Meditation

Challenges during meditation practice

Recently I spent a lovely weekend staying at an old manor house in the British countryside with many friends. We began discussing meditation and I shared some of my insights from my current mindfulness masters degree studies. They shared stories about their meditation practice. A few asked questions about how to deal with different issues… Continue reading Challenges during meditation practice

Mindfulness

From Blog to Masters 1 year 9 months later

I’m sharing a self indulgent post this week, around 1 year and 9 months after I started this blog about happiness and mindfulness. Last weekend marked new territory for me as I began my journey in studying for an MSc in Studies In Mindfulness. Having practised mindfulness for 10 years now, mainly through self learning,… Continue reading From Blog to Masters 1 year 9 months later

Meditation · Mental Health · Mindfulness

Meditating during stressful times

Last week, I did not create a post, which is a rare occurrence. Writing a blog about meditation, mindfulness and happiness caused quite a stir with me last week as I was having a busy time at work, experienced some amount of poor health and had so many dreams at night that I didn’t feel… Continue reading Meditating during stressful times

Happiness · Meditation · Mental Health · Mindfulness

The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Today I’m reviewing The Joy of Living : Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Eric Swanson. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a revered Tibetan Buddhist master who acquired knowledge in neuroscience, studying alongside leaders in the field. The Joy of Living is curated by Eric Swanson from transcripts by the… Continue reading The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Creativity · Happiness · Meditation · Self Esteem

Musical Meditation: The Blues Harmonica

One night last year, I awoke from a spectacular dream. I had been playing blues on the harmonica in the spotlight on a small stage with an audience cheering me on. Upon awakening, I immediately decided that I needed to learn the harmonica and an hour later I had signed up to group lessons. Little… Continue reading Musical Meditation: The Blues Harmonica

Meditation · Mental Health · Mindfulness · Self Esteem

Silencing the Inner Storm

Life has been pretty chaotic lately and I couldn’t help but thinking about a saying that goes along the lines of, ‘You should meditate for at least 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy…then you should meditate for an hour’. I felt so full of work and other stresses that it came as a… Continue reading Silencing the Inner Storm

Meditation · Mental Health · Mindfulness

The Dark Side of Mindfulness

We can think of mindfulness as a practice that brings only calm, happiness and joy. The reality of it, however, can be quite different. Whilst mindfulness does bring a sense of wellbeing to those practicing it, few mention the dark side of mindfulness. I am halfway through an MBSR course to deepen my experience of… Continue reading The Dark Side of Mindfulness

Lifestyle · Meditation · Mindfulness

Present Moment, Wonderful Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh: Book Review

I have finished reading a delightful book by Vietnamese-born monk, Thich Nhat Hanh (also known as Thay), who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King in 1967. He currently resides in Plum Village, France. Present Moment, Wonderful Moment┬áis the second book that I have read by Thay. Present Moment, Wonderful Moment… Continue reading Present Moment, Wonderful Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh: Book Review

Lifestyle · Meditation · Mindfulness

My Experience At A 3 Day Silent Retreat

I had booked myself onto a silent retreat last year and for many months had been looking forward to the event. As last year had been a difficult year, I craved quiet and alone time. But as 2017 awakened, so too did the ease and flow of life that I finally found myself feeling quite… Continue reading My Experience At A 3 Day Silent Retreat

Meditation

The Meditation Mix-Tape

‘Meditation is boring’. ‘I can’t stay awake’. ‘Are the 10 minutes over yet?’ These are the wonderful sounds of the beginner meditator. I have been there many times over and on a sleepy day I can still have issues of staying awake as the beautiful, calming effect of meditation sets in. But thankfully there’s a… Continue reading The Meditation Mix-Tape