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 way, on purpose, to moment-to-moment experience, non -judgementally and with acceptance.’ Is non-judgement even [...]

By |2019-03-01T11:52:07+00:00September 4th, 2017|General|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 grow patience we also grow acceptance, gentleness, compassion, allowing, equanimity, softening, surrendering, tolerance and forgiving.  These qualities are supportive [...]

By |2019-03-01T11:47:51+00:00June 29th, 2017|Mindful Living|2 Comments

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 about seven attitudinal foundations considered vital for a sustainable mindfulness practice. These attitudinal foundations are beginners mind, non-striving, non-judging, acceptance, patience, [...]

By |2019-03-01T11:45:55+00:00June 10th, 2017|Mindful Living|0 Comments

Gratitude and Generosity – Receiving is Giving

"Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude" Deepak Chopra Continuing with the theme of the foundational attitudes of mindfulness Jon Kabat-Zinn admits that Gratitude and Generosity should be added to the original list of 7 proposed in Full Catastrophe Living. In the Buddhist teachings that secular mindfulness has mostly grown from gratitude and generosity are considered fundamental to nourishing states of mind [...]

By |2019-03-01T11:39:36+00:00May 7th, 2017|General|0 Comments

Bodyfulness…a guest blog from Rosalie Dores, founder of Optimal Living

Rosalie, a wonderful mindfulness teacher and supervisor based in Islington and founder of Optimal Living shares her passion for mindful movement as an essential and liberating practice, and explores why we sometimes find it so hard to be 'bodyful'...on 16th April 2017 “Mr. Duffy lived a short distance from his body.” James Joyce – The Dubliners Image courtesy of Michael Leunig It is my experience as a mindfulness practitioner, teacher and supervisor that [...]

By |2019-03-01T11:32:56+00:00April 20th, 2017|Mindful Living|1 Comment

Trust Yourself, And Drop Those Heavy ‘Shoulds’

"As soon as you trust yourself you will know how to live” Goethe Trust was proposed by Jon Kabat-Zinn as one of the foundations of mindfulness based stress reduction.  It’s an evocative word, and often we think of trust in relation to others, but here the emphasis is about trusting ourselves. It means developing a relationship with ourselves that honours, sometimes for the first time in a long time, our body, our feelings and [...]

By |2019-03-01T11:27:45+00:00April 1st, 2017|Mindful Living|0 Comments

Spring is Springing…And We Are Always Beginning

 “The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner’s mind.” Shunruyu Suzuki “Be willing to be a beginner every single morning” Ekhart Tolle One of the foundational attitudes of mindfulness is ‘beginners mind’.  It’s a description used originally by Shrunyu Suzuki author of ‘Zen Mind Beginners Mind’, and it captures something essential about mindful being.  It means sensing your world without making assumptions and being clouded by expectations. It means looking with fresh eyes, [...]

By |2019-03-01T11:24:04+00:00March 4th, 2017|Mindful Living|0 Comments

Getting Out of Our Own Way…Letting Be

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” (John Lennon) One of the 9 core attitudinal foundations proposed by Jon Kabat-Zinn for the cultivation of mindful living is letting go. It can sound like an action, and certainly it seems to be something other people often tell us to do. It makes sense then that in mindfulness training we describe this better as letting be, because letting go can [...]

By |2019-03-01T11:21:17+00:00February 7th, 2017|Mindful Living|1 Comment

Dont Force It – The Force is Already With You

There's a story told of a new student asking a venerable Tai Chi master 'if I work really hard and diligently for the next 10 years will I become fully accomplished and a master like you?' To which the master replies 'if you try really hard it will take 20 years!'.  I find this very encouraging.  Most of us are used to succeeding through effort, and the virtue of striving and trying hard [...]

By |2019-03-01T11:14:42+00:00February 2nd, 2017|General|0 Comments

Nature Around Us, Nature Within Us

As I was taking yet another close up photo of a flower the other day I asked myself why do we always use nature pictures when we're capturing mindfulness or mindful moments. When I post on our Go Mindfully Facebook page or website pictures of trees in blossom; morning dew dropping off the end of petals or the vast expanse of open space in my local park it feels right, an expression of [...]

By |2019-03-01T11:14:50+00:00January 5th, 2017|Mindful Living|4 Comments