Mindfulness articles related to increasing your happiness
Exploring with a "Don't Know" mind
Can you approach each moment with curiosity, fresh eyes, and with an open heart? With the beginner’s mind or the “don’t know”-mind, we can start to look around and reflect on our surroundings.
The seven forms of hunger
How do you know when you are hungry? And, are you hungry because you have seen or smelled something you would like to eat or are you looking to fill a void?
Taking in the good
Our brains are hardwired to pay extra attention to negative things, and to ignore the small pleasures that surround us every day. Fortunately, we can learn how to rewire our brain and 'take in the...
Seven misunderstandings about mindfulness meditation
Have you been wondering whether mindfulness meditation is something for you? We often expect meditation to be something it's not and end up focusing on the wrong things.
Living in the present moment: what does it mean?
According to research our mind wanders half of the time to the future or past which can prevent us from living our life fully in the present moment. Mindfulness is about knowing that these are just...
Beginning to let go
in a world where productivity, achievement and growth are praised on all levels, maybe we for once do not ask: What can I do more of? But rather: What can I let go of?
Watering your seeds of gratitude and generosity
When we start paying attention, there is so much for which to be grateful. We can be grateful for coffee or tea; we can be grateful for other people’s actions or kind words. We can be grateful for...
Lower your expectations
Our happiness is influenced strongly by the expectation we have about a specific situation or person. We often think that if we will have x i or if we would not have y in our life we will happy....
Being mindful – it’s the little things
Just like any other skill, mindfulness takes training too; we are training our brain to re-shift attention to the here and now, to step out of the “auto-pilot” mode, time and time again.
Which wolf do you feed? Why compassion is needed to heal ourselves and the world
When we are hurting we often feel disconnected from others, yet it is the awareness of our shared humanity and the practice of compassion that will heal us and the world around us.
Weaving mindfulness into your day
You can bring more presence into your day if you start to integrate a few simple new habits into your morning or evening routine.
You are not alone - How to feel more connected
I’m writing this as the days grow ever shorter, darker and colder. It’s not my favourite season. I’m having difficulties with the lack of light, leaving home and coming back in the dark as if the...
Emotions – an all-inclusive package
How to change your brain to change your mind
An interview with Rick Hanson, PhD, neuropsychologist, meditation teacher and bestselling author of “Buddha’s Brain” and “Hardwiring happiness”, by Beate Trück, Director Brussels Mindfulness.
Ready to Start a Mindfulness Practice? Here’s How.
It can be tricky to cultivate any new habit - even mindfulness. We sense that the possibility for something new, beneficial, or important in our life is there, but we get stuck on how exactly to...
How to practice mindfulness during vacation
Even though the weather in Belgium may not look like it, it's summer and vacation time for many. When I share with my colleagues about our meditation practice, we seem to have one thing in common:...
What happens on a mindfulness retreat?
Building in powerful stress relievers in your daily life
Actually, not much is needed to take care of yourself in situations in which you feel powerless and overwhelmed. For my favourite exercise, called “box breathing” you only need: your breath. And as...