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All in the mind

As I practice mindfulness, compassion and insight meditation more and more I recognise more and more how I create my own reality. If I wake up with the expectation that the day should be one way and it turns out a different way, I can easily create a reality that is unpleasant for me and…

Hello

Hello everybody and welcome to this week’s blog. It’s my first blog post for the Mindfulness Association and as I type I can feel the tension between the head and the heart about where to start, and also a vibrant emergent energy that needs channelling if I am to make any sense at all! I…

being-compassion

Being Compassion

This last weekend I have been teaching a weekend for mindfulness teachers on the subject of doing less and being more in enquiry, with my good friend Jan Mayor. It is a stand-alone weekend, but it is also in preparation for the Compassion Based Living Course teaching skills retreat in April. As training in compassion often…

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Surrender to the Storm

I found myself in a cabin in the woods in the middle of storm.  Yes, the one we all felt the effects of last weekend. Storm Ciara. The cabin is somewhere I retreat to on a regular basis.  It is in the middle of woodland surrounded by chalk streams and near a lake.  It has…

Do You Love Me – Rumi

Do You Love Me? A lover asked his beloved, Do you love yourself more than you love me? The beloved replied, I have died to myself and I live for you. I’ve disappeared from myself and my attributes. I am present only for you. I have forgotten all my learning, but from knowing you I…

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Nothing to Do – Nowhere to go

I’m having one of those weeks when nothing is coming through in my mind to write about for this blog. Words are usually quite forthcoming but this week – nothing.  I thought about writing about my visit to the zoo with my grandson.  That was quite a mindful experience but I’m saving that for another…