Three things the press (sometimes) get wrong about mindfulness

It’s all too easy, if you catch just the last few minutes of a news report or a brief glimpse of a headline, to end up with a whole range of misconceptions. Even when you read the whole article or hear the full interview, though, you can still be left believing that myths are truth.

This post examines some of the misconceptions about mindfulness that appear in the press on a regular, if infrequent, basis. We’ll also suggest ways you can learn the full story about mindfulness and work out whether the practice is right for you.

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How to get back on track when practice gets difficult

So, you’ve been practising mindfulness meditation for a little while now and you’re beginning to see the benefits. Perhaps you’ve been feeling less stressed. Maybe you’ve noticed your relationships at home or at work seem easier or you’re aware of an increased sense of well-being.

Then life happens (perhaps in small subtle ways, perhaps with a big bang) and events divert you from your mindfulness intentions. You might feel over-loaded with urgent things you need to deal with or too restless to concentrate. Perhaps your emotions overwhelm you when you sit or lie down to do your practice.

In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the common blocks to meditation practice and suggest some solutions to help you get back on track.

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Mindfulness meditation and your health

As well as helping healthy people manage their stress levels and stay healthy, mindfulness meditation can help people cope with a range of conditions and illnesses, such as chronic pain, tinnitus, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, depression and anxiety.

In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the evidence for the specific health benefits of practising mindfulness and point you in the right direction if you’d like to find out more.

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How mindfulness helps with relationships

Are you facing a difficult conversation with a family member, friend or work colleague? Or has it already happened and left you with the feeling that things could have gone better? Do you sometimes find yourself automatically getting upset and angry because of something someone has said to you?

How practising mindfulness helps

Using a small mindful pause to examine your internal reactions before you speak or act in a difficult situation can make relationships run much more smoothly.

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The memories of kindness meditation…

…your first step in exploring kindness

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

  • An introduction to the memories of kindness meditation
  • A guided audio for you to follow, to help you learn the technique
  • Top tips on how to get the best out of this exercise
  • Links to other free guided audios in this series.

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