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News Articles and Interviews from Centre for Mindfulness Ireland

Five steps to worrying less

Worry will always be there but we can learn to get better at recognizing it, and gently guide ourselves back to what matters.

We’ve all heard the saying that in life there are ups and down and there is the classic eastern saying that life is filled with 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. With this there’s the wisdom that all things come and go, but the brain has a funny way of amplifying the sorrows and minimizing the joys for good evolutionary reasons. Whenever the brain perceived something as “bad” it starts to worry about it. But often times there is no real utility to the worry, it only serves to dig us into a deeper hole and blinds us to the joys that might be waiting around the corner… Read more in this article in Mindful.org on 5 steps to worrying less

The Role of Mindfulness in Stressful Situations

 

 

 

When stress manifests itself, our body reacts in predictable ways.

In this video, Dr. Carolyn West, Senior MBSR Teacher, Center for Mindfulness US, explains these reactions in the context of her own experience and offers a simple mindfulness meditation exercise to restore clarity and balance.

 

Regain focus and control your attention

As demands for our attention become ever more seductive, it has become essential to be more conscious of how you’re using your attention. Because these systems exploit your natural curiosity (or fears) for their own ends, you can no longer rely on your own impulsive interests to make choices.  By taking a moment to slow down and consider what you really want, you can invest your limited attention resources in what’s important to you, and live the life you want.

The key to doing this is noticing what your attention is doing. These are fleeting moments that at first are almost imperceptible—however, with practice they will start popping out at you like the “Magic Eye” puzzle in the Sunday comics… Mindful.org article

Self-Care for Difficult Times

There is a big difference between acknowledging the hopelessness and allowing yourself to be sucked into it. Accepting that the difficulty looms is a healthy thing. It’s important to recognize that your feelings of hopelessness, despair, and doom are genuine emotions. Some might even argue they’re grounded in pretty convincing evidence that things aren’t going so splendidly these days.
Acknowledging these “difficult” feelings is the only way to come to terms with them and eventually emerge on the other side. I can assure you that it will do you no good at all to put on a happy face and go through the motions of daily life, while underneath you’re suffering and seething. This merely perpetuates the problem and makes that Black Hole’s pull even stronger. If you want to overcome those negative emotions and get back to your hopeful self, you must first openly acknowledge they exist, they’re strong, and they’re impacting your life in the wrong way…  read more from Mindful.org

Three ways to get out of panic mode

When you feel overwhelmed with panic, try these mini-mindfulness practices to help calm anxiety.

1…When you break out in a nervous sweat: Pause and take five deep breaths, expanding on the in-breath and slowing the out-breath.
2…When your mind won’t stop racing: Observe life moment to moment and notice storylines you’re creating in your mind. Notice what’s happening instead of completely identifying with it.
3…When you feel far from others: Practice mindfulness with others or just be with others. This lets you set hat most people feel anxious to some degree—it’s not just a personal pathology.

Read Barbara Graham’s story here on Mindful.org

Mindful investigation practices to help reveal your passion

Everyone these days is told again and again to “live our passion.” But what if you don’t know what you’re passionate about? With a little mindful investigation, your passion will start to reveal itself, because when you quiet the mind you can hear what your awareness already knows. Try these 3 tips to unearthing your hidden passion.

  • Clarify your values
  • Identify your obstacles
  • Remember your superpowers and develop your skills

Now, you can confidently make decisions about whether to pursue that job that engages you on every level or explore interests that feed your soul—you can feel in alignment with your very purpose… Read more from Mindful.org

Schools in the UK are teaching mindfulness

Hundreds of children in the UK will be taught mindfulness among a range of innovative techniques with the aim of promoting good mental health, through one of the largest studies of its kind in the world (in terms of participant numbers).

Led by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in partnership with University College London, a series of trials will see children from up to 370 schools learn mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques and breathing exercises which aim to “to help them regulate their emotions”—alongside pupil sessions with mental health experts.

“As a society, we are much more open about our mental health than ever before, but the modern world has brought new pressures for children… these trials are key to improving our understanding of how practical, simple advice can help them cope.” –Damian Hinds, UK Secretary of State for Health…  Read more of this interesting article from Mindful.org

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

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