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Upcoming Free Meditation Events Dec and Jan 2016!

Upcoming Free Meditation Events Dec and Jan 2016!
by Liana 2222 views

Meditation brings a sense of kindness to ourselves and others. As we focus in the present moment we stop getting lost in thoughts of the past and worries about the future. The more we practice simply coming into the present moment, calm our selves and reconnect to a sense of peace, the more we respond […]

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Why Mindfulness for Health Professionals?

Why Mindfulness for Health Professionals?
by Liana 2833 views

The integration of mindfulness and cognitive therapy should become part of the basic training of every professional who {works with} people with depression, from psychiatric nurses and psychiatrists to clinical and counselling psychologists. – Daniel Goleman, PhD, author of Emotional Intelligence Our Health and Mental Health Professional courses are designed for those who want state-of-the-art […]

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Depression and Mindfulness

Depression and Mindfulness
by Liana 11787 views

Depression is the leading cause of disability as measured by YLDs and the fourth leading contributor to the global burden of disease (DALYs) in 2000. By the year 2020, depression is projected to reach second place of the ranking of DALYs calculated for all ages, both sexes. Today, depression is already the second cause of […]

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A Mindful Way Through Anxiety

A Mindful Way Through Anxiety
by Liana 2106 views

We all experience anxiety sometimes. It can make us feel crazy. Ultimately, if we practice mindfulness meditation the anxiety often dissipates. In reality however, meditating is sometimes too far a stretch from where we are, and we need to be Mindful of what is needed. I use two conceptual models that give a cognitive understanding of […]

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Mindful Listening

Mindful Listening
by Liana 1887 views

It is not the difficulties that arise in life that unbalance us; it is our emotional responses to those difficulties  When our internal experience keeps us from connecting with ourselves in a calm and peaceful way we might react in one of three ways. We can respond: wanting to hold on, wanting to push away, […]

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Guilt and Grace, The Tango of Relationships

Guilt and Grace, The Tango of Relationships
by Liana 1510 views

  We tend to be gracious, ordered and successful in the areas of life we value most.   And we are vulnerable to feeling guilt, resentment, comparisons or sadness when others are gracious, ordered and successful in different areas. We can feel inadequate, or superior next to someone who is doing better/worse than us, forgetting that […]

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Communication Languages

Communication Languages
by Liana 1536 views

We all know that the way we speak to each other and the words we use have great power. Not only do the words we speak to others have great power, the words we speak to ourselves have great power as this famous writing from one of the main Buddhists texts articulates so well.   “The […]

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Trust: Cultivating Wisdom in Education, Health and Leadership

Trust: Cultivating Wisdom in Education, Health and Leadership
by Liana 911 views

People trust – and follow – people who are real, who are consistent, whose behaviour, values and beliefs are aligned. We trust people we do not constantly have to second guess. I recently gave the closing speech at Adelaide’s first Mindfulness Symposium for The Royal Adelaide Hospital Wellness Centre. All people who are influencing others are practicing […]

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The Ripple Effect of Global Inspiration

The Ripple Effect of Global Inspiration
by Liana 957 views

Jon Kabat-Zinn gave an impassioned plea in the opening keynote at the First International Conference on Mindfulness in Rome in May.  He implored us not to water mindfulness down to just a skill, a series of exercises from a short course, a meta cognitive approach to thoughts, or just being present.   It is all of […]

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Wake Up! You have a responsibility to be happy

Wake Up! You have a responsibility to be happy
by Liana 795 views

Or so I was told by a leading Lama in Bhutan in 2004 In the autumn of 2004 I travelled to Bhutan with George Burns, psychologist and author of several books on happiness and healing.  Nestled in the Himalayas bordering Tibet, Bhutan is the most traditional Buddhist country in the world, the last country in the […]

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Confidence is not about the absence of insecurities

Confidence is not about the absence of insecurities
by Liana 1062 views

Confidence is not about the absence of insecurities Confidence is not about the absence of insecurities, but rather, it is about not collapsing into our insecurities. Manfred Kets De Vries published results from his Doctoral research in the Harvard Business review in which he explored the biggest problems faced by Fortune 500 CEO’s. Fortune 500 companies […]

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Relationship Conflict: learning to be mindful

Relationship Conflict: learning to be mindful
by Liana 963 views

Relationship Conflict: learning to be mindful We all experience conflict with others at times.  It is a normal, albeit uncomfortable part of life.   We can feel confused, reactive, hurt, avoidant, angry and a myriad of other emotions as we react to what we think is going on.  This can make the distinction between difference and […]

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Stillness

Stillness
by Liana 945 views

Stillness In stillness we rest deeply. Our minds are quiet and calm. We are un-conflicted. We are profoundly rested. Sometimes we think there is no time to be still, and sometimes we are scared to quiet our minds for fear of what will arise. We learn however that over time as we allow ourselves to […]

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Shame

Shame
by Liana 1068 views

Shame Shame is a powerful emotion used worldwide as a tool for inculcating socially acceptable behaviour.   While guilt is described as ‘a fear of being judged by ourselves’, shame is ‘the fear of being judged by others’. While the centuries old debate about mind vs the brain, and whether consciousness exists without the brain continues, […]

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1st International Mindfulness Conference in Rome

1st International Mindfulness Conference in Rome
by Liana 1959 views

The ripple effect of global inspiration. Jon Kabat-Zinn gave an impassioned plea in the opening keynote at the First International Conference on Mindfulness in Rome in May.  He implored us not to water mindfulness down to just a skill, a series of exercises from a short course, a meta cognitive approach to thoughts, or just […]

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