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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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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…

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Surrender into Softness

  The sun now sets at 4:15 – how am I feeling? There is a pandemic causing suffering – how am I feeling? Lockdown 2 begins today – how am I feeling? The Summer Sun is over – how am I feeling? Dark evenings, Cold weather, Isolation – how am I feeling? Election frenzy in…

Retreat Space

Retreat Space

Last week I attended the “Mindfulness to Buddhism” Retreat taught by Choden and Alan.  It was such a treat for me to actually attend a retreat.  I love being a tutor for the Mindfulness Association, but the amount of teaching has been quite intense lately and I was really ready for a break, from work…

staying present

Staying Present

I have taken to doing a shortened version of the three stage breathing space regularly within my day as a way of becoming more mindful. I have discovered that I often have a frisson of anxiety, which manifests in the heart, even when I am feeling quite happy. This is what I do: Firstly, I…

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…