Category Archive for: ‘Personal Development’
Yoga and Mental Health

Why moving the body is essential for the mind The Sanskrit word Yoga योग means to yoke/harness/join. It originated in ancient India and entails physical, mental and spiritual practices that promote awakening and recognition of the ultimate union of body/mind with Consciousness. As yoga travelled to the West the accessible and adaptable physical aspects made it one of the most popular […]

What is Mindfulness?

Asking for a definition of mindfulness is a bit like asking, “What does a strawberry taste like?” or “What does your favourite piece of music sound like”? Definitions cannot capture the experience of tasting or listening. They can only give us an idea of what the actual experience is like. And each experiences is unique […]

Mindfulness for bipolar disorder: simpler than you think

This brilliantly written article offers insight, generous personal experience and a great framework for how mindfulness can help someone with bipolar disorder. Curtesy of Purplepersuasion re-published on    I’ve been meaning to write this article for a long time. This is partly because I’ve been wanting to get round to sharing my experiences of mindfulness as […]

The Guest House – Rumi

  This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He […]

What is Empathy?

Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Learn in this video why “empathy fuels connection and sympathy drives disconnection.”  

Seven Attitudes of Mindfulness

The practice of mindfulness is like cultivating a garden: it flourishes when certain conditions are present. These basic attitudes are interdependent and influence the degree to which you are able to cultivate the other. Together they constitute the foundation upon which a strong meditation practice builds. Cultivating a Garden Beginner’s mind. This attitude allows us to […]

5 Tips For A Regular Mindfulness Practice

Science underpins what has been common sense all along: Commitment to a regular practice is the single most important key to recognisable progress in almost everything we do. In terms of mindfulness it is our brain that we re-invite and lovingly encourage to reshape with each recurring meditation session, and this is a serious job. […]

Pranayama – Life Force Extension

The Sanskrit term pranayama (प्राणायाम) combines the two words prana (breath, vitality, energy, life force) and ayama (extension, expansion, regulation, restraint, control) referring to the aim of breath exercises to enhance your vital energy or life force by means of prolonging breath and its restraints (Iyengar, 1981 p13).  Together with yamas, niyamas and asana, pranayama […]