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Following the cancellation of the Special Yoga Centre classes due to re-building work, I'm delighted to say we're starting a new eight week evening course at Evolve Wellness Centre in South Kensington.

There's a copy of a text I wrote for a performance piece in 2007 I've just added to the Library.

One of the books that I most enjoyed this summer was Christopher Germer's The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.

Through November, I'm going to be teaching at the new centre at Spa Road.
It's a beautifully renovated Victorian civic library and is now a centre for Buddhist studies, alternative healing, yoga and meditation. We're delighted to be involved.

This is an interesting article by Robert Wright in the New York Times who took a week off from the 'grid' - the Internet, mobile phone, email - while he took a five-day mindfulness retreat. It's thought provoking.

There were - not one, but two articles on the 'nada' sound in this month's London Review of Books.

Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase 'each other'
doesn't make any sense.

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I've been increasingly absorbed by Mindfulness.

The concept comes up a lot in the Buddhist tradition. It's one of the 8 paths the Buddha suggests will cultivate liberation but it's been picked up in the last years to describe a particular practice of open awareness that is promoted as a secular, scientific form of meditation.

It's famously promoted in America by John Kabatt-Zinn but I came to it through a slightly Tibetany version proounded by Rob Nairn. There's an obvious correlation with zazen in the Japanese tradition too.

it's interesting how much of my blogging impetus has moved over here.

Perhaps a change of career foregrounds what was just a side-show interest before, while what used to be bread-and-butter becomes sidelined and shrinks in importance.