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

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 […]

Bouncy Mindfulness

Getting out of our heads and into our bodies One of the things we often talk about on our retreats and classes is checking into our bodies as it’s your body that tells you how you are. Well I wanted to share a moment with you that beautifully reminded me just how true that is. […]

Lessons in Mindfulness – The Paradox

Where are you going?  Who are you becoming ? You are going? no-where, you’ve already arrived. This moment is all that exists. The future is nothing more than a rubbish guess, it’s just a projection of your mind, and it exists no-where other than in your head. You are not ever going anywhere, because there […]

Zen and the Art of Drinking Tea

Once upon a time in ancient China there was a nun who ran a tea shop. The nun was famous throughout China because of her deep understanding of zen. It was said that she was a true zen master, that she was fully enlightened, and students of zen travelled for thousands of miles to seek […]

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’.

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 […]

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.