Session: Don't wait to be happy
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh says, 'There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.' Often we wait for something to change before we can let ourselves feel easeful and happy. But we can train ourselves to wake up and notice the goodness in this perfectly imperfect moment.
This is a practical session for us to explore mindfulness & happiness practices that can establish us in this moment with clarity and openness. That's where the best decisions and planning come from! From this foundation, we are able to say 'no' with an open heart and know that self-care is not selfishness. We learn to care for our anxiety, anger and shame, knowing not to believe everything we think. And we cultivate the many ingredients of happiness in order to thrive, every day of our life.
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Bio: Orlaith O'Sullivan
Orlaith is internationally recognised for her teachings on living mindfully and cultivating happiness. She has been practicing mindfulness for over 20 years in the tradition of Plum Village / Thich Nhat Hanh and is a leader in Mindfulness & Character Strengths. Her work supports people to create happier communities - whether as part of a business, family or school.
Orlaith is International Co-ordinator for Wake Up Schools, an international grass-roots movement to support teachers and create mindful educational communities. A founder member of the Community for Contemplative Education (an initiative of Mind & Life Europe), Orlaith also serves on the Steering Group on Mindfulness in Education for the Mindfulness Initiative UK. She is an advisor to the World Happiness Week and speaks regularly at conferences, including the Mindful Kids Peace Summit, Mindfulness in Education Summit and various wellbeing and mindfulness events. She is an award-winning author and holds a PhD in English literature.
With a lifelong love of technology, she began studying Computer Science and though she switched to English, she remained closely connected with developing technologies (including working with JP Morgan and disruptive fintech Chasing Returns).