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 …

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 …