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This being human can be scary

As I reflect on how scary and difficult being human can be, Rumi’s words come into my mind. “This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of…

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Soft Spot

“If we want there to be peace in the world, we have to be brave enough to soften what is rigid in our hearts, to find the soft spot and stay with it. We have to have that kind of courage and take that kind of responsibility.  That’s the true practice of peace.” Pema Chödron…

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Surrender into Softness

  The sun now sets at 4:15 – how am I feeling? There is a pandemic causing suffering – how am I feeling? Lockdown 2 begins today – how am I feeling? The Summer Sun is over – how am I feeling? Dark evenings, Cold weather, Isolation – how am I feeling? Election frenzy in…

Retreat Space

Retreat Space

Last week I attended the “Mindfulness to Buddhism” Retreat taught by Choden and Alan.  It was such a treat for me to actually attend a retreat.  I love being a tutor for the Mindfulness Association, but the amount of teaching has been quite intense lately and I was really ready for a break, from work…

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Community

I love guiding the free daily sits offered by the Mindfulness Association.  I so enjoy chatting to the wonderful community of people who have gathered together on a daily basis during what has been a very challenging time for most of us, more so for some, since March. I find this community very inspiring. Not…

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Just let go

I always worry that I repeat myself here. Perhaps that’s not surprising when I live and work at home and I don’t really go out much – because of COVID, apart from walking the dog and going to the beach…My days and my mindfulness practice are full of the same old, same old distractions, irritations,…

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Mindful of the Blues

As we face another few months of restrictions I have been reflecting on life since Covid began affecting our lives – some 6 months ago back in March.  I became aware that the news of tighter restrictions as cases of Covid soar again, was causing me some angst and this was manifesting as a tiredness…