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Mindfulness For Beginners

Mindfulness For Beginners

By Shaun Donaghy
A podcast focused on how you can pick up the basics of mindfulness and meditation with the aim of creating a calmer, happier you and a kinder world.
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One kind act that will change the world
Human beings are naturally altruistic, we want to help someone when we see that they’re struggling. If that's true why don’t we live in a utopian world? Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for Email: mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Plum Village app: https://plumvillage.app/ Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
22:23
September 18, 2021
Wake up from modern life
How can we cultivate the right conditions for transformation within ourselves? Step one is slowing down our lives. Build a life-changing mindfulness practice - last chance to join the Be Calm be Happy course starting 14th Sept: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for Email: mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Plum Village app: https://plumvillage.app/ Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
26:48
September 11, 2021
Let go of craving and free your awareness
This week I want to talk about a huge step on starting the spiritual journey, learning to letting go of our attachments so that we can live unburdened and free - sounds hard but with some patience and persistence you can make great strides. Build a life-changing mindfulness practice: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for Email: mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Plum Village app: https://plumvillage.app/ Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
25:49
September 4, 2021
Break free from your self-destructive habits
This week I want to talk about why making change happen is difficult - specifically our habits and how we can train our awareness to enable us to tread a new path. Be Calm Be Happy course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Plum Village app: https://plumvillage.app/ Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
24:55
August 28, 2021
Breaking the chains of the past & freeing your perception
This week we’re going to look at the assumptions and beliefs that colour how we perceive the world. When we assume we can distort our perception of others and have a negative effect on relationships and ourselves. A key attitude in mindfulness is openness, seeing the world in front of us as it is, letting go of judgement and a willingness to see things in a new way. Be Calm Be Happy course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Plum Village app: https://plumvillage.app/ Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
27:41
August 21, 2021
The essential outlook on life that frees you from suffering
Last week we talked about starting a journey within ourselves, this week we talk about how mindfulness offers us a perspective on our connection to the world that guides on that path. Be Calm Be Happy course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Plum Village app: https://plumvillage.app/ Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
29:36
August 14, 2021
Your interior castle & the spiritual journey
How do we take the first tentative steps on a spiritual journey? Be Calm Be Happy course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Plum Village app: https://plumvillage.app/ Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
24:40
August 8, 2021
Waking up from the movie of your life
What if we were watching a movie of our lives, rather than living it? What can we do to wake up from the dream? Be Calm Be Happy course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Plum Village app: https://plumvillage.app/ Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
22:15
July 29, 2021
Why you should practice mindfulness now - my experience of the impact of mindfulness
Today's episode talk about how mindfulness has helped me to deal with difficult emotions like anxiety. Be Calm Be Happy course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Plum Village app: https://plumvillage.app/ Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
24:28
July 17, 2021
Irish music & mindfulness with Mum - 100th episode special pt2
For the second part of the 100th episode special, I have a chat with my mum about Irish music and we do a guided meditation together. Be Calm Be Happy course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
40:39
July 13, 2021
Cata Zorzini, creator of Plum Village app - 100th episode special (pt 1)
Its episode 100 - thank you all so much for listening! To celebrate I’m really pleased to have Cata Zorzini on the podcast, creator of the Plum Village app, an incredible resource for supporting your mindfulness practice with guided meditations, talks and deep relaxations. We talk through what it is and how it can help your practice. Plum Village app: https://plumvillage.app/ Be Calm Be Happy course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
47:30
July 11, 2021
You can feel alive now - living through your senses
Mindfulness promises that we can feel alive by living in the present moment - but how do we do that in practice? Be Calm Be Happy course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
23:55
July 9, 2021
Unravelling your head spaghetti - guided mindfulness meditation
Mindfulness can support you to reflect on the origin of difficult feelings, develop insight and ultimately liberate yourself from suffering. You can also learn to love your spaghetti!  Be Calm Be Happy course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
24:15
July 2, 2021
The healing beauty of nature - guided walking mindfulness meditation
These days a lot of us are spending more time indoors, especially if you’re working from home - we can start to forget how important nature is for our wellbeing. Today we’re going to go for a mindful walk, I hope you can join me. Be Calm Be Happy course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
26:14
June 26, 2021
Being happy during stressful periods of change
One of the most common human traits is valuing stability - wanting everything to stay just as it is. But we know deep down that in time everything changes, so how do we maintain and build our happiness in a constantly changing world? Be Calm Be Happy course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
26:38
June 19, 2021
Raise your self esteem - how you can break the cycle
Self-esteem is how we value and perceive ourselves. It's based on our opinions and beliefs about ourselves, which can sometimes feel really difficult to change. But even Santa can believe in himself - ho ho ho! Be Calm Be Happy course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
26:15
June 12, 2021
If I only won the lottery
We face lots of pressures in life - our job, finding somewhere to live, relationships. Surely all of our problems would go away if we won the lottery? Be Calm Be Happy course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
26:28
June 5, 2021
Give yourself permission to fail
We all have things we’d like to try but never get around to doing- sometimes it’s because we’re busy but sometimes we don’t start because we’re afraid of failing. But failure (if it happens) is important for us to experience; this episode gets underneath how we can open ourselves up to the possibility of failure without shame and live the life we want. Be Calm Be Happy course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
23:04
May 29, 2021
Walking the path of happiness
You’ve probably at least had a go at mindfulness or you like to do a guided meditation every so often. But we can look at mindfulness differently - rather than it being a thing we do, we can look at it as a path that we walk, not a way to happiness but the practice of happiness itself. Be Calm Be Happy course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
25:07
May 22, 2021
The power of a walk in nature
Do you always feel like you’re rushing from one place to another? When our lives get busy it can feel like we don’t have a moment to breathe. Mindfulness is sometimes called the art of slowing down - tuning in and paying attention to our surroundings. One of my favourite ways to do this is with a walking meditation, so grab your headphones and come for a walk with me outside. Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
24:41
May 15, 2021
Six essentials for healthy relationships
What does a healthy relationship look like and how can mindfulness help to improve them? Find out on this week's episode! Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
25:57
