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 and connected.  With each new group there are new learnings and my understanding and appreciation deepens. What [...]

By |2019-03-01T12:21:51+00:00February 10th, 2018|General|2 Comments

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

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

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