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Nine Powerful Meditation Tips from Jon Kabat-Zinn – Melli O’Brien

In the series of short videos below, Jon Kabat-Zinn gives us 9 meditation tips. I think you’ll find them very helpful and insightful (I certainly did). As many of you know meditation is the formal practice of mindfulness (formal meaning that we take specific time out of our lives to practice mindfulness (the informal practice…

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Nine Awesome Mindfulness Videos on YouTube – Melli O’Brien

Check out these wonderful gems! These short mindfulness videos are some of my favourites. Enjoy! and please also share your favourites with us in the comments section below. 1. Andy Puddicombe’s awesome TED talk (10 minutes) When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? No texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness…

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Urge Surfing: The Mindful Way to Unwind Addiction – Melli O’Brien

This ‘samurai and the fly’ video can teach a valuable lesson about how to deal with addiction. It illustrates a potent mindfulness technique to help overcome destructive urges. Take a Closer Look At Addiction If we pay close enough attention, it doesn’t take long to realise that addictive behaviour is a response to what we refer to…

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The Three Best Bits of Advice the Buddha Ever Gave – Melli O’Brien

The Buddha was a wellspring of wisdom and clarity. He gave so many wonderful, clear and concise teachings. Here are my favourite three bits of advice that he ever gave to his disciples… 1.“Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without.” 
 Buddha states here, clearly and succinctly, the core teaching of every spiritual tradition…

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An Exquisite Collection of Mindfulness Poetry – Melli O’Brien

When I teach my mindfulness retreats and courses I like to share poetry, quotes and passages about mindfulness. Mindfulness poetry like this conveys important messages for our lives and our meditation practice. People always ask me for these poems at the end of the retreats. Since I am so frequently asked for them I thought you might…

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Three Habits to Help You Maintain Mindfulness All Day Long – Melli O’Brien

There is no doubt that there is a growing interest in mindfulness these days. In fact, mindfulness is said to be one of the fastest growing trends in the world and the word [mindfulness] has witnessed a fivefold increase in Google searches over the past 10 years. Many people are taking courses and retreats to…

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How to Practice Walking Meditation – Melli O’Brien

Like any other meditation, walking meditation should be a purposeful act. Most of the time, when we are walking, we tend to ‘daydream’. We may start planning what we’ll make for dinner, or wondering how the presentation will go next week or we may ruminate over our recent problems or upsets. Instead of letting this…

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Why Mindfulness Is the Key to Stress Free Living – Melli O’Brien

What jumps to mind when you think of some of the biggest threats people face today when it comes to their health and well-being? Stress has skyrocketed from being considered an epidemic to pandemic in only 30 years. In 1983, one Time magazine cover story was “The Epidemic of the Eighties.” Their survey showed that…