Fierce Compassion – the other love that can change the world

“If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright” – Amanda Gorman, US National Youth poet Laureate We often think of compassion as tender, soft and comforting, but that’s only one side of a caring response to suffering. On the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) programme, and particularly in the work of Kristin Neff (co-developer with Chris Germer of [...]

By |2022-05-12T10:58:10+01:00May 12th, 2022|Mindful Living|0 Comments

September 2020 Update

Ah, the good old days! Friendship with ourselves and each other is more necessary than ever… If you are reading this then we are sharing a path, at least for a few moments...welcome - It's lovely to have you here! A sense of connection is what we all long for. Because we are human mammals connection, in some form or other, soothes. It comforts us to know we are not alone in how [...]

By |2021-04-12T21:00:26+01:00September 21st, 2020|Mindful Living|0 Comments

August 2020 Update

Wherever you are as this un-ordinary summer unfolds I hope you are finding moments of ease. Times continue to be difficult, unpredictable and uncertain for most of us and it's hard going one way or another. And yet as ever isn't the way we meet ourselves as we go through whatever we are facing what really makes the difference? If I could wish for a lasting benefit for anyone who has come to a course [...]

By |2021-06-30T09:49:09+01:00August 17th, 2020|Mindful Living|0 Comments

June 2020 Update

Welcome to June! Not quite as we know it, and yet...I've been reflecting these last days how for all of us the last couple of months have been different - each in our own ways we have been impacted, our lives interrupted and disrupted. Some of those changes have been welcome, some may have been overwhelming and difficult to bare. The depth of this crisis is hard to fathom, and yet as each [...]

By |2021-06-30T09:49:09+01:00June 1st, 2020|Mindful Living|0 Comments

Being Curious, Feeling Free

"The constant happiness is curiosity" Alice Munro I’m curious about curiosity again. A foundational component of the mindful way of being it’s not one of the 9 Attitudinal Foundations that my previous blogs have addressed – and yet underpins them all really. Can we have awareness without curiosity? It is however one of the 7 factors of enlightenment (in Theravada Buddhism) which along with mindfulness when developed and balanced free the mind and heart. [...]

By |2021-04-14T08:46:32+01:00March 1st, 2019|Mindful Living|2 Comments

Love in Love Out

Love is the answer and you know that for sure Love is a flower you got to let it grow John Lennon We're afraid to be idle So we fill up the days We run on the treadmill Keep slaving away 'til there's no time for talking About trouble in mind And the doors are all closed Between your heart and mine More love, I can hear our hearts crying More [...]

By |2021-04-12T20:59:49+01:00December 10th, 2018|Mindful Living|2 Comments

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 to prefer the word choice to control, which expresses more a quality of empowerment, and is at the [...]

By |2021-04-12T21:00:41+01:00July 23rd, 2018|Mindful Living|2 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 escape from life. Actually it’s a training to support living with presence, awareness and compassion. It can also be [...]

By |2019-03-01T12:29:35+00:00May 3rd, 2018|Mindful Living|1 Comment

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 sense of safety or peace. For me 2018 is about following my own sunshine a [...]

By |2019-03-01T12:20:03+00:00January 7th, 2018|Mindful Living|2 Comments

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