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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…

The Hardest Part…

On a recent retreat a well-intentioned participant informed me that my drive system was overactive. She was referring to the three-circle model of Prof. Paul Gilbert which is part of our Level 2 Compassion training. This model postulates three psychological systems: a threat system, which triggers the fight, flight, freeze response when we feel threatened;…

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Random Acts of Mindfulness

Each time I share the precious gift of mindfulness and compassion to a group of people, usually as part of the Mindfulness Based Living Course, it’s a different experience. I’m aware that sharing also enriches my own practice.  On two occasions recently whilst travelling I have found myself inadvertently sharing mindfulness and compassion with compete…