let-it-go

Just let go

I always worry that I repeat myself here. Perhaps that’s not surprising when I live and work at home and I don’t really go out much – because of COVID, apart from walking the dog and going to the beach…My days and my mindfulness practice are full of the same old, same old distractions, irritations,…

mindful of the blues

Mindful of the Blues

As we face another few months of restrictions I have been reflecting on life since Covid began affecting our lives – some 6 months ago back in March.  I became aware that the news of tighter restrictions as cases of Covid soar again, was causing me some angst and this was manifesting as a tiredness…

rise-above

Rise Above

One day this week I was looking at the news on my Guardian app. Relentless awful news: Covid rising again, young students confined to their rooms, new policy in schools to not teach anything anti-capitalist and a further undermining of the BBC and free journalism in the UK. I have friends who are facing the…

Lama-Yeshe-Rinpoche

From a Mountain in Tibet

Hello again! I am back after my summer break, refreshed and ready for whatever new challenges emerge. Challenges are always good, an opportunity for cultivating more patience and compassion, at the very least! Challenges are hopefully an opportunity for insight, understanding and personal growth. Still I’m not asking for challenges, just welcoming them should they…

my-beginners-mind

My Beginner’s Mind

Last week I had a busy work week, lots of busyness going on at home, a wee holiday up to North Wales with family and then I had my young grandchildren to stay – they are 7 and 5… And so although I have many tales to tell about all that – it wasn’t exactly…

Fog

Fog

Where I live is very prone to days of fog.  It furtively appears, seemingly out of nowhere.  It can be hot and sunny with cloudless blue skies and then suddenly the whole landscape disappears into white nothingness.  Even in my garden I can sit and watch the wet mist swirling around just feet away from…

This week I am Opinionated

This week I am opinionated. “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional”. The Buddha used an example of being struck by two arrows, I’m sure you know this – but what happened to me this week was a clear example. Pain in body or mind is the first arrow. Raw and pointed, it hurts as it…