Tag archive for mindfulness

How to cultivate pleasuretaking in your life

How to cultivate pleasuretaking in your life

Food is such an immediate pleasure. This month, let’s take the pressure off food and explore other ways to meet our desires and enjoy living 1.Paradigm-shift your pleasure. Think about how pleasure was presented to you as a child, and the rolemodels in your life….

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How to slow down your eating

How to slow down your eating

Slowing down your eating is absolutely key if you aim to lose weight and alter your eating psychology. It sounds simple, but are you really doing it yet? This month, make it your business to start learning and practising Here’s a simple list of straightforward…

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How to say ‘yes’ to being here

How to say ‘yes’ to being here

Nine months ago today, Scottish people voted ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the question ‘should Scotland be an independent country?’. Mindfulness workshop leader and philosophy enthusiast Philip Cowell draws a parallel between Mindfulness and referendums of independence, since accepting to be here, and deciding to be…

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Mindfulness, 18 months on

Mindfulness, 18 months on

A year and a half since I did a self-guided MBSR course, I reflect on the benefits, and an ever-evolving meditation habit 18 months ago I did a self-guided MBSR* course Then I did it again! (*MBSR is the standard 8-week meditation course, short for…

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Sex, drugs and Mindfulness

Sex, drugs and Mindfulness

Philosophy-lover Philip Cowell considers Mindfulness the perfect tool to practice Michel Foucault’s political call for embodiment  Come again? If Foucault said sex isn’t the be all and end all (let’s all do drugs and S&M instead), then mindfulness might be saying the same thing. What?! True,…

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Mirony #10: Mindfulness ironies

Mirony #10: Mindfulness ironies

Judging other people for being judgmental gits. * * * Got more mironies you’ve noticed? Click on the pale grey dot with a plus sign, below this post, to open the comment thread. * * * Read more on Illustrated Guide to Life about: Mindfulness –…

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Reflections on hospital: Shiny and renew

Reflections on hospital: Shiny and renew

We just came back from a spell in hospital. This is the first post in a series called Reflections on hospital, of the little lessons learnt on the ward We came out of hospital yesterday, after a week on the children’s ward. My seven-month-old baby…

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Mirony #9: Mindfulness ironies

Mirony #9: Mindfulness ironies

I want my life to be different. Better. So I’m gonna take up meditation. Meditation will teach me to let go of wanting things to be different. To accept things exactly as they are. * * * Got more mironies you’ve noticed? Click on the…

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Mirony #8: Mindfulness ironies

Mirony #8: Mindfulness ironies

Striving at being non-striving. Striving at being non-striving about non-striving. Finally, relaxing into workaholism. * * * Got more mironies you’ve noticed? Click on the pale grey dot with a plus sign, below this post, to open the comment thread. * * * Read more…

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Mirony #7: Mindfulness ironies

Mirony #7: Mindfulness ironies

‘I’m an abysmal example of non-judging’. * * * Got more mironies you’ve noticed? Click on the pale grey dot with a plus sign, below this post, to open the comment thread. * * * Read more on Illustrated Guide to Life about: Mindfulness – for…

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