Holding Your Feelings Gently

“… listen to your feelings, crying out to be heard, hold them ever so gently …” – thevelvetsoapbox.com

Walking Gently on this Earth

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. We have caused a lot of damage to the earth.  Now it is time to take good care of her. We bring our peace and calm to the surface of the earth and share the lesson of love.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
In writing his description of a Walking Meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us of how much we take from the earth, the damage we do to it, and how much it freely gives us. A timely reminder as we welcome Earth Day. It also reminded me how much talking and thinking about the environment I’ve done in recent times, but how when looking more closely, I realise there’s not been much doing. Hit and miss would be a fair comment, so I’m upping the ante, taking my commitment up a notch, which truth to say isn’t hard from a virtual cold start!

The Well of Being by Jean-Pierre Weill

I wasn’t going to write about a book again so soon, but when I received my copy of The Well of Being I felt I needed to share…

This book is the only book I’ve ever come across that has left me speechless and in awe. In all fairness, some of that probably has something to do with the author’s exquisite water colour illustrations (which I just love), coupled with his inquiry into the art of happiness by coming home to self, by awakening from our constructed stories; a meditator’s dream. The book has a subtle wit, beauty, and I keep coming back to it …

You can purchase a copy of The Well of Being here.

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Changing Perspective

Instead of saying ‘I can’t’ …
Try asking, ‘how can I?’

(A gentle reminder from dear friend Sandra Kelly over at http://sandrakelly.me/ who gave me a much needed nudge) 🙂

Why You Should Read Into the Heart of Mindfulness

Into the Heart of Mindfulness by Ed Halliwell is one of the best books I’ve read on meditation and mindfulness. Why?

Firstly because the author’s excellent writing skills come into play, the book is so beautifully written. Secondly, the author’s personal story of depression and anxiety and subsequent journey into mindfulness is presented with raw honesty and wisdom, and will resonate with many experiencing the same challenges. There are also clear instructions for a range of meditation practices.

In a world where meditation and mindfulness have become rather commercialised and surrounded by hype, Ed Halliwell’s book is a breath of fresh air. He talks about the hard yards of meditation and the fact that even after fifteen years of practice he still has occasional relapses. These relapses are met with mindfulness and as time goes by are decreasing in length and power.

A couple of the take home messages for me are his observations “… that I was a normal human being experiencing normal human suffering (and reacting to it unskilfully) … ” and also to “… be with whatever is happening …

For me as a meditator who has read many books on the subject, there were no negatives to this book. It’s one that will remain at the top of my reading pile, to be read again and again.

You can find more information on Ed Halliwell’s work here.
You can purchase a copy of Into the Heart of Mindfulness here.

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Benefits of the Body Scan Meditation

Body Scan Meditation is one of my favourite meditations and I think it’s a good one for people with anxiety. Why? Much of our anxiety shows up as muscle tension, although often we don’t realise just how tense we are. With this meditation, scan each part of the body starting at the feet and working your way up, but you can go the other way, head to toes. When I started using this practice I took it slowly and did short sessions. In doing so, over time something opened up. Now when I do it, I give myself plenty of time and regularly achieve deep relaxation, but it took a while to get to this stage. Whatever practice you choose, you don’t have to rush it. (Note: if you have severe anxiety you may want to consult with a professional before embarking on this meditation).meditation mindfulnessThere’s a great article about one persons’ experience of body scan meditation here …

7 Deep Breaths

From the blog of Matt Young at Melbourne Meditation Centre comes this wonderful breathing technique which is easy to do and I just love … it will take you about one minute. It’s a good one to get in the habit of doing a couple of times over the course of a day.For instructions on how to do 7 deep breaths, just click on the link here.