allowing Category

Joyful effort in the face of apathy

November to February is my least favourite time of year.  I feel a natural decline in mood and increase in apathy.  It's the best word to describe this kind of personal dissociation that is one of my many afflictions.  I've felt it creeping around for a while and especially this week.  It's that 'I don't care about anything much and couldn't be bothered with or about anything either'. I find myself sucked into unhelpful nothingness of social media scrolling and escapeful TV that demand zero engagement or activity.  I see it. And slowly, this seeing without judging the apathy pokes…

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The mindful invitation: Finding the funnies & deflating difficulties?

Inspired by words of others yet again.  I am reading 'the Book of Joy' - a book of sharing insights from a week they spent in conversation together, the Dalai Lama & Archbishop Tutu.  From lifetimes of living with the full complexities of life.  Their fierce compassion, courage, heart and hope rings out - and in stark contrast to messages from other 'great world leaders' at this point in our histories.  We have a choice.  What do we choose to cultivate? Where do we make our steps from?  A place of compassion and connection?  Or a place of fear and…

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Why retreat?

  Reading Sylvia Boorsteins's: Don't just do something, sit there - I am inspired to remember the value of periodic retreats. Paraphrasing Sylvia and integrating with my own ponderings: So why practice 'in seclusion' rather than 'in the midst of life'? On retreat, we are freed of the usual diversions and distractions.  There is no place to hide.  We open to the possibility of knowing ourselves a bit better. Really we practice seeing how things are rather that how we are. In our day to day lives we complicate our moments, spinning up elaborate productions and the mind becomes confused and fatigued.…

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It’s not working!

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/07/are-you-trying-to-escape/   How often have we cried out this lament about our fledgling mindfulness meditation practice? I know I have. I still get overwhelmed, get sucked back into autopilot habits of reactivity of overworking, overthinking and over critiquing. 'It's not working' - I can hear the whisper of judging mind in the background - and it quickly spirals to inner critic who laments  'I'm no good at this'. When we practice, we learn the intention of mindfulness is simply awareness. Accepting what is here without the need to change it. So today I welcome the 'it's not working' thinking since it may…

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Surrender to what is

Allow - a poem by Danna Faulds   "There is no controlling life. Try corralling a lightning bolt, containing a tornado. Dam a stream and it will create a new channel.  Resist, and the tide will sweep you off your feet.  Allow, and the grace will carry you to higher ground. The only safety lies in letting in all in - the wild and the weak; fear, fantasies, failures and success. When loss rips off the doors of the heart, or sadness veils your vision with despair, practice becomes simply bearing the truth.  In the choice to let go of your…

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