What is Real Right Now?

What is Real Right Now?

The other day I was feeling particularly overwhelmed by things – my feelings, my chattering mind and my perception of the world around me. It’s at these times that my general wellbeing can be balanced on a knife edge; either I will fall deeper into the chatter of my mind and get horribly lost or my […]

Disobedience and compassion

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 […]

forgiveness

Resentment and the Power of Forgiveness

A few years ago, whilst attending my first retreat, I sat listening to one of Adrian’s talks and I remember him asking us all “Is anyone here holding onto resentments?” Quite a few people raised their hand (I’ll come back to whether I did or not in a moment). With hands raised and resentments being […]

The Angry Head Monster

Beware the Head Monsters – The Angry Monster

You need to watch out for this one, you REALLY must, because the angry head monster is a really nasty one. It’s responsible for so much suffering in the world and along with is close cousin the hate monster, it’s the cause of wars and conflicts everywhere. Every conflict begins with an angry thought which […]

be mindful of the worry monster

Beware the Head Monsters – The Worry Monster

Do you have monsters living in your head? Come on own up, we’ve all got them. We’ve all got monsters living in our head and unless you practice mindfulness, there really is no escape!Head monsters come in many shapes and sizes, they lurk in the shadows of your mind and they creep up on you […]

The Trying Trap

The ‘Trying Trap’

It may seem obvious that the characteristic state of thoughtless awareness that is Mindfulness dissolves ego: the journey is one of ‘unbecoming’ as we let go of who we thought we were, along with the associated limitations we have allowed to be set of ourselves along the way.  But this lifelong process can be hugely […]

The Four Skills of Mindfulness

I’m really excited to be sharing this addition to The Portal with you. It’s the first piece provided by our friend Oli Doyle from the other side of the globe! Check out his Contributor Profile for more about his work and now enjoy this wonderful piece giving you some beautifully simple Mindfulness tools. SophieLiving a […]

A lesson in awareness

The tale of an old man’s bag – A lesson in awareness

On my commute to work this morning I was presented with a rather wonderful opportunity. My journey requires a change of trains and a short walk up the stairs over the footbridge and down the other side.Half way up the stairs I found an old man struggling with a heavy bag. A queue was forming […]