When one thing goes wrong sometimes it can snowball and infect the rest of your day. Negative thinking can easily multiply and once you’re on a roll it can be a hard habit to break. We take a look at why negative thoughts come to mind (clue: it’s known as weapon focus), what negative thoughts are and how to stop negative thinking from in its tracks. That’s right, we’re going to show you how to kick those pesky thoughts into the long grass for good.
Solstice, from the Latin solstitium, meaning sun standing. On the longest day of the year, solstice heralds the beginning of summer, paving the way for sunshine, light nights and fun. It brings energy, transition and growth. As the sun rises it welcomes in a new phase, new beginnings, a time to press pause and reflect. At 3.30am this morning, that’s just what we did as we headed up to the famous Castlerigg Stone Circle in Keswick, Cumbria to join the celebrations. In that small early morning window of darkness we contemplated our place in this huge universe and how solstice is the perfect time to begin, reignite or go deeper into our mindfulness practice. We take a look at;
- Are you mindful (or not)
- Mindfulness benefits
- 4 magical mindful solstice practices
If you’ve ever thought that you don’t have time for mindfulness we’ve got the perfect remedy. The ten mindful fingers gratitude practice. This practice combines gratitude, mindfulness and positive psychology to reduce your stress levels and increase your happiness. Already thinking that you’re too busy? It can be completed in 60 seconds or less. We take a look at the benefits of gratitude and how to practice mindfulness using just your fingers.
Here at Positive Change Guru we like a nice app. We like a free app even more (that’s probably a latent Yorkshire lass gene). In our free mindfulness and meditation app roundup we’ll be taking a look at all things meditation app. If you’re wondering about mindfulness apps and how you can incorporate them into your mindful meditation practice, or even if you should, we’ve got you covered. We take a look at;
- the case for (& against) using mindfulness & meditation apps
- the benefits of using meditation apps
- the 5 best mindfulness meditation apps
Are you a growth mindset company? Why does it matter? There are a plethora of business trailblazers including Microsoft, Spotify, Quest and Google actively developing a growth mindset culture within their organisations and with good reason. We’re working with some of them to embed growth mindset but what makes them want to develop growth mindset employees? And what makes a growth mindset such an important component of a successful business? We take a look at the answer to these questions and more. Join us to find out if you are a growth mindset company.
Unplug? If the mere suggestion of being tech free fills you with horror this blog is for you. A rather conservative piece of research from Microsoft suggests we check our emails on average 274 times a day and that doesn’t include those social media notifications that are constantly distracting you. We take a look at the benefits of unplugging from technology and entering a digital diet.
The sun is shining and Aquatic Park Cove is filling up with people in wetsuits just waiting to submerge themselves in the chilly morning Pacific Ocean. If you haven’t tried open water swimming you’re in for a treat. We don our skins and get together with local swimmers, their canine entourage & spectators just hanging out for fun. Join us on a deep dive into the wellbeing benefits of an icy alfresco dip as we go sea swimming in San Francisco.
We’re super excited to announce a brand new mindfulness book that our resident mindfulness lead, Gill will be co-authoring. ‘Mindful Heroes’ is the brain child of Aberdeen University & Gill will be working alongside her very own personal mindfulness heroes including Professor Paul Gilbert, Alan spence, Graeme Nixon, Terry Barrett and Vin Harris amongst others. The book will examine the practical application of evidence based mindfulness meditation in everyday life.
Gill will bashing away at her keyboard and contributing a chapter on her work based research, ‘Bullet Proof 9 to 5-ers’ which examines the impact of an 8 week mindfulness programme on leadership resilience, stress and compassion. Gill conducted her research whilst working with the senior leadership team of a national charity. The results were extraordinary. To find out more, watch this space….
Mindful Heroes will be launched at the Mindfulness Association Conference at Samye Ling, March 2019.
Hey There Fabulous,
Welcome to A Night of meditation at the V&A, the tenth episode of The Positive Change Guru Podcast, the podcast for a positive community. We want you to be inspired, achieve your dreams and take action. Our mission is to help you achieve your goals and unleash your awesomeness by providing you with practical, actionable tools for positive change. There’s something just a bit special about delivering mediation in the V&A at night so we decided to share that with you.
Work. We spend most of our lives there but rarely give thought to how or why, caught in a constant cycle of to do lists, interruptions and demands. If you’re feeling the strain as a leader, little wonder. Organisations and individuals are struggling to keep up with the pace of constant change. Research from prof Mark Williams at Oxford University’s Mindfulness centre suggests that we’re more stressed today than we were 40 years ago. Workplace studies into mindful leadership demonstrate promising results suggesting a realistic antidote to the chaos. So how do you become a mindful leader? Here are our top 3 hacks.