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What we are excited about is that we have recognised that mindfulness represents the medicine of the century. More people recognise that there needs to be a balance between medical science, therapy, mindfulness and neuroscience. This is so exciting because it’s happening right now under our noses and we love it.

Many of you might be aware of the work that has been done by Jon-Kabat-Zinn, he is at the cutting edge of mindfulness and stress management. He has been a major influence on our approach to mindfulness and managing anger.

Recent Blog Posts

Blog posts relating to mindfulness and related issues

The Importance of Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful emotion that we feel and implement into our day to day life. Gratitude is defined as feeling the quality of being thankful for something, or showing appreciation to those who treat us well and expose us to acts of kindness. Whilst most of us will subconsciously show signs of gratitude in our day to day life, in this article we are going to look at the importance of gratitude, and how our quality of life can be improved by further understanding our knowledge of gratitude and the way that we use it. A study was recently conducted in which two psychologists studied gratitude, and the effect that it had on our well-being. Michael McCollough and Robert Emmons selected several hundred participants for the study. The participants were off mixed sex, race, backgrounds and social groups as to make the study as impartial and accurate to the entire United States population as possible. Split into three groups, the participants were asked to keep a daily diary. The first group of people were instructed to document their day without being told to focus on good or bad things. The second group of people were asked to document unpleasant experiences only, whilst the third group only wrote down a list of things that they felt grateful for each day. After they had written in their diaries for a set amount of time, the results were collected and studied by the psychologists and their teams. The results showed that completing simple daily gratitude exercises such as keeping a diary helped all participants to experience higher levels of enthusiasm, alertness,...

Stylist Magazine Article about Anger Management, BAAM

Aaaaargh! We are a nation of hotheads who can’t get through one day without getting irate. In a bid to calm down, Stylist investigates anger management I knew I’d made a mistake the moment I pushed her. It was as if my arms had become separated from my body, fuelled by the heat rising from the pit of my stomach and spreading across my chest. Yes, we were both drunk, and yes, we were having a blazing row, but I was the one who made it physical. When I look back on that night I can see I was out of control. I’d never laid a hand on anyone before, let alone one of my oldest and dearest friends. And although it was only a shove, it was enough to dampen our friendship forever. This is not the only time I’ve given my mind over to anger. There have been thoughtless spiky comments which reduced my mother to tears; a close call with the LAPD after an argument with a bouncer on holiday (I told him he’d never satisfied a woman); and an entire five-year relationship that was blighted with snide, passive aggressive taunts. I look back on these occasions and feel physically sick (although I can raise a smile about the bouncer) because most of the things I regret in my life happened when I was angry. But I know I’ve got company. Picture how you felt the last time someone sidled in front of you at a bar. Or when you were on hold for 45 minutes, only to be passed between five people, just to get...

Swirl that rotating chair of yours!

9am- 5pm- stuck on a rotating chair, in front of a screen, making the same small talk with the same people since you started work. Deadlines are looming, e-mails are flying, and the pressure is mounting. Let’s face it anger, tension and outbursts in the workplace are inevitable. So how do we keep conflict clean? How do we express our anger and frustration in a productive way? The balance is delicate. On the one hand, by biting your tongue you may eventually explode. However, if you are constantly aggressive you might lead yourself down a path of abusive behaviour. Sharing your frustrations with your work colleagues and letting your anger out can actually serve to strengthen your work relationships, and perhaps lead to a more productive team. On the other hand, shouting alarms people and could drive them away and impede on their ability to be productive. Conflict is healthy and can be very productive. This is why learning how to express your anger in a clean and healthy way is so important. Next time you feel angry try and follow these tips: ·      Try to listen when the other person is talking. This is a sign of respect, and entitles you the   same platform to voice your opinions. ·      Something to remember is that your opinions are not fact, and that everyone is entitled their own opinion. ·      Expectations are a waste of time; they only lead to disappointment because they are unrealised resentments just waiting to happen. ·      At the end of the day, an important lesson to learn is that it is ok to agree to disagree. But in the heat of...

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Have you ever considered the pace of your  life, the speed that you think, feel, breath, eat and  generally do things? How about the things you really want to do but there is never enough time to do it? How often it does leave you feeling exhausted, irritable, stressed and spent? Take a break and have a look at our mindfulness retreats for a peaceful and relaxing get away for a stress free experience.

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