Friday, 29 May 2015

Mindful of the moment


From  Newcastle Herald      
By PENELOPE GREEN  


"...The wonderful thing about Buddhism is that there is no leap of faith required, unlike other religions,’’ she says.

‘‘It is simply based on careful observation of reality.’’

Ms Thaarup-Owen is thrilled to have been asked by American psychologist Rick Hanson, author of the New York Times top-seller Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence  to contribute as the mindful eating expert on his next program.

She says Australian companies are catching up to their US counterparts, about a third of which incorporate mindfulness into their workplaces.

‘‘Once upon a time people were saying ‘you do what?’,’’ she says.

‘‘Then psychologists started catching on because the research is there.

‘‘Seventy five per cent of what we know about the brain we learnt in the last three years and every step of the way backs up mindfulness practice.’’

Individuals, she says, contact her because they are overwhelmed, stressed and saying their lives are in chaos. Companies come knocking because they want to boost employee output, reduce absenteeism and lift profits.

In each case, the starting place is attention training and learning the skills to allow thinking to be a tool rather than an obstacle... " read the full article


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