On Tenderness

On Tenderness

The word tenderness is the closest translation to the Tibetan word TSEWA. Tsewa addresses self and others. Pema Chodron says it expresses itself as kindness, compassion, vicarious joy, generosity, tolerance, mental clarity, courage, resilience, unshakable cheerfulness and in many other internal ways. Tsewa is about expressing and experiencing our own tender hearts. This week I…

mindful-procrastination

Mindful Procrastination

“While we waste our time hesitating and postponing, life is slipping away.” Seneca (Roman Philosopher) This is one of those occasions when I spend a few hours thinking about what to write in my blog. In fact, I have been procrastinating. Every time I have sat down in front of my computer, I think of…

Teaching Mindfulness - going off-script

Teaching Mindfulness – going off-script

I originally had no intention to ‘teach’ Mindfulness. After completing the Level 1 teaching course as part of my Masters in Mindfulness Studies with the University of Aberdeen the seed was planted and I now find myself in the middle of the teacher training pathway. between the Level One course (Next Level One weekend courses…

mind-the-gap

Mind the Gap

“Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish; but wish the things which happen to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life”. Epictetus (Enchiridion) Over the years, through my mindfulness training and practice, I become more aware of the gap.  This gap is the space…

POOR ME

Poor Me

This week the Default-Mode Network that is my wandering mind, or undercurrent, has mainly amused itself by waiting for a strange blood clot to kill me after having the Oxford Vaccine on the 4th of April. Despite my ability to focus well on work, and to practice mindfulness – my mind is perpetually reminding me,…

lost-in-thought

Lost in thought

“The human condition – lost in thought.” Eckhart Tolle This last week, I have noticed that I have been reflecting on Mindfulness itself. The more I am invited to share my practice with others, the more curious I become. It’s become a new habit and a new auto-pilot. It was very interesting to notice that.…

learning-to-rest

Learning to Rest

Recently I have learned the importance of rest for the first time in my life. Sure I took holidays and enjoyed sitting in the sunshine reading. But generally, I was always ‘doing’. For years my friends and family would tell me to rest. But I was one of those busy people who got things done.…