Our Inner Critic

In today's monthly meditation session, we looked at the inner critic - you know the one I mean? It's the soundtrack of your mind that has an opinion on everything (or so it would seem!)

 

We'd first encountered the topic of the inner critic / voice when reading The Untethered Soul (by Michael A Singer) in our group reading guide a couple of years ago.

 

Some of us have managed to befriend this voice, even so far as giving it a name. I know my writing mentor has done this too and says that it is most definitely a 'he' that shows up.

 

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What do you REALLY need?

Last night saw women from previous mindfulness courses attend for a A Mindful Top-up


As with any new endeavour, there's always the 'honeymoon period' and we have good intentions to continue with a chosen practice or activity.

All too soon, our tendencies and our defaults creep back in and it becomes harder and harder to maintain the enthusiasm, especially once outside the regular weekly classes now that they've finished.

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A Mindful Top-up

The most recent course of A Mindful Woman finished with joy and with sadness.

 

Joy that the women who attended received so much benefit from the sessions.

 

Sadness in that the sessions themselves had come to an end.

 

Just one of many testimonials can be seen within the image (above) and as a result of the wonderful feedback, I have decided to create something new.

 

A Mindful Top-up

 

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New Meditation Focus

Last Saturday saw the last mind-training slogan (Lojong) in our monthly meditation sessions. We have been using these pithy little reminders for two years, which are teachings condensed into a one-line reminder. Having covered 24 of the 59 little gems (in no particular order), the time has come to create space for new ways of reflecting.

 

There is nothing stagnant about a meditation practice: as explained to the wonderful group of women on Saturday, it is ever evolving and can arise in any given moment wherever we find ourselves.

 

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Emergency Refuge Area

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On my recent return journey from my family vacation (which was rather wonderful – 2 weeks unplugged in Devon and Dorset), I noticed some new areas on the motorway.

 

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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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