You're walking through a forest. In the corner of your eye, something moves. What was that? A deer? A crow? A squirrel? To answer this question, the best thing we can often do is to stand still. When we stand sill, the background of the visual field also becomes still. And against this background of… Continue reading Stillness Helps Us To See.
The biggest difficulties that many of us face are our own feelings. “Unpleasant” feelings, like anxiety, fear, anger, envy, guilt, frustration, grief. While something in the world might trigger these – a problem at work, in a relationship, around money or health – it can quickly become the feelings themselves that are our principal concerns.… Continue reading 3 Steps to Respond to Anxiety (“The Distressed Pet Approach”)
Are you treating mindfulness as a kind of tool that you can use to produce things? Perhaps to conjure peace, serenity, or confidence from thin air? If you approach mindfulness this way – as an instrument that you can employ to make your life as want – you will find out something rather quickly: Mindfulness… Continue reading Mindfulness Doesn’t Work (or “How to Stop Wasting Your Time”)
This Christmas has been a strange one – a festive season with little festive cheer. Separated from our relations, many of us have had far smaller gatherings, or no gatherings at all. We’ve clung to our tinsel, tried to extract every ounce of “Christmas” that we can. Yet we’ve all discovered something clear in our… Continue reading Community at Christmas: Reflections on The Importance of Sangha
One evening several years back, I joined a group of long-term meditators at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre. I remember very little from this evening now, but one moment still stands out. At some point during the night, we were all asked to share one thing that we wish we had known at the start of… Continue reading Don’t Feel Like Meditating Today? 5 Tips to Keep Practice Regular