“The most powerful skill we can learn to transform our lives for the better is to learn how to work with our mind.”
Monique Rhodes, Founder, The 10 Minute Mind ®
It’s known that taking time to decrease your levels of stress and anxiety each day can improve your wellbeing and happiness. Living in London, one of the largest capital cities in Europe, can make that slightly difficult. This mindfulness meditation programme helps in learning how to achieve that.
The course is designed specifically to teach you, in 10 minutes a day, how to quickly and effectively alleviate their stress. Each morning a brand new 10 minutes guided audio track is sent over to you via email and can be accessed at any time. All you need is a quiet space, the audio, and you’re good to go.
We asked one UAL student to provide their insight into how the 10 Minute Mind programme had supported their wellbeing. If you feel this is a programme you could learn and benefit from, just follow the link below to sign up. The Arts SU have already covered all the costs, so you can enjoy this programme for free.
The 10 Minute Mind meditation programme
Written by Mitali Atkins, UAL student
A lot has happened so far in 2020. Many good things, and many difficult things. Coronavirus locked us all up for months, which was very difficult for everyone, but in such situations, one must to look for the positives. One of the things I have to thank lockdown for, is for that one Thursday, I was sitting, rather bored, reading my backlogged emails, I clicked on an Arts SU email and came across an advert for the 10 minute mind meditation programme. Intrigued, I clicked on the link, and started reading about the opportunity. Within 2 minutes, I had signed up.
This opportunity came at the perfect time. Lockdown had just started, and the world seemed to be falling apart. It was, and still is now, as once again coronavirus infection rates are increasing, the most important time to learn to work with your mind, so that you can feel more in control of your thoughts, focus more, reduce anxiety and depression, stop overthinking things, and generally feel happier within yourself. I’m sure most of you have heard the phrase, ‘Happiness is a choice!’ But how do you do actually choose this in practice, with all the bad news floating around, and with all the difficult situations we find ourselves in? I’ve learnt over the last few months while doing the 10 Minute mind, that the first and only way to start to make that choice is to learn to work with my mind, and we are very lucky that the Arts SU is offering us all 1 year of guided meditation to help us do this, for free!
The 10 Minute mind is a meditation program founded by Monique Rhodes. Monique has dedicated her life to learning what it takes to make happier people, and is now sharing her findings with the world through a series of courses, such as the 10 Minute mind, and a daily podcast. Monique has a wonderful approach to her teaching. She teaches meditation in a very simple and straight forward way, that is easy to understand and very calming.
The beauty of this meditation program is that it requires ONLY 10 minutes a day. Nothing more. Finding 10 minutes everyday in our overly-busy lives is much easier than finding half an hour. The idea of this is that 10 minutes everyday will slowly build a habit and create new pathways in the brain. Over time, you will notice that you are more aware of yourself, and of the way thoughts that go round and round in your head. You’ll learn not to worry about things, and how to stay in the present moment. With constant access to social media and the internet, we are losing the ability to stop thinking about things for a while. We can constantly distract ourselves by looking at social media, and whenever we want to find out about something, we can immediately google it. These advancements in technology are undoubtedly incredible, and our studies and lives wouldn’t be the same without them, but they are also costing us our peace, happiness, and our ability to stay in the present moment without worrying about what happened in the past, or what is going to happen in the future.
Meditation teaches you how to take the best from the world around us, and also give back the best of ourselves to the rest of the world, as calmer, happier and more helpful people who are content.
For all of you who feel that meditation won’t work for you, and that it’s about having no thoughts, its not. I’ve learnt that meditation is about being present, right here, right now, so please give it a go, before saying its not for you!
So, my fellow students, please make use of this amazing opportunity to access the 10 minute for free for a whole year. I know you will find it beneficial. Especially now, when we are all working partly online, and not having to rush out the house to attend classes, it’s hopefully even easier to take those 10 minutes to look after ourselves, so that when things are more back to how they used to be, we have built a habit to take out those 10 minutes even in the busiest of days.
I’ll forever be grateful to Arts SU and UAL, not only for my education but also for this opportunity, and for introducing me to Monique and her work, which I find inspiring, and life changing.