Loving kindness is not just for Valentine’s Day

Heart shape from stones on beach

I'm not one for being told to send love to one person on a particular day, so I won't be marking Valentine's Day on 14th February next week. But before you think I'm a grumpy grouch, there is another way you can send love, compassion and kindness to all, and, it has scientifically proven benefits! … Continue reading Loving kindness is not just for Valentine’s Day

Mindfulness in mental health awareness week

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK (11-17th May) and for 2015 the theme was 'mindfulness'. People familiar with meditation and yoga may already know about mindfulness, especially as there has been quite a surge in interest in mindfulness in the media, in politics, in business etc in the last few years, … Continue reading Mindfulness in mental health awareness week

Mindfulness for Health – a book review and reflections

The notion that mindfulness and meditation can help someone deal with pain and physical ill-health might, at first, sound unlikely. How can sitting thinking about something (or not thinking about things) reduce your pain? In 'Mindfulness for Health: relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring wellbeing', the two authors (Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman), both of … Continue reading Mindfulness for Health – a book review and reflections

Sitting, yoga, and meditation

The local meditation group recently wrote a very interesting blog post entitled 'Sitting with confidence'. It's a very useful overview of the importance of sitting comfortably when meditating, and how to find the most appropriate position for yourself. Now, sitting and being comfortable when meditating is important within the yoga world because traditionally that was … Continue reading Sitting, yoga, and meditation

Mindfulness course in Aberystwyth January 2014

Are you interested in mindfulness and meditation? Do you live near Aberystwyth, Wales? If yes, then you may be interested in a secular mindfulness based course by Breathworks which is starting soon (Jan 2014). The eight week course takes place over four Saturdays and is┬ásuitable for anyone wishing to learn mindfulness practices and meditation, or … Continue reading Mindfulness course in Aberystwyth January 2014

Book review: The Dalai Lama’s cat

I have just finished reading The Dalai Lama's cat by David Michie. Although the front cover explicitly says this is a novel, it's not a novel in the conventional sense, not least because its narrator is a cat, but also because the 'plot' is rather light (cat abandoned, cat rescued, cat learns some Buddhist lessons) … Continue reading Book review: The Dalai Lama’s cat