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 world and the pain of others, who is easily hurt by judgement or by behaviours I don’t understand. I [...]

By |2021-04-12T21:00:45+01:00November 20th, 2017|Mindful Living|3 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 frees us from so much frustration... "Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well" – Shakespeare, William from King [...]

By |2019-03-01T12:06:10+00:00November 3rd, 2017|Mindful Living|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 important to remind ourselves that these are qualities that mindfulness nurtures, and that support mindfulness, rather than to [...]

By |2021-11-25T18:49:08+00:00October 8th, 2017|Mindful Living|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 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 |2021-04-12T20:59:23+01:00June 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 |2021-04-14T08:46:22+01:00June 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 |2021-04-12T20:57:47+01:00May 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 |2021-04-12T20:59:19+01:00April 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 |2021-04-12T20:57:20+01:00March 4th, 2017|Mindful Living|0 Comments