Maureen Cooper
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Six Ways to Make Meditation a Habit

When I first began to meditate I was convinced that doing something so profound and life-changing meant that there would be no problem in simply settling into an inspired routine. I thought my mind would easily adapt to sitting quietly and everything would be plain sailing. I couldn’t wait to get started. It did not […]

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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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