May 8, 2021
Manifesto for a kinder workplace
When we think of the things that cause us stress, work tends to come near the top of that list. We pile pressure on ourselves and struggle with relationships but this can leave us exhausted and miserable. Mindfulness can help create a workplace where people are happy, calm and fulfilled. Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
26:01
May 1, 2021
Training yourself to be happy
All of us want to be happy, but it can feel like the circumstances of our lives makes that impossible, it's something that’s out of reach and happiness is just for other people. But we have what we need to be happy, we just need to get into the happiness groove a little bit. Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
24:03
April 24, 2021
Why we can't accept ourselves
Have you ever wished that you were different, maybe you felt inadequate in some way or that you’re not quite enough for yourself or for someone else. It can be hard to shake that feeling, especially when things aren’t going to so well in work or in a relationship but we don’t have to be swept away by those thoughts into a negative spiral. Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
24:24
April 17, 2021
Plan less, live more
This week we explore how to make plans for the future without sacrificing your wellbeing in the here and now. Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
23:06
April 10, 2021
Getting started with mindfulness
Hello my friend, I hope you’re well - this week we’re going to be going over some of the basic principles of mindfulness, this time from the perspective of Jon Kabat Zinn rather than the Plum Village tradition. If you’re new to mindfulness then welcome, if you’re an experienced practitioner then I would invite you to apply your beginners mind and enjoy the refresh. Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
30:29
April 3, 2021
How to deal with difficult people
If I asked you to picture someone you find difficult to deal with, whether that’s at work or in your family, you wouldn’t find it too hard. A few weeks ago we talked about how to deal with a friend or co-worker that’s having a bad day but there’s one or two people who always seem to have a grump on - mindfulness can help! Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
23:44
March 27, 2021
Catastrophizing - how to stop worrying pt2
Have you had that reaction when something goes wrong at work, with your health or in a relationship? You might think that if a relationship ends you’ll never find someone else, if we fail an exam we can never have a successful career. You’re imagining all the terrible things that are going to happen, it feels like the world is ending and the house of cards is falling apart. Catastrophic thinking more common than you think - bringing mindful awareness can help. Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
22:51
March 20, 2021
How to stop worrying and enjoy life (part 1)
Have you ever been lying in bed, not able to sleep because you can’t stop worrying about things? Today we’re going to talk about how mindfulness can help you to let go of your worries and build calmness into your everyday life. Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
26:56
March 13, 2021
Start your morning with mindful energy
Starting your day off with a smile doesn’t involve a huge amount of rocket science but like mindfulness itself it does need a bit of patience and persistence. The key thing is setting up new habits and sticking to them every day, even on the weekend. Mindful movement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mz-dJFkmrk Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
21:37
March 6, 2021
Do you overanalyse every conversation? (non-judgement part 3)
Have you ever had a conversation, maybe with your co-worker or a friend, and they’ve been a bit abrupt? And you’ve thoughts afterwards, “what was that about? Are they annoyed at me?” We can get swept away by that anxiety or anger and not see what’s really going on - but it's possible to experience what’s happening without needing to react to it, without needing to do anything or, critically, without needing to put our spin on it. Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
26:03
February 27, 2021
How to handle criticism (non-judgement part 2)
How do you feel when someone criticises you? Maybe it prompts you to start beating yourself up. Nobody likes to be criticised, especially if you have perfectionist tendencies. But unless you listen to criticism, it makes it harder to grow and learn. The golden rule is to treat yourself with kindness, even if you think you’ve made a mistake. Non-judgement is key in mindfulness and you might feel upset with yourself or unhappy with the other person. You don’t have to take a view of yourself or them - accept that they’re feeling the way they are without judging and your own feelings in the same way. Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
23:03
February 20, 2021
How to stop judging yourself (non-judgement part 1)
Have you ever remembered something embarrassing that you’ve done and thought “you idiot”? Or worse? Everyone does to some extent - its very ingrained in us to regret things from the past, to see ourselves as not meeting some standard and as a result we feel miserable and anxious. Mindfulness can help - non-judgement is one of the key pillars and this episode talks about how we can reduce the harm self-criticism does to us. Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
25:03
February 13, 2021
The cure for loneliness
Join me on my mindfulness course starting Feb 13th: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/be-calm-be-happy-online-mindfulness-course-saturday-afternoon-group-tickets-133001853123 Thich Nhat Hanh calls loneliness the suffering of our time, that we can be in a crowd of people but still feel alone, all of us lonely together. That feeling is something that we're afraid of - the fear of loneliness can be worse than the feeling itself, resulting in us trying to distract ourselves with other things. Practicing compassion is the most important way to tend to our  loneliness - when we accept our difficult feelings and work on our peace, we start to really see the everyday suffering of other people and feel compelled to help that person, even if it's just listening deeply without judgement. When you really listen and allow someone to empty their heart, that's when you can really make a human connection. Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
27:17
February 6, 2021
Too busy for mindfulness? Try this
Join me on my mindfulness course starting Feb 13th: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/be-calm-be-happy-online-mindfulness-course-saturday-afternoon-group-tickets-133001853123 Mindfulness is all about applying 100% of your attention to whatever you’re doing - most weeks we do a guided meditation, focusing on our breath, verses, images, body etc. Doing a little of that kind of formal practice each day is important to see the full benefits, but the other way to develop your practice is simply being present in your everyday life.  oin the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
24:06
January 30, 2021
Comparing yourself to others is unhealthy - life doesn't need to be a competition
Join me on my mindfulness course in Feb (only a couple of places left): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/be-calm-be-happy-online-mindfulness-course-saturday-afternoon-group-tickets-133001853123 Everyone compares themselves to others to some extent but when it plays on our thoughts a lot this can really impact on our wellbeing. The evidence on this has been around since the 1950s - people have always used their relative position against other people as a way of evaluating themselves. Its probably a natural part of the human experience, but the problem arises when we’re constantly aware of what other people have and what we don’t have, making us unhappy; applying mindful awareness to our competitive energy can transform it and help us to feel grateful for what we have. Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
26:54
January 23, 2021
Finding peace in a turbulent world
Join me on my mindfulness course in Feb (only 12 places): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/be-calm-be-happy-online-mindfulness-course-saturday-afternoon-group-tickets-133001853123 Have you been doomscrolling recently - going through a feed of negative stories in social media or the news? You might be feeling a little bit overwhelmed with everything that's going on in the world at the moment. Its easy to get carried away by events but with a few small changes you can make your world more calm and peaceful. Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
