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BECOME A MORNING PERSON

Scientific evidence shows that morning exercises and rituals can increase concentration and motivation throughout the day so it’s well worth creating a routine that you feel you can stick to.  Practising yoga first thing can help to centre, ground and prepare yourself in the morning, and engaging in a short meditation exercise can achieve a […]

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A Monk’s Guide to Happiness

In June 2009 I emerged from a meditation retreat that had lasted four years. It was an intensive programme alongside 20 other monks, in a remote old farmhouse on the Isle of Arran in Scotland. We were completely cut off from the outside world, with no phones, Internet or newspapers. Food was brought in by […]

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ROSE WISDOM MEDITATION

In her first book, Sacred Self-Care, Chloe Isidora teaches us that feminine empowerment is about embracing all parts of femininity, from the sensitive to the wild and raging. It’s about embracing all aspects of our character and gifting ourselves moments of appreciation.  Roses are a symbol of the Divine feminine. They hold infinite wisdom and messages for us. If […]

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Mindfulness & Meditation: What’s The Difference?

In any one day there are moments where there is nothing going onbut we link up thought to thought, without any space, and overlookthe spaciousness it’s all happening in. —Gangaji Mindfulness and meditation are often used to mean the same thing, whichcan be confusing, while not many of us are clear on what “mindfulnessmeditation” means […]

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A GUIDED BODY SCAN

You may wish to write a few notes after this exercise and, as you practise it, whether daily or weekly, your experience may change over time. To do this mindful exercise, you need a chair and a quiet space where you won’t be distracted by people coming into it. Noises beyond the space are natural and are part […]

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CLEAR YOUR HEAD GUIDED MEDITATION

Bestselling author, psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher, Dr Patrizia Collard teaches that incorporating just a few very simple mindfulness practices into your day can help prevent and overcome anxiety, stress and depression.  In her latest book, The Little Book of Meditation Patrizia guides your through meditations and exercises to help clear your head. Here’s a ten minute meditation […]

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BALLOON BREATHING EXERCISE

Duration: 1–5 minutes, depending on you/your child’s age and ability to engage and concentrate. What you will need: your breathing body, a bell or chime (optional). This is a really helpful practice that you can use at any time of the day to calm down and focus. Take a seat. Feel where your feet touch […]

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MORNING BREATH EXERCISE

The morning is an ideal time to practise pranayama (prana meaning life force and ayana meaning to extend or draw out), before your mind has the chance to start worrying too much about the day ahead. When you wake up with morning anxiety, focused breathing is a simple technique to help stop any kind of […]

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Exercises In Mindfulness & Kindfulness From Padraig O’Morain

We all know what it’s like to feel overcome by worry, to suffer the aches of tension in our body, to catch that critical little voice inside telling us we must be better. Mindfulness – the act of focusing your wandering mind on the present – can help you conquer this negativity. Psychotherapist Padraig O’Morain […]

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Express meditation with Kankyo Tannier, buddhist nun & author

Do you struggle to find peace and quiet? Do you yearn to disconnect, find an escape, slow down and just breathe? Are you overwhelmed by modern life? Rooted in the ancient Zen philosophies that ground her work, French Buddhist nun, Kankyo Tannier, will show you how to channel the power of SILENCE to get back […]

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A Calming Hobby For The New Year: Wild Swimming As Meditation

STILL WONDERING WHAT NEW HOBBY TO TAKE UP THIS YEAR? Fear not, we’ve got a very special one for you. Often when you ask someone if they’ve heard about this relatively newfangled hobby called wild swimming they cast a confused look at you. When you go on to explain that it’s simply swimming outdoors in […]

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