The body scan

Here’s the second in our series of blog posts about key mindfulness practices, designed to help you get started with mindfulness or refresh your existing practice. In this post, you’ll find:

  • Information on the benefits of practising the body scan
  • A guided audio
  • Hints and tips on how to get the best out of the exercise.

Enjoy your practice!

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Settling the mind

Whether you’ve just started your mindfulness journey or you’ve been practising for a while, it’s worth spending some time studying or revising basic mindfulness practices to help you get the most from them. Here’s the first of a series of posts about six key mindfulness practices to help you do just that! Each post will examine a different practice and include a free audio guide. Plus, there’ll be hints and tips on how to get the best out of each exercise. Enjoy your practice!

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Everyday mindfulness…

Sunlight and blue sky coming through clouds

…five simple practices to fit into your day!

There are times in everyone’s life when fitting a regular mindfulness session into each and every day is going to be a challenge. There’s the school holidays to cope with, for a start—and that week before you go on holiday when you’re trying to get a mountain of work finished before you go!

If you’re in that situation now, try one or more of these five informal mindfulness exercises. Each one will fit easily into your busy day! Find your favourite and see if you can practice it three times a day.

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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, 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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