I’ve almost finished my autumn/first-half-of-winter mindfulness tour with two dates left close to home (Dun Laoghaire on 10th December and Dublin on 16th December. Since August I’ve been to Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Galway, Malahide. Mullingar, Naas, Navan, Tallaght, Tralee, Limerick, Sligo and Waterford.
It was great to see full houses at almost all of these venues (I had to put up the ‘sold out’ notice a few times).read more
Do you believe everything your mind tells you? If so:
how many disasters has your mind warned you against that never happened?
how many things have gone wrong that your mind neglected to warn you about?
how often has your mind told you to be angry about something that really didn’t matter in the scheme of things – or to be afraid of something that turned out perfectly well?
Whether you holiday with others or alone, mindfulness can make the experience better. Pack these tips – some are from my book Mindfulness on the Go – in your travel bag:read more
"Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.” When I included this quote from Thich Nhat Hahn's book The Miracle of Mindfulness in my Daily Bell, it got a wide welcome on social media. I think that's because...read more
Self-compassion is becoming a key aspect of mindfulness in the West. What is it? It involves looking at your failings with kindness and understanding and accepting that you share your painful experiences with many millions of others. "Self-compassion, therefore,...read more
Do you get something wrong every day? That's "bombu" nature. This Buddhist concept means we never get things completely right: instead we often make a mess of things because we're human. Bombu nature means we need to accept we can never achieve the highest levels of...read more
“At some point during the day, taste the coffee,” she explains. “Notice it and that’s already disciplining your mind. Your mind wanders? It’s supposed to. Just bring it back to tasting the coffee, over and over again, and that’s like doing a sit-up.” So says Ruby Wax...read more
Mindfulness means deliberately returning your awareness to the moments of your day while cultivating acceptance in your life. How can you cultivate these qualities in 2017? Use these seven tips to make your year mindful: 1. Remind yourself every morning that you...read more
"While this may sound passive to our action-oriented ears, the ability to rest comfortably in the present moment regardless of its imperfections is the foundation of all true happiness." I really like this quote from Sharon Salzberg's book, Real Happiness at Work. It...read more