Yoga, Mental Health & Michael Stone

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My personal world was rocked recently. It all started on Friday 14 July when a post on my social media newsfeed had such impact, that everything went to freeze-frame for what felt like a lengthy time.

 

A teacher, an inspiration, it's difficult to find the appropriate way to describe him, Michael Stone was all this and more, was said to be on life support in a coma in hospital.

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Meditation on Oneness

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The women's meditation group that meets once-a-month in Central Watford, is currently working its way through Christina Feldman's book: Woman Awake.

 

It is creating something of a hotbed of discussion within our group, especially on typical themes of women's lives.

 

So what does this have to do with meditation?

 

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Woman Awake

Well, it's hello and goodbye.

 

Last Saturday, the Meditation & More group finished our reading guide - The Untethered Soul (Michael A Singer). Despite personal preferences, it has offered us a very rich source of topics for discussion. On Saturday, Chapter 17 (Contemplating Death), prompted much debate.

 

In particular, what stops us living a life of no regret or fear? How not to fear death, if we are living a  life that's full. "It shouldn't take death to challenge you to live your life at your highest level." (p158)

 

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A Mindful Woman

A Mindful Woman is a 5-week introduction to mindfulness for women, which starts on Monday 08 May at 19.30.

 

As a woman, are you...

 

Managing pain, juggling more thoughts than humanly (womanly) possible, or simply looking to find clarity in your life? If your life looks anything like the meme below, then perhaps you need to consider joining us.

 

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Sun & Moon Breath in Italy

The foundation of yoga is the breath. It is also an important aspect as a means of support for meditation too. So throughout your time on retreat at the Watermill, you will hear me mention the breath an awful lot.

 

We often give it very little regard unless we have a heavy cold and therefore blocked sinuses, or we may have asthma or other respiratory conditions.

 

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Attachments: what are you clinging to?

Goodness me, 18 January already - this month feels like it's marching ahead with some kind purpose (or is that just me?)

 


Classes are all now underway and it's good to see many students who've returned following our break for the New Year, and it's also so lovely to meet those who are new or returning after a break of a period of time.

 


Today I have shifted my 'office' to a temporary setting (the sofa). Sometimes you just have to acknowledge that you need a little more care.

 

 

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Conscious Journaling

So much of our time is spent in front of one sort of screen or another - it's either our phones, laptops or even both at the same time. The one thing that is the same is the way we input what we wish to write - via a keypad or keyboard.

 

Whilst fast and efficient (I still remember my RSA Shorthand and Typing training days on a manual typewriter!) it is more a linear approach.

 

When we swap out our keypad for a pen (pencil, crayon, whatever is close to hand), it accesses a different part of the brain - and more importantly, it can be the subconscious part.

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Meditation: How we bring our life onto the cushion

2016 is probably going to be marked as the year that has seen so many upsets. From the loss of so many well known stars that we've all adored right across to the political spectrum producing shocking results.

 

One thing that's something of a constant is that voice that says, "it shouldn't be like this".

 

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