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
The Body Scan Meditation is a central practice of mindfulness and helps us to connect with our bodies. It is particularly useful when our minds feel scattered. We can use our bodies and sensations that arise as an anchor to our present moment experience which in turn can help to calm the mind.
Try this short body scan meditation recorded by Gillian Higgins and notice how you feel. Click here to begin.
The Stop Practice
Stress is an inevitable part of life. But stress itself is not the problem - it’s how we relate to it that counts.
The stress response (‘fight, flight, freeze’) is critical to our survival. In days gone by, it might have saved us from the mouth of a sabre-toothed tiger. These days, while certain threats have disappeared, others are on the rise. Our stress response is triggered constantly. It may be triggered by an update on the news, the temporary loss of a mobile phone or the resounding ping of an incoming email. When we are worried, anxious or fretting about something, this is when the stress response activates. Over time, if we are not able to find a way of slowing down and normalising the bodily systems involved in stress, we can start to suffer from problems such as high blood pressure, muscle tension, anxiety, insomnia and digestive problems.
Creating space during the day to leave the worried mind behind and come into the present...
Zoom details will be sent to Everyday Mindfulness course attendees. These sessions will run for the next 6-weeks from 8-8.30pm (UK time).
To find out more and to join the Everyday Mindfulness 8-week course, click here.
To access the course this month at the discounted price of £25 (RRP £99), click here.
Last week, I was asked to name one of my personal heroes/heroines. Her name is Amishi Jha - she’s a neuroscientist and associate professor of psychology at the University of Miami.
Her work over the past decade has helped us to understand more about the brain’s ability to pay attention, the impact of stress and how to grow resilience. In particular, Professor Jha has spent years studying “the forces that degrade and weaken attention.”
In her recent article in Mindful magazine, Professor Jha explains that we are living in “Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous” times - a description she shortens to ‘VUCA‘. The pandemic has meant that we “are all living in VUCA conditions.” So if you have been feeling overwhelmed or unfocused, struggling with staying on task or overcome with emotion, she reassures us that we are not alone.
So what is attention? Jha explains that our attention system is like a flashlight....
Most of us have heard about mindfulness, but what exactly is it? And how could it help us to navigate troubled times? In this audio excerpt from Mindfulness at Work and Home, due for release later this month on Audible, I explain what it is and how to practise.
Take a few moments to tune in and find out more.
Click here to listen.
To celebrate the launch of the new 8-week Mindfulness online course, Everyday Mindfulness is offering a 75% discount code (£25, RRP £99.99) to law students, pupil barristers and trainee solicitors until the end of the month.
This brand new 8-week online course explains how to practise mindfulness and start experiencing its many benefits.
Ideal for beginners, the course is packed with weekly videos, audio-guided meditations, lectures, hints and tips on how to practise mindfulness. Each week, a new theme is explored to explain how mindfulness can make a difference to your daily life. From feeling less stressed to having more self-compassion, from managing your inner critical voice to improving your ability to focus – to name just a few.
In the lead up to the launch of the Everyday Mindfulness website, you can now watch my video seminars from the first two weeks of the new 8-week online course. Simply click here to take a look.
Each week, you will learn how mindfulness can help you to feel less stressed, reduce your anxiety, improve your focus, grow your self-compassion and enjoy a greater sense of well-being. You will explore different benefits of mindfulness from managing your inner critical voice to improving your ability to focus, from boosting your resilience to managing conflict.
To find out more about the course, visit the website and get in touch for corporate and personal discounts.