where-the-children-played

Where the Children Played

This is where the children played.  Just two weeks ago I was here with my grandson at a weekly forest school session where a group of children aged 3-6 explored these woods with curiosity and joy.  Dens became havens for pretend play.  Tree trunks were climbed and became castles, rockets, towers and the crow’s nest…

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Being on my own

I woke up on Friday morning feeling a sharp pain in my heart. My initial thought was – oh no my lungs are hurting, this can’t be good – then my next thought was that this was an emotional pain. It took a while for me to recognise what it might be. Then the thought…

Resting-in-the-midst

Resting in the Midst

There is a practice in the Mindfulness Association Level 3 Insight training called – Resting in the Midst.  It is my most valuable practice. I have used it before, when travel plans have gone awry, when I have found myself stuck in situations that seem impossible to get out of, when I am overfull with…

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Allowing Ourselves to be Human

On Saturday 28th March I’m leading an online practice day with the theme allowing ourselves to be human. There will be the more familiar practices, plus some including a focus on our common humanity. I’m looking forward to appreciating the messy beauty of being human together. In the past when I’ve practiced self-compassion, I’ve focussed first…

mindful-surrender

Mindful Surrender

I have spent this last week reflecting on how the current climate with the Coronavirus is making me feel, and ultimately, how I am responding to that. For me it began with some concern for the people who were at risk of dying of the virus.  I know several people who suffer with their health…

distractions, distractions

Distractions, distractions

This week I have been noticing how easily I am getting distracted. It’s not surprising; I work from home which can sometimes blur the boundary between work and the demands of housekeeping; just going to get myself a cup of tea can send me down a route which involves feeding the cat, walking the dog,…

online compassion

Introduction to Compassion – Online Course

Introduction to Compassion – Online Course We are delighted to offer a ten-week online compassion course, which enables participants to develop their mindfulness practice by training in compassion. The course includes: Videoed teachings by Rob Nairn, Choden, Heather Regan-Addis and Alan Hughes; Daily formal compassion practice audio; Guidelines for daily life compassion practice; A free 6…