Meditation · Mindfulness

Chips cheese and beans: A meditation lesson by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Last Thursday, I was absolutely delighted to have been able to attend Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s lesson on Meditation and going beyond mindfulness at the London School of Economics. Having read and reviewed his book The Joy of Living a month ago, it was with luck that I spotted tickets to the event whilst scanning through… Continue reading Chips cheese and beans: A meditation lesson by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Happiness · Mindfulness

The Laughter Yoga Experiment

A few weeks ago, I attended a laughter yoga class at The Museum of Happiness, London. Part of the class looked at our different emotions, characterising them, imagining what types of laugh they would have, and then playing these characters out. For example, ‘The Ruminator’ might have a melodramatic laugh due to repeatedly capturing you… Continue reading The Laughter Yoga Experiment

Meditation · Mental Health · Mindfulness

Meditating during stressful times

Last week, I did not create a post, which is a rare occurrence. Writing a blog about meditation, mindfulness and happiness caused quite a stir with me last week as I was having a busy time at work, experienced some amount of poor health and had so many dreams at night that I didn’t feel… Continue reading Meditating during stressful times

Happiness · Mental Health · Mindfulness · Self Esteem

How to cultivate happiness

Today is International Day of Happiness! As my blog is dedicated to the wonderful topic of happiness, I thought I would share 5 tips of how to cultivate happiness in your life. 1. Make a happiness action plan and stick to it It’s too easy to let life happen instead of choosing what events to… Continue reading How to cultivate happiness

Happiness · Meditation · Mental Health · Mindfulness

The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Today I’m reviewing The Joy of Living : Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Eric Swanson. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a revered Tibetan Buddhist master who acquired knowledge in neuroscience, studying alongside leaders in the field. The Joy of Living is curated by Eric Swanson from transcripts by the… Continue reading The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Mental Health · Mindfulness · Self Esteem

A self care letter to myself

Six months ago, I went on a mindfulness-based stress reduction [MBSR] course at The Mindfulness Project, London. It was a tricky time of my life. Not the worst by any means, but I was still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and had gone on the course to help solidify my existing mindfulness and meditation practice.… Continue reading A self care letter to myself

Creativity · Happiness · Mental Health · Mindfulness

My Favourite Things Challenge

Last week I posted an image to my Instagram page, accompanied by the caption (and in my mind, singing voice of Julie Andrews playing Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music), “Droplets on branches after the rain, these are a few of my favourite things”. It got me thinking about how this iconic scene… Continue reading My Favourite Things Challenge

Mental Health · Mindfulness

Book Review: My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor. How our brain shapes our reality

Having been a practitioner of mindfulness and meditation on a spiritual level, I recently have become increasingly interested in the neurological and scientific aspects of mindfulness. Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight is a fascinating glance into the neuroanatomist’s personal experience of having a stroke which resulted in a conscious dual reality of being… Continue reading Book Review: My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor. How our brain shapes our reality

Happiness · Lifestyle · Mindfulness

Mindfulness in Mindo Cloud Forest

Today I’m writing from Ecuador. I have completed the middle leg of a ten day trip, exploring the wonderful nature that Ecuador has to offer. An amazing part of the trip has involved staying at a lovely ecolodge, El Monte, in the Mindo cloud forest region. Entering the lodge was already a lovely adventure, via… Continue reading Mindfulness in Mindo Cloud Forest

Mindfulness

Listen to listen. Don’t listen to judge.

Critical. Defensive. Always ready to impose an opinion. We can all be guilty of judgmental listening, but often are unaware of the lessons we may be missing or the relationships we may be damaging. Today’s post is about the dangers of judgmental listening. I have been listening to some of Adi Vajra’s podcasts this week.… Continue reading Listen to listen. Don’t listen to judge.