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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…

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…

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Community

I love guiding the free daily sits offered by the Mindfulness Association.  I so enjoy chatting to the wonderful community of people who have gathered together on a daily basis during what has been a very challenging time for most of us, more so for some, since March. I find this community very inspiring. Not…

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…

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Fall, Leaves, Fall

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away; Lengthen night and shorten day; Every leaf speaks bliss to me Fluttering from the autumn tree. I shall smile when wreaths of snow Blossom where the rose should grow; I shall sing when night’s decay Ushers in a drearier day. Emily Brontë As I look out of my window,…

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FREE Daily Online Meditation

Let’s Sit Together* Join our FREE Daily Online Meditations 10:30am to 11:00 am Monday to Friday 7pm – 8pm Every Day Followed by tea and company *please read safety information below. In challenging times, the need for connecting comes to the foreground. Maybe life is still unfolding in its usual way for you, or maybe…

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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…

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…