In the Beginning there was….

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ― Aristotle In the beginning, there was….. A raisin. “A what? What on earth are you going on about?” Let me explain and it will all become clear. One of the first; possibly the most basic of all mindfulness practices, is called the Raisin Practice. It is […]

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Body Scan at the Check Out

“Daily life is better when it involves interactions with real people who have a personal investment in their labour, like shopkeepers, than it is with someone ‘just doing my job’ or the infernal self-checkout machine. Julian Baggini “Get out of the way, you  “A-hole”, was the expression shouted across the supermarket. I was out shopping; […]

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Tips for dealing with anxiety

“Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.” ― Charles Haddon Spurgeon A chance comment at the weekend sparked a long conversation on the causes of anxiety and how to cope with it. It is not often that you find yourself in the depths of a conversation […]

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The monkey mind

“I am burdened with what the Buddhists call the ‘monkey mind’ — the thoughts that swing from limb to limb, stopping only to scratch themselves, spit and howl.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love I don’t know about you, but my mind can be a jumble of disconnected thoughts on a daily; hourly or even […]

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The dark mind of fear

“The mind of man is capable of anything.” ― Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness The time after the Christmas break always seems to bring with it the darkest part of the winter season and also the darkest time for many people. The seasonal celebrations are over. The presents have been put away or exchanged. The […]

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