Melli O’Brien is a speaker, writer, mindfulness teacher and the co-founder and co-host of Mindfulness.com.
She is also the co-founder and host of The Mindfulness Summit, the world’s largest mindfulness conference. The Summit is a not-for-profit project which has so far raised $750,000 for mindfulness-based charities around the world.
Known for her down-to-earth, engaging and authentic teaching style, Melli has guided thousands of people through retreats and courses over the last decade and the readership of her blog on mindful living, MrsMindfulness.com, is over 200,000 people.
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Do you ever struggle with negative thinking? If you have a harsh inner critic or get caught in worry, stress, anxiety, depression or wrestle with low self-worth, then you know some of the symptoms first hand. Negative (unhelpful) thinking patterns can have a strong...read more
G’day, and thanks so much for reading! I’m Melli, I’m a mindfulness teacher but first and foremost, a mindfulness practitioner. You can find out more about me here. I originally created this blog as a way to support those who had completed a mindfulness retreat or...read more
Have you ever driven your car somewhere and arrived at your destination only to realise you remember nothing about your journey? Or started eating a packet of chips and then suddenly noticed all you had left in your hands was an empty packet? Most of us have! These...read more
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During this time of disruption, upheaval and change many of us are asking big questions about how we want to live our lives, thinking about what really matters and making changes. One of the biggest themes I am noticing when I talk to people right now is that they are...read more
Today I’m going to share a zen parable about how we can set down the mental baggage we carry and find freedom right where we stand. There’s a well known parable about this. A senior monk and a junior monk were traveling together. At one point, they came to a wide...read more
This is the Magnolia tree by my front door. It is one of my favourite things about winter here in Australia (yep, I’m back in Oz). Every time I go out my door it’s the first thing I see. Not only is it a beautiful tree but it’s nature teaches me a valuable and timely...read more
This is not an easy time for most of us, hey? And to make matters worse our knee jerk way of dealing with the challenges we face may be making it much harder. You see, when a great challenge or stressful event happens to us, many of us have an unconscious response...read more
What’s in the Way Is the Way: How Grace Can Guide Us in Times of Massive Disruption and Transformation
This is a story about finding grace and peace in hard times. It comes from the meditation teacher Larry Rosenberg and his experience meditating in the forests of Thailand. So after many years as a Zen monk in Korea he goes on this journey to Thailand to take a retreat...read more
We all feel a little anxious at times. It’s a normal reaction to the more stressful events of our lives, such as a job interview, a driving test or say, a global pandemic. You may notice a few physical responses, like the sensation of ‘butterflies in your tummy’ or...read more
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