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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Visual Meditation

This Saturday (08 October), I shall be introducing my monthly meditation group to a new meditation practice. A visual one.

 

Some may think that meditation is simply sitting - that's it.

 

Well, in essence it is, but it isn't.

 

I teach Shamatha (Calm Abiding / Shinay (Tib) meditation. Which means 'with support'.

 

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108 Minutes of Meditation

Today, Saturday 02 July, I was joined by a team of very wonderful and generous people in order to sit and meditate for a total of 108 minutes.

 

For anyone who has ever tried meditation, or meditates regularly, you will know that this is no easy feat.

 

Why 108? As our endeavours were undertaken to raise funds for the Tibet Relief Fund, the 108 is significant to the number of beads found on a mala.

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Looking at life through a coloured lens

In this week's Meditation & More session, our focus was turned to the Lojong slogan - "Three objects, three poisons, three seeds of virtue", and for this, I used some coloured masks to convey the teaching as though we are looking at life through a coloured lens. As a visual learner, I'm always looking for ways to support this, even in meditation.

 

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