Last week, I spoke to Sharon Salzberg, one of my all-time favourite mindfulness teachers and authors. As many of you may know, Sharon has a no-nonsense, practical, and relatable style of explaining mindfulness. She's a pioneer in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher, and the New York Times bestselling author of Real Happiness and other books. She's played a pivotal role in bringing meditation and mindfulness into mainstream American culture since the 1970s, including co-founding the Insight Meditation Society with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein in 1975. I had the pleasure of talking to Sharon last month about about mindfulness, her Thirteenth book, "Finding Your Way", how she came to the practice and some of her inspirations.
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In this week's Mindful Life interview, I talk to Sara Garland - CEO of The Daisy Garland - a charity that supports children and families affected by drug-resistant epilepsy - a life threatening condition.
Sara talks about the tragic loss of her daughter Daisy at the age of six, how she came to develop her own mindfulness practice and the courses we co-host for the parents and carers of children with drug-resistant epilepsy.
Tune in and find out more in Series 1 of Mindful Life.
This week, tune in to a short Tibetan Singing Bowl meditation on the new Mindful Life podcast, hosted on Spotify.
This meditation introduces the resonant sound of a Tibetan singing bowl which is used as an anchor to the present moment. Click here to meditate.
This month, I am launching the Mindful Life podcast on Spotify.
As host, I will be sharing practices, hints and tips on how to bring mindfulness into your daily life. As many of you already know, coming to mindfulness out of sheer need, my approach is no-nonsense and refreshingly simple. So tune in, sit back...and breathe.
This week, you can find short meditations and a trailer audio as to how I got involved in the practice.
Check it out here and let me know what subjects you would like me to cover.
Enjoy and breathe!
Love Gill x
In Mindfulness at Work and Home, I describe resilience as that which “prevents you from disappearing down a black hole, folding in and giving up when things go wrong. It moves you from passive to active. From victim to warrior – or somewhere in-between. Resilience is the grit that helps you to get up and carry on in the hope that things will get better. It’s the capacity to adjust positively to difficult life circumstances.”
The good news is that more than five decades of research show that resilience is highly trainable. Moreover, the practice of mindfulness impacts resilience as it helps us to find a place of calm within ourselves and to be more in touch with our motivations and intentions. In short, mindfulness helps us to pause, step back, reflect, shift perspectives, create options, and choose wisely.
Conscious Breathing Meditation by Gillian Higgins