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We are experienced Communication, Innovation and L&D Experts, with a track record of delivering creative solutions for brand owners that drive business performance. The Filter Group was created to help companies innovate, supporting this aim with a range of effective training and creative solutions.

Current Client list includes : The Financial Times, Star TV, MediaCorp, Haymarket Media Group, Future Publishing, IPC Magazines, the PPA, Macmillan Publishing and JC Decaux.

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    My TED Talk on mindfulness, creativity and finding inspiration in unexpected places.

    How Street Wisdom Changed My Life

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  • Mindful Monday’s Newsletter Mindful Monday's Newsletter

    Here is a short list of selected stories from this weekend and last week.

    Moving on from Danish hygge? – ‘People just do nothing’, is the Dutch concept of Niksen the best way to relax? Niksen is an increasingly popular relaxation technique where you relinquish control and just … stop. When thoughts occur, you don’t interrogate them or imagine them being carried away on balloons, you just let them occur. At a time when meditative practices can feel like yet another thing to do, Niksen is liberatingly simple. Stop doing everything right now….!

    A little London-centric this piece, but am keen to share news regarding the unexpected and very sad closure of the House of St Barnabas Club and Charity, in Soho Square, London. Having been a member since 2019, and supporting through Covid, the club closed its doors on 31st January, 10 years after inception. Loved the way they branded themselves – ‘the club that never joined the club’. This from their final email – Our journey has been epic: businesses formed, relationships started, marriages sealed, friendships made, deals done, negronis drank, espressos sipped, chips shared, dance floors filled, art adored, DJs delighted. And so much laughter.  And most importantly 307 remarkable people who have experienced homelessness have graduated from our programmes and have been supported to achieve good work, a secure home, and a supportive network.

    I’m a big fan (and subscriber) of theThe Book Of Man and the work they are doing to support men, in the area of mind, body and skills. Some great content being hosted at the moment, including – interviews with Paul Mescal and Stephen Moyer. Https:// . This recent post from the editor Martin Robinson also caught my eye – Why singing is a miracle for your mental health. ‘Vocal coach Mark De-Lisser is a legend in the industry and a man spreading the word of the confidence-giving power of singing.’

    An early shout out for the 4th edition of the Mindfulness Manchester Festival. Created and curated by colleague and friend Christoph Spiessens (He/Him) on the 18th and 19th October. Great line-up of partners and speakers already in place, including – Mindfulness Initiative, BAMBA, Mindfulness Network and Breathworks.

    From HBR – The Restorative Power of Small Habits – Over the last few years, there’s been a renewed focus on burnout, a serious physical and psychological condition that requires attention and care. But a narrow focus on burnout ignores another key part of wellbeing — the more subtle but equally important ongoing maintenance of one’s energy, especially through the daily challenges of leadership. The author identifies five key energy batteries: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social. Once you identify which batteries are depleting and why, you can implement mini habits to help you recharge.

    Finally, promoting ticket release for the International Conference on Mindfulness at Bangor, this August (ICM:2024). Arranged and hosted by The Mindfulness Network (of which I am a trustee) and Bangor University.

    Nick (a wellbeing and mindfulness speaker & teacher)

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  • We are all watching the ‘R’ Number, but let’s not forget about the ‘M’ Number We are all watching the ‘R’ Number, but let’s not forget about the ‘M’ Number

    6th January 2021

    Our battle with coronavirus is clearly still ongoing, despite the advent of available vaccines. There is some way to go with the effects likely to last well into the future.

    The direct, Covid related, impact of the disease on our health is communicated clearly on a daily basis, but the pandemic is impacting other areas of our well-being including that of mental health, that are less well publicised.

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  • The Mindful Tourist The Mindful Tourist

    18th December 2020

    This piece published on the Just Breathe Project – The Mindful Tourist. 

    For those who love to travel,  a big question for the (near) future will be – when will we be able to travel ‘properly’ again? Where can we go and what will the world of travel and tourism look like?

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  • Where’s Your C-Spot? Where's Your C-Spot?

    November 3rd 2020

    See this article published on the Just Breathe Project website.

    What is your relationship with curiosity? Do you dare to think expansively or do you shelter in what you know? Nick Hammond explains why we should be regularly feeding our curious selves.

    I recently read an article about curiosity, quoting research concerning brain activity. It observed that we are ‘most curious when we feel the need to recall something that we are close to remembering.’ This is commonly known as the ‘tip of the tongue’ phenomenon.

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