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News Articles and Interviews from Centre for Mindfulness Ireland

Feeling Overwhelmed? Remember ‘RAIN’

The acronym RAIN, first coined about 20 years ago by Michele McDonald, is an easy-to-remember tool for practicing mindfulness. It has four steps

  • Recognize what is going on
  • Allow the experience to be there, just as it is
  • Investigate with kindness
  • Natural awareness, which comes from not identifying with the experience.

Read more on RAIN, the four steps to stop being so hard on ourselves in this Mindful.org article

Make your work routines more mindful

Work life is full of challenges that can drain us and create stress – office politics, dictatorial bosses, Co-workers’ emotions bouncing up and down and sideways. Then there’s an uncertain economy or a volatile job market. All these challenges escalate levels of expectation, loss of direction, too much to do, too little time or not enough sleep.

Whether you work in a traditional or progressive environment, on your own or in a sea of cubicles, work life is full of challenges. Most of us are beholden to the income we receive from our jobs, and beyond that, we get up and go to work because we have a real desire to contribute to the greater good. Turning away from work is not an option for most of us, so we buck up and throw ourselves into the challenges of the workplace.

By training us to pay attention moment by moment to where we are and what we’re doing, mindfulness can help us choose how we will behave, nudging (or jolting) us out of autopilot mode. This Mindful.org article gives us four ways to create a more mindful work routine… read more

How to have more empathy

 

 

What is the best way to be there for someone when they are hurting or experiencing challenging times? How can we comfort them and ease their pain and suffering?

In this beautiful short animated video, Dr Brené Brown teases apart the difference between empathy and sympathy and shows us how empathy fuels connection, while sympathy drives disconnection.

She also shares the attributes of empathy and reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are courageous enough to truly get in touch with our own fragilities... Learn the four attributes of empathy here

Building communities of care

Self-care is not a lone pursuit. Having someone you can reach out to when you need an extra push or a compassionate ear can very well be the difference between burning out or becoming your most powerful self.

Building communities of care creates a culture of compassion and accountability, inspiring you to be the best version of yourself.

When you build a community of care, you immediately become stronger. You are instantly blessed with greater power to take on the problems you deem worthwhile. Think about it, you go from a single voice for change to a chorus for change and that’s a powerful thing. It’s only possible because a community of care looks out for itself…  Read more of this interesting article from Mindful.org

Why Practice Gratitude?

By expressing gratitude when things go right can help you to break away from negative thoughts. Try focusing on the hundreds of things that go right every day, as opposed to the three or four that may go wrong. Writer AJ Jacobs share five lessons he learned when he set out to thank everyone responsible for his morning coffee with Mindful.org

  1. Give good thanks
  2. Take time to savour
  3. Find the hidden masterpieces around you
  4. Fake it until you feel it
  5. Turn well wishes into action

How Mindfulness works to break bad habits – Judson Brewer

If there’s a patch of open lawn at a corner, children will cut through, and grass soon becomes hardened ground. Ancient people created paths walking from one place to another; horses and oxen widened them; and today they’re paved roads. When we want to go someplace, we choicelessly take these well-trodden paths.

It’s the same with our brain and the muscles and organs that respond to its commands. As neurons keep firing in a particular configuration, a path is created and it’s just easier to go there. Neurons that “fire together, wire together.” It’s how we learn to talk, to play guitar, to paint, and to smoke and overeat.

As Judson Brewer points out in The Craving Mind, laying down memories (pathways to return to) is as ancient and ingrained as life itselfRead more from Mindful.org

How to find your purpose

As you consider New Year Resolutions do you find yourself looking for your purpose for 2019? This interesting piece from Mindful.org is worth reading…

Knowing what you’re passionate about is only part of the equation. Fostering purpose also means appreciating our interconnectedness and cultivating gratefulness.

What drove Malala Yousafzai to find the strength to launch a campaign for the rights of girls and women in Pakistan? What leads someone to start a community garden in the middle of an urban food desert? From very public leaders to people in your daily life working to make things better for their families, neighbourhoods, or workplaces, they each have at least one thing in common: a strong sense of purpose… Read more in this article on Mindful.org

Centre for Mindfulness Ireland You Tube Channel

Have you subscribed to the new Centre for Mindfulness Ireland You Tube Channel yet?

On this dedicated site we have talks from Saki Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer and Judson Brewer and will continue to add more videos of interesting and helpful information from top CFM trainers. We also have meditation talks from Anne Twohig, founder of Centre for Mindfulness Ireland. Why not head over to take a look? The talk by Florence will be particularly interesting for those joining us on the Mindfulness Tools course in the autumn … You Tube