surviving the storm

Surviving the Storm

In this life, it seems we must learn to become resilient to life’s ups and downs and challenges. I have personally found a Mindfulness and Compassion practice very supportive in this.  It took time, but with persistence and diligence it is very interesting to become aware of how I react differently to challenges these days.…

MINDFULLY UNWELL

Mindfully Unwell

One of those strange phenomena of being human is that we get ill.  This body sometimes gets tired, and it also succumbs to a wide variety of viruses and bugs thrown at it daily. This body also has the possibility of becoming sick with diseases that can take us by surprise. I would regard myself…

knowing-the-mind

Knowing the Mind

Mindfulness has been a fascinating tool for me, and every day I learn something new about my mind and myself.  What is certain is that what I discover is not always pretty, and in that I totally understand the value of self-kindness.  Without it, I would be a quivering wreck, not wanting to go out…

Kitchen Table Mindfulness

Kitchen Table Mindfulness

  When one is able to overcome the romantic and emotional attitude, one discovers truth even in the kitchen sink. Chögyam Trungpa   This morning, with my bare feet planted onto the kitchen floor, flat and smooth, my small brown earthenware coffee cup warms my hands as I look into the windswept garden. It’s really…

mindful movement

Mindful Movement

We practice mindful movement with the same attitude that we bring to sitting meditation, without striving or forcing. We practice accepting our body as we find it, in the present, from one moment to the next” Jon Kabat-Zinn   Whilst teaching QiGong at the Autumn Members Retreat, I was asked to recommend a book on…