I'm Emma, a writer, teacher, meditator and an eternal enthusiast dedicated to helping you feel happier and healthier through not only meditation but a holistic approach to life. You'll find gentle mindfulness lessons to shift your perspective, natural wellness practices to soothe your body, inspiration from the arts to enliven your spirit as well as thought-provoking self-development features.
Oh, and lots of beautiful poems!
Emma Mills London is here to awaken your joy, to nurture that awakening and to be a place of repose and inspiration for those already awakened and living well.
Learn more about meditation and find ways to use it in your day-to-day life in my new book ‘Inhale. Exhale. Repeat’.
Each day close your eyes for 5 minutes and move your attention from the outside world to your own inner presence. Be interested! What’s happening within you, with a little viewing, is fascinating.
Our bodies work holistically. And what's more, we're also seamlessly in touch with our outside wider life, with everything and everyone else as one integrated whole. Nothing is separate and there are no isolated systems. How fascinating then, to explore the implications of this in everyday life
A Poem Is A Portal
Poetry, paintings, photos, music, sculptures or dance: works of art have a transcendental power. I began to discover this while pioneering a new form of poetry therapy with the charity MIND in the UK. Artists and writers often point to the great stillness of presence through their work and in this sense, poems are like little shots of meditation. The good news is that you don't have to be an arty person to enjoy the benefits. All you need is an open mind and the willingness to learn something new.
Make The New
I believe we are all creative and expressing that creativity can bring great contentment and happiness. Make time to learn about your own creative expression and appreciate it as often as you can. Perhaps it works through sports, business, ideas, cooking, design, raising children - or houseplants. This process often gives you a chance to discover and develop your own unique talents.
Refining Your Potential
For much of the twentieth century, it was thought that neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to reinvent itself – was purely a feature of prenatal and early childhood development, but it's now understood that the brain can develop positive new
Nothing is Missing
Of course, there may be room for improvement and there are things to learn, yet, we shouldn’t get bogged down in this identity alone – we are much more than just our personality. At the ultimate level, you're already perfect. Or should I say, at once perfect and evolving? I recently read a poem called ‘View From A Window’ by the wonderful artist R. S. Thomas. Talking of the beauty of the countryside he says:
‘All through history The great brush has not rested, Nor the paint dried; yet what eye, Looking coolly, or, as we now, Through the tears’ lenses, ever saw This work and it was not finished?’
Such a clever guy
Being close to nature has significant and wide-ranging health benefits and that's why I encourage people to enjoy the natural world as often as possible. Can’t get out? Researchers have shown that just looking at pictures of nature can improve your mood. Buy a houseplant and a photographic nature book and leaf through at regular intervals while remembering the magnificent, natural wonder you are.
I'm not part of any particular school of thought or religion exclusively, as I like to explore them all. This enables me to more freely evolve my practice over time, according to my own ever-expanding awareness of the truth of things. I find that it’s important to remain willing and open-minded enough to explore each mindful activity that takes your interest– because you never know what it will bring. Far better to keep your options open! With this in mind, I encourage you to follow your own interests and enthusiasms because these usually have a good route figured out for you.
Being connected to others in a meaningful way is excellent for wellbeing, as is feeling a connection to something bigger than your individual self. There are many ways to enjoy a sense of connection. A few popular examples are: spending time with friends, dancing, helping others, looking after a garden, yoga or meditation