25:18
January 16, 2021
The basics of mindfulness
Join me on my mindfulness course in Feb (only 12 places): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/be-calm-be-happy-online-mindfulness-course-saturday-afternoon-group-tickets-133001853123 Even if you’re experienced in meditation it’s always useful to apply your beginners mind and return to the fundamentals. f you’re new to mindfulness it’s good to practice these basics regularly to get yourself into a routine to see the full benefits. Focusing 100% of our attention on whatever we’re doing - whether your breath, your body, your posture, your thoughts, your feelings - is the fundamental principle of mindfulness; it's not about trying to clear your mind, not about trying to be calm or happy. Letting go of any expectations you have for meditation can help you to make the most of the practice. Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
21:58
January 9, 2021
New year, new habits, happy life
If you’re listening to this early in 2021 then you might have spent some time thinking about new years resolutions, commitments to make your life happier and calmer. If you’re like me, new years resolutions tend to be a bit of a mixed bag, for every driving test passed there’s a gym membership that doesn’t get used beyond February. In this episode, we talk about how to make change stick. Join me on my mindfulness course in Feb (only 12 places): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/be-calm-be-happy-online-mindfulness-course-saturday-afternoon-group-tickets-133001853123 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
26:51
December 31, 2020
Let your mind settle & clear
Join me on my mindfulness course in Feb (only 12 places): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/be-calm-be-happy-online-mindfulness-course-saturday-afternoon-group-tickets-133001853123 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
25:09
December 26, 2020
What's my purpose in life?
If you’ve ever been in a place where you’re feeling low or  life just feels like a grind, you might have asked the question, what is it all about? There’s no shortage of influencers who want to provide you with answers, especially on TV or social media. In this episode we explore the mindfulness perspective on why we exist - the answer is simpler than you might think! Join me on my mindfulness course in Feb (only 12 places): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/be-calm-be-happy-online-mindfulness-course-saturday-afternoon-group-tickets-133001853123 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
26:39
December 19, 2020
Gratitude turns what we have into enough
In the Buddhist tradition, desire is the root of all suffering; when we’re dissatisfied with our lives its because we’re attached to the idea that something better is out there that we don’t have. You might look at gratitude as being the antidote to that sense of dissatisfaction - we can be grateful for the important things in our life, the people we love or our health but also the little things like what we eat and our breath. Practicing being thankful works in the same way as our usual mindfulness, training our minds with a guided meditation or stopping every so often during the day to notice what's going on. Its in these moments we can draw happiness from the world in front of us. Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
24:52
December 12, 2020
If your compassion doesn't include yourself, it's incomplete
This week we’re talking about compassion, being aware of suffering and feeling a desire to alleviate it. Compassion is one of the key practices of mindfulness and its something we find easy when we think of someone we love. But where we can really struggle is feeling compassion towards ourselves; when we’re suffering we sometimes punish ourselves more for not being good enough. Mindfulness is a practice of compassion and that begins with yourself - when you let go of the idea of who you think you need to be and accept yourself as you are it’s an act of compassion that allows you to start to let go of suffering. Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
25:23
December 5, 2020
Switch off your autopilot, take control
In mindfulness we call the decisions we make ‘watering the seeds’. These everyday choices can contribute to our anger, our happiness, our fear - just in the same way that if you choose to water certain plants in your garden, you’re choosing what your future garden looks like. Being aware of decisions and prioritising your wellbeing as the most important factor makes a huge difference over time. Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
26:18
November 28, 2020
Seeing yourself with fresh eyes - Deep relaxation 3
Last chance to win a free place on mindfulness course - join our Facebook group to enter: https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856 If you have kids or nieces/nephews you might have seen a baby suddenly become aware of their hand. They look at the palm, they look at the fingers, then they turn it over and realise there’s a back of the hand. And if they tell the fingers to move, it they wiggle! They laugh and laugh until the next experience comes along.  That’s what beginners mind is - approaching the world without assumptions, without judgement, without an idea in our heads for how things ought to be - just observing, accepting, feeling gratitude and joy. When we apply beginners mind to our loved ones, our environment and our body we have a deeper appreciation for what we have and can live happier lives. Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on iTunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
25:34
November 21, 2020
Happiness - no strings attached
If you think about what you need to be happy, you might think about achieving something in your career, or a relationship, or buying a house. All of these things have one thing in common - attachment. When we think of the things that make us happy or sad, there is always something within that that we’re attached to.  For example, when we worry about what people think of us we’re attached to our reputation or attached to relationships. Of course its OK to enjoy possessions, enjoy relationships and doing our jobs well - but we can love someone without worrying that they’ll stop loving us, that they’ll leave us someday. Join the Facebook group for a chance to win a free place on the Be Calm, Be Happy mindfulness course:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on iTunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
29:27
November 14, 2020
Relaxing your body, reducing stress
You might have been feeling stressed recently with events happening across the world or closer to home; a lot of that tension is manifested in our bodies without us being fully aware of it - that might be in your back, in your brow or simply in a general feeling of restlessness which could be interfering with your sleep. In this episode, I talk through how you can can use mindfulness to release tension within the body. Enjoy! Join the Facebook group for a chance to win a free place on the Plum Village mindfulness course:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
28:05
November 7, 2020
Social anxiety & getting embarrassed easily
If you suffer from social anxiety then you might stress in advance about meeting up with people, feel anxiety about going out in public, have regular thoughts that you’ve said the wrong thing or worry what people think of you. This anxiety is common and can helped by practicing mindfulness. You can smile to your anxiety, unlock the door, invite them in, sit at the table and listen. Shutting difficult feelings out doesn’t work - accepting your feelings will reduce the impact on your wellbeing. Join the Facebook group for a chance to win a free place on my mindfulness course:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
26:20
October 30, 2020
How to deal with conflict
When someone has hurt you, it can be tempting to say nothing because it’s not worth the quarrel. But bottling up anger isn’t good for your mental health or your peace - anger that lingers in your awareness becomes resentment, resentments leads to suffering for you and for others. Your feelings are important and should be listened to - practicing compassion meditation before the conversation can give you the confidence to express your feelings calmly and provide understanding of the other person’s perspective.  We have a Facebook group - if you find the podcast helpful, join and share:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
25:09
October 24, 2020
What is mindfulness?
