News Articles and Interviews from Centre for Mindfulness Ireland

Turning Sound into a meditation practice with Bob Stahl

There’s a space that opens up for yourself when you can sit with your thoughts and sensations and practice observing them without reacting to them—without trying to fix them or ruminate over them. It’s sort of like remembering your most horribly embarrassing moment and appreciating the pings of regret and shame—just finding some room to let yourself be human for a little.
The more we practice sitting with our whole selves nonjudgmentally (the good, bad, beautiful, and painful), the better we get at opening ourselves up to every kind of moment with discernment and acceptance, rather than judgment, reactivity and remorse.  Read more from Mindful.org

An interesting guided meditation from Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn explores embracing sensations as they arise in the body in order to ground ourselves in the here and now.

Once you’re familiar with basic breath awareness practices, another powerful sitting meditation practice involves expanding the field of awareness to include sensations within the body. This can include awareness of sensations in various parts of the body as they arise, perhaps dominate for a while, and then change over the course of a moment or over the course of an entire sitting, sensations such as discomfort in a knee, or in the lower back, a headache if it arises, or for that matter, subtle or vivid feelings of ease, comfort, and pleasure within the body… Read more from Mindful.org

5 Simple Practices for Daily Life

Your day-to-day activities offer ample opportunities to call up mindfulness in any moment. These simple practices will breathe space into your daily routines.

How often have you rushed out the door and into your day without even thinking about how you’d like things to go? Before you know it, something or someone has rubbed you the wrong way, and you’ve reacted automatically with frustration, impatience, or rage—in other words, you’ve found yourself acting in a way you never intended.

You don’t have to be stuck in these patterns. Pausing to practice mindfulness for just a few minutes at different times during you day can help your days be better, more in line with how you’d like them to be. Explore these five daily practices for bringing more mindfulness into your life… Read more in this article on Mindful.org

By practicing self-awareness you can listen with greater care

Just as in meditation, the key to mindful listening is to simply notice when your mind begins to wander, and then gently bring your focus back to center—in this case, to the speaker. You train yourself to refrain from interrupting, adding your point of view, or sharing similar experiences. These interjections take away from the speaker’s experience by making it about you. Instead of projecting your experience or feelings onto their message, the idea is to listen with the intention only to hear with an open, receptive, nonjudgmental, and compassionate ear. One way to practice this is to repeat back to the speaker what you think you heard him or her say, to see if you fully understand what the person is trying to communicate. You might be surprised by how often your mental and emotional filters lead to misinterpretation, however subtle… Read more from Mindful.org

A Mindfulness Practice for a Bullied Child

When children (or people of any age) struggle to find the words to express how they feel, whether from lack of language or from the crushing shame, it can help to simply make an expressive sound like a sigh or show someone with their body language how they feel.

The Miracle Grow Breath Practice: For Building Confidence was designed by a kid for kids.

While this practice was designed by a kid for kids, shifting our posture upright breath by breath can help people of any age regulate their breath and restore a sense of confidence and clear thinking. You can let go of the flower visualization part and just raise your posture breath by breath.

Breath practices with kids don’t have to be boring; they can be an outlet for creativity and confidence. Max’s Miracle Grow breath can boost the confidence and resilience of any child who has experienced a setback—be it bullying, a break up, or a dreaded B-minus… Read more from Mindful.org

Resilience – A work in progress

Thought we’d share an interesting article from Alexandra Koster, author of Roots and Wings…

Research has shown that resilience is ordinary, not extraordinary. Being resilient does not mean that a person doesn’t experience difficulty or distress. Emotional pain and sadness are common in people who have suffered major adversity or trauma in their lives. In fact, the road to resilience is likely to involve considerable emotional distress.

Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. It involves behaviours, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone… Read more on the Roots and Wings website

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