Sometimes it gets worse before it gets better

I recently ran a workshop for legal professionals, with one of the participants talking about her experiences of increased agitation and irritation during formal mindfulness exercises.

It’s useful to note that this is a fairly common experience, and is actually a helpful pointer to the nature of our minds. It may be that if you’re experiencing significant levels of agitation when practising sitting meditation, that this could reveal something important about the way you engage with your own experiences – particularly those experiences which you don’t automatically perceive as pleasant. It may be that meditation is not in fact increasing your sense of agitation, but is actually revealing it to you. Many of us habitually react with agitation and annoyance toward our own experiences, but remain unconscious of this in the busyness of everyday life.

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Mindfulness skills in social work - AASW article

I have an article published in the Summer 2016 edition of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) quarterly magazine on mindfulness skills in social work.

You can read an excerpt below:

Interest in mindfulness has risen over recent years and its application has extended from clinical populations in the health and mental health areas to a range of professional fields in the health and human services sectors, as well as the enthusiastic adoption by so called ‘high performance’ organisations such as Google. Much of this interest is driven by an exponential increase in the level of scientific research in this field, and excitement at how these ancient practices might contribute positively to the social and emotional challenges we currently face.

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