Learning Thai with Mindfulness and Kindness

Learning Thai

How could I ever hope to speak Thai fluently when my reaction to somebody talking to me in this language was to feel like a deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming car?

It is now exactly one year since my Thai fluency challenge, so maybe this is a good time for an update (thanks to Harri Terminus for encouraging me to do this post). I’ve also been meaning to write something about how a change in mindset has had a profound impact on my progress, so what follows provides me with an opportunity to delve into this as well.

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Why Compassion is a Key Ingredient of Mindfulness

Developing some self-compassion is vital if we want to make progress with mindfulness. Failure to do so means we won’t feel comfortable in our own skin and therefore we won’t feel comfortable in the present moment. I used to teach loving-kindness as an additional technique to mindfulness but I now see it is a key ingredient. In this video and podcast, I explain why this is the case.

Press play to watch the video and you will find the podcast of this episode below:

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Legit Mindfulness Rehab Program in Thailand

It is now six months since I began working at Hope Rehab Thailand as a mindfulness coach. I’m proud of the program we have created there, and it’s exciting to be part of a team that appreciates the potential of mindfulness as a recovery tool.

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A Mindfulness Rehab Program for Everyone? – Well… Almost

Mindfulness has been my main recovery tool since giving up alcohol almost nine years ago. By the end of my drinking, I just wanted the pain to stop, but my life has improved in ways I couldn’t have even have imagined back then. I now experience a steady sense of inner-okayness (this doesn’t mean I’m happy all the time) that I once believed could only be found at the bottom of a bottle. Mindfulness has played a huge part in getting me to this point.

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Can I Mindfully Use Alcohol or Drugs?

In my role as a mindfulness coach for people with addiction problems, I often get asked about the possibility of using alcohol or drugs mindfully. This was a question I obsessed about myself for many years, and it led to a great deal of unnecessary suffering. In this video and podcast, I discuss the reasons for why I think it is not possible to use these substances mindfully.

Press play to watch the video. You will find the podcast of this edition below.

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