If you're new to mindfulness or already practice, refreshing the fundamentals every so often is worthwhile. Mindfulness is about the here and now - focusing 100% of your attention on whatever you’re doing, being present with whatever you’re experiencing. Trying to be calm or happy doesn’t work - chasing after things which will make us happy doesn’t tend to either. Practicing mindfulness doesn’t switch off difficult emotions but through regular practice it can help us to transform difficult feelings and limit the damage that anxiety, anger and sadness can do to ourselves and others. We have a Facebook group - if you find the podcast helpful, join and share:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
33:13
October 17, 2020
Coping with loss / grief - losing the people we love and the end of relationships
We can lose people in different ways, sometimes someone close to us passes away or a relationship can come to an end. In both case we feel a sense of loss and grief - this is natural . Getting over the pain takes time and its normal to go through a process of remembrance before we we let them go. But we may find letting go difficult and our unwillingness to accept loss can cause us a great deal of suffering. Mindful awareness of our of our thoughts and feelings can support us to be in touch with our grief, ultimately transforming it. Meditating on impermanence can also help - like a cloud, we don't have a well defined beginning and ending. We are a continuance of those before and after. We have a Facebook group - if you find the podcast helpful, join and share:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share on Facebook and say hello!   If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
24:37
October 10, 2020
You don't have to clear your mind! Other voices - Katie Sheen and Joseph Hamer
There's lots of misconceptions about mindfulness - some people think it's about clearing your mind, thinking positively or that it takes a lot of practice to see the benefits. In this chat with my friend and yours, Katie Sheen,  we put to bed some of the myths that exist about mindfulness. Katie is a fully qualified teacher who has been practicing mindfulness in her own life for over sixteen years, including through cancer treatment in 2015. Katie teaches mindfulness courses and has created her own online course and app (links below). Free Breathworks self paced course to support through the crisis  Appreciating Windowsills app Katie's free Udemy Mindfulness for Anxiety course, now being watched by students in over 75 different countries! The Happiness Calendar can be accessed for free via Katie's home page I'm also joined by Joseph Hamer, author of Brain Awakes - his book is an activity guide for parents which teaches emotional regulation to children. In this episode, Joseph talks about dealing with anxiety and takes us through a 15 minute meditation. We end with a reading from Thich Nhat Hanh's book Happiness and a song - 'Easy' by the Commodores. That's why I'm easy.... I'm easy like Sunday morning... mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com We have a Facebook group - join and share this episode! https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for
01:03:47
October 7, 2020
Deep relaxation 2 - Gratitude body scan
A great way to reduce stress is to focus your awareness on what you can feel in your body - from tingling in your toes to tension in your brow. Scanning internally returns your consciousness to the present moment, letting go of anxieties about the future and regrets from the past. Feeling gratitude for the functions that different parts of our body provide also helps to improve our wellbeing - evidence shows that gratitude is a key trait of happy people.  We have a Facebook group - join and share this episode! https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share on Facebook and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
25:30
October 2, 2020
Mindfulness and how to be a 'real man'
One thing I’ve noticed when practicing mindfulness with other people is that on average the group tends to be around two thirds women, one third men. I think part of the reason why men are less keen on mindfulness and meditation is that awareness / concentration on what you’re feeling. It’s something many of us are brought up to be uncomfortable with. Things are changing - which is great - but this varies from country to country, from region to region and from family to family. With a culture shift there’s always a backlash against it - and you see on social media people trying to define what a real man is and does. But to me, a real man - or just a kind person - is someone who is prepared to engage with their feelings, to accept their anger, fear and sadness so that they can transform it into peace. And living in peace they become more aware of the suffering of others and try to help them. We have a Facebook group - join and share this episode! https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share on Facebook and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
30:38
September 25, 2020
Prioritise your mental health - with guided mindfulness meditation
Looking after your wellbeing is the most important thing that you can do to make the world a more peaceful place - when you're stressed you have more difficult interactions with others, they impact others and so on. So how do you prioritise your mental health? Through the choices you make in every moment, and these can be big, life-changing decisions and the little decisions we face in every moment.  For example when considering a new job, we might look at it and say that it’s stressful and long hours, but a good step in our career and will lead to us being happy - at some point. But another option could allow us to enjoy our career and won’t take us away from the things that are good for our mental health like our family, friends and mindful activities. By making our peace the top criteria in our big and little decisions, we can lead more peaceful and happier lives. We have a Facebook group - join and share this episode! https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share on Facebook and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
25:56
September 19, 2020
How to meditate part 3 - Breathing
Why does mindfulness practice focus so much on the breath? We spend most of our lives breathing, so every moment is an opportunity to return to the present moment, let go of our worries and focus on our inbreath and outbreath.  We can do this anywhere / anytime and by regularly returning to our breath we can live calmer, happier lives. We have a Facebook group - join and share this episode! https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share on Facebook and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
23:57
September 12, 2020
Facing injustice with peace - with guided mindfulness meditation
We see injustice around us every day; discrimination, bullying and exploitation are commonplace. We have a responsibility to use our voice to highlight injustice and reduce the suffering of others. But in shining a light we can speak out of anger - we're often told we should be angry or to "get angry". We should acknowledge our anger, listen and accept it, but acting directly on anger (even when we believe we're right) can escalate  hate and violence. Speaking from peace can make our words heard, more powerful and ultimately have more impact in the world.  We have a Facebook group - join and share this episode! https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share on Facebook and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
25:37
September 4, 2020
The Dog That Ate The Golf Ball
If you're struggling to deal with someone whose behaviour seems unreasonable it can be tough. It may be very difficult to understand why they behave the way they do and we might write them off a just being bad people. In reality, there aren't really bad people - just folks who have had a different set of experiences. Like a dog I grew up with on the farm... We have a Facebook group - join and share! https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for
23:31
August 28, 2020
