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 |2020-06-03T05:28:25+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 |2019-03-01T15:46:34+00:00March 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 |2020-05-14T15:33:41+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 |2019-03-01T15:50:28+00:00July 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 |2019-03-01T12:08:10+00:00November 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 |2019-03-01T15:57:42+00:00October 8th, 2017|Mindful Living|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