Mindfulness Meditation Classes & Workshops: On becoming an observer of my own mind
I started practicing mindfulness and meditation 10 years ago. I stumbled across it by chance really, not really having heard of it, and having a fair few preconceptions about it.
At the time, I was a typical young work-hard play-hard Londoner, who also suffered from insomnia and anxiety.
I didn’t want the anxiety, and looking back I spent a lot of energy trying to push it away, by filling my life with things to do and achieve – my days were packed, from the moment I woke up at 5am to go running, to the moment I went to sleep around midnight, after a long day of working and socialising.
Emotional Resilience – The Benefits Of Meditation & EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
When it comes to a person’s ability to deal with stressful situations or personal crises emotional resilience is key to adapting to the problems that arise and managing them in a healthy way. It has been shown that people with a higher degree and understanding of emotional resilience will be able to cope with the stresses that come with their daily life in a much more effective and calmer way and navigate their way through their crises more easily. The good news is that emotional resilience is a skill that can be learned and developed into a valuable coping tool. […]
The Importance of a Mind-Body Approach to Eating Disorders and Recovery
Dr. Jenna Daku explains in this article how eating disorders can affect many of us in this modern world. Our minds and bodies are deeply connected. Tears well up in our eyes when we are sad, and tension builds in our muscles when we feel anxious or afraid. Perhaps the deepest connection of all, however, lies between our stomachs and our minds. For example, it’s been discovered that our stomachs have as many neuronal connections as a cat’s brain. Similarly, serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in positive mood and feelings of happiness, is primarily produced in our gut, which was unbeknownst […]
Rowena Humphreys: A New Years Resolution You Can Stick To
When it comes to healthy eating there are few people more well placed than Rowena Humphreys to share knowledge on how to maintain a healthy diet. And not only eat well, but still enjoying cooking and helping get more plants (vegetables, fruits, grains and beans) on your plate. Which in turn results in you being empowered to make healthy choices. London-based Rowena is a certified Food For Life Trainer working with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She is also a graduate of Cornell’s Plant Based Nutrition course and a Founding Trustee of Made In Hackney. She has just commenced […]
Lonely At Christmas: Dealing With Anxiety And Isolation That Causes Christmas Depression
This time of year many people are worried about feeling lonely at Christmas and possibly unaware of the anxiety and the onset of Christmas depression that can occur from isolation during the festive season. For most of us at this time of year we are surrounded by cheery songs on the radio, festive parties that you will be attending, gifts and good wishes that you give and receive, it’s a happy time for most of us. But for lonely people it can be a difficult time. For many different reasons, such as the death of a loved one, living too […]
A Recovering Addict Discovers The Clearmind Awakening Workshop
This is the story of a recovering addict called Paul and his experience with the Clearmind Awakening workshop, a life altering invitation to a deeper, richer experience of self, through the transformative power of authentic, vulnerable connection. The Clearmind international institute offers speaker series events, personal growth workshops, a counsellor training program and a personal development school. With it’s headquarters in Langley, near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada it runs various workshops centered around a whole range of emotional needs and works with with people from all around the world. The Awakening workshop is a creative, empowering, process oriented course for […]
Man Down: Why Do Males Find Sharing Personal Issues So Difficult?
