News Articles and Interviews from Centre for Mindfulness Ireland

An idea for teaching kids the basics of mindfulness

When we teach kids mindfulness, whether it’s at school or at home, it helps to turn the lesson into a fun activity — through play, movement, visualization, and games.

Try teaching them how to follow the breath using a timeless toy: an expandable ball called a Hoberman sphere, a geodesic dome that can be folded and unfolded. We call this tool the breath ball because we can mimic the movements of breathing through the dome’s movements: as the dome folds inward, we imagine the out-breath contracting; as the dome expands, we imagine the lungs expanding on the in-breath… Read more from Mindful.org

It’s okay to be not in the moment

Living in the moment is often a challenge, even for those who practice mindfulness regularly. We’ve all had those days where we just don’t feel all there. It could be during a friend’s party, where you struggle to stay jovial and laugh while stuck in your worried thoughts. Or it could be during more sombre occasions, where you feel detached from the same sadness that is weighing on everyone else.

Recognizing that your emotions may not naturally match your current circumstance can help you feel less detached, and more open to feeling exactly how it is you need to feel… Read more from Mindful.org

Be in ‘awe’ and boost your well-being

In our busy lives, seeking awe may be low on our list of priorities. But we might be underestimating its power. Research suggests that ‘awe’ can make you happier, healthier, more humble, and more connected to the people around you.

Inducing goosebumps and dropped jaws, awe experiences are remarkable in their own right. Moreover, a growing body of research suggests that experiencing awe may lead to a wide range of benefits, from happiness and health to perhaps more unexpected benefits such as generosity, humility, and critical thinking…  Read more from Mindful.org

A meditation practice for when cancer becomes your identity

Dealing with cancer involves more than worry and stress about the illness itself, the treatments, and the prognosis for the future. The very real and troubling physical symptoms of disease and side effects of treatment also cause great upset and suffering. Such disturbances range from the most obvious outward marker of cancer for many patients—hair loss—to inner changes, such as an altered self-image and problems with energy levels, including profound fatigue and difficulty sleeping that can turn into a vicious circle of sleepless nights, tired days, daytime napping, and more sleepless nights.

Physical changes caused by cancer can trigger a deep sense of grief. This mindfulness practice for cancer patients explores changes in self-image and identity during the cancer experience… Read more from Mindful.org

Rain – A 4 step process to help you welcome your emotions

This four-step practice helps you recognize your emotions so you can respond, not react, to challenging situations. When a negative or thorny feeling comes up, we pause, remember the four steps cued by the letters, and begin to pay attention in a new way.

R is for Recognise the emotion and be resilient in the face of it

A is for Acknowledge the feeling and allow it to be there

I is for Investigate; explore your emotion with openness and curiosity

N is for Non-identify; consciously avoid being defined by this emotion

Read more in this article on Mindful.org

Can Mindfulness help treat depression?

For years, researchers have been studying how Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)—an 8-week mindfulness-based programme that draws on cognitive behavioural therapy—can provide relief for those with chronic depression and anxiety.

Author, Daniel Goleman explains how Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy can give people the tools to recognize and talk back to negative thoughts as he breaks down the science behind combining mindfulness with psychotherapy to treat depression… Read more from 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