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Taking in the Good

At the weekend I attended the Engaged Mindfulness Course at the beautiful venue of Samye Ling deep in the Dumfriesshire countryside. It was a wonderful weekend reconnecting with my practice, nature and this planet earth. During the weekend Kristine, one of the lead tutors, asked us to recall a recent moment when we felt fully…

Weekly Challenge 14th

The Angry Audience Member

I was recently lucky enough to attend a gig at London’s Southbank. A wonderful array of artists were performing that evening and the audience was as diverse and unique as the music on offer. After catching a glimpse of the first musician that played in the foyer, I moved onto the Purcel Room. I secured…

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Mindful Listening

Last week I had a lesson in mindful listening. It was half term.  I noticed that it transformed the usual places I inhabit and the activities I do from one of relative calm and spaciousness, to one of noise and busyness. I observed the chatter of children of all ages, some happy, some not so…

Balance Weekly Challenge

Time for a Rebalance

What shall I write about this week?  Time for a rebalance. I was sitting on a train recently, observing the number of people locked into their screens. Maybe, I could write about that or even the BBC’s new nature program and our impact on our surroundings? It’s a beautiful Autumn morning. The sky is blue,…

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Three Cities in Six Days

Dublin I’d never thought of myself as a writer, yet there I was, at a book launch at the notorious Irish Writers Centre in the centre of Dublin.  I was to give a short talk and read from the chapter I had written for the book Mindful Heroes. It was one of those surreal occasions…

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A lesson in curiosity

Our mindfulness training teaches us the importance of being in the moment and to be curious. This week I had an intense, unexpected lesson in curiosity. My 5 year old grandson teaches me many things – but most of all, he teaches me how to view the world with the curiosity of a child, and…

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Silence and Words

You know when words slip out of your mouth and cause chaos?  They cause an argument or some disruption. The words are often spoken without thinking, without consideration.  You seem to hear them as if someone else said them. Then afterwards, the turmoil it has caused to yourself and others subsides. And there are no…