Focusing New Zealand

Focusing New Zealand

Develop self compassion. Tap into your inner wisdom. Become clearer about a problem or decision. Top up your resources so you get more out of life. 'Focusing' is an applied mindfulness practice that is a supportive self-care tool.

Mindfulness, self compassion and Focusing are becoming more widely spoken about and researched. Studies show that the brain actually changes as a result of mindfulness meditation. For example, brain scans show that for meditators there is a shift in activity from the part of the brain that generates negative thoughts and emotions to the part that approaches situations more positively. 'Like' this page to see research articles highlighting the benefits and keep up to date on learning opportunities in Auckland. Kirsty Collins: Occupational Therapist and Focusing Trainer with over 15 years experience guiding meditation

Tara Brach

Sending out deep bows today to Tara’s assistant, Janet Merrick, who set up Tara’s podcast and has been feeding and tending to it for 8 years now. It just made the Wall Street Journal’s 2016 top 7 Best Podcasts for Self-Improvement, and has more than 1.2 million downloads a month. Thank you, Janet, for helping to get Tara’s words out freely to so many people, all around the world.

Learn Mindfulness & Meditation from 31 World Class Experts FREE

I am grateful and feel warmth in my heart after listening to the final interview of this inspiring Summit. 1/4 million people have been taking part in The Mindfulness Summit from all around the world! Today Jon Kabit Zinn is interviewed by Melli O'Brian for the last of the series of free talks.

Jon said how members of the UK parliament have been doing mindfulness meditation practice and remarkably this week passed an all party ruling to make mindfulness part of policy for several sectors of society including the criminal justice system and businesses including banking! How incredible!

Jon emphasised that mindfulness and heartfulness are one; compassion, kindness and good ethics are integral to the practice.

With more and more people turning their intention to being kinder, more ethical and aware - may we live in a safer, fairer more inclusive world.

Much metta ###x The Mindfulness Summit, a not for profit, FREE 31 day online event. World leading experts give you the tools to live with more peace, purpose and wisdom.

Professor Mark Williams teaches Mindfulness & Meditation for Free

This free online series of interviews and talks are available until Saturday night (31st October). Select 'schedule'. The first and last one or two sessions are available free... The Mindfulness Summit is a FREE online event. Learn from 31 world class experts including Arianna Huffington & Jon Kabat-Zinn. In this interview Professor Mark Williams gives an Introduction to Mindfulness, 2 simple practices for beginners, shares cutting edge research on mindfulness for depression

Day 26 #MindfulnessSummit with Michael Chaskalson Free.

This is worth watching. Each day til end of October is a new talk or interview. Each available from 8pm NZ time for 24hours or so. Check it out... Listen to Day 26 of The Mindfulness Summit FREE now with Michael Chaskalson. #mindfulness for peak performance. The Mindfulness Summit is a FREE online event. Learn from 31 world class experts including Arianna Huffington & Jon Kabat-Zinn

Learn Mindfulness & Meditation from 31 World Class Experts FREE

Free videos for the month if October by mindfulness teachers - a new teacher from 8pm (NZ time) - free for 24 hours- some fantastic interviews, talks and guided meditations. Today the topic is compassion and self compassion- free til 8pm Friday 16/10/15.... The Mindfulness Summit, a not for profit, FREE 31 day online event. World leading experts give you the tools to live with more peace, purpose and wisdom.

Tara Brach

"A central part of spiritual awakening is recognizing and befriending fear, and in the tender intensity of fear, discovering the awakened heart." ~ Tara Brach

In the first of these two talks, Tara explores the suffering of becoming identified with the fear body, and the skillful means that enable a full and liberating presence with fear. You can listen here:

Power of Awareness Power of Awareness

Deepak Chopra

Last year, our Global Meditation for Peace set the Guinness World Record for the largest synchronized meditation in history. I'm happy to announce that this year on July 11, the 2nd annual Global Meditation for Compassion will bring together hundreds of thousands of people from around the world to create a kinder, more compassionate world. I hope you'll join us. Pre-registration is available now: #IAMCOMPASSION #GLOBALMEDITATION2015

Simon and Garfunkels " Feeling Groovy"

Try this before meditating...Slow down...listen for a few minutes, enjoy, relax...meditate...go on with your day with more ease...

A video I made because of boredom.

You Can’t Fail at Meditation Dan Harris gets the inside story on mindfulness and compassion from Buddhist teachers Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, and Mark Epstein.

Is There a Difference Between Mindfulness and Meditation? Mindfulness and meditation have both been shown to have physical and mental health benefits, but many people get confused between the two practices. Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, who has studied mindfulness for more than 35 years, says practicing mindfulness is actually a form of meditation.

Vidyamala Burch - Mindhouse Park Interview Full interview

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The full interview with Vidyamala Burch at the Mindhouse Park Mindfulnessweek 2013. The interview took place in Tällberg, Sweden, June 2013.

Tara Brach - "Freedom from Fear-Based Beliefs" This talk looks at how we get imprisoned in fear based, limiting beliefs. We then explore key meditative steps that help release these veils and reveal the fullness and goodness of our essential being.

