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Mindful of Thorns

Last week, I learned how when something difficult or very stressful happens to us, no matter how big or small, it is possible that it doesn’t get stored in the right way in the brain. It’s as if it gets stored in the wrong cupboard. Science tells us that the memories of traumatic events get…

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Mud Glorious Mindful Mud

Not being one who likes to be stuck indoors all day, I ventured out onto the cliffs by the sea, taking a risk that the black cloud pouring its contents into the sea, would continue its journey away from the land. I was wrong.  It seemingly waited patiently, lulling me into a false sense of…

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Stress in the Mess

“Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us, we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit and not be squeamish about taking a good look.” Pema Chödrön Well last week stress got the better of me. I forgot I was a mindfulness teacher let alone a mindfulness practitioner…

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Beneficial or Ego-centric?

Last week I led a five day compassion retreat as part of our Level 2: Responding with compassion course. It was intense, in a good way, and for many participants transformative. At the end of the course we had a sharing, which conveyed the significant switches of perspective that people had experienced, in particular a…

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This being human can be scary

As I reflect on how scary and difficult being human can be, Rumi’s words come into my mind. “This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of…

happiness

Happiness

Happiness cannot be found through great effort and willpower, but is already here, right now, in relaxation and letting go. Don’t strain yourself, there is nothing to do. Whatever arises in the mind has no importance at all, because it has no reality whatsoever. Don’t become attached to it. Don’t pass judgement. Let the game…