Meditation and mindfulness teacher Sandy Newbigging has long been a valued regular contributor to our magazine, and we enjoyed reading his piece in our Winter 2020/21 issue: a reflection on how we can help the world heal. Check it out below!
In our new Autumn 2020 issue, our meditation expert Sandy Newbigging provided us with a great reflection on the challenges and gifts of being a truth seeker. Enjoy a sneak peek below! To read the full article, grab your copy of the Autumn 2020 issue, or subscribe here to receive one direct to your door.
Mindfulness Haven Galway is the brainchild of Kasia Slabon, who is passionate about helping people to improve their wellness. She and her husband Lukasz run a variety of meditation classes and other therapeutic experiences, designed to help clients’ sense of ease and flow. We were excited to feature them in our Spring 2020 issue! Read on to learn more.
The legendary Ram Dass passed away at his home in Maui, Hawai’i, on Sunday December 22nd. We were honoured to pay tribute to him in our Winter 2019/20 issue, and we know that our upcoming screening of his new documentary, ‘Becoming Nobody’, will be beautiful, bittersweet and poignant. This amazing soul touched many lives with his profound teachings. Earlier this month, we published an extract from our article about him … and we now offer the full article, with deep reverence and respect for this teacher who has now passed on to another plane of existence, embracing the next stage of his soul’s journey. Thank you for everything, Ram Dass.
This beautiful sneak peek from our Summer 2019 issue, written by Tantra expert Dawn Cartwright, contains some wonderful information about how we can awaken ‘the sun within’ by connecting with the solar energy that is constantly gifted to our planet. To read her full article, pick up a copy of the magazine in your local stockist, or subscribe to get it delivered direct to your door.
This sneak peek from our Summer 2019 issue (available now) focuses on the amazing book ‘How to Be Happy,’ written by well-known comedienne, actress and mental health activist Ruby Wax, neuroscientist Dr. Ash Ranpura, and Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten. We were thrilled to chat to Ruby Wax about the book, and hear her nuggets of wisdom on the human mind. You can read the full article in our Summer 2019 issue. Click here to find your nearest stockist, or subscribe to receive a copy of the magazine direct to your door.
We are thrilled to be hosting an exciting evening with Ray Behan – the man who changed his brain – and Antonella Traino – the woman who had one day to live. This will take place on Thursday June 6th, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. in Bewley’s Café, 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2.
Ray Behan has been a property developer, property educator and property writer for almost three decades. He is also very active in promoting the practical application of quantum physics, quantum mechanics, biology, and frequently writes and speaks on quantum, human consciousness and the ‘egoic and biological self’. He has studied quantum phenomena, biology and cosmic consciousness for many years with some of the greatest educators in their field of human personal development, such as Dr. John Demartini, Jack Canfield, and Benjamin J. Harvey.
Antonella survived a near-death experience, and is now a health and mindset educator, a qualified counsellor and a trained facilitator of The Demartini Method. She has studied human behaviour, psychology and personal growth for over twenty years, and has assisted numerous people break through their self-limiting beliefs and perceptions. Antonella is passionate about mindsets, quantum physics, neuroplasticity, epigenetics, psychoneuroimmunology and stepping outside the boundaries of what mainstream culture tells us.
During this enthralling event with Ray and Antonella, we will discuss a range of topics, including:
Why the brain is just a processor of information, while ‘we’ are outside the brain.
Antonella’s healing process, the day she almost died, and how she changed her mindset so much that she now travels the world, teaching, helping and healing.
The meaning behind the phrase ‘The Indoctrination of the Imagination’.
Details from Ray’s new book (yet to be released), The Man Who Changed His Brain. In the book, he discusses how science proves the existence of God.
The connection between neurology and biology, and how your ‘biography’ becomes your ‘biology’.
How meditation truly works.
To book your tickets, just click here.
We love these words of wisdom by the renowned meditation coach and author Sandy Newbigging. In this sneak peek from our Winter 2018/19 issue, he shares his advice on how to generate a greater sense of love in our lives.
Happy Winter Solstice, Positive Lifers! In this extract from our Winter 2018/19 issue, acclaimed health and wellness coach Alison Canavan discusses some of the challenges of winter, and how we can learn how to thrive during the winters of life. Remember: the darkest hour comes before the dawn.
In this extract from our Summer 2018 issue, our meditation writer Sandy Newbigging discusses the perils of becoming overly attached to a particular outcome – and how we can break the trap.
The Attach Catch
Break the trap of attachment
By Sandy Newbigging
Attachment happens whenever you believe that being, doing or having x, y or z will make you happier, peaceful, loved, successful or some other desirable state. Being attached makes you move away from wanting certain things to believing that you need them to be OK.
Growing up, you probably learned what a good life looks like: how much money you should earn, the kind of house you should live in, the type of person you should end up with, the shape of body you should have, even the make and model of car you should drive.
Highly motivated to achieve this good life, we take our rulebook of requirements and set about doing everything we possibly can to make it all happen.
Temporary highs at best
I remember getting into a convertible I’d just bought with the advance from one of my earlier book deals. Before leaving the showroom, I sat for a few moments looking around at my new purchase. I felt great! Then I looked to my right and noticed a little scratch on the side panel and thought: Oh well, I’ll be happy when I get that fixed!
Sitting in my expensive convertible, which I’d spent years working to get, my mind gave me about five seconds of pure joy before it found something to judge negatively and resist. Can you relate to this? Without realising it at the time, I had immediately become attached to the scratch being removed before I could fully enjoy the car again. This is just one example of the many times when I inadvertently fell into what I refer to as the ‘Attach Catch’.
Left unseen, the mind can postpone your peace and happiness and be busy forever.
Attachment and the compulsion to overthink
There is a direct relationship between being attached to things being a certain way and the compulsion to overthink. Whenever your mind believes that it needs something to be OK, it becomes very active in trying to figure out how to get away from where you are now and into a more appealing time in the future.
Attachment dulls your experience. It stops the present moment from ever being good enough, leading to discontentment. Attachment leads to a very limited life in which you need to control and manipulate things to fit your rulebook of requirements. As a result, the mind is given good cause to start producing copious amounts of thoughts about how to improve your circumstances.
Quick cure: Let go of things needing to be different
Ever catch yourself thinking this classic attachment thought? I’ll be happy when…
Take a moment to consider all the things that you think you need to change, fix or improve before you can be truly happy: whether it is your job, relationship, finances, the healing of a physical condition or something else.
Then consider this simple statement in the context of your attachment: I can want this without needing it. When I invite my coaching clients and course or retreat participants to do this exercise, I see the same transformations happen time and time again. Common responses are ‘I feel relief’, ‘I feel calm’, ‘I feel free’, along with a range of other really lovely experiences. What happens for you when you are courageously contented?