When it comes to males sharing their personal issues with a friend, family or therapist, there seems to be large barriers for them to overcome in order to seek help with the problem. For example, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a man in a car, even when hopelessly and utterly lost, is incapable of stopping and asking a stranger for directions. Men always feel they should know how to get to their destination and are embarrassed when they don’t. It’s no different to how men face up to, or more accurately, don’t face up to their individual personal […]
Smartphone Addiction: Ditch Those Toxic Tech Habits & Become A Better Version Of You
Care to admit it or not, we have become a nation of digital dependents where we spend more time looking at our smartphone screens every day than we do sleeping (on average 8 hours 41 minutes). In fact, smartphone addiction is on the rise, the average adult picks up their phone 150 times a day, so it’s hardly surprising that 69% of children say their parents spend too much time on technology and less time taking care and interacting with them. The CNN website recently published an article on smartphone addiction stating “You may be one of the growing number […]
Shells: Justina Kochansky Talks About Her Beautiful Eggshell Based Artwork
London-based artist Justina Kochansky describes her eggshell based artwork as a combination of found objects, surface techniques, and the careful handling of eggs. Ranging in size from three centimetres tall to five meters in length, her work explores the balance between strength and delicacy while challenging the notion that art must be big to be noticed. Making tiny worlds and figures has long been a passion for Justina. After studying Wayang Kulit (shadow puppetry) in Bali, she has gone on to perform puppet shows in places ranging from Wilton’s Music Hall to Abney Park Cemetery. For five years she ran […]
When Love Hurts: How Couples Get Stuck in a ‘Dance of Distress’
What do you do and who do you turn to when love hurts? Most of us seek a close, committed, loving relationship; someone who is there for us when we need them, someone who can respond to us when we require close connection and with whom we can confide and share our feelings and concerns. We seek a relationship in which we feel emotional and physical intimacy. When we are in such a relationship we are happier, healthier and more resilient in the face of life’s storms. Indeed, many couples begin their relationship with the sense that they have found […]
TRE Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises: New Relaxation Techniques For Anxiety & Stress
The next TRE Group at HQ will be on Friday December 16th 9:30-11am
I have been a qualified Craniosacral Therapist since 2012, and have been involved with TRE® (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises) since 2014. I’ve had a keen interest in yoga since my teens, and it was whilst on a yoga retreat that I learnt about Craniosacral Therapy. It made me think about how our bodies carry the stories of our lives, with different degrees of tension held within each of us. Craniosacral therapy allows our bodies to be ‘heard,’ and helps to re-balance our nervous system. The physical process of TRE® similarly helps to quiet the nervous system, and the practical exercises means you can learn the routine and then do it at home, as and when you need. When you have an achey back or have had a stressful day for example.
Mindful or Mind Full? Joining A Gestalt Therapy Personal Development Group in Hackney, London
Gestalt therapy is an existential, experiential form of psychotherapy which focuses on the individuals here and now (present moment) experience and awareness through its approach. Being a holistic form of psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy looks at the whole person in regards to their mind, and body (thoughts and feelings) inseparably. It’s a perfect way for individuals who are interested in finding out more about themselves. Achieving personal development and gaining an insight into Gestalt. Gestalt therapy group work offers the opportunity for individuals to explore personal issues with others who are interested in understanding themselves, and their relationship with others. Some […]
How do you love? Couples Counsellor And Psychotherapist Candy Newman Asks The Big Question
It seems like a simple question, but when you are asked ‘How do you love?’ it evokes an answer that will be totally unique to your own self. Everyone is different when it comes to addressing their role in a close relationship, and therein lies a potential issue that could possibly cause problems for you and your partner if you both have different needs in a relationship. Counsellor, psychotherapist and parent coach Candy Newman, working in North London, looks at some of the factors behind ‘How do you love?’ and offers insights into how our own personal needs affect the […]
Women In Need Of Support: Radio Phone-In Shows And Finding Your Vital Lifelines
Flicking through the channels on Tuesday I randomly switched my car Radio to BBC5 Live. I found myself listening to a phone –in programme on Mental-health provision in England.
Karen was calling in from North Devon; she was desperate and she was saying how impossible it was for her to get help. She had been on a list to see a specialist for months and months, she had not been assigned a mental health nurse, she had no family and had had a very disturbed childhood, she seemed to have no job, no friends and no anchors in her life. The only strategy she was using which worked was to attempt suicide regularly so that the North Devon Police would at least come and listen to her! She was committing petty crimes in order to be noticed by them again – they at least offered her kindness and care.