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When Emotions are Strong

I don’t seem to be able to master the walking option in this practice but have found bringing attention down to the feet helpful …
If a situation and the thoughts surrounding it are particularly difficult I suggest choosing a physical activity on which to focus your attention. This could be the sensation of walking or on the feeling of your feet against the floor. Bringing attention down to your feet can be very helpful, as many people have found when emotions are running very strongly. 

~ Padraig O’Morain

Padraig O’Morain, Mindfulness for Worriers
Image courtesy of Hunter Johnson on Unsplash


1.09 am.

1.09 am.
Sleeping deeply, eyes snap open
Heart racing, mind racing, trembling, sweating, gulping air
Panic … dying …
Sitting up; straighten back, hands in lap
Raging storm persisting
Counting breaths
One, one, two, two, three, three, four, four, five, five … one, one …
Faltering, continuing
Slowly … slowly … slowly quietening …

Photo courtesy of Roberto Tumini on Unsplash

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The Art of Breathing – Dr Danny Penman

“The secret to living mindfully. Just don’t breathe a word of it …”
There are a couple of reasons that tempted me into buying the little book, The Art of Breathing. Firstly, the name appealed and also the author has an excellent reputation within the field of mindfulness. I think too, I fell for the look of it, the gorgeous blue cover and the smaller than average size. But the content of the book does not disappoint. In fact there is a light hearted joyfulness to it which is sometimes missing in meditation and mindfulness books. In no way does the joyfulness detract from the underlying message of mindfulness or the different techniques outlined.
Without giving anything away, the opening chapter of this book is breathtaking and drew me in at the outset. The other gift in this book for me is its conciseness, its ease of reading.

Dr Danny Penman – The Art of Breathing

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Into the Heart of Mindfulness – Ed Halliwell

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 …

Ed Halliwell – Into the Heart of Mindfulness