Samadhi Tip #2

Energetically, the lower belly is the arising-point of this fundamental space of life. This is where we train our awareness to drop into. It’s a much more healthy and intelligent place to rest your guiding awareness day-to-day. Walk through your life experiencing yourself and the world through your belly.

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Samadhi Tip #1

This is not mindfulness practice which encourages a wide field of awareness and a growing comprehension of all the phenomena that unfold with in it. Nor is it visualisation that tries to change mind-states through thinking. This is samadhi, a practice that is characterised by a diamond-sharp cutting through the ifs-and-buts of the thinking mind […]

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21 Days of Samadhi

Following on from the Samadhi course on Holy Island, I am posting 21 days of practice tips to help people who are engaging with this meditation. This is primarily designed for the people on the course – but anyone who has studied Samadhi with me in the past may be interested to practice along, using […]

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“I don’t eat that vegetarian shit”

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The other day over lunch, Sussex acquaintance of mine – a “shooting, hunting’n’riding” type – was pointing out to me how his hippy and Reiki master brother wouldn’t do anything to help him if he were in trouble whereas the cantankerous, old farmer he hunted with would go out of his way to help when […]

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“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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SURRENDER

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“Surrender also means acknowledging the raw, rugged, clumsy, and shocking qualities of one’s ego, acknowledging them and surrendering them as well. Generally, we find it very difficult to give out and surrender our raw and rugged qualities of ego. Although we may hate ourselves, at the same time we find our self-hatred a kind of […]

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Finding meaning in dark days:

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There was a great podcast from Reggie this week. I don’t know who choses the bits of his back catalogue to excerpt but it felt like it was masterfully matched to all the listeners in the UK trying to process the referendum vote last Thursday. He’s talking to the 100 or so meditators on the […]

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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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“Our own interior heaven”

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Home, Unheimlichkeit and “your own interior heaven” I’ve been studying with my teacher these last few weeks in an online group looking at the Hinayana teachings of Buddhism. The Hinayana are the foundational practices upon which all the other practices rest, so it’s been wonderful to revisit them to check how I feel them in […]

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