Lifestyle · Mindfulness · Self Esteem

My Body, My Temple

These past few weeks I have been engaging more with the feelings and sensations of my own body through mindful movement. It is interesting moving mindfully. What usually can seem like a normal step during a walk suddenly becomes an entire experience, with an open awareness of how each muscle in the foot expands and… Continue reading My Body, My Temple

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

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Being Patient In The Face of Impatience

Impatience. That niggling feeling that just seems to continuously nag until you feel it rise and take you away in its wave of wanting a situation, feeling, or both to simply change. To be something else. To be what it currently is not. It can be extremely difficult to be patient in the face of… Continue reading Being Patient In The Face of Impatience

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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

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The Triple A: Awareness, Acceptance, Action

Today I’m writing about the Triple A: my shortform for Awareness, Acceptance and Action. These three elements often interlink and are an important part to a mindful and fulfilling life. In any given situation where an action has resulted, we are to varying degrees aware of our state and situation, then accepting of the situation… Continue reading The Triple A: Awareness, Acceptance, Action

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What Is Mindfulness Like?: A Diary Recording

This morning, I woke up, got ready and left the house to catch the train, only to miss it by 30 seconds. It wouldn’t have been a big deal but living outside of the city meant the next train would be another 40 minutes. I felt angry. I’d woken up early on a Sunday for… Continue reading What Is Mindfulness Like?: A Diary Recording

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The Lessons Of Life: Are You Listening?

I have thought of the universe like a giant classroom. In that classroom are many students. The lesson being taught is Life. Many of us may have asked what the point to life is – what is the grand answer to this extensive lesson? We’ve even seen references to it in pop culture like A… Continue reading The Lessons Of Life: Are You Listening?

Mental Health · Mindfulness · Self Esteem

Removing the Taboo for Mental Health Awareness Week

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, a week like no other but when everyone opens their eyes to what is there, each and every day. Human suffering. Our silent suffering. Wounds on the body being visible may be treated, stitched together. But our minds…what lies within are invisible to all. And worst of all sometimes our… Continue reading Removing the Taboo for Mental Health Awareness Week

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If you need space, look for nothing

Work, family life, remembering appointments, meeting professional and personal deadlines, doing chores, rushing around…sometimes you just want to shout, ‘Stop!’ and for everything to halt. You need space but don’t have time for a holiday. You need space and you just can’t find it. On weekend and the weekend before, I had been clearing the… Continue reading If you need space, look for nothing

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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 is 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