We are excited to announce a new monthly feature to our blog!
One Saturday a month, we will be posting interviews with experts on the topics of mindfulness, resilience and digital wellbeing, to share with all you lovely followers. You will have the opportunity to get inside the minds of some extremely inspiring individuals.
We are starting October off with Shamash Alidina, international bestselling author of the Mindfulness For Dummies series and The Mindful Way through Stress. Based in London, Shamash runs his own successful training organization, the Museum of Happiness, and delivers workshops, speaks at conferences worldwide and even uses webinars to show others how to teach mindfulness.
With a strong background in science and 17 years of mindfulness practice, Shamash loves coaching people to live in the present moment in a calm and focused way, generating proven health and wellbeing improvements.
Shamash has had the honour and privilege of training with the fathers of ‘Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction’, Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD and Saki Santorelli PhD through the Center for Mindfulness in Massachusetts, United States. He has also trained extensively with the Centre of Mindfulness at Bangor University in Wales.
He frequently pops up in newspapers, magazines and on radio shows, and now he is here with us. Take it away Shamash!
1. Where is home?
2. When did you first come across mindfulness / meditation?
In a practical philosophy evening class. From the first moment I learnt it, I was both hooked and wanted to teach mindfulness to the world.
3. Describe one practice you do everyday to keep calm and centred?
Obviously I meditate. I also do something called morning pages where I mindfully write down all my thoughts without judgement. I love doing that and it makes me both calm and more creative.
4. How can the business world benefit from mindfulness?
If your business needs more focus, creativity, emotional intelligence, compassion and resilience against excessive stress, mindfulness is a powerful approach.
5. What does ‘digital wellbeing’ mean to you?
Never heard of it! But sounds like using technology to be happier.
6. Do you think technology will increase or decrease wellbeing?
Globally it’ll definitely increase wellbeing in the sense of more information readily available. Most people discover solutions to their health issues online.
It has reduced attention spans from the research I’ve seen and excessive connectivity is a stress that can lead to burnout. So…hard to say.
But if you use tech wisely, it’s an awesome development for humanity.
7. Paperback or kindle?
8. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Take action and learn from that. Don’t sit around thinking too much.
9. What is your favourite quote?
‘Happiness is not ready made. It comes from your own actions.’ Dalai Lama
10. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
The cheesy answer – here and now.
The crazy answer – Inside a future Museum of Happiness teaching compassion to lots of interested folk and hearing laughter in the background. And then the Dalai Lama walks in and gives us all a high five.
Find more about Shamash and his work here: http://www.shamashalidina.com
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