blinded by the light

Blinded by the Light

“A man that studieth revenge, keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal.” –Francis Bacon Just this week, at the beginning of a 2-hour journey in the dark, my headlights decided to develop a gremlin.  I hadn’t driven in the dark for some time, and with the subtle change in seasons occurring I noticed…

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…

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…

and-what-about-me?

…and what about Me?

This week has been a week of emotional extremes for me and I have watched myself surf and sink and resurface, at times mindfully aware, at times getting sucked into thinking, worrying, ruminating, celebrating – and the whole time I can honestly say I kept a mindful watch on myself as I navigated the highs…

Mindful Me

Mindful Me

Who Are You? Ah there you are I can see you Trying to hide amongst the pretence of a calm exterior This living puppet acting out a play of a life strings pulled this way and that making me dizzy with your mischief What stories have you today to torture me with? How many stories…

Follow the Evidence

Follow the Evidence

I have been questioned by some colleagues and criticised by some readers of my blog about promoting a vegan diet on the retreat I am leading this week and in my blog. When I was discussing this with colleagues last week, the view I arrived at was that within the Mindfulness Association ‘Compassion is at…

mindful lives

New PodCast Series – Mindful Lives

Head over to our NEW Podcast Channel  – https://mindfulnessassociation.podbean.com/ In this new series of PodCasts, Heather and Helen will be interviewing people about their mindful lives. Be sure to check in each week to listen to the podcast. The first podcast in Mindful Lives – is with Alan Hughes, Tutor and Mindfulness Association Headquarters team…