The next Mindfulness course – Suffolk Coastal

After the partying’s over … there’s often a collective sense of grim resignation follows the Xmas holidays. The media has dubbed it ‘Blue Monday’ and around mid-January 2014 it will turn up as another news item. I’m often asked to talk about it on a Radio Suffolk morning chat show. What to say? Well yes, Continue reading »

Working with Thoughts

Working with Thoughts For the purpose of meditation, nothing is particularly worth thinking about: not our childhood, not our relationships, not the great novel we always wanted to write. This does not mean that thoughts will not come. In fact, they may come with tremendous frequency. We do not need to fight with them or Continue reading »

Mindfulness Drop-in evening

Hello It’s the first Wednesday of the month; a reminder that this is ‘Drop-in Mindfulness’ evening @ The Windmill Natural therapy Centre, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP123AW, from 7pm. Graduates from my previous 8 week courses, and others familiar with mindfulness practice welcome to join us

The Self in Self-Help

Most human beings spend their lives battling with opposing inner forces: what they think they should do versus what they are doing; how they feel about themselves versus how they are; whether they think they’re right and worthy or wrong and unworthy. The separate self is just the conglomeration of these opposing forces. When the Continue reading »

Announcing the next 8 week Mindfulness course – September, Woodbridge, Suffolk

An 8 week Mindfulness Practice training course – has attracted the National Institute for clinical excellence, NICE, approval as an evidence-based ‘treatment of choice’ for relapse prevention for depression. Modelled as it is upon the Mindfulness-Based Stress reduction course, it will also be invaluable for people struggling with other chronic conditions such as stress, anxiety, Continue reading »

Training the Mind

Training the Mind Training involves not just one single method but many methods. It’s like building a huge airplane. It takes so many pieces that all have to fit together to make it work. In the same way the transformation of our minds—or setting the right kind of mental attitude—takes time. – His Holiness the Continue reading »

Gaining Insight from Obstacles

Gaining Insight from Obstacles Using meditation or therapy to try to shut down parts of our experience is ultimately counterproductive. We do not have to be afraid of entering unfamiliar territory once we have learned how to hold experience within the gentleness of our own minds. Learning to transform obstacles into objects of meditation provides Continue reading »

The In-between State

The In-between State Anxiety, heartbreak, and tenderness mark the in-between state. It’s the kind of place we usually want to avoid. The challenge is to stay in the middle rather than buy into struggle and complaint. The challenge is to let it soften us rather than make us more rigid and afraid. – Pema Chodron, Continue reading »