“Do not judge!”

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I’ve been thinking about writing this blog all week, to be honest writing isn’t my thing. I tend to overthink it and end up with a rather clunky interpretation of my thoughts. The retreat I co-taught with Alistair was an amazing experience, a hard to describe mix of meditation and art. How could I possibly […]

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Blackberry juice and nasal cavities

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There was a lovely moment this Sunday morning where I was sitting in a room full of art – paintings hanging from the rafters, portraits stacked up against the wall, charcoal sketches on the floor – and looking around at the 15 people who had been working for the previous four days to make it. […]

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Stress Less:

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There was a madcap article in the New Statesman this week which tried to argue that stress was a hoax dreamed up by the tobacco industry to sell more cigarettes in the 1960s. Leaving aside its very partial use of research to back up its claims, the article also plays suspiciously into the idea that […]

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New Public Talk by Alistair

I’ve posted a talk that I gave in Cardiff on Friday 26th February on the subject of “Mindfulness: what it is and what it is not”. It’s about 1 hour 10 mins (if you include the Q&A) and it ranges over the Buddhist definitions of mindfulness; the modern flowering of it; where it is appropriate […]

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The New Simplicity

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Four months ago, I lost my iPhone up on the South Downs during a particularly blustery winter walk. I decided to not replace it and bought, in its place, a frustratingly simple Nokia handset with the most basic functionality: phone calls and (painfully slow) texts. This was on the back of a growing suspicion that […]

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Thoughts & Thinking

One of my lovely students sent me this photo today today. She said it was the perfect instruction to thoughts that pop into our heads on a dally basis. One of the major catastrophes of our modern education system is the almost totalitarian power we grant to our thoughts: if we think it, we must […]

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Guided Meditation

A new podcast from the November 2014 Spa Road Anxiety weekend where Alistair taught a very simple form of mindfulness to help work with anxious states. This is a recording of the guided practice, lasting c. 17 minutes.

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New courses!

Looking ahead to 2015 (gulp!) we have some new London courses at the lovely Spa Road Centre and excitingly some new venues: namely, Scarborough (finally, a course in the North of the Country) and Jersey and Dublin. In London, we’re running our first weekend looking at the way mindfulness can help us survive our internet-intense […]

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New Retreat Weekend on Jersey!

Very pleased to announce a weekend workshop at the lovely Isis Centre in Jersey. We’re running a mindfulness or rather “Beingfulness” weekend there for the first time. Mindsprings in the Channel Islands… Can’t wait.

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Is self-care selfish?

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Kathy and I are running a course on self-care at the spa road buddhist centre next weekend and so our thoughts have been circumnabulating around the tricksy subject of the self and what to do with it. Growing up in the Judaeo-Christian Western world it’s easy to get enmeshed in a linguistic thicket of words […]

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