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Transforming difficult emotions

When we are in the grip of strong emotions it is hard to stay present and focused.  Through mindfulness practice rather than trying to make strong emotions go away, we learn to let it be.  We learn to turn towards these difficult experiences with a kindly curiosity.  This helps us to become more present and […]

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The power of gratitude

Did you know that taking the time to note the good things in your life and being thankful for them can help improve your wellbeing? Research has shown that people who counted their blessings felt happier, had better health, exercised more, slept better, and made healthier food choices.  As Melanie Beattie says: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness […]

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Stress less and enjoy more at Christmas

Does Christmas feel more stressful than fun?  Do you find yourself rushing about buying presents, sorting out meals, putting up decorations, making travel plans and writing Christmas cards?  Are you worrying about how things will go on the day?  Will there be enough food? Will everyone like their presents? Will everyone get along? All of this […]

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Change habits with urge surfing

If you have ever tried to break a ‘bad’ habit you probably know just how hard that can be.  Whether it’s trying to reduce how much you are eating or drinking, giving up smoking or reducing how often you check your phone.  The urge that grips you can feel very powerful.  Instead of fighting the […]

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Self-care is not selfish

We are all so busy that self-care often goes on the back burner.  But if you don’t make self-care a priority then it won’t be long before you become frazzled and exhausted.  As the saying goes you can’t pour from an empty cup.  Taking care of yourself first enables you to have plenty of reserves […]

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How to see the upside

Do you find your mind focuses more on what’s negative than positive? It’s not because more bad stuff is happening in your life it’s the brain’s natural tendency to fixate on problems. This tendency is known as the negativity bias. Any of our ancestors that weren’t looking out for potential threats were more likely to […]

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How to tame your anger

Anger comes in many shades from mild frustration to full-blown outbursts.  Anger is a way of protecting ourselves when we feel threatened in some way.  But when we take a moment to notice the effects of anger on our bodies, sleep, health and relationships we start to see anger differently.  We realise that it causes […]

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Mindfulness at work

With so many things competing for our attention in the workplace many of us are feeling stressed and overwhelmed.  The ‘always on’ culture and the speed and uncertainty of life today affects our ability to stay focused.  We end up being pulled from one thing to another.  This not only affects how we perform at […]

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Mindfulness taster 30 June

  Would you like to feel calmer, improve your wellbeing and get more out of life? Then why not come along to this 90 minute mindfulness taster and try out a variety of practices and find out more about the 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course.  FIND OUT MORE / BOOK NOW  

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What to do when you feel like you are failing

Did you set yourself some New Year’s resolutions?  Did you start out with lots of enthusiasm and now find that things have slipped?  Then you are not alone. Research shows that very few people achieve their resolutions and most of us give up before the end of January.  All too often with goals, we start […]

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