Spend time close to nature…

Tiny alpine flowers, with raindrops on their petals, next to a rock covered in lichen

…for a happier, healthier, more creative life

Scientific research has shown that being close to nature can benefit our brains as well as our bodies. Jill Suttie, writing on mindful.org, lists five ways in which nature can have a positive effect on us, each of them backed up by science.

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Going on retreat—what’s it all about?

…and how could you do it in the space of 10 minutes a day?

If you’ve never been on a retreat, you might have a few preconceived ideas about the notion. Or you might have no idea what to expect. In this blog post, we’ll:

  • Take a look at three of the top benefits of going on retreat
  • Tell you what you might expect to do there, and
  • Recommend a 10-minute retreat you can take every day!

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Start your morning mindfully—and you’ll feel the benefits all day!

The day ahead of you may contain many different experiences—some good, some bad, some neutral. How you start your day, though, can have a significant impact on how you deal with those experiences.

Starting your day mindfully can help you:

  • Really appreciate the good things in your day and
  • Help you meet the day’s challenges with greater ease.

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Four science-based keys to well-being – and how you can practise them

Four keys to well-being: resilience, positive outlook, focus and generosity

In 2015, Dr Richard Davidson, founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, spoke at an event called Mindfulness & Well-Being at Work. In his talk, he described what he sees as the four science-based keys to well-being.

The effects of each of these four elements on the neuro-circuits of your brain can be physically measured. These neural circuits all exhibit what scientists call neuro-plasticity. This means that the circuits can be altered. Most importantly for your well-being, they can be strengthened by exercising them.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at these key elements and suggest some practices that can help you increase your own sense of well-being.

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The logic behind practising mindfulness to reduce pain

Mindfulness for pain reduction

Living with long-term pain can seem intolerable. On top of the pain your body is constantly – and loudly – telling you about, your mind can be swamped by fears and uncertainties about the future. What if the pain gets worse? Will I have to live with this pain for the rest of my life? What will it be like living with this pain?

This double layer of physical pain and mental distress can seem overwhelming, but you can take back control of a significant part of what you experience by using mindfulness techniques and practices.

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