Practice

Friends on the train

Sometimes the words flow. Sometimes they do not. They often start at a spluttering and stuttering pace before building up momentum. A sentence can take 10 mins of thinking time but within an hour you realise that you are frantically tapping away at your screen or scrawling 5 sentences a minute as the words tumble…

Be The Change You Wish to See

A Reply to the Mindfulness Conspiracy

The mindfulness conspiracy. It condemns all mindfulness practitioners/teachers as being obsessed with happiness and acquiescence to the causes of inequality, environmental degradation and oppression. In essence the article is all conjecture – it is based on opinion and without evidence. So, I invite you to consider a few points that I think may cause more…

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Who Are You?

I’ve been asking myself that question recently.  Who am I? It’s a complicated thing it seems. Last week I caused myself and others to suffer. Why?  Because I forgot my practice and I forgot who I was.  For a moment, I got caught up in lots of stressful human stuff and it completely took over…

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Planning on Retreat

I was on retreat last week at Purelands retreat centre near to Samye Ling. The retreat was led very skilfully by Lama Zangmo and the main theme was impermanence. The problem with us humans is that we believe things will stay the same and don’t generally like change. We also believe we can control our…

Universal Health

Health and Wellness have been circling my thoughts, observations and reflections over the last few weeks. During this time I have been on a family holiday, had a weekend at the Mindfulness Association conference, completed 4 days trekking in the mountains, spent some time in a city I had never visited, contributed to good causes,…

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Being Present

Mindfulness training is about being in the moment and enhancing our experience of being present – whatever that may be. This became so apparent to me today, when I was taken out of my usual routine and did something completely different. I’m writing this on a train to Manchester for our MAHQ meeting tomorrow. Nothing…