Taming Your Stream of Consciousness

The early American psychologist William James used the term 'stream of consciousness' to refer to the spontaneous flow of thoughts, images, sensations, and emotions that constantly assail us throughout the day. It is a kind of inner monologue--the chatter and twittering of the mind. Most of the time we are not really aware of our … Continue reading Taming Your Stream of Consciousness

The Many Benefits of Meditation

You have probably heard that meditation can make you more relaxed and bring about a sense of peace and well-being within you, that it helps you sleep better, or that it makes you more productive. Research has shown that meditation can help reduce stress and improve your concentration, focus and memory, and that the practise of meditation can help you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings and reactions and how these thoughts, feelings and reactions can affect your physical body.

How to Create Your Perfect Meditation Space

Meditation spaces are not always rooms in the true sense of the word; often they are just quiet corners in your house or flat where you can retreat to reflect, relax, and meditate. When we are able to create a space for ourselves we become more balanced, more at peace, and better able to stay in the present moment.

Calming Stress Through Meditation

Meditation is a practise of awareness, and the ability to be aware of the physical changes that occur when a person is stressed and begin to lower a person's stress levels. Meditation helps to relax the body, calm the mind, and create balance within the body. By calming the mind, the things that are seen as threats (that is, the things that cause stress) become easier to manage.

Self-Compassion and Unconscious Contracts

It's extraordinary the number of positive changes that come to us as we begin to connect more fully to an expression of compassion and kindness. I don't mean only compassion and kindness towards others, but also self-compassion and feelings of compassion and kindness towards ourselves that enable us to live openly and freely.  As we move … Continue reading Self-Compassion and Unconscious Contracts

The Mindfulness Principles

Mindfulness doesn’t merely teach us to centre our minds in the present, but to powerful reorient ourselves to the full timeline of our lived experiences.   In doing so, we learn to recognise our experiences of the world around us in powerfully transformative ways.  While some may start with the concern that mindfulness is a selfish turn inward that … Continue reading The Mindfulness Principles

Creativity and the Mindful Mindset

When my husband and I moved into our new house over the summer, deep at the bottom of a box that hadn’t been unpacked during our two previous moves was my old, beloved copy of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way.  If you haven’t read The Artist’s Way yet, you simply must.  It is a beautiful, suggestive book that offers some … Continue reading Creativity and the Mindful Mindset

15 Minutes for Meditation Before Bed

A lot of people who recognise the many benefits of mediation wish that they had enough time in their day to sit down to meditate.  For many, the demands of work and family mean that there really isn’t enough time in the day for an hour of guided meditation or even the two 20-minute blocks that I … Continue reading 15 Minutes for Meditation Before Bed