Mindfulness Accreditation or Suffocation

Sometimes I am asked “are your classes accredited?” or “are you qualified to teach mindfulness?” to which I reply – “Most definitely not!”. Questions like these are good for my mindfulness training because they trigger powerful emotions that I need to be mindful of, and sit with, and process consciously.  So they are helpful in […]

Surrender

While writing this I’m laying down with a bad back. I’ve now been off work for a week which years ago would have been a massive problem for me, my mind would have told me ‘you can’t be off work you’re too busy, you’ve got bills to pay etc’. So then, not only am I […]

Mindful Friends Retreat

Thank you everyone who came on our first retreat of the summer. What an amazing weekend. You are a great bunch and it was an absolute joy to have you. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful mindfulness practitioners and teachers who made the weekend such a success, what a team.       There […]

Breathing Meditation

This breathing meditation is one of the most simple but also one of the most useful mindfulness meditation exercises that you can do. It teaches you how to observe and to let go of thoughts and is great training for keeping your attention in the present moment. If you were to download this 10 minute […]

Top Tip #10

You can’t understand meditation because meditation is nothing to do with understanding. Understanding is something completely different, it has a place, but it is not meditation. Meditation happens when you are not understanding, meditation is a state of awareness that arises when your mind is quiet, when you are not thinking; understanding is just more thinking […]

Disobedience and the cultivation of compassion

If you only got into Mindfulness because you had tried everything else and were desperate to find relief from your mental suffering, to escape some neurosis, or you simply wanted to quieten your mind so that you could get the edge in a competitive world, then you need to understand one thing now. Before you […]

Do You Possess Things Or Do Things Possess You?

Sometimes people get quite upset when I explore this in my my talks, but long ago I decided to continue, if I upset you then so be it. I have a responsibility to tell you just the same.It is my job to upset you, to shake the very foundations of what you call reality, it […]

Nothing To Fear

As human beings we are blessed with the ability to feel a whole array of emotions but yet we are programmed to flee from the very blessing that makes us human. Why are we so fearful of emotions? We enter life free of judgement, free of restrictions and barriers, but as we start to make […]

Trust and a Puffer Fish

We are programmed to strive and chase, to try and ‘take control’, to achieve more, to constantly try and be someone ‘better’. It’s a tiring and impossible task don’t you think! So many of us arrive at a place where we are lost as what to do – how do we fill this ‘hole’ that our […]

Greater Mind Retreat – Sept 2014

With a blindfold covering their eyes and ear plugs cancelling out the noise, doctor Michel Berg sat in his laboratory at the university of Strasbourg and began to think. Nearly 5000 miles away at a research facility in Kerala India, Spanish scientist Dr Alejandro Riera wearing a cap of electrodes also started to think. Over […]