Getting Uncrossed 

Nowadays, when I feel my body tightening, I also practice softening, opening up, and breathing into the areas of physical tension, as well as having a sense of offering whatever loving-kindness I can muster to myself and others. Read More 

  • Ed Halliwell
  • December 2, 2011

Mindfulness and Youth: To dot-be or not to dot-be? 

It’s estimated (conservatively) that one in ten children in the United States would qualify for a diagnosis of Attention Hyperactivty Disorder. We live in an age of "continuous partial attention," where the constant pressure to react to a flood of stimuli goes beyond the reasonable capacities of our brains. Read More 

  • Ed Halliwell
  • October 25, 2011

Making a business case for mindfulness 

With stress-related illness draining the coffers at many organisations, and the advantage to companies of attentive, resilient staff, you might think the workplace was fertile ground for mindfulness training. But while there have indeed been some pioneering programs, meditation in most business settings has yet to really… Read More 

  • Ed Halliwell
  • October 11, 2011

Getting results from mindfulness…and letting go of them 

Barely a week goes by without some new clinical trial showing how programs which teach mindfulness can help people minimize suffering and enhance their well-being. Whether it be through reducing stress, managing illness, boosting the immune system or moving away from addictive habits, science is confirming what meditators have reported… Read More 

  • Ed Halliwell
  • August 9, 2011

Society’s Perception of Meditation 

Imagine going to your local doctor and suddenly discovering a shamanic healer has been made partner in the practice. Not only that, but all the conventional doctors are referring their most difficult cases to him, murmuring reverentially about his evidence-based magic skills. It would seem pretty surprising, no? Well, that's… Read More 

  • Ed Halliwell
  • July 28, 2011

Go forth and flashmob 

At 6:34 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, several hundred people quietly strolled between the fountains in London's Trafalgar Square, sat down together, and began to meditate. They remained seated on the ground in the crisp summer sunshine for almost half an hour, before getting up again and going their… Read More 

  • Ed Halliwell
  • June 28, 2011

Waking Up to Mindfulness 

Ten years ago last March, I decided to seek help for my mind. It was near the beginning of a third (and most crippling) episode of anxiety and depression, and I realized that whatever the outer circumstances behind my despair, resolution had to come from within. Swamped by… Read More 

  • Ed Halliwell
  • June 13, 2011

The Magic of Mindfulness 

Health writer Ed Halliwell explains that mindfulness can help improve our mental and physical well-being, if we don’t sabotage the practice… Read More 

  • Ed Halliwell
  • November 30, 2010