Announcements - Action for Happiness & Mindfulness Practice Group

New Year 2018 - Useful Resources + Apps

Consider the time required for ‘Self-reflection’ so vital if you want to live your life by design. Recognize your accomplishments - reflect on the lessons you learned, as well as the knowledge and skills you acquired - acknowledge your mistakes and missteps so you can use them as a self-improvement tool - analyze how you could do better moving forward and perhaps most importantly figure out what gives you joy and what you’re truly passionate about!

Why New Year’s Resolutions Work

Thinking of making a New Year’s Resolution this year? This quick, research-based explanation by Dr. Mike Evans of why New Year’s Resolutions are a great way to make positive changes is an essential watch! And those tools Dr. Evans mentions at the end are available at the "Brave Over Perfect Coaching Group". Begin day one of 2018 at a cost of $20 per month with the positive habits you need for greater health, happiness, and productivity.





Lykke by Meik Wiking the CEO of The Happiness Research Institute, Copenhagen. 


I have always been curious as to why the Scandinavian countries do so well in World Happiness measurements and this book brings the reasons to life!  On Page 31, Meik ends the chapter saying: 

                 “What I see is a big potential to improve happiness through little adjustments in our behaviour. 
                   Great things sometimes have small beginnings.” 

Good advice for 2018!







A Mindful Approach to New Year’s Resolutions

“Happiness and New Year Resolutions”.  Food for thought is this article ‘A Mindful Approach to New Year’s Resolutions’. It discusses “finding that sweet spot between effort and patience: to identify areas for growth, summon the courage to transform our habits, and do so with kindness and compassion for ourselves.”

The full article is here, happy New Year reading: 






Apps to help you follow your life goals. 
Set your goals and actually achieve them: 5 of the best habit tracking apps


Dreaming about achieving extraordinary goals or building a specific lifestyle is good and all, but actually getting yourself on the path of doing it is a different deal. Working towards something great often requires one to grind, day in and day out, slowly moving towards their goal one step at a time. Since we humans are programmed to look for the short-term gratification than to think ahead, it's only natural that individuals who put the work down and don't lose sight from their goal are few and far between. 

But, thankfully, in this day and age, more and more people are waking up to the fact that slowly moving towards something big is much better than slacking off and getting a daily dosage of instant gratification, which, in the grand scheme of things, would actually hurt you.




Elephant App
Easy, effective and effortless - Elephant App.
Free - iOS + AndroidFree - iOS + Android

YouTube Video



Whether it’s practicing mindfulness, drinking more water, improving posture or moving around more, we all have new healthy habits we'd love to build. But as soon as day-to-day life gets in the way - emails, work colleagues, kids... - our good intentions fly out the window. Elephant is the powerful, but beautifully simple, habit-changing app that gently reminds users to practice any new habit repeatedly throughout the day. Simply tell Elephant the new habit (or habits) you’d like to build, choose how often you want reminding each day and then go about your usual routine. Elephant sends randomly timed notifications to your phone or smartwatch, reminding you to practice your desired habit throughout the day. Before you know it, your new habit will be set in stone! Easy, effective and effortless - Elephant App.




Thursday 2 February 2017 - Mindfulness Practice Group

posted 31 Jan 2017, 01:40 by Yoga Bowers

Thursday 2nd February 2017 - Action for Happiness New Malden

This week, after our Mindfulness Meditation Practice, the second AforH 2017 monthly meeting will take place at 20:00. You are very welcome to stay and bring a friend. Tea and coffee available in the kitchen. Please bring your own drink of choice and favourite sweet/savoury snacks to share for an enjoyable and relaxing evening! As well as the usual AforH processes, we will discuss how to best support an Action for Happiness Outreach Stall at the New Malden Craft Fair in the High Street on Saturday 8th July 2017! 

http://www.meditation-kingston-upon-thames.co.uk/action-for-happiness

New Members
Please arrive by 18:25 latest as the door is locked at 18:30 and visit this page to see full details on access to the meditation room. Link


See you at our Mindfulness Practice Meeting on Thursday at 18:30.

Love & Om
Yoga

Mindfulness Practice Group
www.meditation-kingston-upon-thames.co.uk

Thursday 19 January 2017 - Mindfulness Practice Group

posted 10 Jan 2017, 00:43 by Yoga Bowers

Today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will address a gathering of business, charity and media leaders in London to encourage them to back their Heads Together campaign. They will ask all of us to “start conversations” about mental health to break down the stigma surrounding the subject.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
 

It will be at the centre of the royal trio’s public work as they build towards the London Marathon in April, of which Heads Together is Charity of the Year for 2017 that we are also supporting.

