Spirituality and Mindfulness

Spirituality and Mindfulness

Sometimes people are fearful of mindfulness practices, wondering just what they are letting themselves in for.

Common questions include:

  • Do I have to be a Buddhist to practice mindfulness?
  • I’m not interested in spirituality, can mindfulness work for me?
  • I’m a Christian, I don’t want to get sucked into the whole eastern religions thing!

The fact is, modern research proves there are overwhelming benefits for body, soul and mind when the principles and practices of mindfulness are embraced. Don’t let fear cause you to miss out!

Clinical Psychologist Dr Alistair Campbell is just one of our therapists, passionate about mindfulness. In his article, “Separating Spirituality and Mindfulness“, he explores this fascinating subject in quite some depth, and whether it is possible to separate spirituality and mindfulness.

Mindfulness and the Power of Music

Mindfulness and the Power of Music

Music is incredibly powerful – it can affect our thoughts and feelings, improve our productivity and performance, and allows us to express ourselves creatively.

Whether it’s reggae or rap, country and western, classical, or the latest dance hits – find out how to put the Power of Music to work in your life, by reading this helpful article on the 7 Powers of Music by our resident Sports and Performance Psychologist, Abra Garfield.

Incorporating Mindfulness into the Everyday

Incorporating Mindfulness into the Everyday

Mindfulness is more than just learning to meditate, or performing set exercises.

In addition to specific mindfulness exercises, mindfulness can be incorporated into our daily lives using any everyday activity or task – from driving the car, to taking a shower, or doing the ironing!

Even very small events such as having a sip of tea or cool water, a slight breeze on our skin, quiet bird sounds, and the sensation of clothing or a chair against our legs can be the focus of our attention for brief periods, and help bring us more fully into the present moment.

Read more in this helpful article about how to bring Mindfulness into the Everyday, by our Clinical Psychologist Bridget Hogg.

Mindful Forgiveness

Mindful Forgiveness

Forgiveness often happens mindlessly in most relationships.

Being late home, not doing the laundry, getting drunk, making fools of themselves at parties – are all mindlessly forgiven. No effort involved normally, just give it a week or two and hey presto forgiven; probably not forgotten though.

Sometimes however there is such a major breach of trust that it is not so easily forgiven.

All of a sudden, forgiveness is being thought about. It changes from mindless forgiveness to more mindful, hard-work, forgiveness.

Mindful forgiveness is something we are not as experienced in, and leads us to ask questions like: “How do I forgive?” and “How do I move on?”.

Here are some thoughts to help you as you ponder the whole concept of forgiveness:

  1. What does forgiveness mean to me?
  2. Who am I forgiving and why?
  3. If I forgive what benefit will there be? What are the detrimental aspects of forgiving?
  4. Have I ever been forgiven? What was that like?
  5. What rule has been broken this time that is so unacceptable to me?

Clinical Psychologist Dr David Wells has written an excellent article about Mindful Forgiveness. Why not take a few moments to read through it now?