How to Meditate Part 2: Think Less, Feel More - with guided mindfulness meditation
Most of the time when we're working, gaming or watching TV we're barely aware that our body exists. We're so engrossed in what we're doing we don't notice our lungs absorbing the oxygen we need or our heart pumping blood around the body. The body is the easiest way to connect yourself to the present moment - if you find meditation difficult or have given up in the past, it's a great way to ease yourself into the practice. By noticing the movement as we breathe in and breathe out, the pressure of contact with the chair/floor and differences in temperature, we can let go of anxieties around the future and regrets from the past. It seems too easy to be true, but the opportunity for peace and calm exists in every moment.   Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share on Facebook and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for Email your questions / suggestions: mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com rdCu820kgOHp3EbPsLdQ
26:60
August 22, 2020
Speaking kindly Part 2: Awareness - with guided mindfulness meditation
We all try our best to speak kindly to the people around us but during stressful periods we can sometimes get a bit snippy (especially if someone is clicking their pen repeatedly). Its OK to have a bad day - but we can limit the impact of our grumpiness by regularly checking in with how we're feeling and taking time to tend to our difficult feelings. Nothing is more important than your peace - and by working on your peace your words will be kinder, making the world a better place.  Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share on Facebook and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for Email your questions / suggestions: mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com
25:22
August 14, 2020
Letting go of health anxiety and hypochondria - with guided mindfulness meditation
Its normal for us to worry about our health - we're evolved to be vigilant to danger. But when that vigilance spills over into constant worrying we need to be aware and be kind to ourselves. The roots of our anxiety lie can lie in the past but the small things we do every day (like looking up symptoms) can water the seeds of fear and drive our suffering. Accepting impermanence is key to living a calm, happy life - just as we never swim in the same river twice, we are changing all the time. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share on Facebook and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for Email your questions / suggestions: mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com 
25:56
August 8, 2020
Watering the seeds of joy and peace - with guided mindfulness meditation
In previous episodes, we've discussed how the roots of our anxiety, anger and sadness can lie in past experiences and how seeing what drives these emotions gives us the insight to let go of our suffering. Just as important though, is to look at the choices we make every day which have a huge influence over how we feel. When we hold onto resentments or consume unhealthy things we water the seeds of anger and fear. However, being aware of our choice, choosing to be kind with our thoughts, our voice and our actions, we can water the seeds of joy and freedom, building a peaceful, happy life for ourselves.  Email your questions on mindfulness: mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share on Facebook and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
25:20
August 1, 2020
Speaking kindly to the people we love pt 1 - with guided meditation
Sharing a home with the people we love, we can sometimes speak less kindly than we intend in moments of disagreement. When we feel anger, we can choose not to speak, allowing ourselves time to cool off. We can breathe, we can walk and we can spend time attempting to understand the circumstances that lead to the other person's point of view. Meditation is a great way for us to reaffirm our intention to speak kindly to others, to listen and to seek to relieve suffering. Using Thich Nhat Hanh's fourth mindfulness training, we can transform anger and fear into understanding, helping us to live happier, calmer lives. Email your questions on mindfulness: mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share on Facebook and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
25:56
July 26, 2020
How to Meditate Part 1 - How do I clear my mind?
The most common question I get asked about mindfulness and meditation is "how do I clear my mind?" or "what do I do if I'm having lots of thoughts?" Some people say they can't meditate because of these thoughts. This is normal - noone can keep their mind clear for an extended period and the goal of meditation and mindfulness isn't to clear the mind. If there is an "aim", it's simply to be present with whatever you're experiencing in the present moment. Sometimes our mind is busy - we can breathe and observe this, watching the thoughts like clouds passing overhead. With practice and time, the space between thoughts can increase and we can spend more time in the present moment. Share on Facebook! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mindfulness-for-beginners/id1493806566 Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
24:22
July 19, 2020
How to stop beating yourself up - with guided meditation
We can sometimes be our harshest critic, beating ourselves up for minor errors that other people don't even notice. If this is a common occurrence for you, mindfulness can help to reduce your suffering.  The Buddhist tradition talks about the idea of the 'second arrow' - the first are everyday events or thoughts that cause us pain, while the second is our reaction to it. Often the second arrow can hurt us more than the first; but by being present with our difficult thoughts - even angry, negative thoughts towards ourselves - we can transform our suffering into happiness and learn to be kind to ourselves as we would to a friend in pain. Email your questions on mindfulness: mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share on Facebook and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
26:37
July 3, 2020
Starting your day calm and happy - with gratitude guided meditation
We all like a lazy start to the day now and then but starting your day grounded in the present moment can set the tone for the rest of the day - stretching, having a ritual around your tea / coffee and mindful eating are great ways to start the day. Practicing mindfulness meditation first thing in the morning can also carry a sense of peace through the rest of your day. You can focus this on your breath, your body or gratitude for the simple everyday things we take for granted. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
24:38
June 28, 2020
Learning to love yourself part 2: Accepting who you are - with guided meditation
Copy link to share on Facebook > shorturl.at/kqtuG We can all be hard on ourselves sometimes; we may think that we're not living up to our own or other people's expectations. But you don't need to be any more than you are - you have a good and compassionate nature. By getting comfortable with who we are, we need less affirmation from the people around us, reducing strain on relationships and making for a calmer, happier life.  Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
24:55
June 7, 2020
Calming your mind before sleep - with guided meditation
Insomnia can have a hugely detrimental effect on your mental health, especially if you regularly miss sleep. When we lie awake at night, we can frequently have stressful thoughts that prevent us from relaxing enough to drop off - meditating before bedtime can help to accept and let go of these difficult thoughts and feelings. Reducing caffeine and screen time along with regular mindfulness practice can help you sleep soundly and have happier days.  Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
29:14
June 5, 2020
Focus on your peace; you have more impact on the world than you know - with guided meditation
