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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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Gladdening the Mind

  Inspired by Tara Brach talk: Happy for No Reason, Part 2.   "When you go to a garden do you look at thorns or flowers? Spend more time with roses and jasmine" -Rumi Awareness is the intention of mindfulness practice. And working with what is there is also part of the moment and the practice. We know now of the 'darkside' of neuroplasticity: our biological negativity bias primes us to pay most attention to threat and danger. Unaware  we allow that bias to become the habit of mind. Awareness invites us to tune into those habitual patterns: we notice the mind's…

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