Take a mindful moment

Children and Meditation

Jo Stanley
8 March 2017

Jo Stanley is one of our wonderful Ambassadors, she has a strong meditation practise which she shares with her daughter Willow, and a passion for sharing this life-long tool with as many people as possible.



From Dark and Cold to Sunny and Bright

Hayley Witmore
27 February 2017

“..just like on the darkest and coldest days of winter it is hard to imagine it being sunny and bright, you can rest assured knowing summer will come eventually”. Hayley Witmore has recently graduated from the Victorian College of Arts Secondary School, she wrote into Smiling Mind wanting to share her mindfulness journey, in the hopes that it would help to inspire other students with learning to live with anxiety.



Mindfulness in Education

Dr Craig Hassad
16 January 2017

Mindfulness is a generic skill with a wide range of applications relevant to education. These include fostering mental health, improving communication, empathy and emotional development, improving physical health, and enhancing learning and performance. 


Mindful Eating

Rosie Garner, Health Blogger
1 December 2016

Now more than ever before, we need to take a deep breath, connect back with our body’s own innate intelligence and become curious when it comes to food and eating.

And we can do this through Mindful Eating… 


The Mindful Startup

Mike Davis, Founding Director, PURPOSEFUL
1 December 2016

About 10 weeks ago I launched a startup- Purposeful, and perhaps anticipating additional stress also began a 6-week mindfulness course at a studio in Armadale!

Throughout the course I learned a great deal about how the principles and practices of mindfulness could help me to stay balanced and perform optimally during a testing time. The three principles that helped me the most were- beginners mind, non-striving and letting go.


Organisational Change

Liv Downing, Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator
30 November 2016

It is the leaders of our organisations who define and drive organisational change; it is their responsibility during such uncertain times, to do so with clarity, calm and a connection to their own values and emotions and an awareness of the values and emotions of their employees. That is to say they have the opportunity to implement organisational change with a more mindful approach, from which the whole organization benefits.


Where Minds Smile

Michelle Sams, Guidance Counsellor
30 November 2016

What are the benefits of using mindfulness and meditation to increase academic outcomes? What evidence do we have that being ‘still’ or living in the present moment is actually a preventative mental health strategy? What specific technology is available to help build wellbeing in school settings? Canterbury College contemplated these questions, researched the many and varied programs on offer, and then discovered Smiling Mind.


The Research Is In

Dr Addie Wootten, CEO, Smiling Mind
19 October 2016

Our vision is to see mindfulness meditation on the school curriculum by 2020, and to help achieve our vision we set about to evaluate the impact of our school based program. The results are in....



Cold Wind in August

Michael Carr-Gregg, Child and Adolescent Psychologist
5 October 2016

In August 1997 a young man called Eric died by suicide, his parents made a courageous decision to tell his story to the ABC program ‘Australian Story’. The result was a poignant and powerful episode entitled Cold Wind in August. Eric was part of a close middle class family of seven, and one day, without telling anyone and no clear warning, he absconded to the Blue Mountains and vanished - he was not found for almost a month.



On the road from mindless to mindful

Samantha Jeacle, Teaching and Learning Leader
14 September 2016

After regularly practising mindfulness meditation with my Year 11 English students in 2015, I was eager not to lose that momentum with my new classes. But things being what they are in schools, where a lunchbreak is a dream not often realised, and you’re constantly on the run… I did. Lose my momentum, I mean. Completely. I lost my own mindfulness practise along with it too. Which was unfortunate, given the benefits it holds for us teachers.