usually, human beings try to avoid physical discomfort as far as possible. But discomfort can be a wonderful teacher because [more…]

How to Overcome Boredom or Agitation with Mindfulness

Boredom and agitation are connected to energy states. Boredom is associated with low levels of energy and agitation with high levels of energy. Mindfulness is about noticing both. A side-effect of mindfulness [more…]

How to Handle Difficult Emotions with Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a powerful way of handling difficult emotions. As a human being, you’ll always experience emotions. In your mindfulness practice, emotions continue to arise and pass away, just like in everyday [more…]

How to Manage Difficult Thoughts with Mindfulness

Thoughts and emotions are interconnected and often interact with each other. But they’re also different. Thoughts are like sounds or images in your mind. Emotions are experiences felt within your mind [more…]

Flourish with Mindfulness and Positivity

The latest wellbeing theory from the founder of the positive psychology movement, Dr. Martin Seligman, consists of five elements, summarized by the mnemonic PERMA. Dr. Seligman believes that these elements [more…]

Be Mindful of Your Body Posture

You may have noticed how your emotions affect your body posture. If you’re feeling blue, you’re more likely to look down and walk slowly with hunched shoulders. But if you’re feeling confident, you probably [more…]

Practice the Breathing Space Meditation for Mindfulness

The breathing space meditation is a short three-stage meditation that’s often taught in mindfulness courses all over the world. The meditation is supposed to be about three minutes long, but that’s just [more…]

Savor the Present when Practicing Mindfulness

If like many people you find yourself constantly planning for a future but never really enjoying the present moment, perhaps you can try the practice of savoring the now. This practice is essentially mindful [more…]

Be Kind when Practicing Mindfulness

Recently, on a BBC television program, three keys to wellbeing were suggested: be mindful, be grateful and be kind. What a wonderful suggestion! Take a deeper look at this form of wellbeing: kindness. [more…]

Flex Your Smile Muscles when Practicing Mindfulness

When you focus on smiling, you reduce your stress levels, encouraging more peaceful and relaxed sensations. By putting a smile on your face, you automatically begin to lift your mood. You don’t even have [more…]

Boost Creativity with Mindfulness

Nobody can say for certain how mindfulness leads to creativity. Although the precise nature and origin of creativity is mysterious, one thing’s for sure: when you have a calm mind, creativity naturally [more…]

Encourage Creative Solutions through Meditation

You can use visualizations alongside mindfulness meditations and exercises. Some people are more visual that others, and enjoy them. Here’s a visual mindful meditation that you can use to help find creative [more…]

Use Mindfulness to Manage Stress

Mindfulness may seem to be a strange way to cope with the stress in your life. Perhaps you’re wondering how becoming more aware can help you cope with, say, an elderly parent, a challenging job or a busy [more…]

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