A Mindful Mindset this Winter

As the cooler months of Winter set in, perhaps you need a mindful mindset to get through this season. Our very own Content Manager at Smiling Mind, Lucinda Poole, writes about how she uses mindfulness to avoid the 'winter blues'. 

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Taking a Step in the Right Direction

Maddi Vantarakis, 23, from Melbourne has recently made the transition from university to full time work. We were so excited to hear that she has meditated every day for the last year that we wanted Maddi to share her mindfulness journey with others. Maddi shares with us how her daily practice has helped her for the better.

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Early Parenting - a Mother's story

We would like to share with you a story from a mother who recently wrote in to Smiling Mind to share with us her experience of using our Mind the Bump app, which was co-created by Smiling Mind and beyondblue. Mind the Bump is a free Mindfulness Meditation App to help individuals and couples support their mental and emotional wellbeing in preparation for having a baby and becoming a new parent. Here is Jo’s story.

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Friday On My Mind

Merran Storrie is one of Smiling Minds Community Ambassadors, she is a mother of two, and is the founder of her business called Enrich & Connect Retreats. Merran is passionate about wanting to help others explore the benefits of mindfulness meditation, so she shared with us her Smiling Mind journey.

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Children and Meditation

Jo Stanley is one of our wonderful Ambassadors, she has a strong meditation practise which she shares with her daughter Willow, and a passion for sharing this life-long tool with as many people as possible.

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From Dark and Cold to Sunny and Bright

“..just like on the darkest and coldest days of winter it is hard to imagine it being sunny and bright, you can rest assured knowing summer will come eventually”. Hayley Witmore has recently graduated from the Victorian College of Arts Secondary School, she wrote into Smiling Mind wanting to share her mindfulness journey, in the hopes that it would help to inspire other students with learning to live with anxiety.

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The Mindful Startup

About 10 weeks ago I launched a startup- Purposeful, and perhaps anticipating additional stress also began a 6-week mindfulness course at a studio in Armadale!

Throughout the course I learned a great deal about how the principles and practices of mindfulness could help me to stay balanced and perform optimally during a testing time. The three principles that helped me the most were- beginners mindnon-striving and letting go.

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Mindful Eating

Now more than ever before, we need to take a deep breath, connect back with our body’s own innate intelligence and become curious when it comes to food and eating.

And we can do this through Mindful Eating… 

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Organisational Change

It is the leaders of our organisations who define and drive organisational change; it is their responsibility during such uncertain times, to do so with clarity, calm and a connection to their own values and emotions and an awareness of the values and emotions of their employees. That is to say they have the opportunity to implement organisational change with a more mindful approach, from which the whole organization benefits.

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Where Minds Smile

What are the benefits of using mindfulness and meditation to increase academic outcomes? What evidence do we have that being ‘still’ or living in the present moment is actually a preventative mental health strategy? What specific technology is available to help build wellbeing in school settings? Canterbury College contemplated these questions, researched the many and varied programs on offer, and then discovered Smiling Mind.

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The Research Is In

Our vision is to see mindfulness meditation on the school curriculum by 2020, and to help achieve our vision we set about to evaluate the impact of our school based program. The results are in ...

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Cold Wind in August

In August 1997 a young man called Eric died by suicide, his parents made a courageous decision to tell his story to the ABC program ‘Australian Story’. The result was a poignant and powerful episode entitled Cold Wind in August. Eric was part of a close middle class family of seven, and one day, without telling anyone and no clear warning, he absconded to the Blue Mountains and vanished - he was not found for almost a month.

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On the Road from Mindless to Mindful

After regularly practising mindfulness meditation with my Year 11 English students in 2015, I was eager not to lose that momentum with my new classes. But things being what they are in schools, where a lunchbreak is a dream not often realised, and you’re constantly on the run… I did. Lose my momentum, I mean. Completely. I lost my own mindfulness practise along with it too. Which was unfortunate, given the benefits it holds for us teachers. 

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The Mad Truth About Hustling

You probably didn’t know this but stress feels pretty darn good. The chemicals released when we are under pressure keep us focused, energised and pumped full of fatigue annihilating adrenaline......and this is exactly why we are addicted to the hustle.

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Mindfulness in Education

Mindfulness is a generic skill with a wide range of applications relevant to education. These include fostering mental health, improving communication, empathy and emotional development, improving physical health, and enhancing learning and performance. 

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