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The Basics of Mindfulness Practice

The Basics of Mindfulness Practice

Wherever you happen to be sitting right now, take about a minute or two to notice the physical sensations of your body pressing against the seat/cushion/floor underneath you. If you’re standing, try to notice the physical sensations of your feet pressing against the floor. While you’re at it, see if you can identify the contours of your body touching the seat or floor by feeling the sensations that are present there – rather than by simply thinking about them. This exercise of attention is referred to as mindfulness and has become tremendously popular in recent...
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Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia Part 5

Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia Part 5

This is the last of our extracts from Dr Guy Meadows' fantastic work The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night on using mindfulness to overcome insomnia. The Sleep School also run workshops, find out more. Noticing Your Sensations and Urges Every moment of every day your body sends you millions of messages in the form of emotions, sensations and urges about your state of well-being. Whether it is the beat of your heart, the twitch of your muscles or the sensation of feeling hungry, tired, excited or sad, they are all part of the human experience. They provide you...
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Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia Part 4

Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia Part 4

Another helpful extract from Dr Guy Meadows'The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night on how to use mindfulness to overcome insomnia. Noticing Your Breath The regularity of our breath makes it an excellent anchor to the present moment, and the fact we can do it at any time and it’s free makes it a great mindfulness tool, and a great tool in using mindfulness to overcome insomnia. It’s also one of the most easily observable bodily sensations, which is why meditators, new and experienced, practise it. Exercise: Noticing Your Breath In this exercise you will...
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Using Mindfulness to Manage Loneliness

Using Mindfulness to Manage Loneliness

Loneliness is something that most of us experience from time to time. Divorce, bereavement, illness, disability, discrimination and unemployment are common causes of loneliness. And although moving to a new area, getting a new job or having a baby can be exciting and positive; people often find that new experiences can leave them feeling lonely. For some people, feelings of loneliness are constant and appear unrelated to external events like divorce, bereavement or becoming a parent. And it might be a cliché, but it can also be true: it is possible to feel...
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Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia Part 3

Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia Part 3

Part Three of how to embrace mindfulness, to help you embrace sleep. Extracts taken from Dr Guy Meadows' The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night. Noticing the Judging Mind So we’ve seen how we posess the ability to both notice and think about things as they occur. Now we will look at how this can be both helpful and unhelpful. When you take notice, you are simply describing the raw facts as they exist in reality and therefore you are being objective or non-judgemental. For example, if I had stayed to look at the sunset, I would have noticed the different...
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Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia Part 2

Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia Part 2

Continuing our run of mindfulness exercises to help you overcome insomnia, taken from Dr Guy Meadows' excellent book The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night Noticing Your Thoughts We have the capacity to both notice and think about things. However, you may have observed that you spend more time thinking than you do noticing. On a recent holiday I saw an amazing sunset. Unfortunately, as soon as I saw it, I thought that I must take a photo to post on Facebook. As I searched for my camera, my mind drifted off onto all of the complimentary comments that friends...
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Discovering a Healthy Relationship with Food

Discovering a Healthy Relationship with Food

At the core of mindful eating is an exploration of your relationship with food, allowing you to gain awareness and insight into how this relationship with food is affecting you, your health and ultimately, your life. The practice of mindful eating allows you to see food as something that you're connected to, sustained by and in relationship with, something that supports the totality of your health, including your mind, body and spirit. Now for the big question: is this relationship one that is supportive of your health and wellbeing? Or is it hindering your...
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Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia

Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia

Over the next few weekends, Welldoing is going to be running extracts from founder of the Sleep School, Dr Guy Meadows' The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night. Using this excellent book, we are going to share some great tips and exercises to help you overcome insomnia with mindfulness: The first step to accepting your insomnia is to be able to notice yourself struggling in the first place. What you don’t see you can’t begin to let go of. This may sound obvious, but it is all too easy to fall into a pattern of mindless thinking, where we are completely unaware...
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Using Mindfulness to Banish Negative Self-Talk

Using Mindfulness to Banish Negative Self-Talk

How do you feel about 'future you'?  Can you see possibilities and positive things for your future or is your future negative and difficult? When faced with a new challenge, do you find yourself filled with self-doubt? "I'll never be able to do this", or "I'm not good enough", or "I can't". How do you feel about 'past you'? When you judge yourself in a negative way it can lower your self-esteem. For example, when you've made a mistake, do you tend to judge yourself for it? Does your self-talk include comments such as "How could I be so stupid?"...
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Don't Let Mindfulness Unleash Your Inner Critic

Don't Let Mindfulness Unleash Your Inner Critic

Many years ago, I did what increasing numbers of people are doing – I turned to mindfulness meditation in an attempt to get my psychological health back on track. Back then it wasn't endorsed by the NHS or written about in lifestyle magazines, nor were there iPhones, let alone apps, around to help with its instruction. But despite a few cagey responses from friends and family, at long last I felt I'd found something I could 'do' that would help lift my mood and dampen down anxieties. And it worked. For a bit. What I hadn't known then though is that mindfulness often...
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