mindfulness-of-colour

Mindfulness of Colour

“Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colours; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow.” ― Khalil Gibran There was the most beautiful sunset at the weekend.  I became aware that it had triggered something deep inside. Sometimes I am curious as to where my mindful practice takes me. And here I…

it's-just-a-mug!

It’s Just a Mug!

“A man’s Self is the sum total of all that he can call his, not only his body and his psychic powers, but his clothes and his house.” William James   During one of the daily sits recently, I invited participants to bring to mind something that makes them smile. As I was guiding I…

gut feeling

Gut Feeling

“Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen to them” – Shakti Gawain In our mindfulness courses we have two practices which focus on sensation in the body. One of these is the infamous body scan and the other, mindful movement. As we progress through to the compassion training,…

On Tenderness

On Tenderness

The word tenderness is the closest translation to the Tibetan word TSEWA. Tsewa addresses self and others. Pema Chodron says it expresses itself as kindness, compassion, vicarious joy, generosity, tolerance, mental clarity, courage, resilience, unshakable cheerfulness and in many other internal ways. Tsewa is about expressing and experiencing our own tender hearts. This week I…

mindful-procrastination

Mindful Procrastination

“While we waste our time hesitating and postponing, life is slipping away.” Seneca (Roman Philosopher) This is one of those occasions when I spend a few hours thinking about what to write in my blog. In fact, I have been procrastinating. Every time I have sat down in front of my computer, I think of…

Teaching Mindfulness - going off-script

Teaching Mindfulness – going off-script

I originally had no intention to ‘teach’ Mindfulness. After completing the Level 1 teaching course as part of my Masters in Mindfulness Studies with the University of Aberdeen the seed was planted and I now find myself in the middle of the teacher training pathway. between the Train to Teach Mindfulness Level One course (Next…

mind-the-gap

Mind the Gap

“Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish; but wish the things which happen to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life”. Epictetus (Enchiridion) Over the years, through my mindfulness training and practice, I become more aware of the gap.  This gap is the space…