on-the-road

On the Road

  “I felt free and therefore I was free.” Jack Kerouac Jacky was off on her hols last week, in a camper van and wandering free. I was here left at the helm (anything could happen!), on the computer, feeling a bit miffed, and slightly, ever so slightly jealous. I love the open road. As…

From a Mountain in Tibet

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…

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…

Walking the Mindful Path

Walking the Mindful Path

There’s a route I walk a few times a week. The last part of the walk involves a mile-long uphill path through fields of ripened wheat.  I call it the never-ending field. I’ve called it that because, at the end of the walk it is not only an uphill struggle, especially if it is raining…

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…

My Cup Runneth Over

My Cup Runneth Over!

Last weekend was our 10th anniversary celebration and I felt that the celebration manifested some key qualities of the Mindfulness Association: practice, presence, common humanity, compassionate messiness, kindness and joy. Qualities that Lana has captured beautifully in her documentary ‘Swimming Upstream: Ten Years of the Mindfulness Association’ that was premiered at the weekend. I am…