You may have heard mindfulness / meditation being called selfish - its easy to see how sitting with your eyes closed breathing might seem detached from the needs of others. However, we affect other people with every word we say, every action we take and every choice we make. Without being peaceful ourselves, the ripples we send out to the world may not be as positive as we would hope. By coming back to the present moment and bringing our mind and body together we can become more compassionate and build a kinder world. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
27:04
May 31, 2020
How to stop procrastinating and achieve your goals - with guided meditation
Use this link to share on Facebook!  shorturl.at/fKW56 Everyone procrastinates - you might have tasks for work or school we're dreading and have been putting off. Its important to be aware in the moment when this happens, sit with the thoughts you're having and get to the root of what is driving your avoidance. A lot of the time we can be afraid to fail, in our own eyes and the eyes of others. By sitting with our insecurity, accepting it and becoming comfortable we can overcome our fear of failure and start to do what we've always wanted. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
25:28
May 29, 2020
Learning to love yourself part 1 - with guided meditation
If you enjoy, use this link to share on Facebook! shorturl.at/cgrT0 All of us can struggle with our self-esteem, particularly how we look - there are always aspects of ourselves that we wish were different. We can support our wellbeing by becoming more aware of the negative thoughts we have about our own appearance rather than avoiding them; looking deeply into the roots of why we feel this way will free us from our insecurities. Our bodies are amazing - by focusing on what makes them great we can let go of negative views and enjoy simply being alive. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
26:16
May 26, 2020
Letting go of hunger and cravings - with guided meditation
If you've tried giving up smoking or cutting back on calories you know how difficult dealing with cravings can be. Most of the time we try to distract ourselves - but this can end up making them worse. By being present with our thinking and accepting the associated feeling we can break the connection between the initial thoughts and acting to satisfy the desire, increasing our chances of long term wellbeing. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
24:39
May 22, 2020
Compassion is an essential quality for leaders - guided mindfulness meditation
You may have heard "you have to be tough to lead." Its true that making difficult decisions does require a certain amount of resilience - but compassion is critical for good leaders to understand the consequences of the decisions they make and look after the wellbeing of their people. If you've previously ruled yourself out for not being tough enough to lead you may ask yourself - is it really you that needs to change? Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
25:54
May 16, 2020
Is cabin fever leading to friction with your loved ones during lockdown? With guided mindfulness meditation
During lockdown you and your loved ones may be occasionally butting heads. Its important to realise that the roots of this friction can be the stress of the situation rather than the argument itself - so looking after your daily mental health is critical, including sleep, exercise and regular meditation. It can also be helpful to take time for yourself, particularly if conversations have become heated. Allowing a few hours for tempers to cool before discussing can help you to reach a resolution and live together peacefully. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
26:12
May 10, 2020
Letting go of stress from work and school - with guided mindfulness meditation
Work and school can be sources of joy and fulfilment but can also be stressful at times. We may have too much on our plate, put ourselves under too much pressure or have difficult relationships to deal with. We may not feel that we have time to stop, but when feeling overwhelmed this is exactly what we need to do - stop and breathe. By taking a break from 'doing' and practicing 'being' we can reduce our stress and get new perspective on our challenges. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
24:32
May 7, 2020
Mindfulness made easy - reduce your stress anytime, anywhere with these five simple meditations
Its not always easy to find the time to meditate, so getting your ten minutes a day can be really challenging. However, you can integrate mindfulness into your daily life by learning simple techniques that you can use anytime, anywhere: focusing on your breath, a counting meditation, meditation of mind, meditation of body and listening meditation. Learning and practising these these easy techniques will reduce your stress in the short term and could make a significant difference to your mental health in the long term. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
23:28
May 5, 2020
The world is not beyond saving and you can make a difference - with guided mindfulness meditation
The problems of the world can seem insurmountable - climate change, disease and war might make you feel that there's little that we can do. But by seeing the interconnections between what think, do and consume with what happens in the rest the rest of the world we can make more informed choices that together have a huge effect. Mindfulness and being in the present moment can help to build this awareness and create a kinder world for everyone. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
25:13
May 2, 2020
Is it more important to be right in an argument or to be kind? - with thoughts / speech / action meditation
Its easy when you're in a heated discussion to get carried away - we can say unkind things in the course of trying to win an argument. But giving someone a piece of our mind (even when we think we're right) can escalate a situation and put us in a worse situation than before we opened our mouths. Instead we can try and understand where the other person is coming from and consider our words carefully, as well as taking a step back and becoming more aware of the thoughts that lead to unkind speech.  Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
23:59
April 29, 2020
Switching off from social media and TV for a day can significantly improve your mood and calmness - with guided meditation
We all use social media, TV and other media as a means of occasional escapism - however, taking a break every so often can help us to live calmer, happier lives. A day of mindfulness is a great way to do this and it's easy to organise by yourself or with others. This episode sets out how to do it and includes a calm / ease guided meditation. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
26:20
April 26, 2020
Keeping well during lockdown and coping with chronic pain - Other voices: Katie Sheen
In this extended episode I have a mindful chat with my wonderful friend Katie Sheen who I met when we set up a sangha (mindfulness group) with others. She's a fully qualified teacher who has been practicing mindfulness in her own life for over sixteen years, including through cancer treatment in 2015. Katie teaches mindfulness courses and has created her own online course and app (links below). We chat about how mindfulness can be used to support people through the current crisis as well her personal experience with pain and how mindfulness can make a significant difference with regular practice. Katie leads us through a wonderful guided meditation on compassion for ourselves and others. Free Breathworks self paced course to support through the crisis  Appreciating Windowsills app Katie's free Udemy Mindfulness for Anxiety course, now being watched by students in over 75 different countries!  The Happiness Calendar can be accessed for free via Katie's home page
01:04:34
April 19, 2020
Letting go of guilt and remorse - with guided mindfulness meditation