5 Steps to Winding Down and Falling Asleep | Mindful

Sleep: restoration and renewal: but what it you cant sleep?... How to stop tossing and turning and get some quality shut-eye.


Tara Brach is a great teacher...

Arianna Huffington: Mindfulness Taps into a Childlike Wisdom and Wonder

Arianna Huffington explains to Maria Konnikova how mindfulness seeks to recreate "the Garden of Eden, but with consciousness." Mindful people seek to erase r...

Mindfulness for Relationships Tara Brach 2015

8 Ways You and Your Partner can Deal with Chronic Pain and Illness This is not a substitute for medical advice, nor is it meant as professional consultation with a mental health professional. If you have ongoing...

Baby Steps to an Anti-Depressant Brain | Mindful We're wired to pay attention to what's negative—great for survival, not so great for everyday life. Elisha Goldstein explores how mindfulness undercuts our negativity bias.

TEDxSunsetPark - Diana Winston - The Practice of Mindfulness

Former Buddhist nun Diana Winston is the director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA Mindful Awareness Center, and the author of several books on mindfulness a...

Sounds True

"Neurosculpting is a beacon of hope backed by good science. We are not destined to live in trauma our entire lives. No matter what your past has been, I highly recommend this book." Christiane Northrup loves Lisa Wimberger's new book, Neurosculpting

Rick Hanson

This 11-minute clip is from Rick Hanson's hour-long interview with Barbara Fredrickson-the worlds leading authority on positive emotions. In the interview, B...

Vidyamala Burch

The first thing is to learn to distinguish between primary and secondary suffering.

Primary suffering is any unpleasant physical sensations you may experience as a consequence of illness, injury, fatigue etc. You may not be able to do anything about this level of suffering and the task is to accept it and make peace with it as best you can. Breath awareness will help you do this by learning how to relax into the breath and your body as much as possible.

Secondary suffering is the human anguish we all experience as a reaction to primary suffering: feelings like anger, fear, depression, anxiety and despair that we instinctively pile on top of any unpleasant sensation or event in a dense web of reactivity. With mindfulness, or awareness, you can learn to modify and reduce these experiences of secondary suffering. This can vastly improve your quality of life, even if the primary suffering remains unchanged, or even worsens if you have a degenerative condition.

Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University We are inviting submissions of abstracts for research talks and research posters to be presented as part of our 2015 Mindfulness in Society Conference. There will be a limited number of research talks with each talk being 15 minutes long plus an additional 5 minutes for questions and discussion.

Mindfulness for Health has won an award from the British Medical Association for Best Popular Medicine book. Why not give it to friends/family/colleagues who live with chronic health conditions as a Christmas gift. There's a CD of guided mindfulness practices & a course-like process the reader can follow as if they were completing one of the Breathworks program.Mindfulness for Health has won an award from the British Medical Association for Best Popular Medicine book.

The mindful way through depression: Zindel Segal at TEDxUTSC

Check this out...

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TED...

Giving some words and visuals to Focusing...

This is a session I had with a friend at Bodywise Manchester. I said a little about focusing, then I guided her in a session, starting with a body awareness lead in. Then when she was ready she described how it felt inside. I kept her company in this process and together we listened to what her body communicated.

Practices for Anyone, Anywhere with Sharon Salzberg

Mindfulness in the workplace-so many benefits.... Rather than an ornate, arcane set of instructions, meditation consists of practical, accessible tools to help deepen concentration, mindfulness, lovingkindness and compassion.

The Tension Release Meditation Meditations - Free October 2014

Eckhart Tolle Auckland Join us for a unique opportunity to sit with Eckhart as he discusses spiritual awakening and the transformation of consciousness in Auckland this November.

9 Things Only People With Depression Can Truly Understand There's been a lot of dialogue surrounding depression -- particularly in light of recent events -- as people struggle to understand why and how it affects people in the ways that it does. And for the 350 million people worldwide with the condition, i...

Vidyamala Burch

When practising meditation it is important to let go of craving a certain outcome, for example a reduction of pain. The pain may go on for a long time! This does not mean you’ve failed or not meditated correctly. It is just the way things are when one is ill or has an injured body. There is no need for blame or judgement. But remember that even if your body is painful and ill, your mind and heart can experience moments of peace and calm, even a sense of freedom. Meditation can guide us through the doorway to these moments and teach us how to rest there with an honest heart.

Encountering Grief: A 10-Minute Guided Meditation with Joan Halifax

Just 10 minutes. Forward to friend you think this could support... The Zen abbot walks a live audience through this guided meditation on encountering grief. Download and share with your friends and family.

Eckhart Tolle

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Vidyamala Burch and Colin Duff (Breathworks business manager) went to House of Parliament on Weds to attend All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on mindfulness and health. This meeting focused on mental health and the meeting in Nov will focus on physcial health when Vidyamala will speak. An amazing initiative and very impressive meeting. Chris Ruane MP is the main driver.

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