Simple Listening: Heart meditation
Guided meditation with Jane Shaw on the heart
Guided meditation with Jane Shaw on the heart
Guided meditation with Jane Shaw on stillness
The idea of awe has become a much talked about phenomenon in the field of wellbeing and health, largely due to the work of Dr. Dacher Keltner. Keltner (2023) speaks of the transformative power of […]
Life feels easy and enjoyable when we can reach a state of effortless action, sometimes referred to as a flow state. When we find ways to work in harmony with the natural flow of things, […]
When I deliver in person retreats and workshops I increasingly notice how people long for connection. Connection to others, connection to themselves, and perhaps connection to something bigger than themselves. Moreover, we have seen the […]
Over the last 50 years or so, our western consumer tech world seems to have increasingly separated us from the natural world. According to recent research we can regularly spend up to ten hours each […]
A 2022 American Psychological Association poll reported that 81% of Americans experienced stress from global uncertainty resulting from the pandemic. When our income, home, economic, and political future are insecure it can raise a lot […]
At the start of a new year, it seems appropriate to talk of new possibilities for our wellbeing. How we learn a new task, how we adapt to our changing environment, or master a new […]
Belfast Telegraph: The director of Elmfield Estate on getting out in nature with her dogs, why the works of Manchan Magan resonate deeply with her love of Ireland and her busy morning routines What […]
How do you know if you are suffering from burnout?
Our three Christmas Markets have been carefully curated with the wellbeing of our visitors and the environment in mind. Enjoy a warm welcome to the Elmfield Courtyards where we have over 45 hand-picked small business […]
16 hacks to calm your nervous system
At the recent Trauma Summit at the ICC in Belfast, many of the presentations mentioned the importance of psychological safety when recovering from traumatic experiences. Researchers of the advanced trauma recovery models have been saying […]
In many cultures health is understood to be linked to our ability to move our body. If our joints are mobile, then we live longer. Practices such as yoga or chi kung allow prana and […]
Have you ever sat in a meeting with your heart racing, sweat starting to gather on your brow, wondering how on earth you are going to get through this challenge in front of you? You […]
The new year often means plans for a new you, new resolutions for your health and wellbeing. But what does it actually mean to be well? What is health? Does it mean physical, emotional, or […]
What is self-care? Here are some tips and ideas for effective self-care
The majestic setting of Elmfield Estate near Gilford in Co. Down, received a very special visit on Thursday 23 September when Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, attended Elmfield […]
So many industries have faced unexpected challenges over the last 18 months; staff shortages, uncertain covid regulations, price hikes in raw materials, and many more. This adds to the stress on our physical and […]
by Gail Walker 10 June 2021 Belfast Telegraph Twenty years ago she was a high-flier in a top London PR firm, but following a chance meeting one evening, her life took a very different turn. By […]
Trying replacing your inner critic with some self compassion
“I was born when all I once feared—I could love.” (Rabia of Basra, c717-801) These words of Rabia of Basra speak to the need to accept ourselves through radical acceptance. The concept of radical acceptance […]
“At times I feel as if I am spread out over the landscape and inside things, and am myself living in every tree, in the splashing of the waves, in the clouds and in the animals […]
Can better listening support our wellbeing as we emerge out of lockdown? According to Stephen Porges, a neuroscientist researcher of human social engagement and interaction, our culture doesn’t support us to listen to each other […]
Why we should take care of our nervous system My heart pounded, sweat dripped into my already sticky palms, my face felt on fire. I watched as the door opened and the tall figure approached. […]
Consider what might support you during tough times. A mindful breathing practice can help.
“I go among trees and sit still. All my stirring becomes quiet Around me like circles on water. My tasks lie in their places Where I left them, asleep like cattle. Then what I am […]
Social isolation affects us all, albeit in different ways. Dobzhansky (1962) said that “the fittest may also be the gentlest, because survival often requires mutual help and co-operation.” This speaks to how we can support […]
A guided audio meditation Short guided meditation using the breath to reduce stress and anxiety
Being in nature can support our health
When faced with difficult times, support yourself by starting the day in nature
What gifts have we been given? Often they appear in disguise.
Stories have a way of penetrating our psyche, offering us a reawakening or reimagining of ourselves. A story from ancient mythology, a folk tale, or a story in the latest film can resonate within. How often do you have the chance to feel your way through a story and offer it a place within your being?
Being well means something different for each of us, for our family, and for our society and at different times.
I lost my hair to alopecia a few years ago. I used to have long, thick, silky, brown hair, with a few greying streaks. I was devastated when it all fell out, but there was little I could do.
I chose not to wear a wig. I hate having things on my head. For me, it also felt false, a fake version of myself. And yet, I hated being seen without hair.
Thinking back over the last four years, I see now that I withdrew inward and stopped going out.
How can we find meaningful connection despite being physically separate?
About This Event Many of us are feeling anxious these days, whether from the threat of physical illness, economic hardship or general uncertainty over the future. How can Wellean Wisdom support us in a practical […]
Can we look to the origins of what it means to be well as a response to the current situation? Is it enough to be resilient, or is there more? The Lancet recently described the […]
A guided audio mediation Body awareness scan for relaxation
My heart pounded, sweat dripped into my already sticky palms, my face felt on fire. I watched as the door opened and the huge man approached. Now feeling faint, I could feel the blood drain […]