Mindful Me

Mindful Me

Who Are You? Ah there you are I can see you Trying to hide amongst the pretence of a calm exterior This living puppet acting out a play of a life strings pulled this way and that making me dizzy with your mischief What stories have you today to torture me with? How many stories…

mindfulness-at-home

Mindfulness at Home

Last week was one of contrasts, worlds colliding, working my edge. Having completed my second year of the MSc Studies in Mindfulness I feel relief, surprise that I managed to get this far, and celebration at the progress both in knowlede and practice. All of this tinged with a hint of sadness at finishing our…

lockdown transformations

Lockdown transformations

I’ve been ‘locked away’ for 9 weeks now. When I arrived in Yorkshire just before the official lockdown occurred, I bought with me a suitcase full of winter clothes as it was still pretty cold and Spring definitely had not arrived.  I thought I would be here for about 4 weeks before being able to…

Lamp-Lit Heart of Compassion

Lamp-Lit Heart of Compassion

My heart is full. I  write this in a fully mindful and awake state still feeling the buzz of the Members Weekend coursing through my body – it’s an energy thing, not from the coffee I had this morning but it feels similar! and I feel such gratitude flowing out from my lamp-lit heart; the…

mindful immersion

Mindful Immersion

Recently I have become aware of activities that I do that become a complete immersion, away from my habitual, incessant thinking patterns. Anything that is powerful enough to enable me to become totally present and not drown in my ruminations about the past, worries about the future and self-criticism comes along like a sigh of…

Is it just me?

Is it just me?

There is a main road fairly near my house which I generally only notice when there’s a westerly wind. Today, its silence is audible. Since lockdown took hold, I’m feeling a great stillness; a stillness that is perhaps always there but goes unnoticed most of the time; like the space between the cars, between sounds,…

one day at a time

One Day at a Time

In our mindfulness training we learn how the mind has a tendency to be negative.  Rick Hanson calls this a ‘negativity bias’.  He explains how negative thoughts stick to the mind like Velcro, and yet positive thoughts slide off like Teflon. Over evolution, our minds were trained to react to threats more than opportunities. Rick…

Rainbows

Rainbows

My dear auntie Jean in London has been sending me photos of rainbows she encounters on her daily walks; rainbows drawn on the pavements, pinned in windows and hung on gates; a spontaneous phenomenal creative response to the personal, local, national and global crisis we find ourselves in. The images themselves appear as symbols of…