Remorse can help us to reflect on errors and avoid repeating them - but its important to keep things in perspective. If we didn't intent harm to others, it's import that we treat ourselves with compassion as we would a friend. We can let go of regular feelings of guilt by looking deeply into it's roots. This episode includes a guided mindfulness meditation supporting you to let go of guilt. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.  Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
24:52
April 17, 2020
The secret to living a happy life - enjoying our breath guided meditation
We can sometimes be led to believe that we need particular things or conditions to be happy - but returning to our breath at various points in during the day and simply being present with how we are provides us with calmness, happiness and stability. In this episode we discuss how you can set a bell of mindfulness as reminder to return to the present from the future, past or mindless consumption. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
25:09
April 11, 2020
Deep relaxation through mindfulness - body scan guided meditation
A great way to relax before bed is a body scan, where we focus our awareness on each part of our body. Many people fall asleep during the practice and it's helpful if you suffer from insomnia. Mindfulness of body beings us into the present moment, leaving our past regrets and anxiety / stress about the future behind. The practice also supports us to return to our bodies when we're working, relaxing or watching TV. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
27:08
April 7, 2020
Dealing with anxious thoughts and stress - with guided mindfulness meditation
All of us get anxious thoughts, especially when under stress - trying to ignore them or cover them up with food, alcohol, TV or social media only increases our suffering in the long run. In this episode we explore paying attention to our anxious thoughts - inviting them in, making them a cup of tea and listening to what they have to say. By being present with our anxiety we can reduce the impact it has on our wellbeing.  Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
24:06
April 3, 2020
Being present with illness - with body awareness meditation
Feeling unwell after going to the shop 5 days ago, so it looks like I caught COVID-19. I explore being present with what I'm experiencing with coronavirus and being grateful for how mild the symptoms are. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
25:46
April 1, 2020
Being thankful for what we still have - Gratitude guided meditation
Its easy for us to focus on what we've lost or anxious about losing - a relationship, our health, a job or the wellbeing of someone we care about. Gratitude is a key part of maintaining good mental health; mindfulness and meditation can help us to focus on the things in our lives which bring us joy like the people we love, our home and even the simple joy of being alive. Includes a 20 minutes guided meditation. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
25:37
March 28, 2020
Being OK with your thoughts - Other voices: Kerri Cummings
I spoke recently to psychologist, author, mindfulness coach and founder of Mindbar Kerri Cummings about the benefits of mindfulness, some misconceptions and learning to get comfortable with your thoughts. And how mindfulness can improve your putting game! Website: www.mind-bar.de Blog: www.moderndaymindful.com Instagram: @mindbar_practice Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MindBarPractice/ Twitter: @moderndaymindful
43:12
March 26, 2020
The importance of a daily routine for your mental health - with body awareness guided meditation
A great way to maintain our mental health during these difficult times is to set a daily routine - this can include meditation, socialising, exercising and creative activities. This episode talks this through as well as a 'day of mindfulness' and guided meditation focusing on the body. Twitter - https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/ Daily Yoga - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBu-pQG6sTY Sleep Hygiene - https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/sleep-hygiene Day of Mindfulness - https://plumvillage.org/retreats/days-of-mindfulness/ Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
29:12
March 22, 2020
Loneliness, coronavirus isolation and mindfulness - with guided meditation
With the current coronavirus lockdown, it's more important than ever to look after our mental health. A key part of this is coping with isolation - mindfulness can support us to accept our feelings of loneliness, avoid covering it with consumption and use it to motivate ourselves to make real human connections.  Thich Nhat Hanh on Loneliness https://soundcloud.com/thichnhathanh/loneliness-is-the-ill-being-of Please contact me on twitter or LinkedIn (links below) if you'd like to join a live Skype guided meditation. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
26:01
March 20, 2020
Dealing with Coronavirus stress, podcast news - with calm ease guided meditation
You may be feeling anxious at the moment given events across the world - the practice of mindfulness can help you to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings, especially if you have to be isolated for a long period of time. Future episodes will discuss this in more detail, with guided meditations.  This podcast news episode also talk about future guests, recommendation of the month and an invitation to sing along with Manchester's favourite sons... Ted talk: https://youtu.be/Y4gly9n9RBo Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for
35:46
March 15, 2020
Seeing the world through calm eyes - Still water guided meditation
The worries and distractions of our lives fragment our minds in many different directions, resulting in anxiety and stress. A side effect of this is that we don't see the world as it really is, creating more suffering. This episode talks about how by calming our mind, we can reflect the world as it is, gaining insight and compassion for others. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you can bring mindfulness to other by leaving a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for
25:22
March 13, 2020
Letting go of sadness - transforming sadness guided meditation
All of us feel sad at one time or another - but how to do we accept these difficult feelings without them overwhelming us? In this episode, we discuss Thich Nhat Hanh's metaphor of the mud and the lotus and how we can use mindfulness to transform our sadness by sitting and listening to it rather than shutting it out. Includes a 20 minute guided meditation. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   If you're on Apple podcasts, you can bring mindfulness to other by leaving a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life. https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for
26:45
March 8, 2020
Be calm, be happy, be creative: Other Voices - Dr Lauri Bower
When was the last time you let your creative side out? In this episode I chat to mindfulness teacher Dr Lauri Bower, cofounder of York Sangha and The Creative Space. I've learned a great deal about the practice of mindfulness from Lauri since meeting her in 2016 and we got to catch up during a weekend retreat in Lytham.  We talk about how Lauri started meditating at an early age, her favourite ways to practice and how creativity can unlock a peaceful and happy life. We also talk about the "Be Calm, Be Happy" course she runs which is now available worldwide via Zoom.  THE Creative S P A C E the-creative-space.org.uk Instagram The-creative-space-uk Blog Mindful Living Book In the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh: Mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism Be Calm, Be Happy Course Plum Village UK Eventbrite 
36:59
March 5, 2020
With a little help from my friends - calm, ease guided meditation
Its great to find a quiet place and meditate on your own - but there are huge benefits to practicing mindfulness with others.  In this episode I discuss "sangha" - a community or group of people who practice together. Belonging to a sangha can help you to develop your mindfulness practice and offers great support in difficult times. The episode includes a shared calm, ease guided meditation - and an optional singalong at the end! Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!    https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for
