News Articles and Interviews from Centre for Mindfulness Ireland
Is Tech all Bad or Can it be Good for You too?
Once upon a time, technology served to increase human efficiency and accuracy. Now, between everything we have to attend to on our devices and the countless ways they grab attention, it sometimes feels like our lives aren’t enhanced as much as unsettled by personal devices. When we let technology run rampant, our mental and physical health may suffer.
Our use of personal technologies may bring up health concerns. But tech isn’t inherently good or bad—it’s often the unconscious choices we make that get us into trouble… Read more in this article on Mindful.org
Take a Mindful Moment
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… Read more from Mindful.org
Finding Your Best Possible Self
Does imagining your future make you more happy—or more anxious? Taking just 15 minutes every day to write down what you want to do in the future can help you realize what’s most important to you, and put you on a path to achieving you goals.
The idea is to write out all of the things that you want and to do it without casting judgment on yourself, and just to really, really stretch yourself to think about, what are the things that I want if there are no obstacles, and if there are are no barriers, and if I could just have this? Read more from Mindful.org
Respond with Resilience, Not Reactivity
In order to teach teens resilience we need to model it. Practice responding with resilience, not reactivity in order to build your sense of confidence, well-being, and acceptance of challenging situations.
We appear to be devolving into our reactive emotions a lot these days: venting on social media, choosing to pay attention to media outlets that regurgitate our positions back to us, all of which further attaches us to our own views in a dangerous configuration that can fuel the flames of outrage, violence, and hate. The Southern Poverty Law Centre found that the number of likes and comments on hate group accounts increased by 900 percent between 2015 and 2017. It seems we are ignoring the crucial difference between speaking up for ourselves and speaking out harshly against others… Read more from Mindful.org
Mindfulness for Busy Working Parents
Research shows that people who practice mindfulness are less stressed, more focused and better able to regulate their emotions. But, if you’re a busy working parent, how do you build mindfulness into an already-packed day? Those of us with kids and jobs often feel tired and rushed. We’re constantly multi-tasking, juggling personal and professional responsibilities, and feeling stressed about all we can’t get done. According to a Pew Research Center analysis, 56 percent of working parents say they find it difficult to balance their time between work and family.
Michelle Gale was working as Twitter’s head of learning and development while also raising a family, and struggled to fit mindfulness into her busy lifestyle. Here, she gives tips on how to practice awareness by building it into your daily routine… Read more from Mindful.org
Do you dwell on the negative and let moments of joy just pass you by?
If this sounds like you, we came across an interesting podcast by Academy Award-winning director of Inside Out, Pete Docter on how he got out of his head and savoured the good in his life.
Pete talks about how he dwelled on all the negatives when he realised that he didn’t know what happened at the end of the movie… ‘I remember walking around in the woods and just thinking I’m going to either quit or get fired. And I didn’t know and so I literally just started thinking, Well let’s see what would happen if I quit? I’d probably have to sell the house. I might have to move. And I really just let myself kind of go there… 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