News Articles and Interviews from Centre for Mindfulness Ireland


Take a Meditation Break

Does anxiety make it hard for you to focus? A new study finds that even 10 minutes of meditation helps.

In the study, 82 participants who experience anxiety were given a computer task to complete, but were regularly disrupted. They were then split into two groups: one group listened to a guided meditation for 10 minutes, while the other group listened to an audio book for 10 minutes. Participants were then sent back to the computer while the disruptions continued… Read more from Mindful.org

 


Fidget Spinners: Mindful or Mindless?

Fidget Spinners are the latest craze to hit classrooms and dinner tables across the world. Some defend them as “smart fidget toys” helpful for kids with anxiety, ADHD, and other attention disorders, while others decry them as a nuisance that do more to distract than calm.

Mindful.org asks – what’s the real story: mindful or mindless?

If you live or work with kids, you’re aware that fidget spinners occupy a fleeting moment in a decade-long trend of toys geared toward burning off distraction—for kids and adults alike. These toys make claims about soothing anxiety, restoring focus, etc. With controversy mounting about the benefit of fidget toys, we took a look into the research… read more


A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax

On June 20th Ruby Wax and the Mindfulness Initiative are holding a fundraising performance of Frazzled (Ruby’s new show about mindfulness based on her best-selling book) and a ‘dialogue about mindful politics’ with special guests Prof Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg and British politicians of the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group. 

“We are not equipped for this century, it’s too hard, too fast, and too full of fear; we just don’t have the bandwidth. Our brains can’t take so much information in a world where we’re bombarded by bad news and force-fed information” Ruby Wax


Can Mindfulness be the antidote to Anti-Aging?

Denial—even resistance—to getting older is a natural impulse. But what if we embraced our impermanence? Aging has been around for as long as we have—so you’d think we might have accepted it by now.

Pushing away aging makes good sense; why not stay healthy and fit as long as possible? The difficulty in doing that is a seeming glitch in our design that reveals the essential challenge of being a biological life form. Eventually, knees and hearts blow out, eyes and sex drive weaken, the broad mind and the narrow hips exchange places… Read More from Mindful.org


Centre for Mindfulness Ireland You Tube Channel

Have you subscribed to the new Centre for Mindfulness Ireland You Tube Channel yet?

On this dedicated site we have talks from Saki Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer and Judson Brewer and will continue to add more videos of interesting and helpful information from top CFM trainers. We also have meditation talks from Anne Twohig, founder of Centre for Mindfulness Ireland. Why not head over to take a look? The talk by Florence will be particularly interesting for those joining us on the Mindfulness Tools course in the autumn … You Tube


Music and Mindfulness – A winning combination

Music alone does wonders for our health and wellness. But if you combine music with mindfulness you create more space for the healing benefits.

According to the Journal Psychiatry, music is made up of rhythm and harmony, which are present in our everyday lives. Pay attention to how you feel when you listen to different sounds. For some, the sound of birds chirping might offer relaxation while for others it stimulates irritation. Not only do the sounds and rhythm’s affect us, but volume can have a large impact as well. Pay attention to how you respond mentally, physically and emotionally to various music, sounds and rhythms in your daily life… Read more of this Maria Millett article


Mindful relaxation during your lunch break can help with stress and fatigue

When individuals practiced mindful relaxation or took a walk, they showed significant decreases in end-of-day stress and fatigue, as well as better concentration at work, compared to days when they took regular lunch breaks. Mindful relaxation was particularly helpful for stress relief, even more so than walking in the park.

Before, during, and after the two-week experiment, participants were “pinged” twice a week near the end of their workday and asked to report on how well they were able to concentrate at that moment, and on their stress and fatigue. In addition, they filled out a short questionnaire every night… read more from Mindful.org