There are two new mindfulness applications on the market for iOS and Android devices. 'Mindfulness Getting Started' and 'Mindfulness Caring for Me' have been developed by member, Frances Kelly. These two apps were officially welcomed by City of Mt Gambier Mayor at the 3 day Limestone Coast STEM program that occurred at the end of [...]
Mindfulness deals with intentionally paying attention to each moment. Being fully engaged in what is occurring at that moment in time is the essence of being mindful. There are benefits that come from practicing mindfulness including reduced stress, improvement in mental health and it helps enhance personal and professional life. This six-week course explores the science, [...]
It's a crisp autumn evening in Kelburn Wellington and I am one of 12 strangers who file into the bright, cosy lounge of George Packard, a mindfulness and meditation teacher. I'm here because I want to take a break from the constant chatter inside my head. I'm always thinking about what is going to happen [...]
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, I had the great good fortune to learn to meditate with several remarkable teachers. By then, I had already spent over a decade integrating aspects of more than 30 different personal change systems into my psychotherapy practice. During all that time, however, grounding was only ever vaguely mentioned [...]
Mindfulness is a psychological technique which is said to help combat stress. But should it be widely introduced in schools? The practice of mindfulness - which draws on Buddhist thinking - has become increasingly popular in recent years. There have been calls for brain-training techniques, using breathing to achieve mental clarity, to be introduced in [...]
Standing in a long line at Opera Bar and I figure I've got two options: get annoyed that the person at the counter keeps changing their mind and is holding everyone-else up, or take a deep breath. Read more...
Tips for increasing focus and awareness and decreasing stress at work. Read more...
For many of us being kind to ourselves is hard. It’s hard even when we’re struggling — and need compassion most. Instead, we get mad. We tell ourselves to buck up. We wonder why we’re so weak. We criticize and hurl insults. We withhold our favorite things — telling ourselves that we don’t deserve to [...]
Often times the hardest step in approaching meditation is knowing where to start. Meditation Australia member, Frances Kelly has created two user friendly apps to introduce both children and adults to meditation by means of 5 and 10 minute guided sessions. Available for both Android and iPhone, these apps are an excellent introduction to the practice. “Take [...]
Speed and connectivity create change. Thanks to the technological advances of the past 20 years, sending a letter to someone on the other side of the world is as easy and instantaneous as the click of a button. Yet despite their convenience, emails and other forms of online communication may be costing us productivity and [...]