Seeing What is There – Self Soothing

behind the mundane
glimpse of blue
soothes a weary spirit

Who’s Really Listening?

It is intriguing in this age of modern technology where so many of us are joined at the hip with our mobile phones, laptops and numerous other devices, that one would consider asking the question, who’s really listening? Sit on a street bench and watch the world go by and you’ll see people juggling a number of conversations all at the same time, face to face, on mobiles and laptop computers.

meditationSo who‘s giving and who’s receiving total attention; and if we’re not listening with utmost attention, what‘s the impact on the people involved? What message does it send to the person who’s trying to speak to us?

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Silencing the Inner Bully

I never thought I was a bully until I listened to how I spoke to myself.  I think I owe myself an apology. – Anita Opper

self-respectLeft speechless; unable to move for quite some time when this quote appeared in a feed. Is it the experience of having been bullied that makes this quote resonate so deeply? Or is it simply the power of words or ideas expressed with such clarity and truth? I don’t know. Whatever it is, I’m thankful for it …

Practising Mindfulness in Everyday Life

“We can cultivate our well-being by concretely applying mindfulness to our daily living” – Thich Nhat Hanh

mindful livingDo you apply yourself to informal mindfulness, or like me, has your focus been on sitting practice?

When I look back over 30 plus years of meditation, I wonder why it’s not produced better results. In all fairness, the first thirty years I only practised off and on. The last three years, my daily commitment has been very strong.  For all that, I think I’ve bombed out a little on taking meditation and mindfulness into daily life, into the very place it needs to be.  So, next step for me is setting up reminders, or prompts. Wonder how I’ll go … Read more…

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

walking gently on the earth

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 to lift our game as we welcome Earth Day.

The Well of Being by Jean-Pierre Weill

The Well of BeingThis 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 …

Seeing What is There … Nature’s Gifts

Nature creates her own art … if only we pause to look …

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?

Into the Heart of MindfulnessFirstly 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’s also clear instructions for a range of meditation practices.  Read more…

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. Read more…