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 Action have made it a habit to begin a meeting with a few moments of silence to help people arrive and settle but this is not always something you can make happen. However, you can take a moment yourself while other people are settling...

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Happiness is not found on automatic pilot

People spend 46.9 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re doing, and this mind-wandering typically makes them unhappy. This the conclusion of recent research carried out by psychologists Professor Daniel Gilbert and Doctoral student Matthew Killingsworth of Harvard University.Killingsworth and Gilbert write, ‘A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost.’ iPhone...

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Some mindfulness exercises for your working day

Many of you will be familiar with the wonderful work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programmes. I recently came across an article by Saki F. Santorelli, one of the MBSR instructors at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. The article is called, Mindfulness and Mastery in the Workplace. It presents 21 ways to reduce stress during the working day. I picked out a few that suggest more ways we can engage in mindfulness and meditation without drawing a lot of attention to...

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Welcome to the Awareness in Action blog

How often when we meet someone for the first time do we find ourselves asking them what they do and according their reply forming some sort of idea of whether or not we’ll have anything in common? If the person is very young, it’s likely we’ll ask them what they want to do when they leave school, college, or university. In the same way, we often find ourselves explaining our own work to people we meet, and watch them as they try to place us. We’ll provide regular updates for friends and family, because the chances are that the question,...

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Peaceful Mind

We train in peaceful mind through becoming familiar with techniques of mindfulness and meditation, which enable us to develop self-awareness, and stability thus calming the mind and making it easier to work with.

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