News Articles and Interviews from Centre for Mindfulness Ireland
Mindful Classrooms – is this the future of education?
An interesting article by Caren Osten Gerszberg, about Chatsworth Elementary School in New York, one of thousands of schools across the US that is bringing mindfulness into the classroom.
Growing numbers of teachers, parents, and children are reaping the benefits that learning mindfulness—defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn as “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally”—can bring, including reduced levels of stress and anxiety, increased focus and self-regulation, and improved academic performance and sleep, among others… read more from Mindful.org
When should Mindfulness be used for Mental Health?
Research is strong for mindfulness’ positive impact in certain areas of mental health, including stress reduction, emotion anxiety and for reducing mild to moderate depression. There’s also some early evidence that it can be advantageous for people struggling with addictions and appears to be particularly promising for smoking cessation.
But mindfulness isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, she warns. “I think it’s really important to know mindfulness is not a panacea,” says Dr Patricia Rockman, co-founder of Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto. “We do need to step back and be discerning about what it’s good for—or at least not harmful—and where we need to be cautious.” Find out more in this Mindful.org article
Short Mindfulness Breaks for Your Day
The STOP acronym is one of the most well-known and cherished brief mindfulness practices to use during the day. It’s super simple:
S – Stop
T – Take a breath
O – Observe what’s going on
P – Proceed
This can be done any time during the day when you remember. You become aware of what’s going on around you or inside of you, you ground yourself with some conscious breaths, and then you proceed with more clarity and from a place of choice… Read more from Mindful.org
Aimless Walking – a mindfulness practice for mind-wanderers
The mind has a capability to focus and it has a huge capability for spaciousness. Why mindfulness practice, particularly in the beginning, pays so much attention to focusing in the present moment is because our minds get caught up in thought loops that we can obsess over and we are not present for what’s around us.
Practiced as part of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) curriculum is a technique called choiceless awareness, which roughly translates into being open to what unfolds in front of you, what emerges in your mind. Aimless wandering is also one of those practices… Read more from Mindful.org
Which workplace obstacles impact your well-being?
What drains your energy when at work? Likely a mix of people, places, and scenarios come to mind, since there are so many things that sap our energy at work. Why does this matter? Because our creative and productive energy is what fuels our best thinking and makes us feel connected to our jobs. When that energy is diverted, blocked, or drained away, not only are we far less effective, we’re usually not very happy.
This Mindful.org article gives us five common energy zappers in the workplace…
Thoughts are not facts
We have a natural tendency to think that the thoughts we generate in our minds are our own, so where do the snap judgments and other thoughts come from that can cause us to inflict so much pain on ourselves and each other? We cook them up in our own heads. We decide whom we like and don’t like and what is good and bad. It’s what makes me me.
But in fact thoughts enter our heads from all kinds of places and they hang around waiting to be recycled at the appropriate moment. As the song about racism from South Pacific says, You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear… 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