Nurturing life

When we become more mindful and slow down, we have more opportunities to notice ways in which we can nurture life – and each one of these can have ripple effects for years to come, as the gift of a salvia cutting by my friend has done.

Warm-hearted attention

‘Attention without feeling, I began to learn, is only a report. An openness — an empathy — was necessary if the attention was to matter.’ Mary Oliver

Receptive spaciousness

‘Presence is the bare awareness of the receptive spaciousness of our mind.’ Daniel Siegel, The Mindful Brain

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.