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.

Cultivating connections

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

Graciousness

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

The wolf of love

There is an old American Indian story about a beloved Elder, a grandmother, who was asked one day how she’d managed to become such a wise, respected and contented woman.

Mindful communication

One of the most challenging circumstances for practising mindfulness, at least for me, is in the midst of a difficult conversation.

Pausing

Between stimulus and response there is a space.

In that space is our power to choose our response.

Secret history

‘If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.’

Mindful listening

We all know people who only seem to be listening to us in order to jump in at the first opportunity and start telling their own story. Perhaps we even do this ourselves at times?

Presence

‘The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.’ Thich Nhat Hanh What does it mean, to be present? In one sense we are, of course, always present. Where else could we possibly be? Yet we probably all know the feeling of […]

Tuning in

There are many reasons why someone chooses to take up a meditation practice, but an underlying motivation might be a desire to either tune out, or to tune in. While some meditation traditions encourage their practitioners to aim for ‘special’ states which help them to tune out from everyday concerns, mindfulness meditation is very much […]