Tony Bates

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People often ask me how I’m faring with this daily practice of mindfulness. Am I happier? Am I managing my life better? Am I on top of my game?Mindful(...)

After any upheaval in our life, when we’re punch drunk from grief or worn out from relentless stresses in our lives, we need to stop. It’s hard to pau(...)

I hear myself asking “Are we there yet?” I am at Week 43 of this column. It’s October and I expected to be radiant by now. The truth is this year of l(...)

You read and hear an awful lot in about mindfulness these days. A colleague told me recently it’s one of the words he’d like to ban. As far as he’s co(...)

There is something different about meditating before sunrise. With the back door open, I can barely make out vague shapes in the garden outside. In su(...)

No matter how often we hear the term “mental health”, especially given the week that’s in it, it can be hard to know exactly what it means. Everyone t(...)

I wake at 5am but stay put until 6am. Getting up is no problem when I get to bed early. But it’s murder when I don’t.I plod downstairs and open the ba(...)

Ease, we are told, can be ours for the asking. But things we find difficult constantly show their face, regardless of how well we eat, pray and love. (...)

Leonard Cohen’s song Anthem was a very apt and optimistic choice for the end of the Tony Bates talk

I went along to the Tony Bates talk in the Grand Hotel last night. Dr Bates founded the charity Headstrong, the national centre for youth mental healt(...)

I live in Dublin’s city centre beside a clearing where a clutch of old trees and overgrown bushes have merged into a small city forest.Hidden in this (...)

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