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The Mindfulness Myth: “Take a deep breath…”

If you’ve investigated mindfulness or mindful meditation (and you should) then you’ve probably come across the advice, “Sit quietly and listen to your breathing…”

At the risk of contradicting the experts, I want to suggest this might not be the best way to get started…

the mindfulness myth

photo credit: Nickolai Kashirin (licence)

It starts…

You find a quiet room and sit in a comfortable chair. You relax and take ten slow, deep breaths (like the book says), listening to the sounds they make. And then mysteriously, magically, wonderfully, you become in touch with your inner self and the world around you.

Except… Continue reading

Brain Power: 12 Great Ways To Improve Your Thinking By Feeding Your Brain A New Diet

The way we think is central to everything we experience. Some years ago my life had come off the rails and I was diagnosed with clinical depression…

brain power

photography: D Coetzee

…The journey back from that dark place was long and slow. Prescribed anti-depressants improved my mood sufficiently to give me space to think more rationally. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) gave me some new frameworks and models for thinking about my life. Mindfulness exercises brought me back from unhelpful thinking patterns into more productive ones. Continue reading

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