Mindfulness and Flow

In all systems of meditation, the goal is to have a CLEAR mind, to be more present in our lives, rather than wrapped up in our head. The “normal” state of the mind always flitting from thought to thought , is compared to a “cage full of wild monkeys” in yoga books. The object of mindfulness is to steady the attention on one thing for a period of time.
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Be grateful for the best bits of 2017

As 2017 fades into 2018, make sure you deepen all those good experiences you had in 2017. What were the situations which you are truly grateful to have in your life?
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More on creating a positive launching pad

A little more about the science of what I called in my last post ” creating a positive launching pad”. According to psychologists we all have an internalised narrative about how we became the person we are to-day, and where we are heading tomorrow, much like a movie we run in our head.This is known as our Narrative Identity.
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Rewiring the brain

For the past 4o years or so, I have, like most people driven a car that requires me to put the key into the ignition to start. This time last year, I got a brand new mini, which started without inserting the key so I have been just one year driving this new technology.
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WOW – Five Ways to Wellbeing

My “Take the Steps” courses in Mindfulness and Wellbeing are so named to draw attention to the fact that in order to increase wellbeing, happiness, flourishing, we actually have to take steps to BE and DO things differently.
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Martin Seligman comes to Dublin

Martin E. P.Seligman, (Marty to his friends) one of the most influential psychologists of our times gave a talk on “Positive Psychology-the cutting edge for psychology, in Trinity College last night.
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WELLBEING AS A SKILL?

I recently viewed a talk on You Tube by Richard Davidson, one of the “superheroes” of neuroscience, whose research has done so much to increase understanding of our emotional brain, and how much we can train our brain to react differently. I often use the phrase “rewire your brain” ...
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The Art Of Dropping IN

I took up yoga in the early 70s, when many people were talking of “dropping out”, of leaving their job and starting an alternative lifestyle. Tony, my yoga teacher, was fond of saying to those who asked his advice on whether they should “drop out”, would you not consider “dropping in”?
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