5 things you need for a Mindfulness Practice

5 things you need for a Mindful Practice

Intention Presence Awareness Kindness Compassion Mindfulness requires intention, presence, awareness, kindness and compassion and there are a lot of ways to cultivate these qualities. Intention is an aim or a plan to do something and it is the spark for the flame. Awareness means you notice the distracting thoughts, feelings and emotions as they come into your mind and you consciously and gently, bring your focus back to the current moment. Presence is exactly that, present in body and mind. Set aside some time each day to practice being Mindful. It might be eating breakfast, your commute to work or … Continue reading

Positive Thinking versus Mindfulness and Mindset

Why positive thinking doesnt always work and mindfulness and mindset does.

I used to be a positive thinker, setting goals and reciting positive affirmations over and over and that was great … for a while. Positive thinking can only get you so far. Vipassana Meditation or Mindfulness has helped me to embrace living life in the moment – all the moments. Vipassana means to see things as they really are. Negative thoughts, feelings and emotions don’t decompose when I bury them, they keep coming back like a sticky fly that won’t go away. Trying to change them into something positive and wonderful is denying my natural humanity. It’s normal to have … Continue reading