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Boost Your Inner Strength and Self-Esteem with Surya Mudra

Extract from Mudras for Modern Life by Swami Saradananda. You will find Surya Mudra helpful any time you feel in need of inspiration or would like to counter lethargy of the body or mind. In Sanskrit, Surya is one of the names of the sun,…

Jonathan Wittenberg on On Healing Through Our Wounds

Extract from the book Prayer for the Day on Peace by Radio 4. Broadcast: Monday 24 September 2007 Two of the most important phrases in any language are ‘Thank you’ and ‘I’m sorry’. All our relationships depend on the ability to say them and mean…

Tara J. Lal and the Challenges of Writing ‘Standing on My Brother’s Shoulders’

We had a chat with Tara J. Lal at the launch of her book Standing on my Brother's Shoulders, recently out in paperback. Tara is a female firefighter in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Born and bred in London, she holds two university degrees and is a practising…

Practise Mindfulness with Bodily Movements and Breathing

By observing the unfolding of your movements and sensations, you can train yourself to stop negative emotions in their tracks. Practising mindful movement trains your brain to become more sensitive to the sequencing of mental and physical events in your body. For example, try mindful…

Letting Go, Let it Be… the Power of the Giveaway

By Barbara Meiklejohn-Free  I always remember a time in my life when letting go was a problem for me. I held on to my belongings for dear life. I loved to spend money, and I still do, but now I do it with giving thought to…

How to Start a Daily Meditation Practice

by Swami Saradananda At some point in your life, you have probably experienced meditation. It is not an unnatural thing that only some people can do – meditation is a universal experience. People often meditate, even if they don’t know they are doing so. To…

Synchronicity and Positive Psychology

by Chris Mackey Mainstream psychology needs to do more to acknowledge a spiritual dimension in people’s lives. This includes a greater acknowledgement of mystical-sounding or paranormal experiences such as synchronicity, which involves strikingly uncanny and meaningful coincidences. Many people identify themselves as being spiritual, although…

Conversation with Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm, authors of The Buddha Pill

Steve Nobel interviews Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm , authors of The Buddha Pill. Follow Watkins Media on SoundCloud and listen to the latest interviews and talks. https://soundcloud.com/watkins-media/conversation-with-miguel-farias-and-catherine-wikholm-authors-of-the-buddha-pill Pioneering psychologists Dr Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm put meditation and mindfulness under the microscope. They are both…

The Power of Grief in Bringing Us Closer to Connection

By Tara J Lal When I was thirteen my mother died of cancer and my father spiraled into debilitating mental illness. I found solace in the connection I had with my beloved older brother. Then, when I was seventeen, he took his own life, leaving…

Behind the Scenes at Wilderness: Tom Fortes Mayer

We had a chat with Tom Fortes Mayer, author of The Freemind Experience following his experience at Wilderness festival 2015, which took place at Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire on August 6-9. At Wilderness Tom run a workshop and led visitors to discover how to apply simple…