Maureen Cooper
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Getting used to meditation

A few months ago Jon Kabat-Zinn was in Amsterdam—my home town. He spoke to a packed hall with over nine hundred people present. I enjoyed his talk—he was natural, relaxed, genuine and very interesting. However, the thing that stands out in my memory is when he asked people to put their hands up if they […]

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The power of your smile

If our smile is authentic we usually feel good, don’t we? Smiling relaxes us and so relaxes the people we are in contact with. It’s hard to stay annoyed with someone who genuinely smiling at you—the effect is completely disarming. It can transform a lot of the misunderstanding and projection that can clog up the […]

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Your Commute

Whether we go to work by public transport, our own car or bicycle, or if we are lucky enough to be able to walk to work we have two interludes in the day that we can use to give ourselves a break. Once we’ve left home and before we arrive at work, (and the other […]

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The Power of Gratitude

In this short, readable book the author John Kralik tells the story of how he turned his life around by focusing his attention on what he had of value in his life rather than on what was missing. In Kralik’s case that was no hypothetical shift—a middle-aged, overweight divorcé, estranged from his older children, on […]

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Being and getting the job done

So how do we bring awareness into action and learn to ‘be’ at work—while still getting the job done? One of the biggest misunderstandings in our line of work is when people think that practicing techniques such as mindfulness and meditation can only happen in one’s personal time and if anyone tries it out at […]

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The Kindness Formula

In the last blog we took a brief look at how it could change our working environment if we included ‘random acts of kindness’ as part of our daily routine. This time we will take this idea a bit further and introduce the idea of the Kindness Formula. The Kindness Formula goes like this: Make […]

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Modern versions of a sabre-toothed tiger

Modern versions of a sabre-toothed tiger In the last blog: Our old-fashioned stress response, we discussed how our stress alerts can keep us in constant state of alert disproportionate to the situations we find ourselves in. This can lead to problems with our health and well-being. This time we are sharing a story taken from […]

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Our old-fashioned stress response

​ When we lived as hunter-gatherers in small tribes life was hard and much shorter than the average time we can hope to live for now. Tribes worked together to collect food, protect their young and defend their territory. From time to time a member of the tribe might face a life-threatening situation—like being chased […]

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Meeting Madness

We all know that meetings can be a challenge in so many different ways from trying to get a project idea approved, to simply surviving the boredom but they can also be an opportunity to apply some techniques of mindfulness, empathy and kindness. Getting started Some of the groups we work with in Awareness in […]

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