Smiling Mind – the app

The film: Soon, this film will be broadcast across Australia in a bid to bring mindfulness meditation to young people. The film coincides with Smiling Mind’s 12 month anniversary. It shows several young people sat at school or at work, listening to the mindfulness meditation guidance. Objects around them begin to float away – a … Continue reading

Why are yogis happier people?

People who practice yoga attribute much of their happiness to it. Yoga is a great physical challenge, yet the mental challenge is often greater. And the benefits are unfathomable, at least, until you have experienced them. Five ways yoga generates happiness: 1. It’s just you, on the mat, in your world There’s a simultaneous solitude … Continue reading

The moments with grandparents

After spending a few days with my maternal grandfather, I reflected on what a blessing it is to have had grandparents in my life. There‚Äôs something humbling and beautiful about those moments you share with the people who raised your parents, and in part, raised you. Grandpa is now 90 years old and likes his … Continue reading

Meditation: 6 simple tips for beginners

Imagine a moment of blissful stillness, a space without a single thought. What if each day you could tap into an inner sanctuary that left you feeling lighter and happier? Just ten minutes of mental silence each day can free the mind from thought, and in turn, alleviate stress. 1. Dim the lights Set a … Continue reading

How social media can affect your gratitude

Checking in with social media has become a mindless, obsessive habit. You tap the Facebook app only to realise you looked at it just two minutes ago, and there was nothing much going on so you closed it. And here you are again. But when a friend’s status catches your eye, there’s a sense of … Continue reading