Seamus Heaney had the gift of capturing in words the emotional moments in our lives – when you are just suddenly, without warning, blown away by raw natural beauty, love, an unexpected kindness ……… I love this poem!
These words from Epictetus, 50 -135 CE, have withstood the test of time. We live in the present, in the now, in the moments of life. Let’s make the best of it!Continue reading “Caretake this Moment”
Beannacht – John O’Donoghue
A beautiful poem inspired by the ancient wisdom of our Celtic heritage and the rugged, majestic landscape of the west of Ireland – an invisible cloak of love to mind your life.Continue reading “Beannacht – John O Donoghue”
When you take your attention into the present moment, a certain alertness arises. You become more conscious of what’s around you, but also, strangely, a sense of presence that is both within and without.
The above photograph reminded me of Thich Nhat Hanh’s tea meditation. The message is – live in the present. When you are drinking your tea, put everything else out of your head –enjoy your tea! Attention to simple normal everyday tasks lies at the heart of mindfulness practice. This meditation is fun to try and a very easy way incorparate mindfulness into your life. Continue reading “Tea Meditation – Drink Your Tea”
If you have time to breathe you have time to meditate
The Mountain Meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn encourages us to be like a mountain, to seek inner stability and peace in everyday life and in the face of life’s challenges. This is an adaptation of his classic guided meditation.
The Mountain Meditation
The Lake Meditation
Adapted from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Lake Meditation
Mindfulness is living in the now. It is about being fully engaged in whatever is happening around you and within you. Have you ever eaten a bar of chocolate and then suddenly noticed that it’s all gone and you hardly remember eating it? Or have you been on a car journey and realized when you reached your destination that you have no awareness of large parts of the drive. I have! Continue reading “What is Mindfulness?”
The things that matter to us have mattered to people in ancient times– How can we live meaningful lives? Can we achieve greater happiness? What is happiness, anyway? The first thinkers to pose these questions, and provide answers that literally changed the course of history are these ancient philosophers. Their insights tell us to: Think for yourself. Appreciate what you have. Be the person you want to be. Accept change. Be kind. We are all one. And much more!