It seems like an unlikely match. Marines and meditation aren’t two words that you’d ordinarily find together in the same sentence. The US marines have embraced mindfulness with impressive results. Whilst it might seem incongruous, here’s what you can learn about mindfulness from the marines.
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
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.
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.
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.
Resilience at work toolkit? Why do we need that? We spend a huge amount of our lives at work and yet often it’s cited as one of the major sources of stress. We know that the world is changing rapidly and frequently organisations and individuals are unable to keep up with that unprecedented pace of change. The result? Stress and burnout. Working for a Healthier Tomorrow the 2008 report authored by Dame Carol Black recognised business as a key player in promoting adult health and wellbeing. But still we lose an average of 17 million work days due to stress, anxiety and depression according to the Mental Health Foundation. The World Health Organisation has named stress as the ‘health epidemic of the 21st century’ The antidote? Resilience. Take a walk through our resilience at work toolkit where we examine what it is, the latest resilience research and how to develop more of the stuff. Step inside and we’ll show you how to keep calm and carry on.
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.
Personality type and stress, we’re all different and here at PCG we say that’s a good thing, it’s what makes life interesting. It’s also what can make life complicated at work and at home when we’re stressed. Examining your personality and type and stress offers an opportunity to take a look at what might jam your inner gears. What results in stress for you may not be the same for others, we all have different triggers and respond in incredibly different ways to stress. So how do you work it all out? A good place to start is with yourself. Take our free personality test here https://positivechangeguru.com/discover-your-personality-type/ and read on.
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.