meditation 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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New Year – New Beginnings 2017

Pic: Taken from the Hill of Uisneach, 1 Jan 2017.  Approaching the end of one year, we usually anticipate the beginning of another. Full of possiblity. We may compile our resolutions. We may set new intentions. We may renew old ones. Though the days are lengthening gradually, January can feel grey and dark for me. The process of setting intentions at this time of year offers me a way to create and see light that is also present. Yet every moment, every breath, is an opporunity to begin again. It really is. I love when I remember this mantra! In…

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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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