Do you love to travel but the thought of flying gets you in a cold sweat? Do you go blank at the thought of public speaking but need to get to grips with it to progress in your career? Do you want to be in a relationship but you dread the possible rejection when you finally ask the hottie out? Whatever challenge you’re facing at the moment, I’ve got your back.
When Lent comes round, I like to challenge myself with a new practice. This year, touched by Russell Brand’s book, “Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions”, I decided to look at my relationship with alcohol. Russell really drilled into my head that everyone has some kind of addictive behaviour, whether it be with our phones, sugar, alcohol…. And if I’m really honest with myself (and with you), as well just enjoying the taste of good alcohol, I sometimes notice myself using it in a compulsive way.
Here is a guided meditation to help you centre into a peaceful state that you can carry with you throughout your day. When we are peaceful, our brains become more adaptable, making it possible for us to learn and heal more efficiently.
Use this meditation to train your brain to embrace challenging events with confidence. Practice regularly to help you transition into the person you want to become.
In November, I was asked to give a talk at the yearly SACES workshop about mindfulness and self-awareness. I was really excited to do this for two reasons:
- Mindfulness and self-awareness – two of my favourite topics!
- Creative, hungover architecture students. You have to love them!
I began trying to meditate when I was about 17 years old, but I didn’t really know what I was doing. I would sit on my bedroom floor and try to clear my mind… but it never worked. I really learned the principles of meditation when I attended an 8-week course about five years ago, and have been practising ever since.
I’m sure you’ve come across the word “mindfulness”. It seems all the rage, but what the hell is it? In this video, I explain what it means to be mindful and how it can be helpful.