29:52
March 1, 2020
You are enough - Releasing desire guided meditation
All of us feel at times as if we could earn more, be better parents, have more successful relationships - but we don't need to be anything more than we are. Much of our suffering is driven by desire - we can live happier, calmer lives by letting go of our desires and being present in the moment with what we feel. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to  share with others and say hello!   https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for  
25:06
February 27, 2020
Mindfulness and a calmer life - Other Voices: Mikey
In this episode, I chat to my old friend Mikey, who got me into the practice of mindfulness. We talk about how we got into the practice, our favourite ways to practice and share a guided meditation. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, we invite you to  share with others and say hello!  https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for
50:23
February 23, 2020
Could you feel compassion for your enemy? Compassion guided meditation
Could you feel compassion for your enemy? Its not easy of course - we may prefer to feel anger towards those who we believe are unkind to us or others. We may also feel that our anger is helpful and motivates us to act. Thich Nhat Hanh tells us that to "love our enemy is impossible. The moment we understand our enemy,we feel compassion and he or she is no longer our enemy." As difficult as it seems, attempting to understand our enemies allows us to release our anger - while still being motivated to make the world a better place. Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, we invite you to  share with others and say hello to us! Twitter LinkedIn
26:41
February 16, 2020
Podcast News - Other podcasts, other voices and Fred Rogers
News on other podcasts I've appeared on, plans for monthly guests and a recommendation: Won't You Be My Neighbor, a documentary about Fred Rogers. Depressed Not Dead Podcast, Twitter Exercising Depression Podcast, Twitter Won't You Be My Neighbor Say hello! Twitter LinkedIn
09:54
February 15, 2020
That guy in the BMW is driving me crazy - Driving guided meditation
Driving can be stressful, but the principles of mindfulness can be applied - by focusing your awareness on the road and other drivers you can drive more safely but also get your daily dose of mindfulness! Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, we invite you to  share with others and say hello to us!  Twitter LinkedIn
24:21
February 12, 2020
How do I overcome my fear / phobia? Letting go of fear guided meditation
All of us are afraid of something - but that doesn't have to limit us. If you're keen to overcome your fear / phobia, whether that's social anxiety, flying or enclosed spaces, you can take steps towards your goal by practicing mindfulness regularly, visualising your fear and giving yourself permission to feel anxious before letting go.  Meditation  can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, we invite you to  share with others and say hello to us! https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
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February 7, 2020
Eating chocolate meditation
I like chocolate. You like chocolate. So lets grab some chocolate and eat it mindfully! Mindful consumption is a great way to ground yourself in the present moment and fully appreciate what you eat. Eating mindfully will also help you to feel full faster - so it can support weight loss. The episode also features a meditation of mind, where we focus our attention on the thoughts and feelings that arise, accepting them for what they are & allowing them to leave. Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, we invite you to share with others and say hello to us!   https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
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February 4, 2020
Restoring relationships - Reconciliation guided meditation
You might ask yourself "how do I deal with conflict?" Its something all of us struggle with, whether we've hurt someone or someone has hurt us. We may worry that if we express how we feel the other party could get angry or defensive. But we can use the principles of mindfulness to have open conversations  with those we have a difficult relationship with. Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, we invite you to share with others and say hello to us! twitter.com/mindfulness_for www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/
23:57
February 1, 2020
How do I make the world a better place? Body mindfulness meditation
Have you ever asked yourself, 'how do I make the world a better place?' In this episode, we examine how you can start with yourself through mindful meditation. By becoming more peaceful, you can be better in tune to the suffering of others and use that empathy to make a difference.  This episode's guided meditation helps you to be calm and happy by focusing your attention on different parts of your body. Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, we invite you to share with others and say hello to us! https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-at-mindfulness-for-beginners-7b79a019b/ 
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January 26, 2020
Weathering the storm - guided meditation
In this guided meditation, we explore how we can develop our resilience through seeing ourselves as a mountain - steadfast while the storm rages around it. We also talk about how to make mindfulness part of your everyday routine. We'll be posting upcoming / new episodes on Twitter - why not say hello! @mindfulness_for
24:44
January 24, 2020
Letting go of anger, compassion guided meditation
In this episode, we talk about a mindfulness meditation for building compassion and how you can use it to let go of anger.
23:45
January 21, 2020
Overcoming perfectionism guided meditation
Discussion of how we can be kind and give ourselves permission to be imperfect, including a 20 minute guided meditation.
27:48
January 18, 2020
Aware of emotions guided meditation
A 20 minute guided meditation on opening the door to feelings like anxiety, joy and anger. This mindfulness exercise may help you gain insight on the seeds of happyness, sadness or stress.
27:31
January 14, 2020
Solid as a mountain, calm as still water
A 20 minute guided mindfulness meditation using four visualisations - flower, mountain, water and space. Build a life-changing mindfulness practice: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for Email: mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Plum Village app: https://plumvillage.app/ Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
25:20
January 9, 2020
Meditation for calming your body, easing your mind
A 20 minute guided meditation focused on re-establishing the link between your mind and body. Build your life-changing mindfulness practice on the Be Calm Be Happy course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Plum Village app: https://plumvillage.app/ Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
24:00
January 9, 2020
Introduction to Mindfulness - Reducing stress and living a happier life
In this introduction to mindfulness, find out about what the practice is and how you can apply it to your everyday life.  Build your life-changing mindfulness practice on the Be Calm Be Happy course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154439234909 Join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/999461463825856/ Say hello on twitter: https://twitter.com/mindfulness_for mindfulnessforbeginners@protonmail.com Plum Village app: https://plumvillage.app/ Meditation can be used to reduce stress / anxiety, improve your mood and live a  more peaceful, fulfilled life. If you find it helpful, I invite you to share on Facebook and say hello! If you're on itunes / Apple Podcasts, you may wish to leave a review. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be healthy and live a long life.
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