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Ovio app based audios

Listening to mindfulness meditations on your phone or device can be a convenient way to practise with Mindfulness. To ensure you are practising mindfulness and not a different type of meditation we have many available for you to listen to. Click here for Ovio’s Mindfulness SoundCloud audio exercises. You can download the SoundCloud app on the App Store or Google […]

Mindfulness: 6 Steps to Better Memory, Verbal Reasoning and Improved Concentration

Mindfulness is an effective antidote to mind-wandering. If you can’t concentrate on a book, can’t sit quietly for 15 minutes or can barely make it through a blog post, then you’re not alone. It’s the modern way–and we hear more and more people saying their attention span and memory are being eroded. Maybe, they say, […]

Mindfulness rebuilds the brains gray matter

BY BRENT LAMBERT • NOVEMBER 19, 2014 Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks Test subjects taking part in an 8-week program of mindfulness meditation showed results that astonished even the most experienced neuroscientists at Harvard University.  The study was led by a Harvard-affiliated team of researchers based at Massachusetts […]

Mindfulness as good as drugs for depression

Mindfulness is a form of meditation that encourages people to become more aware of the present moment and their own place in the world, to avoid thoughts spiralling out of control. Photo / 123RF Daily Telegraph UK By: Sarah Knapto Meditation is as good as anti-depressants for tackling depression, a major study has suggested. Researchers […]

Rep. Tim Ryan on A Mindful Nation

Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) discusses how mindfulness can offer an effective—and bipartisan—remedy for problems plaguing our schools, hospitals, veterans, and society at large. A talk he delivered for the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley in May, 2012 Mindfulness-APPG-Report_Mindful-Nation-UK_Oct2015

Chocolate mindfulness exercise TED

Mindfulness is an invitation to slow down – an opportunity to create a positive shift in brain chemistry that leads to physical and emotional health benefits. What better way to practice mindfulness than to savour a piece of chocolate in a full-sensory exercise? You will experience the sensuousness of mindful eating during this slow and […]

Mindfulness in organisations case studies.

Seven comprehensive and diverse case studies: Brain work-outs – soft skills development at a Global Professional Services Firm Creating mental agility – team performance in the US Military Achieving peak performance – decision making at BlueBay Asset Management Employee wellbeing – pilot programmes at a UK Government Department Integrating within courses – project leadership skills […]

Short-term mindfulness intervention improves attention

Thomas E. Gorman and C. Shawn Green Received: 18 November 2015 | Accepted: 31 March 2016  | Published: 18 April 2016 Abstract Recent research suggests that frequently switching between various forms of media (i.e. ‘media multitasking’) is associated with diminished attentional abilities, a disconcerting result given the prevalence of media multitasking in today’s society. In the present […]

Mindful chocolate eating exercise

In this meditation we use chocolate to anchor our thoughts on our present moment experience. Notice how much more you taste and enjoy the chocolate when you engage all of your senses while eating. Our senses help us to become present. Try this with other food a raisin works well. I like to make sure […]

Noticing thoughts exercise

This 5 min Ovio Noticing thoughts exercise allows us to observe our mind to increase our self-awareness.

Body scan exercise

This 7 minute Ovio Body Scan exercise helps train focus and attention. It is fundamental to any Mindfulness practise as all the elements of Mindfulness are experienced in this exercise. The non judgement, acceptance and self compassion. We learn to notice our present moment experience exactly as it is.

Tara Brach: Using Mindfulness Practices to Activate your Full Potential

Tara Brach is a profound speaker who shares her amazing insights and presence. Enjoy.  

Smiling mind

https://smilingmind.com.au/ AUDIO APP – Smiling Mind is a non-for-profit web and app-based meditation program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring mindfulness into your life.  

Calm

AUDIO APP – Start your journey to a calmer mind. Calm has guided meditations for sleep, anxiety, stress and other distractions. Great for beginners and experts. https://www.calm.com/

Headspace

AUDIO APP – Headspace this is a great place to go for information about mindfulness and to listen to some audios-Check it out. https://www.headspace.com/

Dan Harris 10% happier Talks at google

VIDEO – Dan Harris 10% happier Talks at google

Ellen Langer Mindfulness and leadership

VIDEO – Ellen Langer Mindfulness and leadership

Jon kabat-zinn mindfulness Google talk

VIDEO – Jon kabat-zinn Mindfulness Google talk

Mark Williams

VIDEO – Mark Williams-  Professor Mark Williams from Oxford University delivers a lecture to the public about the science of mindfulness.

