Cherry blossom and blue sky

What is meditation?

Occasionally when I’m talking to people the topic of meditation will crop up. Meditation and mindfulness are large topics and so I thought I’d try to break them down into manageable bits. If you want to explore more there are lots of resources I can point you to. What is meditation? I’ve started off with…

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Sharing kindness meditations

Recently I shared two kindness meditations during a wellbeing day, and have uploaded one of them as an audio track for you to enjoy. It was a real pleasure to contribute towards the successful ‘Sharing the Love’ day which a fellow yoga teacher Jill organised in November here in Dumfries, and which was a fundraiser…

Yoga mats laid out in circle in room

Wellbeing workshops on pain, stress and anxiety

I’m delighted to be offering two wellbeing workshops this autumn in Dumfries. Following positive feedback from the workshop on understanding chronic (persistent) pain, I’m going to be delivering this workshop again, but it’ll be slightly longer at 3 hours to allow more time for the practical things. In addition, I’m going to be delivering a…

Sunlight on loch

Surfing the waves of the mind

Last weekend, on a local well-being day, I heard a quote about meditation which I’d never heard before, but which made instant sense. ‘You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.’ Wow, I thought. How come I’d never heard that before? It’s a quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the most influential…

Study shows different types of meditation have different effects on brain

A new study explores how the type of meditation practices could have different impacts on your brain, leading to varied social, cognitive, or behavioural effects. The research study with healthy human adults in Germany explored three different types of meditation practices: awareness meditation (e.g. mindful breathing, body scans), compassionate meditations (e.g. loving kindness), and perspective…

Squares of chocolate

Chocolate meditation for chocolate week

It’s Chocolate Week from 10th to 16th October 2016 in the UK, and I thought this would be perfect timing to describe a meditation practice that almost everyone will enjoy, even if (or especially if) they haven’t done any meditation before, because it involves chocolate! And almost everyone likes chocolate. Plus dark chocolate may even…