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…

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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…

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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…

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Mindful Reflections on Change

Having just attended the funeral of my dear friend, being in the process of changing my life quite drastically and talking with Heather about the huge changes in her life, I find myself on a train to London feeling rather reflective. At the weekend I was also stunned by the news of the sudden death…

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Mindfulness is Magic

“I am making a spell” “What is the spell for?” I ask. “It’s a spell to stop the world from breaking” This is the conversation I had with my 5-year-old grandson last weekend.  We were on a beach and he was mixing sand, seawater, seaweed, shells and stones in a bucket with his spade. I…

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Endings

Weekly Challenge – Endings My last blog starts on my last trip up to Manchester. Every couple of weeks for the past year, I have taken a train up from the south coast and met with the team for some great chats, lots of coffee, some good breakfast sessions and even a bit of work!…

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Mindfully Keeping Vigil

Similar to Heather, sometimes I write my blog about joyful events or everyday life stuff and reflections on how I use my mindfulness practice. Sometimes I write about difficult things where I have been challenged to the extreme and how my mindfulness and compassion practice has supported me.  Such events are difficult to share but…

The Picture

The Picture

The Picture Today I am pondering pictures. If you are lucky enough to have spent some time with close family or friends over the last few weeks there may have been a snapper amongst you. Maybe you  are the snapper! Capturing those precious family festive meal time moments, the Boxing Day walk or the novelty…

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A Mindful Christmas Story

A boy of 5 was taken to see Father Christmas.  Father Christmas was in a grotto in a wood, accessed by a short train journey through woodland. Father Christmas asked the boy what he would like for Christmas.  The boy was a little phased by this question.  He paused.  He almost seemed embarrassed – then…