Just for now

‘Just for Now, without asking how, let yourself sink into stillness.’

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’, […]

Waiting times

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

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.

Uncertainty

When we approach uncertainty as an opportunity for further exploration, it becomes a place of creative possibility.

Magnanimous mind

The magnanimous mind invites us to take a wider perspective rather than getting constantly bogged down in the minutiae of everyday life.

Nurturing mind

‘Watching over water and over grain, shouldn’t everyone maintain the affection and kindness of nourishing children?’ Dogen Zenji, in his ‘Instructions to the Cook’ Last month we looked at joyful mind, the first of the ‘three minds’ which were recommended by the famous Zen master Dogen Zenji for the monks in his monastery. The second […]

Joyful mind

One of the easiest and most profound ways we can cultivate a joyful mind in everyday life is through pausing, taking a breath, and allowing ourselves to feel a gentle half smile in our body.