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If you were to describe your life at the moment, how many of us would use the word ‘busy.’
How many of you have never ending ‘to-do’ lists? If someone asks you how you are – How
many of you would reply ‘Good….but busy.’ Why are we so obsessed with packing our
schedules, thinking a mile a minute, rushing around with no time to stop and smell the roses?
There is an obsession with needing to do something all of the time, a cultural badge of honour.
It’s not unusual to wake up and scroll through your feeds before even saying ‘Good morning’ to
the person lying next to you, or checking in with yourself.

As a society we have never worked more hours in a week than we do now; we have never
pushed ourselves so hard. Our list of things ‘to do’ never ends – it just keeps getting bigger. And
are we happier for it?

When was the last time you just sat and did nothing? Reflected? Took time out for yourself just
to ‘be’?

If this resonates with you or you’ve ever found yourself feeling stuck in cycles of stress,
dissatisfaction and discontent, or unsure how to simply relax and find some inner peace, then
the practice of mindfulness is for you.

Mindfulness is the art of living in the moment, rather than 2 minutes ahead or 2 weeks
behind. This style of thinking allows you to wholly experience everything in your life; taking time
to focus on the present. The benefits don’t stop there. It’s also been found to reduce cortisol (the
stress hormone), it allows you to handle stress better, and more recently, ‘mindful eating’ has
been linked to weight loss.

So, how can I get involved?

Melli O’Brien, of, presents The Mindfulness Summit; 31 Days of
Mindfulness a FREE 31-day online summit this October 1-31st designed to bring mindfulness
to everyone, giving you the opportunity to learn mindfulness from the comfort of your own home,
from some of the world’s most respected teachers.

The Mindfulness Summit is a not-for-profit project, with a mission to make mindfulness
mainstream. The summit aims to create a global community of people bringing mindfulness into
their lives, whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others. This is why all monies raised
from the summit project will be going to mindfulness based charities, including Breathworks,
The Oxford Mindfulness Centre and Mindfulness in Schools; charities all working in the field to
further mindfulness research and teaching.

Over the month of October, for 31 days you’ll be invited to listen to 31 world renowned
mindfulness experts speak on <Insert link> sharing their
knowledge and wisdom with you all. Join speakers including Ruby Wax, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack
Kornfield, Tara Brach and Joseph Goldstein as they share their tips, stories and some of the
best ways to incorporate mindfulness into your life.

As part of the 31 days of mindfulness, we’ll also be sharing our best tips for mindfulness,
wellness and meditation, as well as setting small challenges for you throughout the month – and
these are all designed to be easy, accessible, and something you can slip into your daily

You will learn how to transform your inner world to a place of wholeness and ease, handling
life’s challenges with more wisdom and skill. By the end of the summit you will have learnt how
to integrate mindfulness more fully into daily life.

Stop being ‘busy’ for the sake of being busy. Be still. Recharge. Re-engage. Your mindfulness
journey starts now.

How It Works:

1. Every day in October there will be new interviews, presentations and meditations sessions
uploaded to <Insert link>

2. Register for free on the website to gain access to everything
3. Sign up for the newsletter and follow Mrs Mindfulness on Facebook, Twitter, and
Instagram for the 31 Days of Mindfulness Challenge, extra summit content, opportunities
to chat with the speakers, mindfulness tips and more!
4. Become a more mindful, meditative version of you!

How to take part

1. Register on <Insert link> for updates on the challenge and
the summit.
2. Follow Mrs Mindfulness on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram or Pinterest.
3. Use the hashtag #MindfulnessSummit to join in on the conversation – see what other
people are saying and get involved.
4. Sign up to our newsletter for bonus tips, the best mindfulness articles and extra updates.


What is spasmodic dysphonia?

What is spasmodic dysphonia?

Illustration of the parts of the throat involved in spasmodic dysphonia.

Spasmodic dysphonia is a neurological voice disorder affecting the voice muscles in the larynx, or voice box. The speech sounds strangled or very breathy depending on the form of SD. It is also called laryngeal dystonia.

Spasmodic dyshonia makes it very difficult to talk and to express oneself. Most of the time people who are affected with spasmodic dysphonia can still sing, cry, shout and whisper.




Spasmodic dysphonia causes voice breaks and can give the voice a tight, strained quality. People with spasmodic dysphonia may have occasional breaks in their voice that occur once every few sentences. Usually, however, the disorder is more severe and spasms may occur on every other word, making a person’s speech very difficult for others to understand. At first, symptoms may be mild and occur only occasionally, but they may worsen and become more frequent over time. Spasmodic dysphonia is a chronic condition that continues throughout a person’s life.

Spasmodic dysphonia can affect anyone. It is a rare disorder, occurring in roughly one to four people per 100,000 people. The first signs of spasmodic dysphonia are found most often in people between 30 and 50 years of age. It affects women more than men.

Teacher helps student overcome voice impediment

Mushy is a student who’s been affected his entire life by a speech impediment. He has a stutter that makes even getting a few words out extremely complicated, talking in front of the class can be a daunting nightmare for Mushy.

If you’ve seen the movie The King’s Speech, the King had a similar issue and he tried many methods to overcome his disability. In this moving video, Mushy’s teacher, Mr Burton, applies one of the techniques they show in the movie, the use of music to overcome anxiety, to help Mushy speak. Watch Mushy speak in front of his classmates and how they react to his brilliant achievement:

Billy McLaughlin gets past his problem of focal dystonia

90 second trailer for "Changing Keys," an independent documentary about world class guitarist Billy McLaughlin, and his battle with a brain disorder known as Focal Dystonia. Produced and Directed by Suzanne Jurva. Written by Suzanne Jurva and Jonathan Shaw. Edited, Transcoded & Uploaded by Depth Q Media. Uploaded by content owner.