News Articles and Interviews from Centre for Mindfulness Ireland

Nourish your Happiness with Mindful Eating

The desire is part of our biology and hard-wired into our brain. Happiness is an experience, and the conditions for you to have the experience of happiness are surprisingly common. When we tap into feelings of joy and happiness in good moments — like savouring delicious food — it helps us build resilience and emotional strength during challenging times.

Here are four ways mindful eating can help nourish the conditions for happiness, which are already all around you… Read more from

The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness – a new book from Beth Mulligan

Meditation and mindfulness are everywhere: in hospitals, clinics, and schools; in major medical, psychological, and scientific journals; on TV; and in popular publications—even on the cover of Time magazine. And thankfully so—since Jon Kabat-Zinn developed MBSR, a treatment blending meditation and yoga, it has been proven effective in treating conditions like chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and depression for sufferers around the world.

Beth’s new book, The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness looks at the deep philosophical roots of MBSR known as the Buddhist dharma, translated as “the teachings of the Buddha”. Although they form the very foundation underlying MBSR and other mindfulness-based interventions, they often remain hidden within modern mindfulness practices.

The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness illuminates these cornerstones, communicating previously esoteric teachings with language that makes them easily accessible and applicable to your complex daily life.

Finding your purpose in life

You may think that having a purpose in life arises from your special gifts and sets you apart from other people—but that’s only part of the truth. It also grows from our connection to others, which is why a crisis of purpose is often a symptom of isolation. Once you find your path, you’ll almost certainly find others travelling along with you, hoping to reach the same destination—a community.

Indeed, a sense of purpose appears to have evolved in humans so that we can accomplish big things together—which may be why it’s linked to better physical and mental health… Read more from

How to use Social Media Wisely and Mindfully

Social media isn’t all bad; there are many real benefits of social media use. Many of us log on to social media for a sense of belonging, self-expression, curiosity, or a desire to connect. It allows us to stay in touch with family and friends around the world and communicate with others who share the same interests.

But what can we do to manage the downsides? One idea is to log out of Facebook completely and take that “hard break.”  We can also become more mindful and curious about social media’s effects on our minds and hearts, weighing the good and bad. We should ask ourselves how social media makes us feel and behave, and decide whether we need to limit our exposure to social media altogether or simply modify our social media environment… Read more from

Mindful practice to defuse holiday stress…

It’s almost a cliché to say the holidays can be stressful. Instead of peace and joy, reality often stays the same. Not everyone gets along, planes are delayed, and dinner gets burned. Any picture-perfect image of the holidays we build up in our minds, filled with expectations of how life should be, rarely gets met for long.

One related mental trap is sometimes called “the comparing mind.” We might think to ourselves: This is how things are—and this is what I picture they should be. We strive to recreate images of holiday bliss, and it exhausts us… Read more from

How to hold wants lightly

Getting caught up in wanting—wanting both to get what’s pleasant and to avoid what’s unpleasant—is a major source of suffering and harm for oneself and others. We can avoid some pain, suffering, and frustration if we change the way we relate to our desires.

Even with wholesome wants and pleasures, trouble comes when we get driven about them—grasping after them, insisting that they continue, craving and clinging, taking it personally when there’s a hitch. The art is to pursue wholesome desires with enthusiasm, discipline, and skill without getting all hot and bothered about them—and to enjoy life’s pleasures without getting attached to them… Read more from

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