Does a wave believe it is separate from the sea?

Mindfulness and meditation, for someone who is prepared to do the work, can bring benefits such as stress relief, better concentration, better relationships, better health and help us become more resistant to depression.

The wounded heart

All of us carry some sort of pain. All of us have things about ourselves that we would rather not share. However, if we practice meditation, then we begin to realise that pain is inevitable but most of the time suffering is optional.

Spiritual materialism

Seven symptoms of spiritual materialism which will help you to decide whether or not you are feeding your ego, if you to have succumbed.

Practices for life

Quality sleep, meditation and mindfulness, gratitude, compassion, forgiveness and courage are practices that help you towards happiness.

Ideas for the summer holidays

Holidays are a great time to be with ourselves and to be with others, to practice mindfulness, meditation, gratitude and listening.

Sadness

Usually I’m the one (Geoffrey) who writes these posts but today I would like to share something my daughter, Ishtar has written about sadness. I'm so full of sadness today. It feels like waves against my skin about to break free at any moment to puddle around my feet. It feels real, sometimes solid in my chest until I let it free and it crumbles to dust or to that liquid that makes the waves.  This cycle is repeated over and over again. My days are usually full-on the whole day. I’m always moving, thinking, twitching, tapping my fingers and balancing on the balls of my feet; it's like having…

Learning is uncomfortable

Learning is uncomfortable, growth is uncomfortable. Personal and emotional growth nearly always requires facing an uncomfortable feeling or emotion provoked by a perceived difficult situation. Unfortunately, when such uncomfortable emotions arise, our “autopilot” reaction is “get me out of here”. We might avoid feeling uncomfortable in the moment, but the long-term price or consequence include stunted emotional growth, unhappiness, difficulty in relationships, anxiety, panic attacks and even depression. Over time this instinctive aversion becomes automatic and occurs so quickly that we don’t even know it has happened. It becomes an invisible force driving our actions. We find ourselves repeatedly in an undesirable situation (eg toxic relationship, wrong job, same arguments…

Be kind

Great teachers have appeared throughout human history, and in many traditions − Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism, Judaism. Their teachings, although given in different times and in different places, have things in common: kindness, gratitude, compassion, forgiveness and love. We are essentially hairless primates with strong egos and strong tribal instincts which distort these great teachings to create the basis for massive hierarchical organisations where politics, tribalism and appearances become more important than the original teachings.  Followers try to make an even greater mystery of these teachers by creating a divine hagiography. Unscrupulous men and women will often use these organisations to their own benefit. There is no doubt that…