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Human Connection and National Hugging Day

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Humans are social animals. Having spent the majority of our history existing in small, close-knit groups of perhaps two hundred people or less, the vast majority of people are empathetic creatures who need to feel social connection in order to be happy. But despite living in an age where it’s possible to talk to a loved one on the other side of the world, it seems that we are getting lonelier. It’s in this context that we embark on National Hugging Day, the one day of the year dedicated to hugging. (more…)

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Nick Hopper’s Poem – Written on retreat – June 2016

Nick Hopper meditative poetry retreat

Breathing slows,

Eyes flutter closed,

Like a playful stone the mind skips and dances across the surface of a sea of swelling consciousness,

Rippling, fleeing, wilful, yet ever decelerating, before sinking into the deep,

Swaddled in an embrace of stillness, nurtured and primed we wait (more…)

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A Commuter’s Dream

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It has been reported that a third of all Londoners spend an entire work day commuting each week. In an end of year survey, 30% of workers spent an average of 8 hours and 45 minutes commuting, and another 31% spent 6 hours and 15 minutes commuting.

For most of us, commuting is fairly unpleasant even at the best of times. It’s time-consuming, physically draining, and has a negative impact on our stress levels.

The push and shove of getting in and out of the stations, and on or off the conveyance of choice, tends to kick our internal alarm systems – our amygdalae – into action and we get low level fight or flight activation. As the carriages get busier, the increased jostling tends to flip some people over the edge, creating an atmosphere that leaves everyone on board wishing they were anywhere other than here in this moment.

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Four Superheroes Who Really Need To Meditate

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Superheroes are a pretty inspirational bunch, what with all their humanity-saving habits, impressive physiques and amazing abilities, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have some pretty glaring character flaws. Whether they’re obsessed with revenge, emotionally volatile or so noble it starting to become a problem, there are definitely aspects of their personality they need to work on. Luckily there are few things that meditation can’t solve, so here’s a few examples of the superheroes who really need to meditate. (more…)

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Surviving Dry January and Beyond

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Given up the booze this January? Lasting the 31 days without a single glass of wine or a social beer can seem like a huge ask, but if you’re attempting Dry January you must already have the motivation to give it a go – all you have to do now is stick it out. Well, the good news is that it’s already a week into January! Congratulations if you’ve made it this far, but if you’ve had a slip up there’s no reason not to make it through the rest of the month. Luckily, meditation and other tactics can help you achieve this goal.

Dry January started as a campaign by Alcohol Concern, and while they still oversee the challenge, it has taken on a life of its own – becoming a big feature of the New Year. Last year, an amazing 16% of the population attempted to go tea total, showing just have much a cultural influence this concept has. (more…)

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