The Life-Changing Art of Paying Attention

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Mindfulness isn’t about chasing mystical experiences, but the down to earth practice of paying attention to your own life, as it unfolds in each moment. The tragedy is that we spend so little time fully available to our present moment experience, that we essentially miss life as it happens in front of us. If we haven’t noticed the dance, then …

The Big Picture

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Mindfulness practice can often seem like a selfish activity because we are choosing to spend time alone, away from others, to cultivate and develop our own mental and emotional wellbeing. But is it only through the dedicated activity of silently observing our own mind, emotions and body at work, that we can begin to understand the minds, emotions and bodies …

Let go into Everything.

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It’s common for those who practice mindfulness to experience all kinds of interesting and curious sensations. There are even those who may have mystical experiences of merging with everything around them and becoming part of something bigger. There is a hidden danger to these experiences. Rather than freeing us, they can act as quicksand, sucking us in rather than moving …

Ordinary Awareness

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The awareness we use to observe our breath in meditation is the same awareness which is reading these words right now. It’s not a special awareness but the ordinary awareness which is present whilst washing the dishes, speaking to a friend or driving a car. It’s always here, always observing, regardless of the activity we’re engaged in. This ordinary, everyday …

Contradictions

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At the age of twenty-two I returned to the Isle of Man after seven months of travelling in India and Nepal. I meditated, wore the right clothes, read the right books and could even talk a good talk about life, the universe and everything. I was full to the brim with spiritual ideas and thought of myself as a genuine …

Finding the Middle Way Through Metacognitive Attention

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The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence. – Krishnamurti.   I’ll never forget the moment I came across a grainy black and white photograph showing a line of young Jewish women, heads shaven and naked, walking in single file towards the pit where they were about to be executed by their Nazi guards. I was …

How to Be (with yourself)

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  “I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me” – Herman Hesse. Like most new parents I’m continually impressed with the ease at which our three year old boy lives his life. He is absolutely grounded in his body where his feelings and emotions flow without restraint. …

Big Problem.

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“This is a PROBLEM!!!!” we often say, as if the word “Problem” comes with a huge full stop at the end of it. When we have problems they feel real and heavy, fixed and solid. But the next time you feel weighed down by a Problem. just remember that nothing can exist in isolation. Anything which we perceive as problematic …

The Sword of Awareness

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If it’s true that we human beings are the most evolved life-form in the universe then it’s also true that we rarely live up to our own hype. We may believe that we stand far above the ants and dogs but just like them we are deeply conditioned by our genes, biology, upbringing, environment and psychology. Our lives are largely …

Awakening and the Value of Being Disturbed

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Small doubt, small enlightenment, Big doubt, big enlightenment. – Zen Saying. I’ve met many spiritual practitioners recently who have stopped watching the news and reading the papers because they felt it was a negative influence on their lives and worldview. In fact just the other day I saw a Facebook post from a popular Western yoga teacher encouraging people to …