Who doesn’t want to shorten their learning curve when they’re learning a new skill, right? But research from a Harvard Professor suggests that we’ve been going about it the wrong way, that our traditional models of learning are inhibiting our progress. Practice makes perfect? Apparently not. If you’re learning a new skill, Ellen Langer’s innovative approach to mindful learning may be just what you’re looking for. Here’s why mindful learning will shorten your learning curve.
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.
We’re working in New York at the moment delivering positive psychology sessions with Spotify and other companies in the States so it was a happy coincidence when we were contacted by the US based IAAPA ‘Funworld’ magazine. After hearing about our ‘Meditation in the Museum’ sessions with the V&A they wanted to know if we’d like to write a piece about practicing mindfulness in museums . Did we need any persuasion to head over to the Guggenheim and get our zen on? We think not. Take 5 and grab a cup of hot stuff, here’s what happened when we practiced mindfulness in the Guggenheim along with our guide to mindfulness in museums. Here are our top tips for how to practice mindfulness in museums.
Sounds impossible right? You’re packed tight into a busy train, bus, tube or tram, sharing air and let’s face it, more personal space than you’d ever choose to with complete strangers. It’s standing room only hell. Even if you cycle to work, rush hour traffic can be less than easy. Sometimes you feel as though you’ve already done a day’s work by commuting and that’s before you even step foot into work. So just how do you become a mindful commuter? In this post we’ll show you how to meditate on your commute by taking a look at the benefits of mindfulness whilst commuting along with three easy ways to reduce the stress of your journey to work. Join us to discover how to create an inner state of calm on your commute.
It’s not everyday that you receive a phone call from the iconic Victoria and Albert Museum in London inviting you to deliver meditation in the museum at night as part of their prestigious learning programme. Did we want to design and deliver an introduction to mindfulness? You bet we did. In this week’s blog we reveal exactly what it’s like to practice Mindfulness in the V&A at night and just what happened when we spent a night at the museum.
You’ve probably set yourself some audacious goals already for this year (if not, why not?). Wondering how you’re going to stay focused and smash those personal challenges? Could mindfulness boost your success? If you haven’t investigated the science behind mindfulness before you might be more than just a little bit surprised (and very persuaded) by the research.
When Positive Change Guru delivers mindfulness at work programmes were sometimes asked “Isn’t this just another way to screw more out of us?”. Fair Question. Not one to dodge a difficult conversation, here’s our response based on our latest research, ‘Bullet Proof 9 to 5 – ers’ into Mindfulness and Leadership.
Research from the University of California found that we’re distracted an average of every three minutes at work. The Wall Street Journal reports that we check our emails a whopping 74 times daily. There’s no wonder we’re feeling stressed at work. Time to hone some ninja like workplace focusing skills with our black belt mindfulness hacks.
For many people losing weight can be a stressful process. Maybe you or someone you know is working on losing weight to regulate their blood sugar levels? Perhaps you’re working hard to lose weight and combat pre-diabetes or already managing a diagnosis of diabetes? The health stakes can be high when it comes to weight loss and the stresses encountered on a daily basis can all too easily derail our best efforts. So how can mindfulness help? [Read more…]