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Strengthening teaching integrity through practice, inquiry and community.

Mindful Academy Solterreno Teachers Sit with Inquiry: A review of a COVID-19 support for MBSR Teachers. Open Groups for Mindfulness Teachers Background When COVID-19 and the consequential nationwide 'lockdowns' landed with us in Europe, I was in Spain, completing my work as a trainer of MBSR teachers with the Mindful Academy Solterreno. Amidst the shock and disbelief, from this 'home-base', I was also drawn to being part of a creative and flexible response for our international teacher training community. Together with the Director of the Mindful Academy Solterreno, we adapted our MBSR teacher training retreats for online delivery. The initial…

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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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Remembering the power of simply being.

"Draw alongside the silence of stone Until its calmness can claim you. Be excessively gentle with yourself.   Stay clear of those vexed in spirit. Learn to linger around someone of ease Who feels they have all the time in the world.   Gradually you will return to yourself, Having learned a new respect for your heart And the joy that dwells far within slow time."   - John O'Donohue, A Blessing for One who is Exhausted.    These words stopped me in my tracks today.  Sometimes words have that power to bring us back to remember what matters.  To…

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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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