Responsibility is Freedom

“the most common way that people give up their power is by thinking that they don’t have any” Alice Walker Mindfulness course participants often say at the beginning of the programme that what they’re looking for is more control – more control over their moods, their thoughts, and in their lives.  The mindful approach tends [...]

By |July 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Intention is Everything

"One does not practice meditation to become a great meditator. We meditate to wake up and live, to become skilled at the art of living” Elisabeth Lesser Meditation is in service of my life rather than an end in itself.  Sometimes we lose sight of that because meditation can be sought as a refuge or [...]

By |May 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment

The practice of ‘just like me’ (or how to ‘self’ a little less)

“It’s not simply that we share with each other a common humanity, but that individually we have no humanity without each other” Sara Maitland A couple of weeks ago another cohort began the 8 week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course with me. I get to share the ways to live in a way that’s more present, loving [...]

By |February 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Enjoy Yourself!

"Happiness not in another place but this place, not for another hour, but for this hour" Walt Whitman As this new year begins how about asking yourself what’s your sunshine? What is it that brightens and lightens your day? What is it that you love? It’s so good to be in touch with what brings us ease, joy, a [...]

By |January 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Are you really too sensitive?

(image courtesy of Michael Leunig) Ever since I can remember people have told me ‘don’t be so sensitive’. And I’ve heard people say countless times ‘I wish I wasn’t so sensitive’. When I’ve been hurting I’ve certainly wished it for myself. I’ve always been someone who cries easily, who feels deeply the injustice in the [...]

By |November 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Non- striving: A Process of Surrender by Rosalie Dores

Guest blogger/mindfulness teacher Rosalie Dores explores the attitudinal foundation of non-striving...the last of the 9 (the numbers vary but Jon Kabat-Zinn has added Generosity and Gratitude to the original 7) attitudinal foundations which we've explored together in this years blogs. Non-Striving is definitely one of the attitudes that can seem paradoxical and yet understanding this quality [...]

By |November 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Heart of Mindfulness is Acceptance.

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” James Baraz As we continue our reflections on the attitudinal foundations it’s [...]

By |October 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

To Judge Or Not To Judge… That Is The Question

Another fab post from guest mindfulness teacher Rosalie Dores from Optimal Living on 30th August 2017. 'Out beyond ideas of right and wrong there's a field, I'll meet you there' Rumi The attitudinal foundation non-judgement, is a significant component of Jon Kabat Zinn’s definition of mindfulness. ‘Mindfulness is paying attention, in a particular [...]

By |September 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Patience, Compassion in Action

Patience is another of the attitudinal foundations of mindfulness that prepares the mind-heart for insight, clarity and peace.  Growing this natural capacity in ourselves will reduce our stress or suffering and inevitably also the stress and suffering of others – being in the presence of another’s patience is a true blessing isn’t it? When we [...]

By |June 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

The Path of Generosity

Rosalie Dores, mindfulness teacher and supervisor at Optimal Living explores the theme of generosity in our life and in meditation, connecting to others and to ourselves as we develop the art of attention... ‘Attention is the rarest and purist form of generosity.’ Simone Weil  Jon Kabat Zinn in his formative book Full Catastrophe Living wrote [...]

By |June 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments