Who am I?

Mike Kewley Blog Post

The spiritual journey collapses in on itself. To make real progress and taste our deeper freedom we must wind our attention back into ourselves, rather than fixing it on the outside world. We must find the centre of the circle and locate the seeker who is seeking, the person who is suffering, the ego which is unenlightened. So often in this …

The End of Bliss

Mike Kewley Blog Post

There’s a huge assumption in spiritual circles that once our practice is going well we should begin experiencing bliss. This is based in idea that the more “spiritually advanced” or “awakened” we become, the more life reveals itself to be an ever-lasting lollipop of happiness, joy and lightness. If we are not experiencing this then something must be wrong. Wrong …

The Joy of Separation

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We may believe that we are separate from the rest of this vast spinning universe, but actually the universe itself has never experienced such a thing. It cannot, because it is a unified whole. Genuine separation – as a findable thing in itself – does not exist. But what does exist is the felt sense, feeling and belief that we …

Be Yourself

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  We are not the Sages we read about in books. We can never be Ramana, Buddha or Christ. The red blood of their lives has faded to ink on paper. No, we cannot become another. So we must be ourselves. Nothing else will do. And to be ourselves we must be radical and brave, but ordinary too; No show, …

The Hard Yards

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The Buddha died from food poisoning, Socrates drank hemlock, Christ was crucified, Al-hallaj was executed. Ramakrishna, Ramana, Gurdjieff and Nisargadatta all succumbed to cancer. We love the idea that we can somehow by-pass our ordinary lives by leaping into spiritual beliefs and practices designed to free us from our suffering. We are drawn to anything which promises the good news …

Let’s begin

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Everything we require is here and now: Our breath is here and now, Our body is here and now, Our suffering is here and now, Our awareness is here and now. How marvellous. So let’s begin here and now. Why wait for future perfection When freedom is ever present?

No Separation

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When we conceive of ourselves as separate from others, separate from the world, separate from the movement of life and pulse of the universe, then we view everything through this lens of division. First we divide ourselves up into the bits we like versus the bits we don’t like and then project this fight into the world. This battle within …

How Mindfulness Heals

Mike Kewley Blog Post

When relating to our own pain and discomfort, mindfulness can at first seem counterintuitive. We are so used to pushing our pain away, ignoring it, or blocking it out with various coping mechanisms which do not relieve the root causes. In Mindfulness practice we do something different, something radical and new. Rather than ignore our pain we bring an awareness …

Practicing Dullness

Mike Kewley Blog Post

Some years ago, when I still had something called ‘free time’ I would often stretch my daily meditation to an hour or more. This was always a rare opportunity to move deeper into my practice, exploring it further. I remember on one particular occasion when, having the apartment to myself, I sat down and enjoyed the luxury of a Mindfulness …

The Value of the Wandering Mind

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Remember that just because your mind wanders during your meditation practice it does not mean that you’re doing it wrong, or that you should stop. One of the basic skills of mindfulness is to cultivate an awareness of this wandering mind without reacting to it. Wisdom and happiness are not accidental but direct results of seeing the mind at work …