Mindfulness explained in under 90 seconds

Mindfulness is a difficult thing to describe this beautiful video touches on some of the important points.

Mindfulness and heart health

NEWS & MEDIA – Mindfulness Isn’t Just Mind Medicine, It’s Also Good For Your Heart Article from Forbes, read the original here New research has found a convincing link between mindfulness and improved cardiovascular health. Researchers from Brown University say they’ve uncovered evidence suggesting that “dispositional mindfulness” is directly associated with scores on four of […]

Mindful Leadership, a word from our CEO

NEWS & MEDIA – Article from Leadership Nz, read the original here Talofa Lava, Tena Koe   Every year at Leadership New Zealand, we adopt a theme to guide our leadership work – to help us centre, and focus everything we do. In 2013 our guiding theme was Disruptive Leadership, in 2014 we celebrated Creative […]

10 Min Body Scan Exercise

AUDIO / EXERCISE – Listen and relax as Cheryl Strawbridge, director of Ovio, mindfulness solutions, guides you through a meditative body scan. Download and listen to this simple mindfulness exercise on your phone, tablet or desktop via Soundcloud.

3 Min Body Scan Exercise

AUDIO / EXERCISE – Listen and relax as a mindfulness.org facilitator  guides you through a meditative body scan. Download and listen to this simple mindfulness exercise on your phone, tablet or desktop via Soundcloud.

Mindful Breathing Exercise

AUDIO / EXERCISE – Listen and relax as Cheryl Strawbridge, director of Ovio, mindfulness solutions, guides you through a mindfulness exercise. Download and listen to these mindfulness exercises on your phone, tablet or desktop or via the Soundcloud app.

Stop, breathe and think

AUDIO APP – With this app, you can develop and apply kindness and compassion in your daily life through a process called STOP, BREATHE & THINK: Stop what you are doing. Check in with what you are thinking, and how you are feeling. Practice mindful breathing to create space between your thoughts, emotions and reactions. Learn to broaden […]

Ellen Langer: Mindfulness over matter

VIDEO – Ellen Langer is an artist and Harvard psychology professor who authored 11 books on the illusion of control, perceived control, successful aging and decision-making. “We have many, many studies that suggest that the limits we assume are real are artificial, and that we don’t have to accept them at all.”

TED Talk: Lead like the great conductors

VIDEO – An orchestra conductor faces the ultimate leadership challenge: creating perfect harmony without saying a word. In this charming talk, Itay Talgam demonstrates the unique styles of six great 20th-century conductors, illustrating crucial lessons for all leaders. Itay Talgam – Conductor and leadership expert After a decade-long conducting career in his native Israel, Itay Talgam […]

Jon Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness Videos

VIDEO – Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He is Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded its world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic (in 1979), and the Center for […]

Mindful Leadership, Finding the Space to Lead

VIDEO – Janice Marturano is a mother, lawyer and former vice president of General Mills. Watch her presentation on Mindful Leadership, at Wisdom 2.0 Business 2013. www.wisdom2conference.com

Mindfulness And Addiction – Justin Brewer

VIDEO – Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction — from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they’re bad for us. Learn more about the mechanism of habit development and discover a simple but […]

The Power of Mindful Leadership

NEWS & MEDIA – Article from Huffington Post, read the original here From the moment you wake up, you’re bombarded with distractions. Emails clog your inbox, requests pile up, and notifications flicker in the background. Within moments your attention is scattered. Given the realities of today’s 24/7 world, how do great leaders slow down and focus […]

How mindful are you?

This mindfulness awareness scale (MAAS) is a great way to test how mindful you are. It takes about 5 mins to complete. The higher your score the more mindful you are.    Click here to take the test    Here is some back ground information on the MAAS. The MAAS is a 15-item scale designed […]

Workplace mindfulness session

Alice Cresswell, a freelance digital marketer, went along to one of Ovio’s workplace mindfulness sessions at Cigna. This was her experience. It’s 11.45am, just before the lunch rush at the Majestic Centre. Cheryl Strawbridge from Ovio ponders over the best way to set up the meeting room for 20 people. Desks are folded up and […]