‘Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.’ Thich Nhat Hanh
It is helpful, in our own meditation, to rest consciously in the pause between the breath, to allow ourselves to feel comfortable with this in-between space.
One of the most popular meditations for developing this concentration of mind is one called ‘counting the breath’.
The breath is a wonderful object of meditation because it is always with us, it’s rhythmical, and it connects us intimately with our bodies and our surroundings.
‘When one door of happiness closes, another one opens, but often we look so long at the closed door we do not see the one that has been opened for us.’ Helen Keller One of the effects of being under a lot of stress is that our focus can become quite narrow. We tend to […]
He had been quiet for most of the morning, thoughtfully taking part in the meditations and discussions; not withdrawn, but not very talkative either. Compared to the other carers, who had stress etched deep into their faces and bodies, he appeared quite calm. Recently, he and his wife had taken their first holiday in eighteen […]