2016 – Darkness before the Dawn

Are you suffering death-weariness and gloom-weariness from the last year? The theme of 2016 for many of us has been about loss and disappointment – even fear. However, the sheer weight of ‘bad things happening’ might actually hold a fundamental message of hope for us all. Back in January I wrote a popular post named Death and David Bowie and the …

6. Believing Our Own Hype

“We see the world not as it is, but as we are.”  This quote by Anais Nin lies at the heart of our struggles in life.  The inference here is that we create our reality based upon our own conceptual framework, rather than objectively perceiving what is ‘really out there’.   I love this quote because it turns our perceptions …

5. Inner Truce

Is there a way of meeting the difficulties in our lives that would limit the amount of stress they cause us?  Is it possible to field the inevitable challenges of life without the added suffering of rumination, reactivity and anxiety? As well as all the good stuff, life is full of challenges.  Each day most of us struggle to some extent with …

4. The Trouble with Reacting…

How does it feel to be really relaxed and calm?  What are the features of this state?  In order to tease out this question I would like to offer the following hypothesis: “Calmness is any moment where I do not need to react in order to get rid of anything that is here, or react in order to get anything …

3. Stuck in Our Heads

The mind/body debate almost sounds cliche these days, relegated to a new age fantasy that can easily be dismissed.  However, more and more scientific research is suggesting that our bodies and minds work perfectly symbiotically as opposed to one being the important one (the mind) and the other merely being the vehicle (the poor old body). Mind over Matter As …

2. What Prevents us Living Life Fully?

It’s a no-brainer that we should do our best to show up for and enjoy our finite lives.  This is not a spiritual or esoteric idea, it is simply common sense.  Mindfulness is all about training our minds to be able to show up and get to know more about how we, ourselves work. This article is one of a …

1. Why Practice Mindfulness?

In this series of blogs I will describe the main aspects of what really happens on a Mindfulness Course. It will hopefully give those thinking about doing a course a much deeper insight, those on a course some reflection and those who have completed a course some revision.  The first thing we do on a mindfulness course is practice. We …

Death and David Bowie

It seems that this is the season of death, with Lemmy, Bowie and Alan Rickman dying in quick succession.  Particularly, the outpouring of shock and grief at the passing of David Jones early Monday morning resonated into Princess Dianaesque proportions, albeit a much cooler version. In my pursuit of making sense of it all I realised that Bowie had one …

New Years Mind Diet Anyone?

So how are you getting on with your New Years Resolutions? At this time of year, after the inevitable splurge of the festive season, many of us feel the need to purge ourselves with some austere diet. These often prove painful and useless.  Maybe we need a different approach? Train Body or Mind? It is not that all diets are …