News Articles and Interviews from Centre for Mindfulness Ireland

Mindfulness is for Everyone

Mindfulness is not something for a select few, it’s our human birthright. So modest, so ordinary, so simple—the present moment has been forced to become a really big deal.

From some perspective, it’s all we’ve got, since nothing happens that doesn’t happen within it. And yet, somehow, we’ve managed to almost ruin it. Supposedly, you arrive there and everything is beautiful, all problems are solved, and all cares float away. It’s no wonder all the hype surrounding mindfulness has spawned more than a few skeptics, who rightly think, “Nothing could be that good.” And yet, in spite of all the overblown rhetoric, there remains something innately appealing about the notion of being mindful… Read more from

Mindful Healing Through Storytelling

In the Native American tradition, stories are medicine. “In a mindfulness setting, storytelling helps people connect with their intuition,” says Renda Dionne, clinical psychologist and mindfulness curriculum developer.

This is a really interesting article on Renda Dionne, who was mentored by Bonnie Duran – researcher, author, and professor from the University of Washington—who is dedicated to bringing mindfulness to Indian Country. These influences led to her decision to combine mindfulness practices with her own tradition of Native American spirituality in working with the trauma within Native American families.

Renda Dionne: I remember growing up in the Orange County area being surrounded mostly by concrete, until I found the perfect climbing tree, where I spent a lot of time, sitting and swinging from branch to branch. That required a lot of present-moment awareness and connection to nature. As a child you are in the present moment anyway, but when you are jumping from limb to limb, you really have to pay attention. Nature is very good at offering opportunities to practice mindfulness. I spent a lot of time in that tree! Read more from

Can mindfulness help control anger?

How can we keep our cool and not let anger get out of hand? Recent studies suggest mindfulness could help. New studies suggest that mindfulness may help us keep our cool during relationship conflicts.

Mindfulness, a state of being often developed through meditation practices, involves paying attention to our present circumstances with acceptance and non-judgment, while enhancing our equanimity. In a study published in Mindfulness, David DeSteno and colleagues gave half of the participants a daily mindfulness practice to do at home for three weeks, while the other half practiced solving cognitive puzzles and problems. The mindfulness practice guided participants to focus on their breath and body sensations, monitor thoughts and mind-wandering, and develop a non-judgmental orientation toward their experience… Read more from

A Major Turning Point for Mindfulness in Health Care

Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, comments on the first medical school division dedicated to studying the impact of meditation. When I started at the UMass Medical Centre in 1976, the idea that one day there would be a Division of Mindfulness within the Department of Medicine was virtually inconceivable.

Thanks to the rapidly growing science of mindfulness, we now understand the seamless interconnectedness of brain, mind, body, experience, and well-being — to say nothing of the contributions to health and well-being that stem from social interconnectedness and environmental/planetary concerns… Read more from John Kabat-Zinn in

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.

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