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‘Push Ups for the Mind’

Attention: why it matters, what can mess with it, and how we can support it. Earlier this month Amishi Jha, an assistant professor in Psychology and Neuroscience was invited to speak to military and civilian staff at the Pentagon. Her work centres on attention and in particular the way stress and mind wandering can impact […]

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How taking time to experience nature helps us keep perspective and health.

  I love to hear about the latest uses of augmented and virtual reality, but when it comes to our own sense of balance and wellbeing there is nothing to beat some ‘real’ reality. And there is nothing more real than getting up close to nature. It’s well documented that much of our time is […]

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The mind is like a muscle that needs exercise: What current research reveals about mindfulness.

New claims about the positive effects of mindfulness seem to appear almost daily. So it’s refreshing to encounter a book that seeks to cast a discerning eye over current research. ‘The Science of Meditation’ (by Daniel Goleman of Emotional Intelligence fame, and Neuroscientist Richard Davidson) does just that. It provides a robust appraisal of the […]

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Konta – Queen of the Mind Games

Midway through Wimbledon 2017 and Britain’s Joannah Konta is looking assured and focused. It was not always the case – indeed far from it. Back in 2015, Judy Murray (mother of Andy and the then captain of the GB Federation Cup Team), talked of Konta as having ‘really bad performance anxiety’. In a similar vein, […]

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Nico Rosberg: The art of slowing down to speed up

Isn’t it sweet when something you know in your bones just keeps being reconfirmed by others. The recent BBC Sports article that revealed that this season F1 driver Nico Rosberg has ‘looked into meditation – mindfulness training… awareness’ is no surprise to me. It’s an odd paradox; that by slowing down to take time to […]

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Rio, Mindfulness and me

So another cycle of Olympics have come to pass. As ever the physical and mental conditioning of athletes is a sight to behold and witness. A timely study of 160 athletes published by the London School of Economics has indicated that athletes who learn how to become more self aware by training in mindfulness  may […]

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