Spring and newness is definitely in the air down on the South Coast and I’m running a couple of new weekends over the next two months.
One – the “Thoughts and Thinking” weekend retreat at Gayles, – reflects my growing interest in the “space around thinking”. So much of our psychic energy is filtered away from life into a thin and often anxious smear of thought. Mindfulness and bodywork give us tools to find another perspective on thoughts rather than go on believing every single thought that flits through our mind. Hopefully, it will be lovely Spring weather and Gayles is a magical spot to unplug the mind from those habitual thoughts that kill our vitality stone dead. Sadly this one’s fully booked but we’re running a “Beingfulness” retreat there in July.
The second, – “Mind the App” at the Spa Road Samye Dzong centre in Bermondsey – takes that idea a little further. Thoughts and thinking have always been potential vampires of vitality ever since the Buddha’s time, but in the 21st Century the World Wide Web of concepts and comparisons has taken us to another dimension in distraction. The nature of the Net keys perfectly into our brain’s desire for novelty and fear of rejection. Our neurons are literally addicted to the dopamine that apps, smartphones and social media sites create and this may have profound effects over the long term. This weekend is looking at this issue square on and exploring how body-centred mindfulness may provide a crucial space to make sense of the vortex of Virtuality.