THE SILENT SERMON

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Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see. – John Newton. Grace is not a word we generally hear in relationship to Mindfulness practice, but of course it’s here too and accessed by attending to our present moment experience. Within our Mindfulness …

The Dark Side

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If any help was going to arrive to lift me out of my misery, it would come from the dark side of my personality. – Robert Bly   It is an extraordinary paradox that even after decades of meditation there can still be areas of our inner-life which remain untouched by the power of our practice. Meditation is not a …

This is Death

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The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague, Who shall say where the one ends and where the other begins? – Edgar Allen Poe The practice of Mindfulness and the experience of death are intimately linked. We may be using our practice to find a safe place to hide from emotion, discomfort and fear, but actually …

This is Death

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The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague, Who shall say where the one ends and where the other begins? – Edgar Allen Poe The practice of Mindfulness and the experience of death are intimately linked. We may be using our practice to find a safe place to hide from emotion, discomfort and fear, but actually …

Are We There Yet?

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Do you want to know what’s in my heart? From the beginning of time Just this! Just this! – Ryokan. The practice of Mindfulness is a wonderful paradox. We train to live in the present moment and yet we never really leave the present moment. We can’t, because there is only the present moment, there is only ‘here and now’. You can …

The Perfect Fairytale

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What in this moment is lacking? -Rinzai One of the best ways to avoid our present moment experience is by refusing to engage with it until it’s perfect. Many of us begin our mindfulness practice with the romantic idea that we can escape the messiness of our lives by diving into an ocean of pristine calm, and unwavering focus. And …

LEAP AND LET LIFE CATCH YOU

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In 2006 I spent three weeks in Mumbai attending the daily satsangs of Ramesh Balsekar, a spiritual guru in the tradition of Advaita Vedanta, and the former translator of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. He would ask us to choose an event during the day which we felt fully responsible for like choosing a dish from a menu, or crossing the busy …

The Joy of losing control

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Sitting quietly, doing nothing, the Spring comes and the grass grows all by itself. – Zen Saying One of the reasons I was originally drawn to meditation was the deep sense of meaninglessness I felt as a young boy. Life seemed to be full of pointless objects, trivial and garish “things” which seemed to serve no deeper purpose other than to stubbornly …

Steve Taylor Author Event

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Making the Leap – The Journey into Spiritual Awakening An Evening with Steve Taylor What does it mean to be spiritually awakened? What are the main aspects of spiritual awakening and how can we cultivate them? Poet and spiritual psychologist Steve Taylor will explore some of the themes of his recent books The Calm Center and The Leap. He will …

Notice your way to Freedom

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There is a popular misconception that the aim of mindfulness is to somehow stop our thoughts or switch off the mind. Perhaps we believe that to be enlightened or free we must live in a constant state of no-thinking. It’s a nice idea, and one I spent many years pursuing, but the truth is that rather than trying to prevent …