I was in a lot of pain recently, waiting for the pain relief to kick in when I realised I was fighting it with my mind ( ‘oh no what if I can’t.....I don’t want to feel like this.....this is so unfair.....why me?.....will this make it go away? ‘ Etc). Suddenly I remembered mindfulness so I… Continue reading Mind Full Of Pain
I’ve been very lucky to have supervision at work with Sue G. who also teaches / practices mindfulness. Together we have come up with some great ideas on how to be a little more mindful at work:Mindfulness Bell clock on the computer (download for free and create your own timing). This is a great little… Continue reading More Mindful At Work
Phew....it's tricky getting back into getting everyone (including me!) to work and school on time! Something I have found so useful....especially when we are running late and I want to deliver that all-time lecture to the kids!....is to breathe out to the very last bit of air I have at least 3 times! For a more… Continue reading Mindful Monday Mornings
Have you noticed that mindfulness helps you deal with strong emotions? Occasionally in the last couple of months I have been overwhelmed with a strong unpleasant emotion......and I have to say initially disappointed that mindfulness didn't help me to AVOID feeling that bad!!! So the strength of the emotion is still there.....but somehow all of… Continue reading More Mindful Meltdowns
I had some fun tracking down the tea ceremony and discovered this great website with loads of readings from Tarchin Hearn: http://greendharmatreasury.org/ Happy Reading!!
I did a great grounding ceremony today that apparently Tarchan Hearn teaches ( I couldn’t find a reference online) where just as with the raisin activity in the blog above (thank you Permaculture Tales!) you do the same with a cup of tea; engage all of the senses and really take your time to take each sip…..then it was beautiful to imagine the tea as symbolising peace and offering this to yourself and to the world. Thanks Sue….I aim to put this into place with my cups of tea!
This week I went to a workshop on Tasting Mindfulness, organised by Tasting the Future. I’d booked onto the workshop as it was billed as an introduction to mindful eating and how it links to sustainable food. Mindfulness and sustainable food are two things I am very interested in so this seemed like synchronicity. I am also currently thinking about how I can integrate mindfulness into my permaculture diploma.
The workshop was led by Rachel Lilley, who it turns out has a background in permaculture. She took us through some simple mindful eating exercises. We started with a raisin – a little morsel with hidden depths. From looking, touching, smelling, tasting to slowly eating, I experienced a raisin like never before! Eating in this way brings forward all the nuances of flavour and texture, which are hard to taste and feel when you are wolfing down a meal.
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I just love this post on the science of loving kindness meditation!! http://dereksdharma.wordpress.com/
I was walking along with my kids one Monday evening and with a jolt out of my inner ramblings I realised the river had flowed the day before!! We had celebrated the rain and hoped the river would flow.....but somehow we had ended up relishing a wet, cool day at home and not gone anywhere!… Continue reading Not So Mindful Monday!!
Very important for this time of year, thank you Karl!
It is very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus and find creative solutions to problems. We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.
Thich Nhat Hahn