Mindfulness and Physical Pain – Three Ways Practice Can Help

Mindfulness and Physical Pain – Three Ways Practice Can Help by Mary Jennings It’s been almost a year. It’s been a challenge. Dealing with tendonitis in the hip that seems intractable to all the interventions of physiotherapists, orthopaedic specialists, exercises and painkillers. I began to use another intervention – a more deliberate mindfulness approach. Firstly, mindfulness helped me turn towards …

How to find calm in a busy world – Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy

Meditation is often put forward as a cure all. There are many studies that claim it can do many things for us, it can lower our blood pressure, it can reduce stress, it can boost our immunity, it can improve our memory, it can make us more serene and easier to live with and yet there are many people, many …

The Science of Breath

Trinity College Dublin researchers have recently published research that suggests controlled breathing can enhance attention and improve overall brain health. It has long been claimed by Yogis and Buddhists that meditation and ancient breath-focused practices strengthen our ability to focus on tasks. A new study by researchers at Trinity College Dublin explains for the first time the neurophysiological link between …

Choices, Choices, Choices?

Frank Berry’s award winning  Irish film Michael Inside, released just this year, tells the story of a young man, Michael, who gets into trouble by doing seemingly petty jobs for drug dealers in his neighbourhood. Sent to prison to learn through ‘a short, sharp shock’ about the error of the choices he has made, he quickly gets caught up in …

Holding Everything in Infinite Awareness

Written by Mary Jennings, an MBSR teacher, reflects on Storm Emma and The Beast from the East There was no real threat. There had been time to prepare. To stock up with food, fuel, batteries and a new phone charger. Emma and the Beast from the East might tort and twist in a macabre dance and we could watch through …