In my weekly blog, Heather’s Musings, I write about what has been happening in my life and how I am applying my mindfulness, compassion and insight practice to it. The process of writing the blog is often an opportunity for me to gain more clarity and recognise what is happening and I find it highly beneficial. My wish is that it is also helps other meditation practitioners who are on a similar journey.

The opinions and beliefs that I express in this blog are my own and do not represent the opinion of the Mindfulness Association.

The Quest

For as long as I remember I have been on a quest to understand my place in life, the universe and everything. This started from an interest in science, space, alien life and the archaeological remains left by ancient peoples. My first degree was in mathematical physics with astrophysics, which I loved, but which I…

Over-Efforting

I came across this concept at an excellent workshop led by Vidyamala Burch who founded and leads Breathworks, which is a Mindfulness training organisation specialising in healing pain and illness. Vidyamala will be speaking at our conference next year, for more details please click here. The concept of over-efforting, as I understand it, is that due…

Mindfulness For Life

Since we set up the MA, we have been trying to support our course participants in their Mindfulness practice, recognising that only by practicing will we become less neurotic and more able to flourish in our lives. This was our motivation for the membership and I think that particularly the online sits are helping with…

Just Rest

A few weeks ago, I came across some teachings by an ancient Indian Buddhist teacher called Tilopa. It ‘s a very brief teaching about Mindfulness and quite secular, so I want to share it with you. Tilopa’s 6 words of advice: Don’t recall– let go of what has passed Don’t imagine– let go of the…

MSc Happenings

I have had a happy weekend at Samye Ling with our year 2 MSc students who happen to be beginning their Insight module. Coming back together after the summer break feels like a reunion of old and valued friends that are a bit more chilled and happy than when we first met together one year…