The wisdom of not knowing

 The wisdom of not knowing lies in the humility of accepting that we don’t have all the answers and can’t single-handedly solve complex problems.

Back to basics

  For the past few months, I have gone back to focusing on counting the breath during my meditation, which is a form of meditation I probably first learnt more than thirty years ago. For this practice, the focus is on the breath out, and to help with concentration, I count a slow, silent ‘one’, […]

Cultivating connections

‘The most precious thing we can give to another is our presence, which contributes to the collective energy of mindfulness and peace.’

Waiting times

Many of us do yearn for a sense of stillness among all the rushing around, some time for quiet reflection and rest.

Wise hope

‘Everywhere I looked, hope existed – but only as some kind of green shoot in the midst of struggle.’

Valuing deeply

‘We must look at our life without sentimentality, exaggeration or idealism. Does what we are choosing reflect what we most deeply value?’

An antidote to busyness

‘Zazen (sitting meditation) is in and of itself the alternative to our usual state of grasping, clinging, and goal-orientated life in general. By sitting down, we have arrived.’ Barry Magid

The middle way

The middle way is like a perfectly tuned violin string – not so taut that it produces a shrill sound, but also not too lose so it can’t be played on.

Graciousness

When I think of people who seem to embody mindfulness, something they share in common is the quality of graciousness.