Links

To access all links please view this Announcement in an online browser. This is the new online email page with all links for this week:

http://www.meditation-kingston-upon-thames.co.uk/announcements

New Members
Please arrive by 18:25 latest as the door is locked at 18:30 and visit this page to see full details on access to the meditation room. Link

Fear Less, Love More By Karin Evans (Link)

1% Challenge - Thursday 12 January 2017 - Mindfulness Practice Group

posted 10 Jan 2017, 00:22 by Yoga Bowers


https://life.emindful.com/opc/
Join the 1% Challenge and every minute you practice mindfulness in a live Mindful Daily session will count toward earning prizes and increasing eMindful’s donation to charity.

Practicing mindfulness helps you develop skills that have been shown to create lasting positive change, reduce stress, improve sleep and increase happiness.

So reserve your spot and start earning mindful minutes and rewards the day your challenge begins!


Happy New Year - Thursday 5 January 2017 - Mindfulness Practice Group

posted 2 Jan 2017, 09:21 by Yoga Bowers

Thursday 5th January 2017 - Action for Happiness New Malden

This week, after our Mindfulness Meditation Practice, the first AforH 2017 monthly meeting will take place at 20:00. You are very welcome to stay and bring a friend. Tea and coffee will be available in the kitchen. Please feel free to bring your own drink of choice and favourite sweet/savoury snacks to share! This will help us all to have a more enjoyable and relaxing evening! 
Warmest wishes, Caroline and Yoga
Action for Happiness New Malden

New Members
Please arrive by 18:25 latest as the door is locked at 18:30 and visit this page to see full details on access to the meditation room. Link

A A Milne on ‘today’

A A Milne on Today


Mindfulness 101
A great resource to share with colleagues, family and friends!

A More Mindful 2017 - Thursday 29 December - Mindfulness Practice Group

posted 27 Dec 2016, 09:31 by Yoga Bowers

A More Mindful 2017
I trust you had a lovely Christmas. This week we will begin to focus on how to Welcome a More Mindful New Year!

All Links
Remember to view this Announcement at this online page to access all links.

New Year’s Mindfulness Gift
As a thank you for all your Mindfulness practice and support for our group over the past year I thought you may be interested in this page with a selection of Videos on Mindfulness including contributions from Dan Harris, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Michael Gervais. http://www.mindful.org/video/

New Members
Please arrive by 18:25 latest as the door is locked at 18:30 and visit this page to see full details on access to the meditation room: http://www.meditation-kingston-upon-thames.co.uk/contact/

Mindfulness Practice Group open on Thursday 22 and Thursday 29

posted 27 Dec 2016, 09:28 by Yoga Bowers

Happy Winter Solstice, Christmas and New Year.
 

Please bring a few festive treats to share this Thursday. Our weekly Mindfulness Practice Group will continue to meet both this Thursday 22 before Christmas and Thursday 29 before New Year. 

New Members
Our weekly group provides support to develop and maintain your mindfulness practice. “It’s a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert. Please arrive by 18:25 latest as the door is locked at 18:30. New members should visit this page to read about meditation room access: 
www.meditation-kingston-upon-thames.co.uk/contact

“You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

Thursday 15 December - Mindfulness Practice Group

posted 10 Dec 2016, 04:04 by Yoga Bowers

Dear Mindfulness Practice Group Member, 

Have a Merry “Mindful” Christmas

New Format – To avoid ‘spam’ problems all links will be on this page. Please click the links on this page of this online email.


How mindfulness could give you the gift of a calmer Christmas

In the run-up to Christmas we find our to-do lists bloated with added chores: present shopping, card writing, preparing to travel or receive guests. We are bombarded with adverts telling us what to buy and where. We tackle the shopping crowds searching for the perfect gift and the juiciest turkey. Our energy and purses are pulled in all directions while we limp on at work waiting for the holiday to arrive.

As the day approaches we may dream of happy families singing around the fire or worry whether everyone will like their gifts or if there will be arguments. Media images distort our expectations of the perfect Christmas with celebrities advising us on the recipes and crafts to add extra joy to the holidays. Continue reading this article by Anna Leyland PhD student, University of Sheffield.


New Members
Our weekly group provides support to develop and maintain your mindfulness practice. “It’s a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert. Please arrive by 18:25 latest as the door is locked at 18:30. New members should visit this page to read about meditation room access: www.meditation-kingston-upon-thames.co.uk/contact

Love & Om
Yoga

Mindfulness Practice Group
www.meditation-kingston-upon-thames.co.uk
www.facebook.com/mindfulness.kingston

Dear Mindful Readers,

You don’t have to believe everything you think. Practicing mindfulness allows you to step back from the narrative you weave about yourself and see it as malleable—even arbitrary. Our story is not fixed, and we don’t have to fix ourselves. When you’re caught up in feelings of unworthiness and self doubt, here are three mindfulness practices you can try:

1) Thoughts are not facts. When you’re stuck on a negative thought, here is a practice for becoming aware of the storylines you create in your mind.

2) Change the narrative—this helps you let go of ruminating thoughts. Here are 5 science-backed strategies to build resilience.

3) Picture your best possible self. Try this 3-step practice to foster optimism and help motivate you to realize your goals.

Here’s hoping you all find moments to enjoy being mindful this week.


 

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