Meditation Doesn’t Just Happen In The Meditation Room

I recently started going to a meditation group. Having attended an 8-week Mindfulness Course in the past, and then subsequently sought out a weekly Mindful Yoga group at my local Buddhist Centre, I knew that these activities had the potential to have me floating around in the world (at least for an afternoon) in a serene, … Read moreMeditation Doesn’t Just Happen In The Meditation Room

Midlife Enlightenment and Becoming Your Own Butterfly (or how to move on from being a disoriented grub)

Butterfly Life Cycle / Butterfly Metamorphosis “The pupa stage is one of the coolest stages of a butterfly’s life.  As soon as a caterpillar is done growing and they have reached their full length/weight, they form themselves into a pupa, also known as a chrysalis.  From the outside of the pupa, it looks as if … Read moreMidlife Enlightenment and Becoming Your Own Butterfly (or how to move on from being a disoriented grub)

Who Am I Again? The Longest Journey In The World – The Shortest Distance Travelled

Counselling has been an absolute revelation to me. It has helped me to see how I have spent most of my adult life moving away from the young person I once was and becoming the ‘Me’ that was expected of me. Expectations from family and friends, and the influences of other people, people who had … Read moreWho Am I Again? The Longest Journey In The World – The Shortest Distance Travelled

Be Here Now (and how to avoid building dangerous houses)

This was a mantra that I adopted when I was first introduced to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) when I was suffering from depression and anxiety. It is an extraordinarily hard thing to do, and more than hard, it can be really, really scary. When I first started meditating, my mind would wander constantly (as I now understand … Read moreBe Here Now (and how to avoid building dangerous houses)